When working as a voice over artist, it’s pretty common to need to get a lot of your recording done in your own space. Whether you’re recording material for an audition, a voice reel, or you’re working on a project remotely, you can’t always guarantee that you’re going to be able to record in a professional studio. Of course, even if you’re not in a studio, you want to be sure that your recordings are the highest quality possible. Because of that, it’s essential that you set up a home recording space that meets your needs. However, there are a lot of easy mistakes that can potentially ruin any recordings you produce. Here are some of the most common problems and mistakes that voice over artists run into when recording at home and how to avoid them.

Ambient noise


It would be wonderful to have the ability to tell the world to be quiet while you’re working to get the best possible take. However, that’s not really possible so the best alternative you can hope for is to create the quietest space possible. This means that you don’t want to be recording in any environment where there are lots of noises going on. Whether it’s the sound of a radiator that needs bleeding, a humming computer, or pets demanding to be fed, it’s essential that you eliminate any ambient noise that could end up worming its way into your recording.

Room resonance


Just because you’ve cut out any ambient noises, that doesn’t mean that the space you record in isn’t potentially going to impact the recording. Anyone who’s ever noticed the difference between sounds in a bathroom and a bedroom will be fully aware of this. You want any recording space to be as sonically “dead” as possible. Soundproofing pads are not only useful so you don’t annoy your neighbours but they also prevent sounds reflecting off the walls back into the microphone creating an echo or ring that can ruin the sound of your recording. Even simple things like placing a rug or carpet on the floor can work wonders when trying to deaden the sound of your room.

Mic technique


It’s also a good idea to work on your mic technique as well. If you’re too far away from the microphone then any interference from the space around you is going to come across far more intensely. You want to be close enough that your voice is the loudest thing the mic picks up without getting so close that you overload it entirely.

If you’re looking to record something like your voice real, the best option may well be to use a professional studio space. After all, if you’re going to be sending your voice reel out to casting directors, you want to be sure that it’s the highest quality possible. Our professional voice reel service gives you the opportunity to create a reel that’s not only professionally recorded, but we also offer coaching and support to make sure that you can give the best possible performance as well.