How to record a voice over: The 3 steps you must follow

Do you want to know how to do a professional-quality sound recording? We are giving you some tips and tricks and we are telling you how we record voice overs at ONDA Estudios.

A voice over recording can seem a priori something really easy –just reading a text– but it’s not quite like that. There are many ways to deliver the very same message and that may cause that we don’t communicate what we wanted. Even more, an inadequate sound can provoke a lack of interest on the part of the listener, and this can damage the image of the company that is giving such message.

When we talk about recording a voice over, there are three factors combined that depen on one another in the final result. First, the search of a specific voice register (type of voice); second, the performance in the voice over; and finally the final sound quality (volume, breathing, frequency, sibilance, noise, right balance between voice and music, etc.).

The voice register, the performance and the sound quality are the 3 necessary elements to be successful in our recording.

So, a well-chosen voice register, a good performance and a good sound quality will make your final message to be properly transmitted. This will translate in a pleasant experience for the listener and will be an extra asset for the company in terms of trust and seriousness.

How to record a voice over

So, a well-chosen voice register, a good performance and a good sound quality will make your final message to be properly transmitted. This will translate in a pleasant experience for the listener and will be an extra asset for the company in terms of trust and seriousness.

Let's start!

The recording of a voice over is divided into 3 very different processes:

  1. Pre production: setting up of materials and voice selection.
  2. Recording: recording process of all the voices.
  3. Edition and mixing: cleaning, edition and montage of sound, and final finishing.

The pre production

What we are doing in this first process is:

  • Choose the voice or voice cast for our project.
  • Prepare the recording script.

With the help our our voice search engine, our clients can choose the voice or voices that better adapt to their project. That’s why we have several voice registers and performances (neutral, advertising, dramatized…) from various voice talents, male or female. We can also advise you about which voice actor can adjust better to your project requirements.

Once you have chosen your voice or voices, it is necessary to prepare the recording script. We apply a special format to the script so that it can be read properly; we usually use Arial 12 font with 1.5 line spacing. If there are several voice actors taking part in the recording, we also mark and separate everyone’s intervention with their names.

It is essential to prepare the recording script carefully as well as to specify which part must be recorded by every voice actor.

Pre production is key before starting to record in the studio since a badly-produced script can create confusion and there is a great risk of missing some part in the recording process.

How to prepare a voice over script

When we have to work with a script with a lot of different voice talents and additional sound effects and music, we use templates that we customize according to the project requirements. Our clients can build up their scripts relying on these templates, that help you to do a better track and control of the production.

Lastly, if any image or music is needed in the recording, it is vital to receive these materials in advance. So their compatibility and good working order can be checked and they will be ready in the studio session. That way we will avoid loss of time when the recording day comes. For the same reason, we strongly advise to send the ultimate script at least one day before recording.

After pre production, the second step we must take into account is the recording itself, but this is a subject we will discuss in our next post... See you soon!

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