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Tips on How to Have a Good Recording Voice

written by: Kristina Dems•edited by: Rhonda Callow•updated: 8/27/2010

One of the reasons why people enjoy listening to the news is the voice quality of the reporters. This is also true when listening DJs on the radio or MTV's VJs. This article gives you tips and techniques to have a good recording voice like them.

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    Introduction by Salvatore Vuono Do you want to have a good recording voice? Many people dream of having a pleasant recording voice, but the good news is that one’s voice can have a quality good enough for recording. Of course, constant practice is the single most important facet in developing a good recording voice. Most of those who have a good recording voice started out so by mimicking other speakers and voice over talents.

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    Practice, Practice, Practice

    The first rule in developing a good recording voice, however, is using one’s natural voice. While it helps to mimic other speakers, it is still more advisable to use a person’s natural voice and play by its strengths. A person should learn the basics of speaking such as intonation, pacing, and breathing properly. He or she then should practice speaking until the voice quality sounds good. Practicing should also help a person gain confidence which is one of the foundations of good voice quality. A simple way of practicing is to prepare a script and read it aloud over and over again. The person should focus on getting basic things right like intonation and even pronunciation of words.

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    After a person gets the right intonation, voice quality, good breathing technique, and self-confidence, it is now time to do a voice recording. There are numerous voice recorders and software that can be tapped to record a voice. These devices and programs are incorporated in most computers. Thus recording a voice playback should be easy in this day and age.

    Here’s one tip: a person will most likely not like the way his or her voice sounds when recorded on first playback. This is due to the fact that the voice will sound a little different when recorded, a lot different on how a person hears his or her voice. A person’s voice will travel different through the person’s body when not recorded, and thus will really be different than when recoded. So people wanting to have a good recording voice should not concentrate on the quality of the voice at first, instead focus on other things like the diction, intonation, and pacing.

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    Mic Techniques

    The way a person records using a microphone can also affect the voice quality of a recording. While there are no rules in using the microphone, there are techniques to achieve a certain kind of voice recording. For example, putting the microphone higher than the mouth would result to a throaty sound. Placing the microphone nearer to the mouth on the other hand lessens the effects of the room’s acoustic on the recording.

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    Computer Recording

    It also helps to know how to manipulate sounds by using DAW software programs to enhance voice recording output. The use of effects can improve the quality of one’s voice recording. For instance, the equalizer is a common effect in computer voice recording software, allowing the person to adjust the vocal quality according to the voice requirements. For instance increasing the voice quality up to 200 khz can make it sound fuller.