Record Voice Over Like A Pro - The Complete Guide
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Record Voice Over Like A Pro - The Complete Guide

How To Achieve Studio Standard Speech and Voice Over Recordings at Home. Improve Your Video Audio or Voice Recording
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Created by Rob Mayzes
Last updated 4/2016
English
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Includes:
  • 4.5 hours on-demand video
  • 4 Articles
  • 1 Supplemental Resource
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Record voice overs like a professional
  • Get great results at home with affordable equipment
  • Treat your room to remove echo
  • Understand how to apply various effects and tools to improve your voice overs
  • Understand the reasons why the room affects our recording
  • Edit speech and dialogue to remove mistakes and noise
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Requirements
  • A microphone is essential (if you don't have one, I will advise you what to buy in the course)
  • You will also use stuff from around your house e.g. duvets, blankets, rugs, sleeping bags
  • A computer, PC, laptop, MacBook
  • An audio interface if you have a standard mic (not needed for a USB mic)
  • All the necessary cables
  • A pop shield is highly reccommended
Description

Get better at recording speech, dialog and voice overs at home. Without spending a fortune!

This really is a complete guide. Five hours of content!

[Last updated January 2016]

It's easy for anyone to start recording at home with modern affordable equipment.

But there is a huge problem. Information is spread all over the internet and it's hard to find good advice. There is a lack of awareness of the importance of high quality audio.

The internet is full of podcasts, videos and courses with awful sound quality. The speech is hard to understand and irritating to the ear. In some cases it's simply unintelligible!

Improve your technique for recording voice. It's the easiest step to increasing the quality of your product. Yet it is so often neglected!

Voice overs are often understandable but sound distant, thin or odd. This has a proven negative effect on the perception of your work. To give that premium feel, you need high quality voice recordings.

Follow the simple steps outlined in this course. You will quickly and easily improve your podcast, audiobook, voice overs or videos. In fact, anything that includes spoken word or dialog can be improved without difficulty.

This will impress your current fans. Attract new customers. Increase sales, downloads or streams.

All you need is a microphone and a stand which can cost you as little as $40!

What's Inside

You might be asking: what exactly are we going to cover in these lectures? And the answer is pretty much everything you need to know from square one:

  • Microphone Basics
  • The Human Voice
  • Mic Choice
  • Mic Placement
  • Recording Techniques
  • Room Acoustics
  • Acoustic Treatment
  • Sound Isolation
  • The Recording Process
  • DAWs and Software
  • Editing
  • Mixing
  • Compression
  • EQ
  • Noise Removal
  • and more!

The course is split in to 6 easy to follow sections. It would only take you a few hours to speed through the lectures, but I advise you go through no more than two sections per sitting. There are tasks set out for you that you need to complete between sections so you'll need a bit of time before moving on.

I highly recommend that you take notes during the course. This will help you to remember the key points.

However, to make sure you don't forget anything that you learn I have created an awesome cheat sheet for you to print off and put on the wall or keep near your recording station! This sheet covers the most valuable content from this course and condenses it in to a simple two page summary.

CERTIFICATION: Throughout the course you will be assessed. When you pass you will be awarded with a certificate accredit by Home Studio Centre Ltd.

PLUS: Get personal feedback from me within seconds and get access to a private members Facebook group!

If you have any questions while taking the course, just leave a comment on the lecture. Or contact me at rob@homestudiocenter.com as quickly as possible. As soon as I get a notification I will reply.

There is also a private VIP facebook group where you can talk to myself and your peers and post videos or audio to get feedback.

If you have any suggestions for the course I will do my best to accommodate them.

We have a lot to cover so let's get started, you can't waste another second!

FAQs:

  • When does the course start and finish?

The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.

  • How long do I have access to the course?

How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.

  • What if I am unhappy with the course?

I would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact me in the first 30 days and I will give you a full refund.

  • I've never recorded to my computer before. Can I still take this course?
Yes, definitely! You will learn the basics of sound recording before moving on to advanced recording and processing techniques.
  • Is audio for video covered?

If your video is recorded in a controlled environment (not outdoors or in a noisy environment) and includes speech or dialog then this course is perfect for you! I use the techniques in this course to record the audio for all of my talking head videos.

Who is the target audience?
  • Online instructors
  • Online video creators
  • Podcast creators
  • Voice over artists
  • Home studio enthusiasts
  • Sound recordists
  • Audio Engineers
  • Webinar leaders
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Curriculum For This Course
93 Lectures
04:35:13
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Introduction
4 Lectures 06:35

Here we break down the extended title (Record Voice Like A Pro: The Complete Guide To Recording Speech At Home) to find out what we will learn and to what extent.

This is a complete guide so is made for beginners and advanced users. We focus on recording sound at home, not on location.

Preview 01:59

A quick look over the sections of the course.

Preview 01:52


[Activity] Print the equipment checklist
00:08
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The Source
5 Lectures 09:18

Let me introduce you to the first section - The Source.

Preview 00:45

There are three key elements that we must consider when we record a voice over.

Preview 01:29

Where does the sound come from when we talk? Understand how the human voice works so that we can properly record it.

Preview 02:53

Without a great performance, you have nothing! Here are 8 great tips to make your speech and delivery more interesting, captivating and engaging.

8 Awesome Tips to Voice Overs More Captivating Voice Overs
03:21

A bonus tip on performance and speaking when recording.

One More Tip For Performing
00:50
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The Room
4 Lectures 12:47

By the end of these next two videos you'll know what makes a room good for recording. You will be able to calculate reverb time to find the perfect room to record your voice.

What Makes a Good Room?
02:49

Calculate the reverb time of your room. Avoid accidentally choosing a room with an echo and save a headache down the line!

Easily Estimate the Reverb Time of your Room
06:50

Summary of the key points discussed in this section about the voice, the room and the performance.

Summary of 'The Source' and 'The Room'
01:14

A few exercises for you!

Action Steps
01:54

Make sure you haven't missed anything by taking this short quiz.

Test Yourself on 'The Source' and 'The Room'
3 questions
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Understanding Microphone Types
7 Lectures 11:45

Let me introduce you to this section on microphones.

Preview 00:28

Understand how microphones work.

What Is a Microphone?
01:57

What is a dynamic mic and what are their characteristics?

Understand Dynamic Microphones
01:06

What is a condenser mic and what are their characteristics?

Understand Condenser Microphones
01:24

Understand the difference between omnidirectional and cardioid microphones.

Understand Microphone Patterns
03:30

Take a listen to how you can use the proximity effect to your advantage.

Preview 02:09

There are so many different mic patterns and it can get confusing. But, there is only one pattern you need to remember and use.

Which Pattern Should You Use?
01:11
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When To Use Certain Microphones
6 Lectures 17:27

Pick the right mic for any situation - this is when you should use a dynamic microphone.

Know When To Use Dynamic Mics
02:29

Pick the right mic for any situation - this is when you should use a large diaphragm condenser microphone.

Know When To Use Large Diaphragm Condenser Mics
02:23


Listen to the differences between each type of microphone. This will help you to understand and remember the characteristics of each type.

Hear Examples of All Types of Microphone
05:28

Avoid these microphones!

The One Mic That Will Ruin Your Voice Overs
02:05

Take a listen to a dedicated live vocal mic in a home studio environment.

Hear How Weird This Sounds!
03:11
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Purchasing Equipment
5 Lectures 09:29

There are plenty of great affordable mic that can get you a professional sound. Let me show you what to buy.

You Don't Need To Spend A Fortune
01:35

More affordable mic that will get you that 'pro' sound!

More Affordable Mics
03:01

Some other options if you are looking for an affordable microphone.

Even More Affordable Mics!
00:06

Why do you need an audio interface? You don't in all situations. Let me explain...

When To Use an Audio Interface
02:39

A summary of the key points we have covered in the microphone section.

Microphone Summary
02:08

Make sure you haven't missed anything by taking this short quiz.

Test Yourself on Microphones
3 questions
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Recording Technique
2 Lectures 06:07

Let me introduce you to this section on recording technique.

Preview 00:43

There are four key points we need to remember when we discuss recording technique.

4 Key Considerations
05:24
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Room Acoustics
5 Lectures 15:53

An introduction to room acoustics.

Preview 02:53

What happens to the room reflections when when we move close to a wall.

Early Reflections
01:10

Let's add a microphone to the mix.

Microphones and Early Reflections
02:15

This technique that uses free stuff lying around your house will make the biggest difference to your voice recordings.

The Ultimate Free Technique for Improving Your Voice Overs!
03:32

Hear how much of a difference this acoustic treatment technique makes. Please use headphones!

WOW - Take a Listen!
06:03
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Microphone Placement
3 Lectures 07:44

Use mic placement to your advantage. It's the easiest way to change the character of your vocals or voice.

Exploit Mic Placement Part 1
02:45

Use mic placement to your advantage. Here are some tips for microphone placement and distance.

Exploit Mic Placement Part 2
02:09

Hear the difference that mic placement can make on the sound of your voice.

Preview 02:50
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Reducing & Preventing Noise
6 Lectures 13:28

Background noise is a common issue in a home studio environment. Learn how to block out noise by combining several great techniques for sound isolation.

Watch this video and background noise will never be an issue again.

Awesome Sound Isolation (Get Rid of Background Noise)
03:51

Pop filters/shields reduce the negative impact of plosives on a microphone. Let me explain...

Use a Pop Filter
02:26

Take a listen to the extreme difference that a pop shield can make!

Preview 01:52

Shock mounts are another great accessory for reducing background noise and preventing vibrations from affecting the mic.

Shock Mounts
01:07

A summary of the key points covered in this section on recording technique.

Summary
02:45

Here are some exercises for you to complete.

Take Action
01:27

Make sure you haven't missed anything by taking this short quiz.

Test Yourself on Recording Technique
3 questions
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About the Instructor
Rob Mayzes
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Professional Engineer & Musician
  • Professional audio author & journalist
  • Popular teacher on Udemy in topics related to audio (including audio production and voice recording) with 1,600+ reviews.
  • 1st Class Degree in Audio Production from The University of Kent
  • Worked in a large range of studios in London over the years, both as an professional engineer and musician
  • Recording at home for over 11 years. Built my own professional studio.
  • Founder of Musician on a Mission, an online learning resource for musicians and home recordists with over 15,000 subscribers.

I've worked in a range of recording studios, live venues and film sets as both a musician and sound technician. I have also worked in numerous large venues as an audio-visual engineer and lighting designer.

I've worked with (and been taught by) boom operators and sound recordists that have worked on large budget feature films (such as Pirates of the Caribbean, Clash of the Titans, Layer Cake, Shaun of the Dead, World War Z) and popular TV shows (such as Ricky Gervais' Extras and Gavin & Stacey). They in turn learned from some of the top Hollywood sound guys and legends!

I now spend most of my teaching and freelancing from my home studio in London, England.

I currently hold a First Class BSc Degree in Audio Design and Production from the University of Kent and I'm an Avid Certified Pro Tools 11 User.