How to do a voiceover using ipDTL

If you’ve not heard of ipDTL, it runs on Google Chrome and enables the client (you) to listen in and direct a voiceover session with me, as I voice your script at my studio in London, from wherever you maybe in the world! You get a high quality feed, as if you’re in the studio with me, but nothing you say gets recorded.

Ultimately, this saves time and money – there’s no travelling to a studio, no going backwards and forwards on email/phone trying to get it just right. Having you in on a session means we can nail the voice over in one go, and you get exactly what you’re after.

Once the session is finished, I’ll edit the audio down and Dropbox it over to you, in your choice of format. Or, you can record it your end, if you prefer.

Getting Started with ipDTL

You’ll need:

  • A computer, with microphone (most laptops have this built in)
  • A good internet connection (wifi is okay, cabled much better)
  • Headphones (not essential, but a help)
  • Google Chrome (only works with this browser)

How to do a voiceover with ipDTL

ipDTL is really easy to use, with just 3 steps to get going.

Step 1

Click on the link below (or copy and paste into Google Chrome). Its a unique login that will connect you with my studio.

ipDTL Link+

Step 2

Enter your name in the box at the top right, then click ‘Enter’.

Image of the ipDTL login page where you enter your name

Step 3

You’ll then see the main ipDTL interface, that looks like this…

image showing main ipDTL interface

…and that is it, you’re done! I’ll see when you’ve logged in and say hello.

The simple ipDTL interface

1.clicking on the mixer icon in the top right of the screen (circled in red, below) will bring up a little mixing desk. You can adjust the volume here and select which audio source to use (it will usually select this for you, but if you’re using an external sound card, you may need to adjust it manually).

image of ipdtl screen showing mixer and chat


2.There is also a chat area (circled in blue, above) where you can upload files, new scripts or just make notes and send them to me as I voice, in case you don’t want to interrupt the flow.

Lets get this voiceover done!

And that is it, super easy to use and real quick to get started!  If you need to hire a voiceover make sure they have ipDTL, it’ll make the project run so much more smoothly.

If you have any questions or would like to book in a voice over session with me, simply fill in the form on the contact page and I’ll get back to you.

Want to have ipDTL in your studio?

As you can see, its so simple to use and available anywhere there is an internet connection. Find out more and sign up for ipDTL here.


Neil Williams

English Male Voiceover Artist with ipDTL


image of voice over audio on a computer screen, showing the waveform

Voice Over Showreel, how do you make it great?

What makes the perfect voice over showreel?

Every voice over wants to know the answer to this question. Every voice over probably has their own idea of an answer! For me, I think this deserves the same answer as the question ‘how long is a piece of string?’ Below is my latest voice over showreel, check it out, tell me what you think…would you hire me from hearing it?


If you’d like to hire me after hearing that, phew, it worked 😉 contact me and lets talk….if you’re here to find out how to make a great voice over showreel, read on.

How long is a piece of string?

Voice over showreels are subjective. You could put together what you think is your best voice over work in the world, a mixture of everything you’ve done that you’re really, super proud of. Then a client/producer will listen to it, maybe just the first 10 seconds of your minute long masterpiece of a showreel, and think to themselves ‘yeah, its alright’ before moving onto the next showreel.

What was wrong with my voice over showreel?

But hang on, you slaved away over that voice over showreel for ages, it was brilliant, it deserved an award for being so good, why didn’t the producer like it? Don’t take it personally, you just weren’t what they were after, today! Next week the same producer, working on a different project, could listen to your voice over reel, more than 10 seconds this time, and think it really is brilliant, you are the voice they want and boom, you’re hired. Happy voice over.

How do I make a great voice over showreel then?

Equipment needed to make a voice over showreelThis is the million dollar question. For me, there is no strict answer here, one shoe doesn’t fit all. There are some generic guidelines for making good showreels, I’ll run through those shortly. My answer would be to have showreels for different types of work, showcasing how brilliant you are in each of them. From a commercial showreel for radio, tv and cinema commercial voice overs, to a corporate voice over showreel showing of different styles for corporate video work onto a documentary showreel, narration, on-hold/IVR reel etc etc.

Thats a lot of showreels!

You’re right, it is, but you’re a pro, you can do these and super serve the client, giving them exactly what they want. If you pop into a shop and ask for eggs and the guy gives you ham, you’re not going to be to pleased and will be unlikely to shop there again. Same for voice overs, if a client/producer is casting for an commercial and you send them a generic showreel with lots of different work on it, they’re unlikely to listen to it all, and if you’re lucky just the first 10-15 seconds (thats the reality, these people are busy and have lots to do). If you haven’t caught them in that short time space, you’ve lost the job. By sending a specific commercial showreel, and letting the producer know thats what it is, they’ll take a little more note and interest in what you’ve done, unlike every other voice over who’s just send a generic voice reel with a standard introduction.

But how do you know what the client wants?

There are a number of ways to get voice over work, one of them is for websites that let you ‘pay to play’, subscription based voice over sites where you pay a monthly or yearly fee for the pleasure of being listed on there. Clients then post jobs on the site, there is then a made scramble by the voice overs to get a demo in before the job closes. and are two of the better ones, there are many, many out there. Lots of them will just take your money and you’ll get nothing, I always advise doing a little research before parting with your hard earned cash. One voice over site approached me, asking if Id like to join. The site had brilliant reviews, claiming that within hours ‘big agencies had been in touch offering work’. After doing a little digging I found that the people who gave those reviews were no longer members of the site, in fact all four people who’d left reviews were no longer members. Why? I tracked one of them down and asked. He told me that ‘yes, the big agency did get in touch’….he got one job, after that, nothing.

When using these sites, you really have to be on the ball and either, have a home studio set-up and ready to record samples or have different demo’s ready, depending on the clients request – be it a commercial, corporate, on hold, e-learning, narration etc etc job. And there we come full circle to having lots of different showreels ready. From my radio presenting days, a saying always sticks in my mind ‘always have a bed to lie on’, which basically meant always have a demo ready, you never know when you’re going to need it.

Putting together a Voice Over Showreel – the basics

Here we go with three basic tips for making a showreel, these are almost golden rules…

  • Don’t go on forever – as I mentioned earlier, clients/producers are busy. You may have lots of brilliant audio you want to put into your showreel, but the reality is they’re only going to hear the first 10 – 15 seconds, maybe not even that. Put your best bits at the beginning and keep the entire demo no longer that a minute and a half, a minute or less would be perfect. By keeping it short, you’re also keep the size of the file small, perfect for emailing!
  • Levels – get your audio levels matched. Make sure all the audio in your showreel is at the same level, theres nothing worse than having to turn up the volume to hear a soft piece only for the next segment to deafen you as its to loud. Its also very unprofessional and shows you don’t really know what you’re doing with the equipment.
  • Don’t clump sample styles together, and keep them short – The idea of the showreel is to show of what you can do, so don’t stick all your chilled out, laid back stuff at the back, with all your upbeat stuff at the front. Mix it up and keep it short, don’t be afraid to chop things down to size, ten seconds of this, seven seconds of that. The person listening isn’t necessarily interested in what the topic is, they want to hear how you sound..and you need to get as much of that across as quickly as possible.

In my experience, if you follow the three simples rules, you won’t go far wrong with your voice over showreel.

If you’ve got any questions, just leave a comment below.


ipDTL Voiceover

ipDTL, you heard about it yet?

I’m now a fully signed up ipDTL voiceover, with Link+, but whats it all about? Read on to find out, or head straight to the bottom to try ipDTL for FREE!

I read something about it last year(2013), it won an award, didn’t really take much notice as theres always new innovations winning awards, then they just disappear, never to be heard of again.

This one cropped up again following a conversation with a voiceover friend who asked if Id thought about getting it. My ears pricked up when he said it was as good as, if not better than, ISDN for voiceovers and a fraction of the price.

ISDN in the UK isn’t cheap, I don’t think it is anywhere. As a voiceover, I have it so I can do remote voiceover sessions for studios and producers around the world. Its the industry standard for doing that kind of work, does the job, and the work I get using it, ensures that it pays its way. I was sceptical about this new ipDTL and it being as good as ISDN over the internet, at a fraction of the cost, so I decided to investigate further.

Who are these guys?

ipDTL comes from the In:Quality team, a new company that was only set up last year, already they are doing stormingly well. The idea behind ipDTl was originally for remote radio and tv contribution, it soon became apparent that it would be great for voiceover artists too.

The Tech side of it…

The tech behind ipDTL involves WebRTC (Real Time Communication) on Google Chrome, basically enabling browser-to-browser applications, such as video chat and voice calls, without plugins. You can currently only use ipDTL via Google Chrome.

But how good is it?

In a nutshell, very good! Before purchasing the HQ Audio Login (with audio at 128kbit/s) I tested it against my ISDN, I wanted to make sure it lived up to the claims. We played music down both lines, ISDN and ipDTL, along with dry voiceovers. The results were brilliant. The audio was crystal clear, the delay/lag on the ISDN was slightly more than on ipDTl, yes, you read that right, the delay was more on ISDN.

Whilst the ISDN had a solid connection throughout the tests, the ipDTL did drop out a few times, which did put a downer on things. But, we didn’t give up on it because of that. After logging off and reconnecting, making sure we were hard wired to the router, rather than wi-fi, and that there was minimal traffic on the network, we reconnected. This time, it worked like a charm, no dropouts and the audio sounded fantastic.

Do you need super fast broadband?

No! Despite the dropouts we experienced, you don’t need a mega fast connection. We tested it on ADSL and Fibre Optic Broadband. The upload speed of your connection is the more important one, to run 128K voiceover session, you need a minimum upload of between 700 – 800 kb. We tested it on a connection thats capped at 1mb upload, the speed reading was 837k, it worked very well, with no dropouts at that speed.

Is it easy to set-up?

Incredibly! Once we’d signed up, got the login and installed Google Chrome, we were away. One person logs in to the account(for example the voiceover), the other person(studio/producer) gets a link to click on. The voiceover, in this scenario, clicks call and you’re connected instantly. With a few minor system preference adjustments for routing sound, input and output, we were done. The voiceover could be heard clearly, as could the studio, enabling talkback.

What does Link+ mean?

At time of writing, when you sign up for an account, you only get one login, which means you have to buy a separate link if you want to work with other people via ipDTL, unless they have their own login. Link+ simply means that I’m ready to do voiceovers with anyone that needs them, I just send them the link+ I have, they click it on and we’re connected. The Link+ is useless without you logging in, so don’t worry about other people using something you’ve paid for.

I think Ive covered everything there, its basically the end for ISDN and the beginning of something brilliant for voiceover artists. If you’ve got any questions about how I use it, do leave a comment below and I’ll get back to you. Or get in touch with me via the booking page.

If you need a voice over, wherever you are in the world, I can now do it for you, all you need is google chrome and we’re away. Book a session here.

Also, if you want to try ipDTL for FREE, just click the image below.

ipDTL Voiceover Neil Williams

The Road to Professional Voice Over Success

The road to voiceover success is an interesting one!

I was at a studio recently where an intern asked about becoming a professional voice over artist and how it works. He saw the ‘voices’ coming in, recording and going. He basically thought “that looks easy, I want some of that”!

We went and grabbed a coffee and I filled him in on becoming a voiceover artist, trying my best not to put him off – after all, being a voiceover is LOTS of fun and one of the best jobs in the world. My other favourite job was working at TGI Fridays when I was a student, I had such a good time! Anyways, back to the road to voiceover success.

Image of an iPhone with microphone connected not for a voiceover

This kind of set-up is great…if you’re a journalist on the go! However, using it to record professional voiceovers won’t get you very far!

People, naturally, have different views on it. If you speak to a non-voiceover artist, they’ll tell you that being a voiceover is easy – just get a microphone and start recording. Some don’t even think you need a professional microphone and that recording it straight into your iPhone on an app is fine!

I’d love to see the look on my clients’ faces if I sent them that one day. “Here’s your audio. Sorry about the noise in the background, the dog wouldn’t shut up. Hope it’s okay. Oh and here’s my invoice. Worth every penny!!” Somehow I don’t think I’d be getting repeat work from them!

It’s not about just buying a decent microphone either. There are lots of other factors that come into play to make you a successful voiceover artist, from the type of pre-amp you use, to the sound-proofing in your studio, whether you have an agent or not, what your showreel is like, how good your marketing is…the list goes on and on. I’ll start with one of the most important considerations – equipment.

The road to voiceover success: equipment

        • The type of pre-amp you use for the microphone can have a big impact on how the microphone sounds and, as a result, how your voiceover sounds. Forgive me if I’m teaching my grandmother to suck eggs but, in case you don’t know, microphones need power and, in a nutshell, that’s what the pre-amp does. A small unit like the AudioKontrol 1 will plug into your computer’s USB. From there it will provide 48V of power to the microphone. It’ll work, but the quality really won’t be right for a professional voiceover. It’s best used for recording instruments. In my studio, I use a focusrite pre-amp, which has been designed for voiceovers.

          image of AudioKontrol 1 unit not great for a voiceover

          Audio Kontrol 1 sound card will provide power for the microphone, but its not good enough quality for voiceovers.

        • The editing software is also very important. There are lots of different audio editing software options available, from free stuff to really expensive stuff. At a basic level, they pretty much all do the same thing – edit audio. What you’re paying for is the bells and whistles; the extras that they can do, from adding effects, to processing, multitrack etc etc. If all you want to do is edit your audio, and you don’t need anything flashy, then Audacity is going to be for you. It’s free and does the job. I use a mixture of Pro Tools and Audition. Why two? Well, I grew up using Cool Edit (now called Audition). I know it like the back of my hand and can whizz around it with my eyes closed. As my voiceover career grew, I needed more, and moved to the industry standard, Pro Tools. I love what Pro Tools does, but I know Audition so much better. Don’t get something just because others says it’s amazing – you’ve got to be able to use it too, and get the full use out of it.
        • The computer you use is also going to play a part in how successful you are as a voiceover artist. If you’re going to be recording and editing large audio files on an old computer, is going to REALLY slow you down as the computer tries to keep up with what you’re doing. That will eat into your voicing time and, as we all know, time is money. You need something that’s got the power to handle what you need to do. Most half decent computers will hack it (there maybe a little lag) but, if you’re starting out, you should go with the best you can afford. It’ll pay off in the long run. Personally, I use a Mac and a MacBook Air when I’m on the go. The Mac sits in the office and can handle anything I throw at it. The MacBook Air is also really good. Touch wood it hasn’t failed me yet and I’ve successfully taken it on the road with me when voicing and editing.
        • And, finally, the microphone. Using a ‘cheap as chips’ microphone from Maplin will NOT make you a voiceover success. Using a USB microphone that says it’s “perfect for voiceovers and podcasts” will NOT make you a voiceover success. Spending thousands of pounds on a microphone that the sales guy told you was “the best on the market”will probably be a really good microphone, but is a waste of money for you what you’ll be using it for. The microphone is a personal thing. I went to a microphone shop (yes they exist), and spent ages trying out the different microphones and hearing how they sound.

          Picture of Neumann TLM 103 Microphone used for voiceover by Neil Williams

          Neumann TLM 103 Microphone

I eventually went with the Neumann TLM103 for my studio, mainly because I love the sound it produces. It picks up everything it needs to, has a low self-noise level, reproduces my voice in a beautiful way and, basically, just sounds brilliant! I’m not going write about all the different microphones out there, as many people have done that before.

There’s quite a lot there to be starting with, and I’ve got work to do, so I’ll carry this on in a part 2 of ‘the road to voiceover success’.

If you’ve got any questions, or are after advice, drop me a line. I’m always happy to help. Contact me here.


Phone patch = easy voice over

UPDATE – This blog post was written AGES ago when phone patches were actually the best way to make doing a voice over easy. Since then, technolgy has moved on, lots. I now use ipDTL for recording remotely with clients and my phone patch is sat gathering dust. Ipdtl makes doing voiceovers very easy, not just for the voice over but the client, too.

Read more about ipDTL voiceovers and how to do a voicover using ipDTL.


Thankfully the cold has gone, WOO HOO, I sound normal again! Colds are super annoying to anyone, if you’re a voiceover, they can really mess around with on-going work and continuity of sound! Although, one producer asked if I could keep the sexy, husky sound I have when Ive got a cold…I’m very accommodating, but, sorry to say, I can’t!

This is just a quick post about the joys of a phone patch when doing a voice over! If you don’t know what that is, they are a god send, let me tell you more….

Ive just done a corporate voice over for McLaren/Johnnie Walker. The producer sent me the script with loads of notes about how it should be read, what words should be emphasised etc. etc. He clearly had a really good vision of how he wanted it to sound, which I love, always helps when there is good guidance on a voice over script.

Instead of me just trying to get it right, sending audio back, him replying, then getting back in the studio to make changes, I offered him the use of my studios phone patch. A phone patch used when doing a voice over is a brilliant bit of kit that enables the producer/client to listen into the voice over session as its being done, live! They listen in down the phone line and can offer feedback and guidance as you go. Most professional studios will have these, or an ISDN. Although, with ISDN you need to have an ISDN unit at either end and its used more for doing remote voiceover sessions.

The beauty of the phone patch is that whilst I’m doing the voice over, everything I say gets recorded, but everything the client producer says, doesn’t. So they can really get involved and get the read they want the first time, instead of going backwards and forwards over email. Makes everyones life easier and saves time – which equals saving in money.

Phone Patch = easy voice over

This is the piece of kit that makes a voice over very easy, meet the phone patch.

If you’re interested in using the phone patch to record your voice over, get in touch by clicking here.

Right, back to work!



A voice over nightmare…

It was the week before Christmas, and Neil, the voice over, was excited about the festive holiday fun that was ahead – lots of eating, drinking and merriment with the family. Before that could begin, however, there was lots of voice over work to be done.

There were scripts for training videos that needed voicing, a script for an easter advert campaign that needed voicing – yes, we’ve not even got through christmas yet, but I’m working on easter voice over stuff – and a number of corporate voice over jobs for on-hold messages and IVR’s that needed updating before the christmas break kicked off.

But there was a problem, you’ve heard of ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’ …

..well this is most definitely the nightmare for every voice over! It wasn’t to do with the studio, thats easily fixed, it wasn’t to do with time – theres lots of that! This was to do with….the voice!!

Its the season for germs and yukkie stuff! I take my vitamins, eat healthy and do everything I can to stop myself getting sick. Sometimes, it just gets ya though – Ive come down with a stinking cold! Whilst I’m now great at doing husky, sexy sounding voice overs, thats not what my regular clients are really expecting from me!! Cant see it going down to well with my medical clients when I update their ‘on-hold messages’ with a stinking cold, not really on brand!!

So, everything has gotta stop, for now! I do have a secret weeping though…Manuka Honey, every voiceover should use it!

My secret for getting rid of a cold spur quick is proper, homemade honey and lemon. You use a whole lemon and a big dollop of Manuka Honey – its gotta be manuka honey with a UMF level of between 10+ to 15+, its got lots of antibacterial goodness that helps fight colds. Its best taken as you feel yourself coming down with something.

If you’ve got any amazing tips that get rid of colds, Id love to hear them, leave them below. If I don’t speak to you before hand, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

And, of course, if you need a voiceover, I’m around….okay, not right now 😉 Click here to get in touch, I’m gonna be back in the studio voicing stuff real soon.



You can read more about Manuka Honey and its benefits by clicking here

Corporate Voice Over, Showreels and Christmas Update!

Unfortunately, the voiceover blog has had to take a back seat recently…due to voice work commitments, lots of corporate voice over jobs recently, more about that in a moment!! I’m not complaining here, honest, keep the work coming, I just wish there were more hours in the day sometimes.

I’m gearing up for Christmas now, lots of festive voice work being done and stuff for the start of 2014. With my own studio and extremely competitive rates, I can offer same day recordings and rush jobs are a breeze – if you need an English male voiceover during the festive season, drop me a line, I won’t be far from the studio.

Since my last post, Ive been busy working on lots of corporate promotion projects, training videos, TV commercials and product demos for companies such as:

  • AMI Learning
  • AutoSport
  • Canyon Spectral Bikes
  • StrikeAd

Lots of clients I have require corporate voice over work or commercial voice work (tv & radio adverts/promos). When Ive had feedback from clients, they’ve commented that they really like the tone of my voice – corporate clients like it as its friendly, upbeat and informative, without being a know-it-all! It gives they company a good voice, so to speak. It makes training videos less monotonous, keeps hold of clients attention during product launches and is clear and easy to understand for on-hold messaging.

Clients I’ve done adverts and promo work for have fed back pretty much the same thing, with the added line of  ‘your upbeat style makes everything more exciting and interesting’. I’m particular good at fast paced, upbeat reads, which, depending on what the client is trying to get across, can work really well on the radio and tv – makes it stand out amongst the voiceover crowd, you sit up and listen.

With the corporate and commercial sectors being a large part of my voiceover work, Ive created two bespoke voiceover showreels to demonstrate what I do, have a listen below:

Corporate Voiceover Showreel


Commercial Showreel

You can hear lots more recent voice over samples here.

As I mentioned earlier, I won’t be far from the studio over the Christmas and New Year period, if you need any voice work doing, drop me a line. Also, just because its the festive season, I won’t be cranking up the prices! I’ll still be extremely competitive and deliver your project on time and to the highest standard.

Get in touch here, or fill out the contact form below, and I’ll get right back to you.

If I don’t speak to you before hand, have a great Christmas and all the best for 2014 – its gonna be a stormer!


Neil Williams English Male Voiceover








A busy voiceover is a happy one

A busy voiceover is a happy one!

September was another busy month, both in the voiceover world and personal world, hence the lack of posts! Quick round up goes like this…
– More voiceovers done for the British Heart Foundation. Main voice for their Great British Bag-A-Thon campaign. Heard recently that the adverts helped them smash last years target for bags collected, so chuffed to have been part of that
– Working with a new TV station, providing on demand voiceover for promos.

– Signed up for another year of work with Global Radio

– Had the voiceover website re-designed, thanks for all the lovely feedback

– Did a sky dive – just as well there wasn’t a microphone recording my voice when I jumped out of the plane at 10,000ft, definitely not for broadcast! It was the most amazing experience, free falling through the sky, went through a cloud – which was really cold, then the parachute kicks in and had the most amazing views over Oxfordshire. Thats me doing the jump in the picture.

– Lots of work done on the weightloss app, hopefully it’ll be out soon.

As ever, drop me a line here if you’ve got any voice over requests or questions, always happy to help. You can hear recent voice over samples here.

Catch you soon, have fun.



Picture of Neil Williams Voiceover Skydive

The smile on my face says it all, sky dive was amazing


Just a quick one…..

Summer has been fairly busy, hence the lack of posts!
1) I’ve been working on various different voice over projects recently; did a string of radio adverts for the British Heart Foundation, some corporate work for Schlumberger  (tech company) along with a fair few radio and television promos for various different companies.
2) There have been lots of early mornings, like 4am – Ive been covering breakfast on Heart FM in London! As well as being a voiceover, I’m a radio presenter, have been for more than 10 years now. I usually host evenings on Heart FM, its a national show across the UK from 7pm – 10pm called Ring Roberto – yes, Roberto is my stage name, its a long story about how I got that name, but feel free to ask! Doing breakfast, Ive been up at silly o’clock, doing the show then heading back to my studio and cracking on with the normal daytime voice work and then heading to bed early, ready for the next day! Ive discovered I’m not a fan of early mornings!! Find out more about my radio career here
3) We’ve upgraded the studio to include new processing for voice overs, had lots of fun playing with that and setting it up. I noticed that clients had varying requests for how they wanted the voice to sound, some wanted a fully processed voice, ready for air, others wanted a completely raw voice so they could send the audio to a production house who would add their own processing, others wanted a half way house  – not overly processed but not a raw voice. The outcome of it all is that the audio coming from the studio now sounds even better than before and I can match clients desires even better.
Thats it, for now! But, if you need a voiceover or have any questions, get in touch here. And you can check out voice over samples here.
Catch you laterz

English Voice Over Abroad

In most jobs, when you take a holiday, you get holiday pay. When you’re a voice over and self employed, that doesn’t happen – if you don’t work, you don’t get paid, simple as that. Thats our choice and I’m not complaining there at all.
Voice Over holidays can be tough, I have regular clients who require scripts to be voiced on a weekly basis. You can hardly turn round to them and say ‘sorry, I’m off for a week, find someone else for that week, and I’ll pick up when back’ The likely hood is that they’ll tell you to ‘go jump’! They want continuity on their voice over projects, not lots of random voices.
The solutions are: 1) you don’t take on work from clients who require regular(weekly) voice over work – bit of a stupid idea, really, in my book!  2) You get a portable studio and take that on holiday with you, simples!
The portable voice over  studio doesn’t have to be stupidly expensive either. Ive seen a number of home made jobs that require a few pieces of acoustic foam, a few pieces of cardboard and a microphone stand – the idea being that you glue the foam to the cardboard, place the pieces around the mic and hey presto you have a very makeshift voice over studio – you just need to find a quite place to put it and a small room!! One voice over I know swears by the acoustic brilliance of a duvet, I kid you not! On many holidays she’s’ been under the duvet having fun with her microphone, then popping back out to the beach when the voice over audio is done and uploaded, the client none the wiser that it was done under a duvet.
At the end of the day, whatever practice a voiceover uses to make sure theres no sound leakage, background noise and good acoustics of the voice on the audio, surely it doesn’t matter – as long as it sounds good and the client is happy.
Ive just come back from my weeks holiday in the sun. Prior to going, i advised clients that Id be away and gave them the option of recording double lots of voice overs either before I left or on my return, or me voicing scripts whilst I was abroad. All of them went with voicing whilst abroad – no stress whatsoever. I packed up my mac, microphone and other bits, which all fit nicely into a hand luggage suitcase – years of practice – although you can’t get anything else in the bag, so if you’re travelling with some airlines you can’t buy any duty free as theres no-where to put it!
When I arrived at our apartment, I found the quietest place to set-up, got all my gear out, which includes roles of acoustic cloth, and within about 30 minutes I had a perfect soundproof studio – again, years of practice helps here! I was then set-up and ready to go. I voiced a few scripts in the morning before hitting the pool, a couple in the afternoon and then clocked off for a few cocktails. Clients happy, me happy, everyone is a winner.
I bet you can’t tell which audio was recorded whilst abroad – some of its online right now, check out the voice over samples here.  As ever, if you’re in need of a voice over, get in touch here.