Sunday, September 4, 2011

After 23 for basic issues 4 online Voice actors

Recruiting for Cat's LadyStar anime project...

After 23 auditions... 3 for Devin Brook which i am still trying to figure out what it is and where it's from...
20 of those for LadyStar....

Thanks to everyone who recorded, spent their time and do work to the best of their ability, and those who took the time to put together a reel and such.

Now... I do have to say... 90% of these don't meet professional standard, but I do feel a good 10% did meet it, and another 20% of the people who auditioned have a good chance to be tweaked to professional standard.
Most are good for hobbyist and fun projects online, but can't work for professional recording quality. I do feel we need.... a tutorial.... just to make sure to bring up average audition levels... It is better than 2 years ago on average, but not yet to enough pro level work ratio.
It all has to do with sound knowledge.
As a VA at home, you MUST have the right set up, if you don't, your voice recording just isn't clean enough to be considered in a professional production. (its fine if it's for fun, just that no one will pay for it.)

GREG~~~~~~!!!! PLEASE MAKE A TUTORIAL! It will spare us from all the basic problems for start up productions. >.< I can't take it anymore~~~ OTL

OK... what I need people to do in the future.... as a favor for those who are listening... please please please:
(You can tell I'm going nuts here... pardon my tone, I am just going to vent it out)

1. Check your room tone:
An easy way to check for your room tone is to record your room without you speaking into it, then compare it to your recorded lines. (OUT LOUD on speakers on all highest volume setting! Not just your headphones! That's how we check if it passes for surround, professional production has to pass surround sound test.)

If you HEAR your room noise CLEARLY in the back drop against your voice, it's no pass, it's not clean enough.
If you hear slight room noise in your voice, but its not big.... perhaps we can tweak it a bit and try to cover it up. That's doable.
Do not, and I repeat.... DO NOT attempt to clean your lines yourself unless we want you to do it. It will change your voice quality if you don't know what you are doing or if you don't have the right tools. And there's issues with combining it with other voice actor's lines as well if their quality is slightly different from yours.

Make sure you can minimize any room noise to the minimum! If you simply don't have a quiet environment at home, please go to find a friend who has a studio or a school studio.

2. Clipping, peaking:
Basic problem NUMBER 2! The one I hear most! Everyone's peaking at yelling, louder lines. Yelling lines in anime doesn't mean "YELL" it means "express yelling." Your volume should not change! Study some anime for this, and watch it with volume up on speaker on their yelling sequence, and then compare to yours. You will notice their volume is still flat like any normal speech.

If you need to do an yelling line, do me a favor, record yourself yelling from a distance for practice, RECORD yourself. And STUDY your yelling, study the heck out of it, the expression of it.
Then FIGURE out how to say the exact same feeling without raising your volume in the official recording.

This is a slightly more minor issues, but a lot of people have no pop filters, I know because plosives like P, B, T, S go crazy being breath into the mic. Get your pop filters if you want to get paid for doing this, or learn to eliminate your plosives and raise the quality of the recording. Some of you who have a strong voice might need double pop filters to do the job. Try to figure out what you need and get your suitable pop filter.


With these three issues taken care of, so many more people can be considered into professional production.
It's a regret many auditions just fell through because of these basic issues not resolved.

I am not a voice actor I can't do this like you guys do, so for you who are interested in doing it, get serious, get the tools you need, and then you can get paid for it.


Tres Swygert said...

This information is very helpful Christine! I'm not a voice actor by any means, but I would like to become one someday. Having these tips does give me an insight of what to do for coming up with the equipment when I get a chance to start.

Are there any preferences on microphones that your group uses for recording?

Christine Y. Chong said...


Tres Swygert said...

Thanks for the link and information Christine! I appreciate it!