By Stephanie Ciccarelli
May 10, 2007
Having trouble keeping a consistent sound when recording?
Is your mouth too wet, too dry, sticky or tongue-tied?
Maybe your lips need some TLC, too...
Discover some great tricks to rid yourself of mouth problems when recording voice overs here at VOX Daily.
Sometimes, the simplest voice over recording task can be the hardest (and most time consuming) to do if your mouth isn't cooperating with your mind.
While these issues can crop up at the least convenient time, there are preventative measures that you can take to soothe the savage beast ahead of time.
In past posts, we've learned that good oral hygiene helps to combat mouth noise. David Houston's cleaning the instrument articles hit on that topic with a vengeance, including the use of tabasco sauce!
We've received tips from others recommending Alkalol (Lora Cain), munching on apples (Julie Williams), sugar-free mints and Cayenne Pepper Tea (Sanda Allyson), avoiding dairy products, nuts, caffeinated beverages, chocolate, consuming a Cinnamon Altoid (Claire Michel), or simply avoiding food all together before a session.
The most important thing you can do to prepare is to get a lot of rest and drink water frequently.
A tip Pat Fraley endorses is that instead of taking a glass of water into the studio with you (he figures that if you're not hydrated by then, it won't make much of a difference to chug a bottle of Evian in the studio) that you bring a spritzer bottle with some lukewarm water in it, and when you need a bit of moisture, just spritz away!
While it's good to know how to hydrate and keep the inside of your mouth cooperating with you, there is another element that we had not yet considered.
There are times when lips can be the culprit of a voice over disaster too.
Does anyone do anything special to moisturize their lips when recording? Any particular lip balm, cream, or glaze that works with your voice?
It would be interesting to learn if using a product such as lipsol or lip balm would be a benefit or a hindrance to you where recording voice overs are concerned.
Please leave a comment with your view on applying and incorporating lip balm in your voice over studio.
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