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Setting Up your Studio Space

with Gillian Pelkonen

In this episode, Anne and Gillian stress the importance of having a high-quality home studio for voice actors. The hosts discuss the technical aspects of setting up a studio, such as having a good computer, fast internet, and a reliable microphone. They also emphasize the need for soundproofing, with Anne sharing her DIY approach to creating acoustic panels for her studio. Additionally, the hosts talk about the importance of isolation and how it can be achieved through building panels or using reflection filters. Overall, the episode provides valuable insights for anyone looking to set up a professional-grade voiceover studio.

Anne & Gillian talk designing and soundproofing a home studio for voice actors + share techniques that produce high-quality audio.

"I understand why a voice actors’ booth is so important. It's like a second home!" - Gillian

About 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:

  1. A great-sounding home studio is crucial for voice actors' success.

  2. Voice actors need their studio to be consistent and provide the same sound quality for potential revisions to a script.

  3. A professional recording studio setup is different from a home studio.

  4. Finding the right spot in your home is important when setting up a space for voiceover work.

  5. Technical aspects such as a good computer, fast internet connection, and a microphone are crucial for high-quality audio.

  6. A reliable internet connection is especially important for connecting with clients and studios.

  7. Soundproofing a studio is important for high-quality audio.

  8. Gillian emphasizes the importance of isolation for beginner setups and suggests starting with building panels.

  9. Setting up a home studio can be overwhelming, but it is essential for a successful voice acting career.

  10. Once a home studio is set up properly, there is little need to worry about it.

"You can have an amazing voice, but if you can't deliver high-quality audio to your client, you're not gonna be a very successful voice actor." - Anne

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