BOSS Audio: You Are a Tech Boss

You are a tech wizard. Yes, YOU! If you want to have a successful voiceover business, technology is at least half the battle. In this BOSS Audio episode, Anne and Tim discuss the importance of understanding the technology involved in delivering successful voiceover, including noise, gain levels, compression, and stacks. Boost your tech confidence like a #VOBOSS! Listen to this episode and see how technology can elevate your business.


Quick Concepts from Today’s Episode:

  1. You have to be adept at handling technology in this industry

  2. Unless you want to spend a good portion of your income hiring tech people, you have to know the VO tech basics

  3. We need to be able to roll with new tech in order to navigate your businesses and be successful

  4. If you believe audio tech is going to be hard, you will be right

  5. Avoid recording in a noisy space

  6. Know your gain and input levels

  7. Know the basics of compression – an automatic volume leveler

  8. Compression allows you to be a little bit louder or quieter without moving closer or further from the mic. Proper compression settings imitate good mic control.

  9. A stack is a series of effects or post-processing that are applied to your raw recording to help clean up your audio

Referenced in this Episode

Direct links to things we brought up ++

  1. Learn more about audio by taking Tim’s Courses!

  2. Hear more about tech with Anne and Tim here

  3. Recorded on ipDTL


>> It’s time to take your business to the next level, the BOSS level! These are the premiere 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: Hey everyone, welcome to the VO BOSS podcast. I’m your host, Anne Ganguzza, with the one and only amazing VO Tech Guru, audio master, Tim Tippets. Hey Tim!

Tim: I don’t know about, I don’t know about all that, but hello, Anne.

[both laugh]

Anne: Hey Tim, you know, I’m thinking about VO Tech Guru. You know, you are a VO tech guru, and I was in technology for over 20-some-odd years, and I think we both are passionate and possibly geeky about it. I think it’s something that’s so important in our industry, and I think we should really — let’s talk about technology and why it’s so important to be, you know, you have be adept at handling technology for this industry.

Tim: Yeah. In this day and age, you do have to get into the tech side of it unfortunately, unless of course you want to spend a good portion of your income constantly, you know, handling tech issues.

Anne: Calling, or calling tech supporter, yeah. Hiring that out.

Tim: Yeah, right? And then you get the, “is it plugged in?”

Anne: [laughs]

Tim: You know, and the, like “are you sure,” that sort of thing. And sometimes it is something really simple you otherwise could and should know about.

Anne: Oh absolutely.

Tim: At least the basics, right? But here’s the thing, Anne, is that everyone who owns an iPhone for instance has — I don’t remember what they say. It has like 10 times the amount of computing power that we — of the Apollo that we sent to the moon. That’s a pretty powerful statement, because you’re carrying that around in your back pocket.

Anne: Sure.

Tim: I’ve had a lot of people come to me and say, “now you don’t understand, I’m not very techy,” you know? And —

Anne: Oh my gosh, people say that all the time to me too, and I’m like —

Tim: Yeah.

Anne: — “you need to reframe that.” [laughs]

Tim: Exactly, and that’s why I say each of us, we’re already tech wizards, each and every one of us. If you think about what we have to do on a daily basis in order to get through life, Instagram, Facebook, any number of things that someone might use who is not at all technical —

Anne: Sure.

Tim: — uhh according to them, but will run circles around me all day long with these apps. And I have to use them. You have to use them. They are, we are voiceover professionals and coaches, and so if we’re not using Facebook, and Instagram, and LinkedIn, then we’re, you know, we’re hurting ourselves, right?

Anne: Well that, and we have to navigate files and send files to our clients as well.

Tim: Yeah.

Anne: So we need to know how to do that properly.

Tim: Yeah, so that’s really what I want to do is kind of like reframe the conversation about technology, because what ends up happening too often is someone will go in search of information — I’ll give you a really good example. So they’ll go into a forum and ask a tech question like “hey guys, I don’t know if I should be compressing or not, but what is compression?” Ok? And I’ve said this before, but suddenly everyone wants to sound like the smartest person in the room. Right?

Anne: [laughs]