How to record Voice Overs (Tutorial)

  • Voice over recording tutorial

Had a few requests for this one! How do I record voice overs? How do I get my voice to sound so smooth and all that shit?

My friends over at Rode send me their Rode NT1-A Complete Vocal Recording kit, which is what I’m using in this video tutorial. I’ve been a big fan of Rode mics for a very long time- I’ve had them in my studio since 1997! I’m extremely proud and honored to be using this in the tutorial today!

If you want to get into voice work and you have no idea where to start, you’re going to need 3 things.

1. A microphone.
2. A preamp
3. An interface

At the very low end you can get a USB mic, plug it into your computer and away you go. But I like things to be a little better sounding, as you can hear from my tutorial.

Here’s a 10 minute lesson on how to get started recording voice-overs!

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“What comes out the speakers matters more than your feelings, creampuff!”

I wrote the first edition of this guide way back in 2005, on the Andy Sneap subforum of Ultimate Metal. Little did we know, but the Andy Sneap forum was the breeding ground for what would become the next wave of Heavy Metal talent. Many of my friends from those days have gone on to have careers in the music business, whether it be recording, performing, or in my own case, hosting a successful Youtube show. Ask any number of modern day talents about where they learned and most of them will reference the Andy Sneap forum.

So I’ve learned a thing or two in the last twelve years, and after much dedication and hard work, I’m noticing a slight improvement in the sound of my records… and the foundation is the drums.

That being said, I hate drummers. I really do. These are the meatheads that show up to the studio with broken cymbals, a shit kit, with six year old skins held together by duct tape, give a crap performance, wonder why they don’t sound like Lars on “the Black Album” then look at you, the engineer, like it’s your fault.

Don’t get me wrong, I’ve had the pleasure of recording some truly amazing drummers in my time, but they’re rare birds. As an indie engineer, I mostly have to record “the other kind.”

About the Author:

Greetings, I'm Glenn Fricker, engineer here at Spectre Sound Studios. I love making records, and after doing it for sixteen years, I want to pass on what I've learned. Featuring tutorials on how to record guitar, bass, real drums and vocals. There's reviews and demos of tube amps, amp sims, drums, mics, preamps, outboard gear, and plugin effects. Everything you've wanted to learn about recording Hard Rock & Heavy Metal can be found right here on my channel! I also respond to your comments & questions: The best make it into the SMG Viewer's Comments series of videos. Loads of fun, lots of laughs. Thanks for reading!

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