Audio Engineering

Case Study: A Low Budget Voice-Over Recording Setup

Case Study: A Low Budget Voice-Over Recording Setup

At the beginning of your VO career, it can be hard to swallow the fact that you may have to shell out considerable money for studio equipment, before you even know if you'll be profitable as a voice-over talent. In this post, we'll take a look at a very low budget recording setup, that costs less than $300 ($277 to be exact), and the results we can achieve with it, including audio examples, as well as highlight the most important factors that determine the quality of the audio you produce from your studio.

Using an Expander/Gate to Reduce Background Noise in your Recordings

Professional audio quality in a voice-over dictates that it should sound clean, clear, and most importantly - free of background noise.

But for most freelance VO Talent working out of a home studio, the environment they record in may not provide such audio quality right off the bat. While you should always address issues with your audio quality at the source, there are some steps you can take to further reduce background noise in your audio during the editing and post-production stage.

Removing Mouth Noise during the Editing Process

If you've been recording voice-overs for any length of time, there's no doubt you've encountered "Mouth Noise" on some of your recordings.

While it's often preferable to treat these issues at the source during your performance, there is still hope if some sneaky "clicks" or "pops" make their way into that perfect take - you can remove them during the editing process.

The 2 main ways to fix these issues during the editing stage, are what I call the "Deletion Method" and the "Waveform Editing Method" and today, we'll take a look at how to perform both.