Keys to Home Studio Design for Voice Over

Home Voice Over Studio Design

Keys to Home Studio Design for Voice…

Home Voice Over Studio Design Tips from Professinal Voice Over People

Once into the voice over business, one’s thoughts tend to wander
and wonder, about building a studio in their home for practice and
production services. We can’t blame you, the same thing happened to
us. It doesn’t take long for the bug to bite you, and once it does,
watch out house, and watch out wallet.

Building a studio can be a lot of things, but one thing it will
never be is cheap. A very modest studio, with top flight equipment,
will run you 5 figures easy. Buying all of your equipment from "the
guy at the store" because he said "it was the best" and "what you
needed" will not only break you, but you might end up with a setup
more appropriate for Fleetwood Mac. Simply said, it is not a quest
to be taken lightly.

There are several pieces of equipment on the market that are
ideal for voiceover work. They differ greatly in functionality,
usability, and certainly cost. The "Big Boys" usually have the
nicest toys, and not everyone walks out and builds a legendary
studio their first time out.

What you are looking for when you venture into the world of
studio construction is:

  1. Location, Location, Location.
  2. Money, Money, Money.
  3. Knowledge, Knowledge, Knowledge.

The knowledge is the most important part. Without it, you will
run out of money and pick the wrong location for your workspace.
It’s just that cut and dry. Buy up every book you can get your
hands on, get some experience in wiring and soldering, learn the
technical lingo so you can speak pig-layman to the people you are
sure to end up on the phone with, and before you spend one dime on
a nail, board, screw, or piece of insulation, add some security to
your project and your investment, and set up a consultation account
with MineWurx.

It is not that expensive compared to the cost of:

Buying audio equipment that only resells at 1/3 the price you
paid for it. Constructing your sound environment out of inadequate
materials to find that your "isolation booth" seems to only isolate
you when you’re in it. Going into the process only to
find out that your computer won’t work with your software, or your
gear won’t interface with your computer, or any other combination
of problems. Buying your equipment online only to find it doesn’t
work when you get it, or is not in the condition promised. (This
happens all the time.) Purchasing too much equipment or equipment
not properly suited for your application.

And the list goes on.

We can help you not only get off on the right foot, we can help
you hit the ground running when it comes time to start cutting
demos and producing commercials.

If our consultation saved you one, two, three thousand dollars
would it be of value to you?

More information about The Voice Over Coach Consultation Services can
be found
here
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Top 20 Things to Plan for when Building a Home Voice Over Studio

How to Plan Your Home Voice Over Studio

Acoustics, Location, Microphones, Mixers, Monitors, Recording

When you’re planning to build a home voiceover studio the first things you should consider when trying to choose the right space are:

  1. Where is the best, most quiet space for you to have it?
  2. Is it realistic to think you will be able to work in this space relatively undisturbed?
  3. Will you be constructing a studio for practice or production purposes?
  4. Does the space have enough electrical outlets and are those outlets well grounded?
  5. Does your home studio space have a network connection?
  6. Does it have a good door on it that will seal up tight when you close it?
  7. How much window exposure does it have?
  8. Will your voiceover studio be close to other mechanical interference in the house such as heat pumps, furnaces and electric appliances?
  9. Is the space carpeted? How much furniture is in the room?
  10. Is the lighting incandescent or florescent? Are there rheostats in the room?
  11. Are there air vents in the room that would be a source of noise?
  12. Where do you plan to store computers and other noise generating equipment?

If you’ve found a good location for your voice over studio, what kind of equipment do you plan to use?

  1. Will your computer be a Mac or PC?
  2. What digital editing software do you plan on using? Adobe Audition? Digidesign’s ProTools?
  3. Are you going to use a self contained microphone preamp/sound card system like an M-box or are you planning on using a PCI-based solution?
  4. Do you plan on having a mixer of any kind?
  5. Do you plan on having other outboard equipment such as vocal processors, equalizers, CD decks, DAT, ISDN or phone patches?
  6. What are you going to do as far as acoustic treatment?
  7. What are your plans for sound isolation? A voice over booth? A closet?
  8. How do you plan on listening to your productions? Headphones? Studio monitors?
  9. How much of your budget is set aside for a microphone?
  10. Will you be using a table stand or boom/shock-mount configuration for your microphone?

Don’t forget to think of things like cables, CDs, adapters, FTP software, web space, large hard drives, CD burners, etc.

The shopping list for your home voice over studio can get kind of long and your budget is going to be a big consideration. Make sure to put most of your effort into planning.

Some articles you may find helpful as you begin to plan can be found here:

Constructing a network quality sound isolation booth…

2 thoughts on “Keys to Home Studio Design for Voice Over”

  1. You’re so wrong. I was in a large building and using a board and a $250 mic and with the correct processor/compressor it sounded better than any of the 15 radio stations I worked at! Of course none of them used the correct compressor.
    You don’t have to be in a closet or closed off space for great sound. It’s ALL about the equipment!

    Sorry–

  2. Only wrong in the eye’s of a radio guy. And in case you hadn’t noticed – we’re not in the business of sounding like radio guys. That is why most radio guys can’t do what we do – because they think they know it all already. Voice over and sounding like a DJ are two completely different animals, as such they require two completely different skill-sets and types of people. Last I checked, I sign things “Minetree” when I post them on the web… Not “M”.

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