By Stephanie Ciccarelli
May 25, 2010
When you step up to the mic, does good oral hygiene step up with you?
Brushing, flossing and rinsing can go a long way in delivering a clean, flawless vocal recording.
Learn more about how a clean mouth makes a happy voice over in today's VOX Daily.
Have you ever stopped to consider how little bits of food stuck in between your teeth can ruin a good take?
Recording right after you eat may result in some complications, including the overproduction of saliva and other undesirable effects.
Brushing your teeth after you eat certainly goes a long way and flossing goes even further.
Your recording equipment is quite sensitive though and will pick up more than you anticipate.
Basic oral hygiene aside, there are other steps you can take that will help minimize and even eliminate mouth noises. An informal survey on Facebook revealed the following information to help you succeed behind the mic.
"Starting from the source: I've found by adjusting my position by just an extra inch or two away from the pop screen, I have far less of those ugly 'ticks' to have to manually remove. You can adjust a tiny bit closer before hard consonants to avoid any added 'air' or potential for echo. If you tackle that in the editing stage, a slight fade prior to the hard consonant also does the job."
-- Dana Detrick
Water is another favourite. Carole Richards, Peggy Tisone, and Harriet Marsh referenced water as being integral to help prevent mouth noises. Here's what they had to say.
"Water, water and more water... and definitely no cheese (my biggest downfall)"
"First, I take a decongestant early every morning... I have bad allergies. Secondly, I sip water... it helps clear out that 'sticky mouth' sound. Additionally, I use a pop filter and place it and the mic to the side of my mouth. A light application of lip balm seems to help too."
-- Peggy Tisone
"For me, proper diet, hydration and breathing help. Also the "neti" has saved me when allergies flare up."
I'd love to hear about your experiences or tips on how to create pristine vocal deliveries.
Looking forward to your reply,
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