By Lin Parkin
September 5, 2013
Are you thinking about offering audio production services in addition to providing voice-overs?
Some voice-over artists have as much talent for the technical side of the business as they do for the creative, while others have to work hard on developing those skills.
If audio production just isn't your thing you could consider outsourcing that part of the job.
However, especially for freelance voice talent, having production skills adds a great deal of value to the services you can offer by saving clients time and money. Those are beautiful words to all potential buyers!
We reached out to the community through our social media channels to get some sound advice for those thinking of branching into production services. Hear what they had to say in today's VOX Daily.
Billy Madatchu (Producer) - "Make sure your mic is quality... most important... then your cables and interface... there are tons of products available that will do just fine. Do your research and read forums and reviews on sites like this one and others. Once you have your mic and interface, and presumably a sound environment to record and mix, your DAW is the next step. Depending on your computer's capabilities there are a few different choices. I work primarily with protools. But you can use almost any of them to get the job done. They all have their ups and downs. Protools is just the industry standard so if you want to be in the industry you might want to get used to it. Then I would watch as many tutorials as your brain will allow and practice, practice, practice. Less compression = better quality, as much as possible anyways. And subtract eq more than add it. I hope this helps anyone and good luck."
Prentice Osborne - "Don't be intimidated by the software. Take a little time to get comfortable with the program you choose to use. Use online resources to familiarize yourself with basic commands, and ask colleagues and mentors for help. If you still want to learn production after that, take a couple classes. Then practice, practice, practice! Oh, and don't forget...more practice."
Joel Porter - "You can have a great car or a lousy one, but if you don't know how to drive, you will end up in a ditch. Good things take time, and skills need to be practiced... and what clients like is when you save them time and money. Voice actors looking to go into production should practice on their own stuff over and over to build confidence."
Larry Murphy - "After talking with my voice coach, I decided to switch to Sound Forge Audio from Pro Tools LE8. SF is so much easier, for me anyway, to edit and mix music. My best advice is to play around with the software, try different things, experiment, and practice. Try mixing in sound effects and music. Look for resources on the internet that offer music and SFX. But do shop around and sample the music; you must be sure that the quality is there. Last thing you want to do is mix in music of poor quality."
Rich Brennan - "If I may quote "The Joy of Painting" with Bob Ross: "There are no mistakes, only happy accidents". Often, when I'm producing a lot of sound elements or sound effects wind up in the piece by mistake; simply 'cuz they sound better. "I don't think of producing as 'work'; I prefer to call it 'playing'."
Monika Moravan - "Practice, practice, practice and ask pros for advice."
Teg Gray - "Have good editing skills, make certain when editing for breath and noise reduction to maintain good pacing for the narration. To do this make sure you have a small amount of clean room sound from the recording to replace the deleted noise for seamless transitions. Also have access to royalty free music and offer a wide selection for your client, offer your best recommendation, but ultimately let them decide on the selection."
Brian Haymond - "I practiced and watched YouTube videos. Still learning to this day! It's all about following your passion. I do audio production as well as VO for that reason. Work the way you're wired."
If you have additional questions about audio production, try visiting our Answers forum where you can post questions and obtain advice from your peers. Or if you would you like to add your two cents to the advice above, please leave a comment below.
All the best,
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