BOSS Audio: Modern Acoustics

with Tim Tippets

Anne welcomes industry icon and VO Tech Guru, Tim Tippets, for an all-new series on Audio! If you want to rock your business like a #VOBOSS, you need to have BOSS Audio!

About Tim

Tim Tippets is a voice-over pro, a composer for film and TV, and is highly regarded as a leading audio tech expert and teacher in the voice over community. Our BOSS Audio series kicks off with the fundamentals of modern acoustics.


Quick Concepts from Today’s Episode:

  1. What works for YouTubers might not work for your voiceover studio

  2. 2-inch foam only handles early reflections and high frequencies, not low frequencies. The room can sound “boomy”

  3. When we voice inside of a box that isn’t properly treated, it will talk back to the microphone. We hear the room talk back.

  4. Modular booths with 2-inch foam were designed for musicians, voiceover requires a different sound

  5. 80 percent of auditions probably end up in the trash for high-end projects, due to bad audio or bad reads

  6. 10 percent of people get 90% of the work. 

  7. If you have pristine audio, you’re really only competing with 10% of the auditions

Referenced in this Episode

Direct links to things we brought up ++

Tim Tippets (AKA “VO Tech Guru”) is a voice-over pro, composer for film and TV, and he is highly regarded as a leading audio tech expert and teacher in the voice over community. From amateurs to pros, Tim has helped literally thousands of people up their game by working with them one-on-one to get them sounding their very best; or even teaching them how to do the same through his online audio course. Regardless of the hardware or software you use, the current space you voice in, the mic or interface you use, Tim’s unparalleled knowledge in the field of voice over tech can help place you and your audio quality in a truly competitive position. Contact Tim at
Tim’s Audition Ready Online course
See Tim’s Video on Making DIY Acoustic Panels
Learn more about Vocal Booth To Go and use code votechguru-5 for 5% off.
Read about Anne’s Experience with the Tri-Booth
See Joe Cipriano’s Ironing Board Booth he set up!
Recorded on ipDTL


>> It’s time to take your business to the next level, the BOSS level! These are the premier business owner strategies and successes being utilized by the industry’s top talent today. Rock your business like a BOSS, a VO BOSS. Now let’s welcome your host Anne Ganguzza.

Anne: Okay, hey everyone. Welcome to the VO BOSS podcast. I’m your host Anne Ganguzza, and I’m here along with my special guest cohost, Mr. Tim Tippets, AKA the VO Tech Guru, my good friend and amazing voice over talent and audio engineer. Thank you so much for joining me today, Tim.

Tim: Ohh go on. Really, go on. No, it’s my pleasure. Glad to be here.

Anne: I’m so excited. So I want you BOSS listeners out there to know that I’ve been after Tim to have him on the podcast for a very long time, and I’m so thrilled that you’re here because you just have – you’re a wealth of information, and I’m so thankful for you and grateful for you to share with our listeners, because I know they just want to hear everything audio that you have to say. So I think we should maybe start at the beginning. What do you think, Tim? We should talk about –

Tim: I think it’s good, yeah.

Anne: Yeah, talk about the importance of acoustics. And by the way, for those BOSSes out there that don’t know, Tim just recently completed building me an amazing studio. I know I’ve talked about it before, but in case it’s your first time here listening, Tim just built me an amazing, custom booth in my home, and finished in, what, March, was it? Early March?

Tim: Yeah, the beast, the beast.

Anne: Yes, affectionately termed the beast. So Tim, let’s talk a little bit about acoustics, and why it’s so important for us obviously in our industry.

Tim: Well, they are mega important. One of the things that I’m seeing a lot lately unfortunately is people coming to me for help with a pretty clear misunderstanding of what good acoustics are. That’s okay because they don’t know what they don’t know, but to give you examples of what I mean, you’ve seen a lot of people on YouTube using like two-inch foam, right?

Anne: Yes.

Tim: That somehow translates into, that will be good for my VO booth. And that’s not true. So like Anne, for instance, what did you start out with? When you first started doing VO?

Anne: When I first, oh gosh, when I first started – [laughs] I started recording like in my closet back in the very beginning, and then after that I hunted around and tried to build my own booth, and then my father helped me, and we ended up with a moving blankets, carpet, moving blankets, and then we just tried to add things on top of it so that we could have good absorption material. But like I said, back in those days, I’m not, I was not really aware of what I was doing or even knew what I needed at the time.

Tim: Right, but at what point did you determine that you were going to need something else? Did someone of you feedback or?

Anne: Oh gosh, yeah. I got feedback and I was mortified! I remember.

Tim: What was it?

Anne: One of my first auditions that I sent in, it was like, “hmm, it sounds like you’re talking in a hollow tube. There’s a lot of echo here. You’re going to have to fix that.” And I was like –

Tim: Okay, that’s a great jumping off point.

Anne: – ughh!

Tim: Because the thing about too much foam that people don’t understand is that it only handles early reflections and high frequencies. It does not do a good job of absorbing the lower frequencies in the voice. And since we all voice essentially inside of boxes, that box is going to talk back to the mic. Right? Like you can imagine, if I had a box I was voicing in and I kept shrinking and shrinking and shrinking that box, right, what’s going to happen if I’m in – if my head is inside that box and that mic is in there with me, and that box gets really, really close to