You need to be professional while you record live in-studio as live means no retakes, says Peter Salzano, a professional voice actor. It becomes more stressful when you have to record with instruments and that also within a given time limit.
When you record live there is constant pressure to produce the best result as live-recordings are generally costly with a lot of expectations from you. Although professionals that are used-to the live recording will find it less stressful as they have a series of practice sessions in their past career of the newcomers expert tips might help.
Here are some tips shared by Peter Salzano on “How to be More Effective in a Live Voice-Recording Session”:
The ABC method and the practice session
When it comes to recording-live, you get a chance to be proactive with the team and bring variation in your lines. The ABC methods work best here, “ABC” is when you are asked to do the same line three times in a row, and each time in a different manner.
The best part of this session is that you quickly tune into collaboration instead of a line-reading situation, where your client tells you how exactly to say each line. So before you go for a live recording session, always ask them to arrange an interactive practice session with the client so that you all can work on the lines to bring out the best results.
You need to listen to the instruction of the producer/director to deliver what they expect. Ignoring their views and suggestions is not the right approach, this is especially for the new artists, who generally tend to miss out on the instruction just to show their talent.
The listening process simply means getting out of your own way, to internalize the directions given by the client/director, and channelize it into your read and delivery.
Offer Them Options if you have better ones
At times the client/director may look for suggestions or ways to put the line in a better way. Take the lead and put your ideas into practice like speed up or slow down with words while recording, add a “wink” or maybe a bit of more smile to a given word or line and so much more that fits the given scenario.
Your opinion does matter, but wait until you are asked for it.
These are some tips that will help you to be effective in a live voice-over recording session and prepare well before the recording starts. Peter Salzano says, when you record-live, always try to practice it well keeping in mind the expectation of the direct/client.