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Jan Anderson Voice Talent Pamela Lorence Audio. Producer/Voice Talent World-Voices Organization world-voices. org Voice-Over Recording and Technique: How to Get Professional-Sounding Voice. Overs for Your Programs
Learning objectives • • • Why sound matters Scripting for the EAR How to determine the voice you want How to find/cast your narrator What to expect from a pro How to team up for maximum results
Potential Problems • • • Monotone Too Sing-song Too Robotic Not Telling A Story Not Engaged With The Learner Bad Sound It Can Detract From The Visuals Content, And Learning!
Voice Elements TONE Tone Pitch PITCH TEMPO Tempo VOLUME Volume
Choices • • No Voice Text-to-Speech Train in-house narrator Hire a pro
Scripting for the ear
Scripting Every script is a conversation… With whom? Who can connect with your learners?
Script Accompanies Visuals – It Doesn’t Repeat It
Degree Of Formality 1 …. to …. . 10
In the Past…
Client/Potential client/Engineer there in person Self-directed (and edited) auditions and sessions Client there virtually – Skype, ISDN, etc.
What Kind Of Voice/Delivery Do You Want? Voice: • Language • Gender • Age • Personality/Tone • Expertise • Experience Delivery: • Pace • Emotional Tone • Formality/Smile • Technical Req. • Match Your Branding
Checklist ❑Experience in VO performance ❑Knowledge of VO Industry ❑Experience in e-Learning VO ❑Experience in YOUR e. Learning area (tech? medical? Etc. ) ❑Professional Studio (if self-directed session) ❑Trained Actor ❑Trained Editor ❑Available ❑Professional ❑Nice to Work With
Help With Casting ROSTERS AGENTS/CASTING PROS RECORDING STUDIOS
Where Else To Find Voice Talents – Pros And Cons
VOICEOVER. BIZ “Better Than a Voice Over Casting Site” Connecting Voice Actors & Talent Seekers All Proven Pros – e-learning savvy
TUTORIAL VOICEOVER. BIZ
• • Portion Of Your Script Some “Specs” Record Date Or Deadline Not Sure? Trust The Talent
Directing in Real Time
Some Directions: • • • Smooth it out Smile more Smile less Sound more casual More authority • • • Slow down/speed up Hit this word instead of that one Give me 3 in a row Pause when words fly in Lower/raise pitch of voice
Teaming Up For Self-directed Sessions
What to Expect from a Pro Voice Talent Review/Prep the text Confirm the desired tone Set up the audio files Record, doing multiple Edit for best takes, flow and consistency Clean up unwanted sounds Final output preparation Review recording and name files Convert files to format of your choice and send to you
What A Pro Vo Needs From You For Best Results • When do you need it? • What type of files? • File: Raw? Cleaned up with options? Or Final? • Separated or one file (separation extra) • • Will there be music? Idea of visuals How to Name Files How to deliver?
What A Pro Vo Needs From You For Best Results • • • Agree on Rate/how determined Where/how used? (group vs. personal) Learners speak native English? Tone Desired Timing needs?
Emotional Tone? • • • Describe Refer to a previous job Refer to a cut on demo or audition Send a reference file voiced by someone else Send a scratch track for timing, pace Test read
Script tips Acronyms – e. g. “TRAC” Years preference – e. g. 2020 Slashes – incentives/programs Website – www? Forward slash? Po- TAY-To, Po-TAH-to Industry speak: “station-2” i. e. , e. g. Numbers -246 Contractions Grammar Proofing Emphasis
Script format Introduction Screen # VO 05 In this module, we will practice documenting Simulation Instructions Postpartum Notes through guided simulation training. · Narrated instructions will guide you through the simulation Narrated instructions will take you through the A blue hand icon will indicate where to click simulation, as you enter the notes provided on the · The “Digital Profile Card, ” located in the Digital Profile Card on the upper right corner of your · upper right corner of the screen, displays the screen. information you will need to type into the text box fields You must complete each step to receive instructions · Listen to each step’s instructions before for the next step. performing the action After taking each action, you may progress At any time, click on the “Hint” button to review the · to the next step last set of instructions again. · Click on the HINT button to read the instructions · Click NEXT to begin Graphics and notes to developer Copy on screen Comments Suggestions
Doing It Yourself Or In-house? Here are some TIPS • Use someone who can communicate, not just read • Make sure delivery changes, has “beats”, tells the story of the learning and brand • Record in QUIET area – no noise, echo-ey spaces, • Audio should enhance the copy, not detract from it • Make sure talent stays hydrated – mouth noise a turn-off • Edit out loud breaths, plosives, mouth clicks etc.
References Other sites where you can find voice talent: • www. voiceover. biz • e. Learning Voice Actors • http: //www. voiceover. biz/? utm_campaign=elearni ngindustry. com&utm_source=/use-professionalvoice-actors-in-elearning&utm_medium=link • http: //www. elearningvoices. com/? utm_campaign= elearningindustry. com&utm_source=/useprofessional-voice-actors-inelearning&utm_medium=link • http: //www. voice 123. com