A career as a voice-over actor gives you the opportunity to create and present the best in you that leaves a mark on the industry with your talent, says Peter Salzano a famous voice actor and producer. These days when people are serious about their careers and look for growth opportunities, due to the increasing competition. There are voice actors like Peter Salzano who work at their home studio to put in the extra effort that is required to polish his skills and create new opportunities for him in the voice-acting industry.
But to decide that you need your own studio at home, there is so much that you do not know like the requirements and the technology that makes the process of setting up a home studio a little difficult and confusing. The fact is that the overall quality of your recordings is only going to be as good as the equipment and methods you use to control and capture the sound.
Being experienced and researched well about the must-have equipment for a home studio, here is a list of things shared by Peter Salzano, that will help you set-up your home studio:
High- Quality Microphone
A high-quality microphone will help you record a good quality of recordings. Before you invest in any microphone, the suggestion here will be to test those microphones and then compare them with others. Always opt for compact but high-quality microphones as for a home studio, space is always an issue.
Do not fall for the price, that means it is not necessary that the high price microphones will give you the best quality.
Accessories like a microphone stand, pop filter, shock mount, etc are some important accessories that enhance the sound quality. As a fact, the sound of a quality microphone can be easily ruined with excessive noise from other sources.
To minimize the impact of such sources of noise that mainly includes handling and mechanical interference you need the accessories. The main three microphone accessories, in this case, would be the microphone stand, pop screen, and shock mount.
Audio Software ( Computer)
The audio software is used to record and edit. They are also known as digital audio workstations (DAW). Many opt for Adobe Audition Audi Software, but to run such software you need a quality computer, as a slow and outdated computer can hamper your efficiency and productivity.
Mic Preamp, Processor
For a better quality of recordings, you need to invest in both a mic preamp and processor, especially for a home studio. Some microphones have very low outputs, and a preamp helps to boost the output to a usable level.
Whereas there are some producers like Peter Salzano who do not use any processor on your recording. This is because they wish to keep it original and at times there is a voice actor that actually does not need a processor.
ISDN Voice Over Equipment
The ISDN enables recording studios to connect with voice-over talent working remotely in their home studios. For those who do not know about ISDN voice-over equipment, if we put it in this way, its substitute is Skype, Source Connect, and ipDTL.
The studio headphones are very different from standard headphones and that’s what makes the studio headphones so special. The studio headphones provide accurate sound, have a wider frequency range, and provide high quality.
For a voice recording home studio, you must have at least one separate computer monitor to use your audio software, and one additional one will definitely add to the benefits.
Sound Card/ Audio Interface
In technical terms a sound card or an audio interface allows you to get the sound into and out of your computer. Basically it’s important for your home studio recordings. The sound cards do affect the recording quality of your microphone.
It is a task to keep the natural or the atmospheric sound under control while your records. The sound from roads, birds, wind, people, etc, can hamper the recording process. So the very basic requirement for a home studio is a provision for soundproof the room.
Soundproofing enhances the quality of your recordings by keeping the unwanted noise out of your studio.
These are some important/ must-have things for your home studio that Peter Salzano has suggested. A mixer to combine and process audio signals is another important thing for a home studio. Some ask the professionals to do the mixing part but, as a fact, you master the skills to make the best use of your home studio.