Recording From Home
Every work-at-home professional needs a personal space reserved for career needs. For an accountant or web designer, this may be an office.
For a voice-over professional, however, this setup may be slightly more complex. In addition to serving as a space where you can get down to business, your studio environment should feed your soul and inspire you to be creative in the booth.
A general office space will be required for such tasks as checking email, contacting potential clients and editing audio files. This area may be separate from where you actually record voice-overs from, especially if you plan to make and receive telephone calls.
Believe it or not, it’s possible to include all this in one small space. It just takes a little planning and imagination.
Selecting Your Home Studio Space
Before you gather any voice over equipment, select an area that can be designated as your home recording studio. This may involve converting a spare room into an office or making a few changes to the space already designated as your office.
If you don’t have a spare room available, try partitioning off a section of your home or apartment to provide the illusion of a studio space.
Should you want, you could also convert a clothes closet into a recording space. Just make sure that you have enough space for your equipment, proper lighting and enough room to move around comfortably without making contact with the articles in your closet.
Many people don’t realize this but clothing, comforters and pillows can make great soundproofers.
Keep acoustics in mind as you set aside a space in which to build your studio. Some homes come equipped with amazing acoustics, while others are acoustical nightmares. If you find that your home is particularly echoey, try to cushion some of that noise with extra furniture or even a homemade recording booth. If you can invest a modest amount, there are plenty of professional acoustic products capable of transforming your studio space.
Some products you might want to consider are portable recording booths and isolation booths.
A portable recording booth is handy because you can take it with you on the road and record from virtually anywhere. Voice actors often need to record while on vacation or attending events and will usually find themselves returning to their hotel room to record a few projects or audition for jobs that they are invited to via email.
Buying Equipment That Fits Your Budget
Once you’ve set aside a space in which to house your voice-over recording studio, you’ll need to invest in the equipment necessary to make this studio a reality.
At one time, investing in equipment was very costly, limiting the number of people capable of owning a home studio. But digital technology has changed all this, which is why it’s now possible to create and maintain a high-quality voice studio for under $2000. You will need to invest in a good microphone, as well as a stand for the microphone.
Other essentials: a pop filter, cables, a recording interface and a decent pair of headphones. And of course, you’ll need a computer and recording software to go with it. If you’re not sure whether a particular piece of equipment is worth the investment, feel free to ask the experts on the Voices.com question and answer page. To learn the specific requirements for running various types of recording software, check out Record Your Voice-Over Demos.