Recording Lines Tutorial
Please note, these are suggestions, not requirements.
We are not recording professionals, but we pretend to be on TV.
- Before you do anything, listen to the mp3's on this site
to hear how NOT to voice act. Very Bad
Professional Voice acting here. Let it serve as an example of
what not to do.
- A bit of pantyhose (or a foam windscreen) over the
microphone goes a long way in
preventing annoying hissing sounds from your breath.
- Recording levels are essential. Make sure your recording
pegged all the way up. Watch the VU meter at the bottom of Cool
Edit's screen for the tell-tale
red clip light. If you see this, try backing away from the
microphone. A good rule of spacing
is to place your thumb on your lips and your pinky finger on the mic
and stretch them apart. If you
find you have a lot of breath pops try angling the microphone so that
your voice doesn't hit it head
- Desk thumps, cable noise and hand noise (if not using a
stand). There really isn't a
good way to reduce this sort of noise, short of the studio
solution. (Tape everything down, and use boom arms not physically
attached to the desk.) So, if you hear that sort of noise... Try
another take and be more careful. ^_^
- If at all possible, dedicate a room to recording for the
length of your recording
session. The microphone should be at least six feet away from your
monitor. It is essential that you turn off any window AC units,
ceiling fans and fluorescent lights that are in the room.
Incandescent bulbs are fine (the good ol' standby.) Dimmer lights are
another evil. Stay
away from them. Hang a sign on the door, "Aspiring Anime Voice
Actor Recording, DO NOT DISTURB!"
(Adding the phrase, "UNDER PAIN OF DEATH AND OTHER UNPLEASANTNESS" is
authorized and encouraged).
Take the telephone out of the room (or unplug it). Turn off ICQ, AIM
and other little doodads hanging in that systray that might pop up a
Nothing is more annoying than having your lines rejected due to
- Record all of your lines in a single take. Leave about 3
seconds between lines and
longer if you have to flip a page. After you are done, listen to
your lines to check for flubbed lines, coughs, background noise
(street noise, airplanes) etc. and "punch in" the section until it is
to your liking.The important thing is recording a continuous wav.
This minimizes recording differences, etc. After this is done, split
the wavform up by lines and save to individual files (by character
line number and character name). This will help when sending your
lines in. Remember,
leave at least one second of room silence before and after
- Sit up straight! Project into the microphone. Don't shout
in it though, even if the
direction calls for a "shout". Raise your pitch slightly and speak
a *tad* louder, but don't shout. It sounds awful.
- Many people find a pair of ear muff style headphones
essential to the recording process.
It cuts out room noise and allows you to focus on the sound of your
voice. They're also handy for
doing punch-ins to fix that flubbed word.
- Finally, remember, act. Don't read. Don't try to imitate a
voice actor. Sincerity
counts more than imitation. Get into character, think like the
character, and don't be a ham. If a line comes out false, stop, take
a break, grab a glass of ice water and try again.