How to Get the Best Recording from Voices

So you’re about to give a voice over talent a run down on how to read your script. You’ve listened to plenty of auditions and you know that he or she has the right sound for the job. How do you steer them in the right direction without over-directing, being vague, or just generally overcomplicating things.

Here’s 7 steps you should follow to make sure the recording session goes smoothly and you get the file back sooner with less re-records.

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  • Ensure scripts are double spaced or at least 1.5pt spaced if using a word processor. This makes it easier for the voice talent to read.
  • It may seem obvious, but commas and full-stops (periods) make a huge difference to the way a line is read.
  • Phonetically spell out any hard to spell names, including place names, towns, cities, last names. Example: Massapequa (Mass-ah-pee-kwa) Some names may be common to you, but not to someone else.
  • Always spell out phone numbers.Is 866-494-3000 (Eight Double Six – Four Nine Four – Thirty Double Zero) Or (Eight Six Six – Four Ninety Four – Three Triple Oh)?
  • Point out to the voice talent some examples from their demos for the style you would like. Should it be soft and slow, or loud and fast? Try and give simple, clear vocal direction, but don’t give too much!
  • Give the voice some background on the product or idea being sold. Who is the targeted listener or consumer? A professional voice talent will be able to further decipher how to interpret the script.
  • Don’t involve too many people in the direction. It gets very confusing. A great tip is to give the voice talent the best direction you can, then allow them some creativity to send you three or four different styles to choose from.

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Follow these steps and get your recording back quicker and with less time wasted, a better recording and less stress for everyone.

Do you have any tips that make a session smoother? Share below.

Rana King

Rana King has presented marketing, sales, and writing seminars around the globe. She is also experienced in business-to-business copywriting and technical writing. She is also an accomplished voice actor with regular clients from around the globe.

  • Joel G

    Phone numbers are the worst!

  • Christian Wanappa

    Great tips. Nothing frustrates me more than a badly written script!
    Also you should include in the list that the client should include how long the final recording should be. It’s incredible to me how many clients send me a script, ask me to record, I send back and they say “it needed it to run one minute”.
    WHY DIDN’T YOU MAKE THAT CLEAR ON THE SCRPT!