My son is also a voiceover actor. He is on several websites, but all of his jobs have been booked via Voice123. Highly recommend them!!! We have had nothing but positive experiences using their platform, and my son has booked some really neat jobs because of his profile on Voice123. We have the $395 a year plan.
All of his recordings have been done at our home studio – which I built. I got some 2×2 and 1×4 lumber, and built a cube on legs. Then I lined the cube with these acoustic panels on the bottom (they are sturdy, rigid enough to set your mic and such on) and these foam acoustic tiles on the sides, back, and roof.
For a final touch, I threw this moving blanket over the top and have it draped past the front of the cube so my son is sitting at a soundproof cube tent. We also have these fairy lights attached inside the cube for lighting. Changes colors to suit his mood or the mood of the project. Fancy, huh?
Here is the final recording booth. I also screwed some hooks into the wall. I run the headphone and mic cords along this and out under the door to connect to my laptop (where I record.) Keeps the cables out of the way so my son doesn’t get tangled up in them and rip a connector out of the mic or headphones.
You will also see the top part of the sound cube extends further than the bottom or sides. This is so that the sound stays trapped and does not go above or around my son when recording. No echo or lost sound!
This booth was built to fit our gameroom closet. I leave it set up at all times with the exception of the headphones and mic. I keep those up on a shelf so no one plays with them.
This is his favorite stool for recording. There are no arms to get in the way, it’s small, so we can shove it under the booth when he’s done. And it’s adjustable and comfy.
Inside the booth, he has two stands. One for the iPad (as he usually is on a Zoom with the director and creative team while he is recording) and one for his iPhone so he can have the script pulled up.
We record using the Rode NT-USB USB Condenser Microphone. The USB end plus into my laptop (I use a Surface Pro.) I run the cable under the door to the closet (where the sound booth is) so I can record on the other side of the door so as to not make noise or be otherwise disruptive.
My son and I each wear headphones which plug into the microphone via a splitter cable.
I record using the FREE Audacity software. When we’re done recording, I save the files as .wav files, then send to the client (generally via WeTransfer.) Audacity is so easy to use. I learned how to use it just by watching a couple of YouTube videos. I do have Source-Connect set up, but we have not yet had a client request to utilize it.
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