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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  • Lectures 93
  • Length 4.5 hours
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  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 7/2015 English

Course 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.

What are the 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

What am I going to get from this course?

  • 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

What is the target audience?

  • Online instructors
  • Online video creators
  • Podcast creators
  • Voice over artists
  • Home studio enthusiasts
  • Sound recordists
  • Audio Engineers
  • Webinar leaders

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.

Curriculum

Section 1: Introduction
01:59

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.

01:52

A quick look over the sections of the course.

Voice Recording Checklist
Preview
02:36
[Activity] Print the equipment checklist
Article
Section 2: The Source
00:45

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

01:29

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

02:53

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

03:21

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

00:50

A bonus tip on performance and speaking when recording.

Section 3: The Room
02:49

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.

06:50

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

01:14

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

01:54

A few exercises for you!

3 questions

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

Section 4: Understanding Microphone Types
00:28

Let me introduce you to this section on microphones.

01:57

Understand how microphones work.

01:06

What is a dynamic mic and what are their characteristics?

01:24

What is a condenser mic and what are their characteristics?

03:30

Understand the difference between omnidirectional and cardioid microphones.

02:09

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

01:11

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

Section 5: When To Use Certain Microphones
02:29

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

02:23

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

Know When To Use Small Diaphragm Condenser Mics
Preview
01:51
05:28

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

02:05

Avoid these microphones!

03:11

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

Section 6: Purchasing Equipment
01:35

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

03:01

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

Article

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

02:39

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

02:08

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

3 questions

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

Section 7: Recording Technique
00:43

Let me introduce you to this section on recording technique.

05:24

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

Section 8: Room Acoustics
02:53

An introduction to room acoustics.

01:10

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

02:15

Let's add a microphone to the mix.

03:32

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

06:03

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

Section 9: Microphone Placement
02:45

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

02:09

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

02:50

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

Section 10: Reducing & Preventing Noise
03:51

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.

02:26

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

01:52

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

01:07

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

02:45

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

01:27

Here are some exercises for you to complete.

3 questions

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

Section 11: Recording Process
00:29

Let me introduce you to this section on the recording process.

02:07

There's so much software out there for recording audio - let me point you in the right direction!

03:58

Set up your projects with the correct settings to improve the quality of your audio. This will also prevent problems later on.

00:52

Before you start recording you need to ensure you have taken the steps outlined in this video.

Section 12: DAW Step-by-Step Walkthroughs
00:34

After this point a lot of the lectures will consist of walkthroughs of different DAWs.

Skip to the software that you're using if you want to save time, or watch all of the lectures if you want a deeper understanding.

03:20

Set up a project in Audacity and start recording.

01:01

Set up a project in Reaper and start recording.

00:43

Set up a project in Pro Tools and start recording.

02:23

Summary of the key points covered in this section about the recording process.

02:06

Here are some exercises for you to complete.

3 questions

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

Section 13: Editing
Introduction to Editing
Preview
00:28
02:29

There are several reasons why we would edit our recordings.

03:54

Volume automation is a large part of the editing process. In this lecture we learn about the history of volume automation from the days of analogue mixing desks. Next we learn how this can apply to our voice overs, videos, podcasts and speech recordings at home.

04:22

There are several different ways to perform volume automation. I prefer to draw on automation in the arrange window of my DAW (sometimes referred to as an envelope filter). This way you can insert your automation straight on to the waveform of your voice recording.

Section 14: Step-by-Step Editing Walkthroughs
02:50

How to edit your recordings in Audacity and make your voice overs sound cleaner and more professional.

09:43

How to edit your recordings in Reaper and make your voice overs sound cleaner and more professional.

06:58

How to edit your recordings in Pro Tools and make your voice overs sound cleaner and more professional.

Section 15: ADR (Replacing Dialogue)
01:41

You might have heard the term ADR before, or you might not. ADR stands for Automatic Dialog Replacement and started off in the film industry. Now we can use it to replace an the audio and dialog in videos that have too much background noise or unusable audio.

03:18

Now that you know what ADR is, we will look at the practical application of this process. Watch me edit a voice over that I recorded by lip-syncing to replace the original audio.

01:29

You've seen me edit the new audio, so now let's take a listen! ADR is a complicated process and will take a lot more time to perfect than these few videos can cover.

05:01

This technique will make it super-easy to perform ADR on your voice overs.

01:58

Summary of the key points covered in this section on editing.

00:31

Some exercises for you to complete.

2 questions

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

Section 16: Mixing with EQ & Compression
Introduction to Mixing
Preview
00:45
02:50

Use these popular tools to make your voice overs louder and clearer.

03:20

To use EQ to your advantage, you need to understand it. Let me break it down for you.

02:48

Know exactly what frequencies to change and by how much!

02:52

To use compression to your advantage, you need to understand it. Let me break it down for you.

03:03

Compress your track to increase the volume and level out the peaks. I'll tell you exactly what settings to use!

Section 17: Noise Gating & Other Tools
02:34

To use noise gates to your advantage, you need to understand them. Let me break it down for you.

I'll show you the exact settings to use and play around with.

02:25

EQ, compression and noise gating aren't the only tools available to you.

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Instructor Biography

Rob Mayzes, Audio-visual engineer, video creator and educator.

Audio guy, video creator and online entrepreneur.

  • - Professional audio writer/journalist, currently writing for Envato Tuts+ (13 million readers per month)
  • - Popular teacher on Udemy in topics related to audio (including voice recording and audio for video) with 565+ 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
  • - Got my first studio internship at the age of 14
  • - Recording at home for over 11 years. Built my own professional studio.
  • - Avid Certified Pro Tools 11 User (Avid’s official Pro Tools certification, it ain’t cheap!)
  • - Founder of www.homestudiocenter.com, an online learning resource for musicians and home recordists with over 7,014 subscribers.

Wanderluster and jack of all trades (master of some).

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.





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