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Main Topics Covered

  • Understanding Acoustics: George discusses the importance of understanding acoustics and how it affects the quality of audio recordings. He explains that the room in which you record can have a significant impact on the audio's clarity, warmth, and resonance.

  • Microphone Recommendations: George addresses the common question of which microphone to use for voiceover work. He suggests considering factors such as your budget, the type of voiceover work you'll be doing, and your personal preferences.

  • Audio Evaluation and Feedback: George outlines the process of evaluating audio recordings and providing feedback and recommendations for improvement. He emphasizes the importance of being specific and constructive in your critiques.

  • Use of Plugins: George discusses the use of plugins for audio processing, highlighting how they can be used to correct issues like sibilance and mouth noise. He stresses that plugins should be used judiciously and not overused.

  • Continuous Improvement: George emphasizes the importance of continually improving as a voice actor. He advises being able to recognize when certain processing techniques are no longer necessary as your skills develop.

Key Takeaways

  • Importance of Acoustics: The quality of your audio recording depends heavily on your recording environment. Take the time to understand and optimize your space for the best results.

  • Individualized Microphone Choice: There is no one-size-fits-all microphone for voiceover work. Consider your specific needs and preferences when choosing a microphone.

  • Value of Feedback: Seek out constructive criticism of your recordings to identify areas for improvement. Be specific and action-oriented in your feedback to others.

  • Plugin as a Tool: Plugins can be a powerful aid in audio processing, but they should be used judiciously. Overuse can lead to unnatural-sounding audio.

  • Focus on Skill Development: Prioritize continuous learning and improvement as a voice actor. Be aware of when processing techniques are no longer necessary for your skill level.

About George

Since 2005 George has dedicated his career to serving the technical needs of voice actors and recording studio owners.

In August 2017 George launched to assist anyone who records voiceover with tech support, training, studio design, and audio processing templates.

George is a 1997 graduate of Virginia Tech with a Bachelor's degree in Music and Audio Technology with a Minor in Communications. George went on to acquire considerable expertise in music recording by working with various musicians and artists in the Philadelphia area, and gained broadcast engineering experience working at 94 WYSP (now WIP) as the remote engineer for the NFL Eagles Radio Network.

From a handful of satisfied clients, George has now built his reputation working solely with voice-over studios and clients. He is globally considered a top authority in voice-over recording technology, investing thousands of hours researching studio design, recording equipment, and creating training materials for voice actors. Among his many successful clients are the late Don LaFontaine, Bill Ratner, Melissa Disney, Randy Thomas, Joe Cipriano and Scott Rummell.

George is producer and co-host with Dan Lenard of the webcast Voice Over Body Shop at VOBS.TV

George is co-host of the podcast The Pro Audio Suite.

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