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One small, tiny, teensy-weensy, infintisimal, minute, unimportant detail, ...which could be important.

It's All In The

just check!

JAN. 10, 2019

 When the 'plosive breath from your mouth... hits your pop screen, it is very possible that, although your pop screen is handling the 'plosives quite well,

it may be CAUSING artifacts to enter your waveform. ANY sound created, other than what you want coming out of your mouth, will colour, affect or otherwise mess with your final waveform... and need to be taken care of in post production. What I'm saying here is that your pop screen could be causing noise, ...physically... through your mic set-up. If your read causes your pop screen to move, that action might transmit a soft thump through your carefully prepared system.

 Simply try this: Tap your pop screen with your finger, with your mic set at its usual volume, and listen in your headphones for any kind of a sound. ANY kind. If you hear something, whatever that may be, it is likely being added to your read. If your mic is picking it up... where then, is it going? It will also likely be of a form that is very difficult to remove, as it will be within the words themselves.

 A solution?
Move the pop screen further away from the mic until there is no sound detected from tapping on it. If that means more than 6 inches, then you need a better pop screen, or a better attachment for it.
If you do a lot of intimate, close reads, then you might have a new project here. Maybe you can add some cushion or isolation between where your pop filter attaches to your mic stand or to the mic itself. (I have never approved of any pop filter that attaches directly to your mic, for this very reason.) If your pop screen moves when you talk through it, then think about what noise this movement might create. 

Hey, I'm just trying to help, ....one small, tiny, teensy-weensy step at a time. 

The Speakers of the


FEB.19, 2019

My humble, open-air, voiceover studio is coming together quite nicely. For years I've been happy with my noisefloor and lack of reverb/echo, but now I've added, what to some would be a completely useless feature: multiple speakers. I have hand picked these speakers to be different from each other.

They are as follows:

--A set of ancient UK-built 'Vitavox' cabinets, each with a large 15" woofer and a 3-cell horn unit.
They are a superb product that can easily deafen anyone within 35 miles.

--I have a set of speakers from a cheap home theatre system, each about 3 inches wide, about 3 feet off the ground.

--I have a fairly good laptop speaker, in a laptop, on which nothing else works.

--I have a single, three-way, floor-standing 'tower' speaker, whose twin was left behind in a move.

--Aside from my standard good pair of 'cans' (over-the-ear headphones), I have added a single Yamaha studio monitor from the HS series. It is very flat in frequency response and does not colour any audio material.

I hear you ask: WHY?

Just like a webmaster, who has to view their final website creation on multiple different sizes and resolutions of computer screen, as well as on different phone and tablet screens ..to see how it is handled,..........I can now review my VO reads on a few of the different venues that a client might use. Sometimes the highs in my read have to be tweeked. Sometimes an inaudible click on one speaker rears its ugly head on another. Too much bass will easily become evident on the large boxes. 

This little bit of over-kill certainly gives me more confidence in my reads when they pass all the various speaker tests. Up until recently my headphones were my only listening device, ...but they have their own characteristics.

One choice, ...is not a choice.

This routine only adds a few minutes to each audition and since we VO artists always wonder just what the heck are the clients listening to, while discerning which voice to pick,

...I think it is worth it.   

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