"All the good sounds quality begins at home." - Joanel Rodriguez
Eric Fisher's insight:
There are so many things you need to consider when setting up a home studio. Some of the neccessary equipment to set up properly would be an interface, microphone, studio monitors, cables, and digital audio workstation software.
A must-read for anyone with a home studio...Audio Pros' Mel Allen, gives an excellent explanation—in plain, non-technical English—of which headphones are better to use when you're playing back and editing your voiceover tracks. He also includes a list of recommended "studio quality" headphones, ranging in price from $50-$190.
After I posted an article about Affordable Equipment to Build A Mini Home Studio, on Linkedin I get some great comments about this with plenty new tips in how to create and what to buy if you want to make a music studio, even an home studio.
When making a home studio you need to consider what purpose you will be using it for and buy your equipment accordingly.
Pros: You can buy affordable software, monitors, and other equipment to record in a home made studio. A good sounding product may be produced in a home studio.
Cons: Commercial recording can't be dont in a home without more expensive equipment. You can't expect to be able to record a large live band in a home studio without investing properly and corners can not be cut in production in that aspect.
As you know, in these days everything is recorded directly onto your computer's hard drive. We start assuming that you already have a computer - desktop or laptop, it does not matter, though laptop gives you more freedom of movement.
A home studio can have whatever equipment you feel is necessary for you to work. The most basic setups include just an interface, mic, mic stand, pop filter, and recording software or be loaded with state of the art equipment.
Nashville-based studio engineer, Joe Glider, cuts right to the heart of so many "recording" problems. Simply stated, if the performance is bad, "no amount of recording technique or fancy mixing tricks can cover it over." Even though he is talking about music tracks here, what he is saying applies equally to voiceover.
Just so we're clear, we strongly believe that having a good home recording set-up that produces a broadcast-quality recording is critical in today's competitive voiceover environment. All things being equal, if your recording is cleaner and crisper-sounding than your competition, it can definitely help tip the booking odds in your favor, BUT if the underlying performance isn't competitive, all the Neumann's in the world won't help.
So the bottom line is this...you need to master the voice acting craft first; otherwise why bother investing in expensive equipment?
Home Studio Corner: "In all the talk about recording technique, we MUST not forget that the first and foremost priority is the performance. If the performance is embarrassing, the mix will be embarrassing.
But the flip-side is also true, if the performance is absolutely amazing, the mix will likely sound great, too."
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