The Do-It-Yourself Voice-over
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The Do-It-Yourself Voice-over

Learn How to Record and Produce Your Own Voice-over
4.0 (4 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
545 students enrolled
Created by Dave B.
Last updated 2/2015
English
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Includes:
  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • basic audio recording techniques
  • proper equipment use
  • prepare voice-over script
  • controlling sound
  • best recording techniques
  • how to enhance your voice recordings
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Requirements
  • basic computer and audio knowledge
Description

You hear voice-overs just about every day. On the radio, television production, films, training videos, web presentations, and on commercials on TV are just some of the productions that use voice recordings.

Voice-overs are recorded and placed over the top of a video or film and commonly used in documentaries or news reports to explain information.

Although many of these are hired professional voice-overs, many people are unaware that producing a good voice-over isn’t as difficult as they might think and the equipment you need is inexpensive. And you don't need to have a naturally gifted voice to create a good quality voice-over.

In this course you will learn about basic audio recording techniques, equipment options, acoustic treatment, and how to properly use equipment for producing great voice-overs. In addition to the technical aspect of this course, you will also learn about how to prepare for the script.

Who is the target audience?
  • Anyone who wants to learn how to record and produce their own voice-over
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Curriculum For This Course
19 Lectures
01:20:49
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Introduction
2 Lectures 03:41

There isn't an industry standard voice-over equipment setup, but you will need a few pieces of gear to start with. In this lesson you will learn about the basic tools you will need, and coming up later in this course you will learn about the differences between these tools.

Preview 02:23
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Basics of Audio Recording
2 Lectures 11:26

In this lesson you will learn about some of the essential terms and concepts in recording like analog to digital conversion, sample rates, and bit depths.

Preview 06:07

Signal-to-noise ratio is one of the most important aspects of audio recording. In music recording, a bit of noise can often be masked by other instruments, but with a single voice you are much more exposed, and getting a good signal-to-noise ratio is critical.

Preview 05:19
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Equipment
6 Lectures 36:35

Audio recording can be done with very modest equipment, and you have a lot of options in relatively inexpensive audio recording software. In this lesson you will learn about some of the things you want to consider in your audio recording system and the software you use for recording and editing.

Computers and Software
05:15

As mentioned earlier in this course, one of the essential tools for audio recording is an audio interface. In this lesson you will learn about some of the options for input, output and monitoring, and get some recommendations on what to purchase.

Audio Interfaces
05:51

Talking about which microphone to use for a particular application is a minefield, because everyone has opinions. In this lesson you will learn about a few different microphone types and get some recommendations on what to use.

Microphones
07:02

Everyone wants to record with one of those large, fancy studio mics, but great recordings can be made with a small diaphragm condenser too. In this lesson you will learn about the differences, and hear some examples of how good, inexpensive condensers can sound.

Microphones Part 2
03:49

Microphone Accessories
06:53

Monitors and headphones are essential for monitoring your recording, mixing and editing. This is another area where it is easy to get lost in specifications and options. Fear not—in this lesson you will learn what to look for and get some recommendations for specific gear to use for your productions.

Monitors and Headphones
07:45
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Controlling the Sound
2 Lectures 10:36

Where should you record your voice-overs? Will your office or bedroom sound OK, or will it need some treatment to help the sound? In this lesson you will learn about the pitfalls of setting up your microphone in an untreated space.

Where To Record Your Voice-overs
04:38

Acoustic treatment panels absorb sound and cut down on echo. Installing them can make your space much easier to work in for both recording and editing. In this lesson you will learn where to position acoustic panels for a neutral-sounding recording.

Acoustic Treatment Panels
05:58
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Recording Your Voice-Over
5 Lectures 12:29

In this lesson you will learn how to prepare for recording voice-overs. These simple steps will save you time and make the process much smoother.

Prepare for Recording Voice-overs
02:42

In this lesson you will learn exactly how to set up the microphone to reduce plosives and still get a great signal-to-noise ratio.

Setup of Microphone
02:48

Setting levels is a balance between a strong signal and reducing noise and avoiding clipping. In this lesson you will learn how to set levels for your recording.

Recording Levels
02:33

Voice Preparation
02:04

Room Tone
02:22
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Wrapping It Up
2 Lectures 06:02
Getting Started With A Voice-over Business
04:45

Conclusion
01:17
About the Instructor
Dave B.
4.5 Average rating
104 Reviews
3,853 Students
8 Courses
Photographer, Videographer, Blogger and Entrepreneur

David is a Videographer, Photographer, Producer, Entrepreneur & Web Content Manager.

David started his professional videography & photography businesses at the young age of 19 where he mainly worked within the sport of snowboarding. He has since expanded his services and now specializes in business promotional content and a wide variety of other camerawork.

Dave's work has taken him to Africa, Europe, Cuba, most of the Caribbean Islands, Mexico, Canada and all over the United States.

His clients make up a list of who's who of the Fortune 500: General Electric, Verizon, Costco, Sears, Ford, Coca-Cola, Macy's, 3M, AT&T, and Kraft Foods, to name a few.

He has also worked for ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, Discovery Channel, History Channel, A&E, and ESPN.

His aim is to teach individuals and small businesses ways to create better videos and photos.