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Voice Over With a Chance of Meatballs


By Stephanie Ciccarelli

May 25, 2010

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two meatballsWhen 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.

I Can Hear Your Hamburger!

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.

Caution: the microphone can hear your hair growing!

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.

Tips on Getting a Flawless Sound from VO Pros

"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

There are a lot of apple fans as it would have it. Laura Branch Mireles, Amanda Sellers all chimed in with apples. Granny Smith (green apples) in particular seems to do the trick.

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)"

-- Carole Richards

"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."

-- Harriet Marsh

Any Thoughts?

I'd love to hear about your experiences or tips on how to create pristine vocal deliveries.

Looking forward to your reply,


©iStockphoto.com/Jacek Chabraszewski

Related Topics: acting, Apple, dental, health, how to, oral hygiene, pop filter, voice over


    I agree with Peggy; the water really seems to help. I love the lip balm idea. There are some days when noises are nowhere to be found, and some days that you just can't get rid of them. Thanks, voices.com, for your continual awesome information!

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      Harriet..I started using the "neti pot" about a year ago and I agree..it has saved me on those really bad days!

      Posted by:

        Good sleep, no eating 1 hour ahead of a recording, no coffee before recording, tea is okay but not Earl Grey !

        Chewing gum followed by water can eliminates mouth noises just before or during a recording !

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          Water with lemon in it. Also, Craisins.

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            In addition to the expected hydration level, I believe that one's level of confidence also plays a role in how much mouth noise is produced. I've found that if I feel nervous or apprehensive about a session or audition, my mouth begins to dry out and it's tough to keep the noise away. When I'm more relaxed and confident about what I'm doing, there's a lot less mouth noise to clean up later. The nice thing is that the more I get hired, the more confident I become when approaching each succeeding audition or session, and the less I have to deal with mouth noise.

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              Listerine Breath Strips! Someone suggested these to me a few years ago. They help quickly and are easy to keep with you. I'm also a big green apple fan.

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                Yup...apples and water are great!
                I've also found that 1 or 2 little gummy bears really get the saliva flowing for those with dry mouth!(and they're tasty too!)

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                  All of the above. Thanks to all for your tips. I've tried many with good results. It's nice to know I'm not the only one who can let slip a click or a pop.

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                    I "lip and sip" all day, everyday. Water and lip balm are always on hand in the booth and on my person. I am a huge proponent of oral hygiene, as well. Brush/floss daily, plus water irrigation. I'll use Ricola sugar-free lemon lozenges and sometimes a spritz or two of water spray from a small bottle when my mouth is dry, which can happen the more you read. More like once per page of script.

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                      I use listerine when my tongue gets lazy. It's a quick refresher and really helps on the the long all day voice over sessions. Green apples are great as well. And of course, nothing beats water!


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                        All are excellent choices and I've tried all except the lip-balm. When I find one that's black licorice flavored, I'll be all over it. Warm herbal tea, seems to help me the most before a read.

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