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Tuesday
Mar222011

New Tut! Twisted Wave for Beginners Screencast Tutorial

Check out our latest Twisted Wave Tut

This tutorial screencast video will take you through the entire process of installing, configuring, recording, editing, basic effects, and saving to MP3 with the amazingly efficient Twisted Wave software.  For under $10 you'll save hours of searching the net for help and experimenting and get right down to recording your voice-over tracks.  Even if you already use Twisted Wave you're bound to learn something new that will make you glad you made the purchase.

I'm always looking for great topics to cover with our new Tuts on Demand service. If you have an idea or recommendation, and we use it for a Tut, we'll give you access to the tutorial for free!

Tuesday
Mar152011

Notes from the Field: Improving Diane Merritt's recording quality

The "garbage in, garbage out" rule is especially important in recording voice-overs.   It often surprises me how long my new clients toiled at getting good quality recordings from their home studios.  They buy good equipment, expensive mics, spend years honing their craft, and seek help from friends whereever possible to ensure what they put out is the best sound possible.  Yet despite all of that, some very basic rules of audio engineering are overlooked.  It's not their fault.  Voice actors, even those with years of radio experience like Diane, aren't trained in audio engineering.  

Over the course of an hour I helped talented voice actor Diane Merritt tune her recording chain and get the most of her Neumann TLM103, which was getting lost in a sea of electrical noise.  Basically, we increased the gain at the front end, and backed off the levels along the rest of the signal chain, placing as many controls at the "unity" setting as possible, the theoretically quietest setting on the dial.  Check out the results (both files normalized to -3db).  

Before  After

 

Diane was nice enough to leave us a testimonial.