with Gillian Pelkonen
Great sound is an important factor in booking voice over work. In this episode, Anne is joined by audio engineer & musician Gillian Pelkonen to discuss the basics of audio for voice. Sound engineers listen for clean, crisp vocal sound. This is the kind of sound that helps you book more jobs, and it's the kind of sound that makes you stand out from the crowd. In order to get great voice over work, it’s important that you have great sound. But what exactly is “great sound”? Is it the same as “high-quality audio”? The best way to solve audio issues is to address them before recording. Incorrect recording levels, too much room tone & improper mic technique are common audio issues. Feeling lost & overwhelmed with your sound? Anne & Gillian tell you all you need to know...
In this episode, Anne is joined by audio engineer Gillian Pelkonen to discuss the basics of audio for recording & editing voice.
"You’re going to hire a coach to help you with your acting. Why not an audio engineer to perfect your sound?." - Gillian
Gillian Pelkonen is an artist constantly searching for pristine + creative sounds. She holds an M.A. in Audio Arts and a B.A. in Creative Writing & Television, Radio + Film from Syracuse University. She has the pleasure of working at reputable commercial recording studios in the New York area & has assisted for engineers such as Elliot Scheiner, D. James Goodwin, Paul Antonell, and Ariel Shafir. Gillian makes waves as a female-identifying sound engineer (and then strives to leave gendered ideas on the control room floor). She uses her voice to teach no B.S. audio + empower everyone who has stayed away from recorded sound due to fear and intimidation.
Top 10 Takeaways
Quick-share concepts from today’s episode:
Great sound is an important factor in booking voice over work.
Audio engineers listen for clean, crisp vocal sound.
The best way to solve audio issues is to address them before recording.
Incorrect recording levels, too much room tone & improper mic technique are common audio issues.
Treating your space & isolating your voice will prevent excessive room tone.
Aim your voice towards the logo on your microphone.
There is great, high-quality gear that fits into most budgets.
Voice actors don’t need to use ProTools.
Use your ears! Listening to high-quality audio will teach you what to strive for.
When in doubt…hire an audio professional!
"Often with audio, you don’t know what you don’t know." - Anne
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