Affordable equipment, the rise of viable gig work, and the ease of entry through user-friendly freelance platforms have invited a slew of new voiceover artist hopefuls to put themselves out there but – creating engaging and professional-quality recordings is not as easy as it may seem
Budding voiceover artists looking to break into the industry may have a unique voice and a decent microphone, but when the recording is chocked full of background noise, pronunciation pops, ambient sound, and audio flaws – their career could be over before it even gets started.
When looking to sell your services to companies searching for reliable voiceover actors for their next radio advertisement, eLearning module, eBook narration, or explainer video, they’re looking for expert-grade recording which means…
You need a soundproof room.
What is a Soundproof Room?
An area or dedicated room that is built or adorned with a specific material that blocks sound from entering or exiting the space is considered a soundproof room. While 100% soundproofing is almost unachievable without a really hefty home renovation and exponential cost, there are strategies you can apply to improve the overall soundproofing quality of the room.
It’s Your Voice, but Not Your Reputation on the Line
While your voice is the star of the recording, it’s based on the voiceover script often supplied by the client and if the quality is poor when the final product is launched, your name isn’t on the ad or narration, their business name is.
One subpar narration can taint the reputation of companies who work to demonstrate their level of professionalism with their clientele – and one background-sound-ridden recording could cost them big (not to mention the advertising dollars wasted on an unusable recording).
Speeds up a Voice Actor’s Recording Process
Imagine trying to record a professional voiceover recording while your dogs are playing, there’s construction happening outside your home, or your spouse is mowing the grass. That background noise contributes to audio that distracts from the voiceover script message – which is the entire goal of the recording.
If you live in the city with a lot of traffic outside your window, imagine needing to stop and start the recording, re-record various portions of the script, or begin again to get the perfect audio. It drastically increases your non-productive time when repeating the same work over and over again.
Provides Voiceover Recording Consistency and Clarity
Businesses want to know that they’re getting what they paid for and that if they love your work – that they get the same level of quality the next time they book you. When your voiceover audio is riddled with background noise, your work is not consistent or clear and those company execs may think twice before contracting your services again.
Not only is consistency valuable for the business’ strategy itself, but also for the company clientele. For example, recording learning modules for a company training may lend itself to a series of voiceover jobs from the same client.
Consistency in voice during training puts learners' minds at ease and instead of being distracted by a second or third voice on the recordings, they can focus on the material and actionable content implementation. Clarity ensures that the learners can understand and comprehend that crucial content.
Up Your Quality and Build Your Business
When providing a professional and high-quality voiceover recording that over delivers, it can set you apart from other voiceover artists in a significant way. Finding a great, reliable voice artist is like finding a diamond in a coal mine sometimes and when those clients find one, they’re more likely to tell their industry colleagues about it.
A series of professional level, quality, and clear voice recordings could just boost your business to new heights.
Crucial Soundproofing Components
When beginning to plan how to soundproof a room, there are three components to consider – depending on your voiceover business goals and your current investment threshold. Whether choosing to begin a massive construction project or trying to use what you’ve got already in your rental apartment, investigate how you can implement these soundproofing components
Absorb and Dampen Sound
Thick material like foam, fiberglass, or added home insulation between the wall studs can absorb sound and prevent as much from coming in or going out of your recording area. Used by musicians and voiceover artists, many choose to install soundproof panels to their existing walls to help absorb some of the background noise coming from outside their recording studio.
Create Effective Separation
If considering building a dedicated space for your voiceover work, construct a doubly-thick wall with two sets of studs and heavy-duty insulation between them to separate your recording area from the source of background noise. This is a more permanent solution and not the best idea for those who do not own their home or don’t have enough available space to surrender to their craft.
Filling the Gaps
One easy way to block out some background noise and work to improve the room’s soundproofing is to fill in any gaps that might be letting sound through. Windows are a devious culprit with so many slits and gaps. Be sure to fill them or cover them with strong weather-proofing materials as well as fill wall cracks that might be apparent in your recording space.
The barrier to entry into the world of voiceover work is slim but actually being contracted to perform your services commonly depend on your audition submissions. When they are chocked full of background noise, your chances of growing your voiceover business are also… slim. Soundproof your recording studio or dedicated space and give your budding business a fighting chance at success.
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