Voice over work is no more a traditional closed studio recording job in front of those big diaphragms, and a director watching you over from a glass wall. This dynamic working generation balances their profession and their will to travel around the world well. It applies to voice actors too, who would love to work while traveling to the remotest corner of the world and keeping their clients happy too.
If you also are one of those travel enthusiasts, then you must be tracking ways to record your voice professionally without the studio. Like a manager carries his entire office in a laptop hard disk, a voice artist can also bring his studio in a backpack and fly wherever he wants. You need to keep the list of required items and choose the most portable and efficient option for each. So, no matter if you are a professional audiobook voice over artist or a commercial VO expect, you need to have your voice travel kit ready to continue your work while you are on the go. Let us have a look at your travel guide.
Although it is challenging to plan isolated space in advance but not impossible, it’s important to avoid noise. If you are booking a hotel, prefer booking a room on higher floors and away from noisy areas. You can tell your requirement to the hotel and try to capture the best-isolated corner for you. In case you are a pro video game voice over artist, you would need to make those catchy sounds, and being isolated would be a primary requirement there!
If you are traveling to a relative or friend, then it’s best to discuss it as your prime work requirement and ensure peace while you work.
Sound Recording Booth
If you are a professional, then you know the importance of noise cancellation and the prevention of bouncing voices. A sound recording booth is nothing but creating your noise-proof compartment where you will record the voice. There are many options available online, and they are portable enough to carry in a duffel.
If you don’t want to invest and want to save this cost, you can also create a blanket fort. Check out online how you can do the same; additionally, take the help of a pillow and towel. You only need to be creative, and you are ready to record.
Once you are sure of how and where you set up your recording workstation, it’s time to select the equipment required to do the job. Selection criteria of any equipment will be based on three factors; it should be most portable, durable, and enable high-quality sound.
Mic involves a hefty cost, but you need to check its cost throughout its life, ideally ten years. There are many portable options in the market, and one of the most used options these days is the shotgun microphone. It is a very durable option designed for field use. The only problem with it is a narrow axis-like pick-up point, so you have to stick to the mic while recording, but it has an advantage too. Since it picks voice only when you stick to the mic, it also automatically reduces noise. Check and ensure mic and laptop interface.
If you are fond of traveling a lot, follow the basic principles in selecting items and setting up your traveling studio in a bag ready to pick-up for even those last-minute travel plans and enjoy your passion for traveling along with your profession as a voice-artist.
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