Voice over services: A guide

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By Cliff Weitzman Dyslexia & Accessibility Advocate, CEO/Founder of Speechify in VoiceOver on April 21, 2023
Discover everything you need to know about voice over services, from finding the right talent to optimizing your recordings.

    Voice over services: A guide

    Voice over services have become an increasingly popular solution for businesses, content creators, and individuals looking to add a professional and engaging touch to their projects. In this article, we’ll explore what a voice over is, the benefits of using a voice over, how to find and hire the best voice actors, and the most popular voice over services available today.

    What is a voice over?

    A voice over is a technique used in filmmaking, video production, and other multimedia productions, where a voice actor narrates or provides a spoken commentary on a video or audio clip. This technique is commonly used in television commercials, documentaries, e-learning courses, audiobooks, and explainer videos, among other media formats.

    How it works

    A voice over typically involves recording a voice artist’s narration or commentary that is synchronized with a visual medium, such as a video, film, or animation. The professional voice actor may record their lines in a professional recording studio or from their own home studio using a microphone and audio software. The speech is then edited and mixed with the visual component to create quality audio that effectively communicates the intended message. Voice over work can be found in various industries such as advertising, film, television, and e-learning. It requires skill in vocal delivery, timing, and pacing, as well as the ability to interpret and convey the desired message.

    Benefits of using a voice over

    Using a voice over in your project, whether it’s a podcast or video content, has many benefits, including adding a professional touch, enhancing the overall quality of the content, improving engagement with the audience, and helping to convey your message more effectively. Voice overs are also cost-effective and save time, as you can record the audio separately from the visual content.

    How to get a voice over

    A professional voice over artist can bring your project to life with their skills and expertise. But how does it work? First, you need to find the right voice talent for your project. You can start by searching for voice over talent online or working with a voice over services company. Once you find the right voice, you can work with them to ensure your project meets your needs. This includes everything from audio production to dubbing and transcription of audio files. With the help of voice recording and post-production, you can create a broadcast-quality voice over that’s sure to impress. Whether you need a good voice, a great voice, or native speakers, professional voice over services can help you achieve your goals.

    Qualities of the best voice over

    The best voice overs should have a clear, articulate, and engaging voice. They should be able to convey the right tone and emotion for your project and have a natural-sounding voice that captures the attention of your audience. They should also be professional, reliable, and able to deliver high-quality recordings on time.

    How to find a voice actor

    To find a professional voice actor, you can browse through online marketplaces such as Voices.com, Voice123.com, or Fiverr.com. These websites allow you to search for voice actors based on their age, gender, accent, language, and voice type. You can also listen to their voice samples and read reviews from previous clients to determine if they are the right fit for your project.

    Average voice over costs

    The cost of a voice over can vary depending on the project’s length, the voice actor’s experience, and the service provider. On average, a professional voice over can cost between $200 and $1000 per project. Online voice over services often charge per word or per minute, with prices ranging from $0.10 to $2 per word or $50 to $500 per minute.

    Most popular voice over services

    Some of the most popular voice over services include Voices.com, Voice123.com, Upwork.com and Fiverr.com. These platforms offer a wide selection of voice actors, easy-to-use interfaces, and secure payment options. They also provide additional features such as editing, mixing, and post-production services to ensure that your voice over sounds professional and polished.

    Different types of voice overs

    There are many types of voice overs, including commercial voice overs for TV commercials, radio ads, and online ads; eLearning voice overs for educational content; audiobook voice overs for narration; explainer video voice overs for product demos and tutorials; and video game voice overs for character dialogue and narration.

    Use Speechify Voice Over Studio

    When it comes to voice over projects, time and quality are of the essence. With Speechify Voice Over Studio, you can save both. With over 200 realistic, versatile voice options, you can find the perfect voice to narrate your project in any of the 20 languages and accents available, including but not limited to English, Arabic, Portuguese, and Spanish, as well as male and female voice options.

    Not only that, but you have complete control over the final product. You can customize the speed, tone, and even add natural pauses between words to achieve the perfect delivery. And if you want to take it to the next level, you can add background music to enhance the overall experience.

    Whether you’re a content creator, educator or need to create internal communications, Speechify is the solution you’ve been looking for. It’s easy to use, simply upload or type your script and get started.

    But don’t take our word for it, try it for free and see the difference for yourself. With Speechify Voice Over Studio, you’ll save time and money while achieving professional-quality results.


    How do I get studio quality voice overs?

    Try Speechify Voice Over studio for AI-generated high-quality voice overs.

    How much does a 2 minute voice over cost?

    For a 2-minute voice over, the final cost will depend on the number of words in the script, the number of revisions required, and the usage rights needed. A simple voice over project with non-exclusive usage rights can cost around $200 to $500. However, if the recording is intended for broadcast or if it requires a complex production process, the cost may be significantly higher.

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