This is the final submission to my little Star Wars-esque trilogy. I quickly realized that pics and text weren’t going to do it for showing the final result of my treatment installation in my home studio. So, I opted for a video. I probably ramble a bit, here and there and I realized afterward that I don’t seem to have a “good side”. So, please be kind. I’ve never done something like this before. 🙂
But, I think it is clear that the treatment (and studio in general) work very well. I am pleased with the results.
Here are some before and afters to help show the impact that the treatment has when recording voice-overs. I’m using the raw files, because I think they showcase the echo quite prominently. The final, in my opinion, is far better than the first one. I was thrilled when I did my first VO in the treated room. Money very well spent. Check out the comparison.
Well, without further ado, let’s watch my directorial and acting debut showcasing the new home studio.
Thanks for sticking around through the series. I hope it helps someone out there attempting to do the same thing.
Till next time…
David (Cali Dingo)
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So, as I have stated/mentioned in prior posts, I have long had a “home studio” in a spare bedroom in the house. I used the room as is, with just my furniture “cleverly” situated in odd areas. As an example of my odd layout, I decided to put my desk in a corner of the room. Why? Don’t ask me. I guess I was trying my hand at eccentric interior design? Not sure. Plus, I had no acoustic treatment, which didn’t affect the layout, but it did affect the “sound” of the room. As a graphic design / web design office it was just fine. As a music studio? Not so much. Needless to say, over the course of me recording, mixing and mastering audio, I began to realize this room was dishing out all sorts of problems. For instance:
Recording – Too much ambient room noise, and not the good kind. When recording voice overs, echo-flutter was all too apparent. It became a nasty problem once I was in the processing phase, because once I added any compression that echo-flutter was very, up front and center. It made me work harder in the editing phase, attempting to knock out the noise wherever there was a pause in the vocal. I still do this when editing, but I had to get real surgical when dealing with all the echo-flutter. Talk about time consuming, not to mention the echo was still somewhat present during the voice over. Maybe no one else heard it, but I did and I’m the only person that matters… besides my wife. 😉
Also, when attempting to record, my room had… well, no room, thanks to my eccentric interior design (I wish I would have taken “before” pics. I always forget to do that). The layout was horrendous which led to me pulling cords outta my guitars or knocking over my preamps. I looked like one of the Marx brothers when trying to record.
Mixing/Mastering – This is where the acoustic treatment was badly needed…only I didn’t know it for quite a while. Being that I’m married and my studio is in a house that my wife lives in, I typically use my monitors, KRK Rokit 5s, for referencing only. However, the acoustics in my room made referencing a bit more daunting. The mix from my monitors sounded totally different from what my headphones were telling me. This would lead me go back to the mix and try and fix what the room said needed fixing, only to go back to the headphones and find out that the changes I just made, based on my monitors, sounded off. Once I studied up on acoustic treatment the light bulb went off and I began to understand that my room was playing a dirty trick on my ears.
So, I sat down, did some research and discovered that I needed to change the layout and add some acoustic treatment. Upon realizing how much work was going to be involved I decided to also change the color of the room. You see, I made my home studio in a kiddie bedroom. It had a baseball-themed light fixture and powder blue paint. Perfect for a little boy. But, it has been annoying me since I took the room over as my office/studio. Now was my chance.
Let the work begin…
Whew! It was a lot of work, but I love the results. Part 2 will cover the addition of acoustic treatment to the room. Let me know what you think so far.
Recently I did some voice over work for a cartoon I’m creating for an interactive PDF that my job will be publishing. This sample I’m presenting here is a very, very small snippet showcasing myself and my wife doing the voices for 2 little characters that will be instructing students on how to use a math activity. I created the background music in Garageband which I’ve found works wonders when making little jingles for these types of situations.
On a side note, I was surprised at how much interest there was on how I go about doing voice overs. So, I thought I’d compile a little series demonstrating how I record, edit and process the voice overs as well as the creation of background music and anything else I find that might be useful to anyone who cares. By no means is my way the only way or even the “best” way. But, it works for me and as always, there is more than one way to skin a cat.
Hope you had a fantastic Fourth of July! California Dingo definitely enjoyed the festivities. Hotdogs, friends and family always go good together.
But, now we are back in the full swing of things. In light of this, here is an animation sequence from an educational game I was fortunate enough to be a part of. I designed the game graphics and supplied the animation sequences throughout. Not to mention all the audio and voice-overs for the game. This sample is showcasing a sequence upon completing a level for the game.
Today I want to share a voice over project I have been working on for an educational flash game. I performed audio editing, the voice over and mixing on this sample. Perhaps I can provide some voice over work on your next project.