How to Get the Most Out of Your Voiceover WorkArticle 5 of 7Posted onby nycnewsnow [email protected]”I was going to say that they didn’t have a sound designer in the world that could really do that,” said John C. Johnson, the president of the Motion Picture Association of America.
Johnson is also the vice president of technology for the Motion Graphics Association.
“They had to come up with a whole new technology to do that, and they didn´t really know what that was.”
Johnson said he thinks it’s important to know how to use your voice and to be aware of the differences between different voices.
“You have to understand how to do it in a way that you feel comfortable doing it,” he said.
“Some people don’t like the sound of it.
So if you can get the right combination of that, it can be really effective.”
A little bit of everythingThe biggest challenge is understanding the differences in how you want your voice to sound.
Johnson said that’s easier said than done, but it’s definitely worth the effort.
“If you have a lot of sounds in your voice, it’s a lot harder to get a good mix,” he explained.
“I have to know which parts are good and which parts aren’t good.”
He said he uses a digital sound mixer that uses sound-tracking software to record and mix his voice and then uses the mix to create an overall sound.
For example, he said, when he’s recording, he uses the sound tracking software to create a low frequency sound that he uses as a starting point to build up to the high frequency sound he wants.
Johnson said a good sound editor can also help you figure out the right amount of volume for your voice.
“It’s very hard to get that right with a mic because it sounds very noisy,” he noted.
“With a mic, you can really get that sound.
But you can’t really get the same sound from a voice over person.
They need a really good mic.
A good mic has a very clear frequency response.
If you’re using a mic with too much gain, you’re going to get distortion.”
Johnson also said a sound editor is important for voiceovers to be really clear.
“You can’t just use the voice,” he added.
“If you can just make the sound clear, then you have to use that voice.”
Johnson, like many other voiceover professionals, uses Adobe Premiere Pro to create his voiceover tracks.
He said that makes it easy to get creative with sounds.
“The thing with Adobe Premiere is that I use all of the tools I have, and it really makes it really easy to make your voice sound great,” he recalled.
“It makes it so you can do all kinds of stuff.
There’s nothing else you have.
There aren’t a lot tools you can use.”
Johnson uses sound effects in his work, including sound effects that make him look like he’s on stage.
“When I’m recording, I put the sound effect on the track,” he told NBC News.
“Then I make a choice on the fly to make the voice more or less inaudible.
I have a track of the actor, and then I do that in Audacity, or I have the effect in Audition.
And then I play that track and then we add in the sound effects to make sure that everything is right.”
Johnson told NBC that he also uses a sound system to set up a microphone to make it more or more like he is actually on stage in front of his audience.
“I don’t want my voice to get in the way of people looking at me,” he continued.
“That’s something that’s very important to me, to have a great voice.”
Johnson said he tries to create the best possible sound from his voice so that people don´t think it’s an actor on stage, but instead, he’s an actual human being.
“My voice is very human, so it’s not something that is a mic on stage,” he acknowledged.
Johnson also uses software to track his audio.
He uses an online recorder that lets him control the volume and the volume level on his microphone.
“There’s an online tool for recording audio,” Johnson explained.
“There are some things you can record with an audio recorder.
It’s like a really nice little recorder, it lets you adjust the level of the recording, so you have control over the sound.”
Johnson has worked with some professional voice actors, but says he doesn’t use any of them.
“My voice has been a professional voice for 15 years, and I can tell you that voice over actors are some of the most professional voices that you can work with,” he concluded.
Johnson has spoken at events for both the Motion Pictures Association of American and the Motion Graphic Association of the United States.
He is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and a member for several other trade associations