Tips For Doing a Voice Over Session via Skype
Did you know that you have the option of offering your client a directed session over Skype?
Ever Done a VO Session Directed via Skype?
Technology is a wonderful thing.
With tools such as Skype, you can receive artistic direction from a client who lives halfway around the world in real time! Geography is no longer a boundary, and if both you and your client have Skype, you can do this for free. If your client doesn’t have Skype or prefers to chat via phone, you are still able to use Skype, as every user has their own Skype phone number and you can send this to your client ahead of the call. All you need to do is download Skype, add whoever it is that you want to talk to as a contact, and you’re all set!
Tips For Doing Voice Over Sessions Using Skype
The most important component of a successful voice over session using Skype is to ensure the sound quality is the best it can be. These three tips can get you on your way to recording great sounding voice over sessions via Skype.
1.Get a microphone that is USB compatible
A microphone that is USB compatible allows you to plug your microphone directly into your computer and ready to use for your Skype sessions. Using the built-in microphone that may come with your computer already will not provide you with the best sound quality.
- Download a recording software
A basic recording software will allow you to record your Skype sessions, that way if the audio quality is not quite professional sounding enough, you have everything recorded and you can go back and make any audio edits afterwards.
- Make sure you are in a quiet space
The best recording spaces are soundproof. It is recommended to be in a soundproofed space if you are going to be recording a voice over session via Skype. This will eliminate external background noise and make it much easier for you to edit the recording, should you need to at a later date.
Pros and Cons of a Skype Voice Over Session
- Better Audio Quality: The audio quality of a Skype recorded session will be much easier to edit after if needed then say, the audio quality of a phone call.
- You Only Need One Mic: The microphone you use to record with, will also transmit your voice over to your client
- It’s free to use!
- Multiple Interactions:Skype allows you to have more than one person on the call so you could have your voice coach and client all on the same call if needed.
- Signal Issues: Because Skype uses an Internet connection, if you have poor signal or signal issues, the call can drop out.
- Client Recording: While the client can record audio on their end, it will likely not be high-quality enough to use in your recording. But it can be used as a reference point later on.
Skype Sessions Allow you to Engage with Talent and Clients from all over the world
Clients and coaches know that in order to expand their talent pool, they will have to begin reaching out to talent who may be on the other side of the world. Advances in technology makes these types of interactions much more plausible. Leaders in the voice over industry share their thoughts on how technology has influenced their interactions.
“I believe we are not far from the technology where the talent is on one end of a large screen, client is on another, and director is on another, and perhaps other talents on big screens all working on the same project. What an opportunity to utilize global talents. Also, for myself, who is located in Hawaii.”
– Deb Weiser
“I do that in iChat on my Mac, twice a week with 4 different TV affiliates…everyone receives the same audio feed.”
“Always put a marker on your timeline for each and every take and never delete anything until it is over.”