Do you need to spend thousands of dollars on a fancy microphone in order to succeed in voice over? Do you need to have a Sennheiser or a Neumann? Some people might tell you it’s required. I have a slightly different opinion.
I’m a big fan of the Lifehacker blog. I check it a couple of times a day, and they often have really cool and useful content. So when I saw one of their most recent posts, I couldn’t help but share.
With the competitive landscape of the voice over universe and ever plummeting rates courtesy of all the true professional voice actors offering their services on Fiverr (no really… producers tell me about this almost daily) I figured it might be a good idea to start looking for affordable alternatives to buying fancy gear.
In the video it’s clearly stated that you can use any kind of paper and any kind of tissue, but I am left scratching my head pondering one question… do you suppose if an individual were to use name brand tissues it would do something about the mouth noise?
* Authors Note: In case you didn’t figure it out… yeah… I jest… 😉 *
I’ve been involved in the voice over business since 1995. While I’ve learned many lessons and grown my business from a part-time hobby to a full time profession, there is thing I’m not. A sound engineer.
There are plenty of guys out there who can help you put together a professional vocal booth, help you solve problems with all of your gear and consult with you on acoustics and sound and such. I’m not one of those guys.
A Really Noisy Space
In August I moved into a new place and set up a new office / studio. A space that’s approximately 120 sq/ft. The room was very live. Sound bounced. A lot. Even after I moved in some furniture, I was still struggling to get the sound under control to the point where I was confident with the quality of audio I was delivering to my clients.
Fortunately, one of my clients (Soundbox Productions) happens to be a pro audio company. They specialize in sound and visuals for live events as well as design and installation. With one quick email, I promptly received a reply offering an affordable and effective solution.
An Acoustic Panel Solution
Soundbox recommended I look into room kits from Primacoustic. So that’s exactly what I did.
I took some measurements and a few pictures of my space and sent them to Soundbox for their opinion. To start, they recommended the London 8 Kit.
When I first opened up the kit, I wasn’t sure if it was going to work or not, but I trusted the guys from Soundbox. Within a few hours I had the panels hung (installation was very easy) and the sound in my office/ studio was transformed!
I’ve been recording in here for a couple weeks now. I’ve sent out dozens of voice overs to clients. I’ve had no negative feedback of any kind, so I’m really happy with the investment. Speaking of investment, under $300 CAD for the kit!
I’m actually seriously considering adding a second kit.
Controlling Your Sound
As I mentioned before, sound engineering is not my speciality. If you’ve got a very noisy space and you need to get it under control, I’d always recommend speaking with a professional who can steer you in the right direction.
However, if you’re looking for a simple, easy to install, affordable solution that looks great on the wall too, I’m extremely pleased with my Primacoustic London 8 Kit and I’d absolutely recommend considering them for your space.