Apps for Voice Over Actors

For actors in the voice over industry, it’s absolutely essential that they buy all the right equipment to capture the authenticity of their voice in the highest quality format. According to Fiverr, you’ll need everything from a computer to a microphone stand and pop filter. It all sounds a little much, but it’s necessary.

Although, there is a way around all that equipment. Technically, all you really need is a smartphone and the right apps to record your auditions. With such a growth in the app market, mobile continues to be the most important trend across the internet landscape, as reported by the company behind the entertainment portal Pocket Fruity, demonstrating how important our smartphones have become to people in various fields, including the voice over industry.

So what particular apps out there are best suited for voice over talents? Here are a few to get you started:

Voice Tutor
Voice Tutor

For those who have a background in singing and are looking for jobs that require their talents, Voice Tutor is your personal voice coach that will help you with your warm ups and vocal exercises to improve your voice. Designed by professional voice instructors, the app customizes your lessons according to an initial diagnostics test that will demonstrate the challenges you may have with your voice type.

 

 

 

iAudition
iAudition

An app made for voice over pros for voice over pros, iAudition allows you to record on-the-go without the need for a studio, so that you never have to miss an audition ever again. Your audio clips are automatically recorded as MP3ss and can be easily edited before sending them off. The app also works for those who simply need an audio recording device, such as journalists, students, etc.

 

 

 

TwistedWave Audio Editor
TwistedWave Audio Editor

For a more comprehensive audio editor on your smartphone, TwistedWave is your best bet. Import and export files to and from Dropbox and Box.com, or share audio with other applications. Available file formats for exports include AAC, AIFF, CAF, FLAC, MP3 and WAV.

  • Paul Boucher

    Thanks very much Brad. I breathed a sigh of relief knowing that I’d successfully extricated myself from a hole of my own making. 🙂

  • Brad Young

    Thankyou for your excellent reply. I would love to attend Atlanta but commitments keep me down under. Thankyou again for the reply and no offense was taken just merely pointing out that some have different paths. You explained your side well and there is definite wisdom in what you write.

  • Paul Boucher

    It’s one thing for the market to decide what a skill that has many intangibles and variables is worth.

    It’s another entirely for participants in the industry to debase themselves and accelerate the “race to the bottom” for a variety of reasons. Me calling that as I see it: “short-sighted”, is from an experienced point of view from someone still competitive and working at least 6 – 10 hours every day (not from a major market) at my craft to make a much better than average living. I’m very fortunate.

    Hear me out pls.

    Brad, you’re right that competition is good – and the scale of the competition has been overwhelming. Not intimidating, but overwhelming.

    Overwhelming because many people can approach it with the same lack of knowledge that I approached it with when I first entered. The challenge to try to create and publicize access to valuable, fact based information, to educate that swarming mass of talented people wanting “in” to the business is overwhelming.

    You’re also correct that being negative about it just makes people defensive and gets their back up. My intent with my original post was to indicate that *some* of the information in the article was misleading. It is.

    Unfortunately, the technology available and the platforms (Fivrr is just a particularly egregious example) available make it far too easy for under-informed, inexperienced performers to continue as “relatively” successful participants without being aware that they’re cutting their own nose off to spite their face.

    So – one of the side effects of the tech and access is that because that path to the “aha” moment is longer, the corrosive effect that “racing to the bottom” has is magnified by the scale of the # of participants. The “aha” moment I refer to is where they realize (through their own efforts, or mentorship, or agency representation etc) that their craft as they acquire experience has acquired more value and they can and should insist on charging more.

    We could likely have a much more thorough conversation about this face to face, where we could both give examples to support our point of view and perhaps find a way to the middle ground that I think we could. I’ll be at VO Atlanta in March of 2017. If you’re there – please make a point of looking me up and we have a conversation over breakfast or a beer.

    My intent was not to insult – and I apologize for being careless with words.

    Summing up:

    1) My point about the original post was that despite being pretty good overall, it also contained misleading, simplistic advice that newcomers to the industry could misapprehend leading to them making mistakes and getting discouraged. I don’t want fewer successful and talented people in the business, I want more. It reflects well on everyone participating.

    2) Having done this for a while, it’s easy for me to dispense advice – with the sincere hope that I can counsel people away from making some of the mistakes I made: like working at lower value despite having some obvious skill that’s led to a very successful career.

    3) Many sites and platforms make it easy to do this. Fewer make access to middle and high value work available.

    I’ll end with this: I assume based on your stance that you’ve had some decent, perhaps even tremendous success with the platforms you’re referring to. If you’re ever in a position where you notice your career is migrating to a new level & lacking other obvious resources, you’re curious as to what you *could* get paid for something you know do better than when you started, please do a quick search for my site or social media profiles and I’ll be happy to pass on useful information to make any gig you have better. That’s a sincere offer.

    If you’d like to continue the conversation privately, please feel free to reach out via LinkedIn in particular and I’ll respond as quickly as I can.

  • Brad Young

    Industry’s change and things become less complicated. If places like Fiverr and others become the standard and customers expectations lower, it is up to them. It may not be your scene but if it works for others who are you to put it down? This is what drew me to make the comment I made. Short sighted is when you put down people that are doing it differently. You clearly are worried about standards dropping or it becoming easier as then any body can compete with you. You may or not be very good, never heard you so I will take your word for it. Change is good. You will get paid what the industry deems you are worth, if they decide vo work is worth less then you will have to take it or choose another career path. Best of luck in your career as I think there is room for both sides.

  • Paul Boucher

    One last thing: contributing to the commoditization of the industry via freelance web sites is short sighted at best, willfully blind and stupid at worst.

  • Paul Boucher

    Nope. I made my point pretty clearly at the time.

    Gear gets better and things evolve, but my points still stand as valid. It’s disingenuous to suggest that mobile gear (in most cases and certainly with the smartphone example) is “enough”.

    Having done it for a long time, being good technically and loving gear, I can accomplish almost anything simply and easily that pertains to VO recording.

    I also like to mentor newbies and this advice helps many inexperienced performers make terrible mistakes that give the industry a bad name when things go sideways.

  • Brad Young

    someone is sounding a little frustrated that people did it easier than them and wants it to stop