A Great low-cost Microphone to get started with Voice Over

If you’re new to voice over, at some stage you’re going to need to be able to record yourself to practise, audition or perhaps for your first job.

One key piece of equipment you’ll need is a Microphone, but you don’t need to spend a lot on this (at least not when you’re just getting started). The truth is that you can spend as much money as you have in your bank account on a really great Microphone, yes I’m talking thousands of dollars, but we certainly don’t suggest you do that as you’re just starting out and still learning about voice over.

So what Microphone should you buy?

USB Microphones that can be found at most electronics retailers (JB HiFi or Officeworks) are a great option as they are simple to set up and start using quickly, however they don’t all sound the same and there are plenty that are not really good for much more than as a desktop Microphone for zoom meetings.

Working as a sound engineer for 28 years, I’ve used plenty of different microphones for different purposes, but I’ll never recommend a Microphone (or another other piece of equipment) that I haven’t personally used.

Ok, here’s my recommendation…

The Blue Yeti Nano USB Microphone. The cost is usually around $150, but I see that Officeworks has them for $128 right now.

Yes, you’ll see it has a desktop stand but don’t use it like this. Get a microphone stand and use the included adapter to mount in on the stand so you can use it at standing height. You can also then consider adding a pop-filter.

Finally, it’s important to mention that if you’re looking to make high quality sound recordings from your new Microphone, you also need to consider your recording space. Even a $4000 microphone will sound terrible in a poor recording environment. I’ll talk about setting up a recording space another time but if you have any questions feel free to reach out any time.

Andy

April Workshops Fully Booked

Update: Our April Introduction to Voice Over workshops are now fully booked and we are now taking bookings for June.

These Introduction to Voice Over workshops are perfect for anyone who has little or no experience in Voice Over and wants to not just find out what it’s all about, but actually get in a studio and give it a go!

As part of the in-studio workshops on April 17 and 24, you’ll also attend a 2 hour zoom session on April 14* (from 7pm) where we’ll get most of the discussion and theory done to give you more time in front of the Microphone when you attend on one of the Saturday workshops.

There’s not another beginner’s voice over workshop like this in Melbourne.

You’ll learn, you’ll have fun and leave wanting to do more!

We hope you can join us. Remember we have just 3 more places available over the two workshops. Book now at https://www.voicesoftomorrow.com.au/course-dates/

*If you can’t make it to the zoom session you’ll have the opportunity to view the streaming video of that session before you come to the in-studio part of the workshop.

How Improv can help with Voice Over

What is Improv and how can it help you get better at Voice Over? We quite often recommend that people consider attending some improvisation classes as part of their journey into Voice Over but what’s the benefit?

Voice Over Coach Cecelia recently caught up with Amanda Buckley from Impro Melbourne to dig a little deeper into the world of improvisation. Have a listen below.

April Workshop Places Filling Fast!

In just 4 weeks we’ll be back in the studio with our next Introduction to Voice Over Workshops!

Our Introduction to Voice Over Workshop has been running since 2018 and is unique to any other Voice Over Course / Coaching in Melbourne because;

  • You’re working with 2 Voice Over Coaches who are also experienced, agency signed, working Voice Over Artists.
  • We run the workshop in a professional recording studio.
  • It’s a group workshop, but we keep participant numbers low
  • You get plenty of time in front of the microphone
  • it’s fun!

Here’s what the February workshop looked like…

We can’t wait to get back into the studio for the next workshops on April 17 and April 24 (Which also includes a Zoom session on April 14) and places are filling fast!

How fast?

For April 17 we have 2 places available
For April 24 we have 3 places available

If you have questions about the workshop or other coaching options feel free to get in touch via the contact form or our Facebook page (or you can give us a call on the number at the top right of the screen).

See you soon!

New Dates: Next Introduction to Voice Over Workshop PLUS our Next Step Workshop.

If you’re interested in finding out more about Voice Over and trying it out for the first time OR already have a taste and want to dig in deeper, we have just set dates for our next workshops.

For beginners, we’ll be holding out next Introduction to Voice Over Workshops on April 17 & April 24 (which includes a Zoom session on April 14). This is ideal for anyone who has ever wondered what it would be like to step up to the Microphone in a professional setting and record a voice over for a Radio or TV commercial. Perhaps people have been telling you that you have a voice that’s very easy to listen to or ‘made for radio’ – let’s see what you can do with it!

For those who already have some experience in voice over, have already done one of our workshops or completed another voice over course, we’re excited to launch our “Next Step” workshops on June 12 and June 19. Bring the basics with you as we’ll be tackling more challenging scripts that involve Character Voices, Emotion, Syncing to Video and more!

You can book for both of these workshops now HERE or feel free to get in touch and ask questions.

What does a Voice Over Workshop look like in 2021?

We’ve just completed our first Introduction to Voice Over workshop in 12 months after restrictions finally allowed us to get a group of people back into the studio.

Having changed the format of the workshop to suit current Covid safe practises we cut the workshop down from 2 days to 1 day (plus a zoom session) and now have fewer participants in the studio. This allows us to adhere to social distancing guidelines but also give each person just as much studio time and only commit to one day of their weekend.

The earlier zoom session for our January workshop allowed us to cover of the discussion and theory so more time was spend doing practical work – so in the booth actually recording voice overs.

So without any further delay…here’s what it looked like.

We hope you can join us for one of the next workshops in Febuary!

Places filling for Feb 20/21 Workshops

Like many of you we’re glad to welcome in 2021 and finally get back into the studio for our popular Introduction to Voice Over Workshops.

Yes, restrictions have lifted to a point where can can legally (and safely) have a small group of people in the recording studio to give you the best introduction to what Voice Over is all about.

As part of the ‘new normal’ for us we’ve changed the format of our workshop slightly, breaking it into two parts;

1 – A two-hour zoom session
Previously we’d don’t much of the ‘theory’ and discussion sitting around a table at the recording studio, however we’d discovered that it works well when we do this part of the workshop via Zoom so we can focus on more practical things on the studio day.

2 – One Day Studio Recording Session
This is what really sets us apart from many other Voice Over courses / workshops. 5 participants will spend the day (11am – 4:30pm) in a professional recording studio in Southbank. Everyone gets a copy of their unedited recordings, plus we’ll edit and mix one of your voice over recordings and give you the finished production (for example a radio commercial).

The next workshops are being held on February 20 and February 21 with the zoom session on February 17 (evening). There are now 2 Places available for February 20 and 5 places open for February 21.

Feel free to reach out of you have any questions about the workshops. We hope to see you there!

An end of year message from your Voice Over Coach – Cecelia Ramsdale.

It’s fair to say that everyone with a business is looking back at this year and saying to themselves ‘well that didn’t go as I thought it would’, and well, Andy and I at Voices of Tomorrow are just the same.

At the start of 2020 we were planning 4 voice over workshop weekends and we only managed one before Covid-19, social distancing requirements and the risk of the old’ air born particles’ ruined our party! And let’s face it, many other’s parties too!

So things changed and we changed too, we did plenty of great online coaching sessions, met lots of new students and set people on the path of their voice over discovery.

We ran our intro to voice over workshop on zoom and Andy ran online workshops on how to record and edit.

But again, like for many others 2020 made us revisit how we did things, in our voice over careers, and in our training and workshops.

Both of us got our home studios updated with Source Connect, a program that lets you connect with studios world wide, we auditioned, we worked with clients here and overseas, we got a better idea of how the industry adapted to the work from home idea, and we looked at how we could give more insight to our students into an evolving industry.

We worked on voice-body connection and refreshed ourselves on theory and great exercises to use as vocal warm ups, and we decided that our weekend workshops will be different from now on. With less people per session, more studio time, more one on one coaching and happy voice people at the other end!

So we wish you a happy Christmas and fingers crossed for a more even keeled 2021.

If you’ve been thinking about getting more from your voice then come and join us for a blast in 2021. Our next group workshops are happening in February (2 dates available) and once we get into the new year we’ll be ready to welcome you to 1 on 1 coaching sessions again too.

Take the first step, you’ll love it!

Cecelia.

Dates Set for the next Introduction to Voice Over Workshop!

We’re excited to get back into the studio in 2021

When is the next Introduction workshop? That’s a question we’ve been getting quite a bit, especially over the last few weeks as COVID-19 restrictions have been eased in Melbourne. Well the good news is that we are finally able to announce the dates for the next workshop.

In summary, here are the two workshops that are now open for bookings.

Workshop 1 – 5 participants
Wednesday February 17, 20201 (online Zoom session 7pm – 9pm)
Saturday February 20, 2021 (In-Studio 11am – 4pm)

Workshop 2 – 5 participants
Wednesday February 17, 20201 (online Zoom session 7pm – 9pm)
Sunday February 21, 2021 (In-Studio 11am – 4pm)

Note: Yes the zoom session on the 17th will host participants from both workshops.

Why are we doing some of this via Zoom?
Even as we enter the new year we can expect things like social distancing indoors and even mask wearing to still be in place. Normally we would spend time sitting as a group around a table talking through voice over theory, having discussion and doing general Q&A time. We’ve worked out that this part of the workshop can be run very well online and will prepare you for your time in the studio a few days later where you’ll end up spending more time in front of the microphone as part of a smaller group.

If you have any questions about the workshops being run in February please do get in touch and ask. At this stage we’re just announcing these two workshops and places are very limited.

We hope to see you there.

Andy & Cecelia.

Learn how to use EQ and Compression in Audacity

This Wednesday evening from 7 – 9pm Andy will be running a Zoom session for Audacity users who are ready to explore more advanced techniques in voice over editing.

EQ (Equalisation) and Compression are two of the most important tools that can help you achieve a more polished sound with your voice over recordings, but many people say they simply don’t know where to start, what plugin they should be using or how to apply these tools.

We’ll spend this session working through some examples plus looking at going beyond what’s offered in Audacity.

Book in now for THIS WEEK – https://www.voicesoftomorrow.com.au/course-dates/