Beginner’s Guide to Your First Home Voiceover Studio

My Home setup.
My Home Setup.

By Evan Schmitt

You’re going to do it. You’re going to start doing voiceovers. You’ve been hearing it from everyone you know and you’re finally going to try it out. If you found this, you definitely were searching for something that would get you started.

Well, here is a quick little guide to help you get up and running on a small investment in your house. This is by no means a pro level set up, but the first step is the most important. Your voiceover career has to start somewhere. My career started in my house and yours can too.

Here are the 3 most important things to know for your first home voiceover studio.

The Space

Where you record is important. Pick the quietest place in your house. Make sure all the surfaces are soft. This means carpet on floors and blankets on walls and ceilings. Closets are great. Bathrooms are not. Soft surfaces absorb sound, which is good. Hard surfaces reflect sound, which is bad.

The Equipment

Anything electronic that can record you will suffice. This could be your phone, a usb microphone, a digital recorder or a full on microphone. Buy something within your budget that can record you. It’s even better if it can connect to your computer (laptop is ideal because it can fit in your closet with you).

You

The sound originates from you. This one is the easiest piece of the studio but it’s probably the most important. Once you get your setup running, have fun! Play around with everything (mic distance, moving your body while staying silent and creating the performance that is convincing). Learn how to make yourself sound good! Read other articles online about sounding good (Dan Lenard’s posts on voiceoverxtra.com is my recommendation).

You’re only as good as the sound you produce. But if you have a spot in your home that you can practice and play whenever you want, you will be one step closer to reaching your goals of voiceover awesomeness!

Like I said, this is just a start. This first setup is the perfect opportunity to make mistakes and learn as quickly as possible. If you earn money, invest in better equipment and space treatment. Hire someone to help you get better. Once you get your sound quality up and get a demo, you’ll want to get an agent.

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