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What is a Voice Over?A voice over is a production technique where a voice—often that of a professional voice actor—is used in radio, television, film,...

What is a Voice Over?

A voice over is a production technique where a voice—often that of a professional voice actor—is used in radio, television, film, theatre, or other presentations. The voice over talent is off-camera and usually not seen. Voice overs are critical in media production as they breathe life into characters in animations, video games, and documentaries, provide narration in audiobooks and explainer videos, and offer professional appeal in podcast intros, among many other uses.

Steps to Create a Voice Over

Creating a great voice over requires a a series of steps. While it might seem daunting, it really is much easier than it looks. Especially with the introduction of AI voice overs.

  1. Script Preparation: Understanding the script is vital. It helps the voice actor grasp the message, tone, and the target audience of the voice over work.
  2. Vocal Warm-up: Before recording voice-overs, it's essential to warm up your vocal cords to avoid straining them and to ensure a smooth, clear voice sound.
  3. Enunciation Practice: Practice your diction—clear pronunciation of consonants, plosives, and vowel sounds. Good enunciation is key to a good voice over.
  4. Recording: This involves the actual recording of the voice over. It's done in a recording studio or a home studio, using a suitable recording software.
  5. Editing: After recording, the audio file is edited to remove any mouth noises, background noise, and other unwanted sounds. This editing process is done using editing software.
  6. Mastering: This is the final step in the voice over creation process. Mastering audio involves balancing the various elements in the voice-over audio for a clean, quality sound output.

Equipment Needed for Voice Over Recording

Voice acting, particularly for beginners, requires some essential equipment for recording voice-overs:

  1. Microphone: A good quality condenser microphone is crucial for capturing a clear, quality sound.
  2. Pop Filter: This is used to reduce or eliminate 'popping' sounds caused by the impact of fast-moving air on the microphone during the pronunciation of plosives like 'p' and 'b'.
  3. Headphones: A closed-back headphone is ideal for monitoring your voice as you record.
  4. Acoustic Treatment: To minimize background noise and echo in your recording space, acoustic treatments such as foam panels are necessary.
  5. Audio Interface: This device connects your microphone to your computer, converting the analog signal from your microphone into a digital signal your recording software can manipulate.
  6. Recording Software: Also known as a digital audio workstation (DAW), this is where you record, edit, and master your audio.

Voice Overs with AI

The voice over industry is evolving with the advancement in technology. Today, AI voice-over is gaining popularity. AI can generate human-like voice overs from text input, which can be tweaked to match the desired emotion and tone. This functionality offers an alternative to traditional voice over methods, especially for explainer videos, tutorials, or other content that doesn't require a highly emotive human touch.

Pros and Cons of AI Voice Overs vs. Traditional Methods

AI voice overs offer several advantages, including lower pricing than hiring a professional voice actor, faster turnaround times, and flexibility in voice selection. However, they lack the emotional depth, nuance, and unique qualities that a professional voice talent can provide.

In contrast, traditional voice overs have a higher cost and require more time for production, but they offer a level of expressiveness that AI currently cannot match.

The biggest factor with traditional voice overs is the recording process. A voice actor has to speak into a microphone and getting a quality recording depends on the actor, the technique, the equipment, the studio, and the editing process. The capturing is key.

With AI voiceovers negate the entire capture process. Every take is a perfect take. And the cost of equipment and talent is zero.

Speechify Voice Over

Speechify Voice Over is an online app that allows you to convert text into audio. You can upload your script or type it in and add a unique voice to every paragraph. Add royalty free background music and download the audio recording in various audio formats to use in either your personal or commercial projects.

With over 200 voices, languages and accents, you can find the perfect voice in various languages. Speechify reduces the steps and the equipment dramatically so that anyone can create professional sounding voiceovers in minutes.

Whether you're a beginner looking for voice acting gigs, a company wanting to produce an explainer video, a podcast creator aiming to hook listeners with a professional voice-over, or a professional voice actor hoping to upgrade your home

Cliff Weitzman

Cliff Weitzman

Cliff Weitzman is a dyslexia advocate and the CEO and founder of Speechify, the #1 text-to-speech app in the world, totaling over 100,000 5-star reviews and ranking first place in the App Store for the News & Magazines category. In 2017, Weitzman was named to the Forbes 30 under 30 list for his work making the internet more accessible to people with learning disabilities. Cliff Weitzman has been featured in EdSurge, Inc., PC Mag, Entrepreneur, Mashable, among other leading outlets.