Everyone makes mistakes, especially when they’re first starting out. While making at least one beginner voice over mistake is a rite of passage in this industry, what sets successful voice actors apart is their ability to dust themselves off and address the issue head-on.
Today, in this guide we are going over some common blunders that novices and even sometimes experienced people make while doing voice-overs and dubbing.
Top 5 errors to avoid right now
We all know that dubbing is sometimes complex and as artists, you do not want to leave your audience setting up a negative impression for you or for your entire team. Since we know your concerns, we have curated the list of topmost five errors to avoid. Let us get underway!
1. Avoid mouth noises
To begin, you must first comprehend what mouth noises are. Mouth noise is defined as irritating pops, slaps, and click noises that are audible during speech recordings and are referred to as major errors. Most beginners unintentionally make this mistake by making sticky sounds with their saliva, teeth, or tongue. As a result, most beginners make this mistake. When we amplify voice recordings, we can hear undesired sounds, therefore it is best to take precautions ahead of time.
Also, stay hydrated! To avoid mouth noises, drink plenty of water. Maintain appropriate hydration when recording audio. You can also drink some water before approaching your microphone. However, do not drink too much water before recording, as this may cause mouth noises. Keep drinking water and staying hydrated throughout the day if you don’t want to deal with any mouth noises. So, staying hydrated is important! So, whether you are doing a crisp animation voice over or a detailed audio for an e-learning module, mouth noises are a strict NO!
2. Low quality equipment
The most deadly error a voice actor makes is purchasing low-cost equipment. Never ever sacrifice on the budget when it comes to buying pieces of equipment for your dubbing. When offering quality dubbing services, the equipment you use is really important and your equipment can help you do wonders. Disappointment and poor-quality voice recordings can result from a purchase decision. It is not a great option to choose the cheapest option, especially when purchasing a microphone.You should be familiar with some voice over recording software.
3. Do not put your trust in editing
Editing can help you make your dubbing go better, but not the best. It helps you to somewhat fix things but can never add perfection to your dubbing. Dubbing artists that are often new in this field with a lack of guidance and knowledge frequently rely on editing to eliminate reverberations and echoes. Because less is more when it comes to audio editing and processing, which is completely a red flag on a good dubbing. When too many noise reductions are used to fix audio, the quality of the audio starts to degrade, and the purity of the original recording is somewhat lost and gone. As a result, it is simple to not rely completely on editing apps, guess how? Well, never avoid reverberations when recording, and to avoid background noise, it is preferable to use soundproof rooms. Even when dubbing an audiobook narration, efficient and effective documentary voice actors with a sound experience are needed to ensure proper recording. Post voice-over, a minimum editing should do the job!
4. Poor demonstration
Nothing is more infuriating than having poor demos. In the realm of voice-overs and dubbings, your demo serves as your resume. You usually record a demo and then never update it which is completely annoying. As a result, your resume or demo will be inadequate. Demonstrate your best abilities in the demos. You can also plan and ensure that your demo covers all of the bases. Having a good demo and sample can help you land your dream by having high-paying jobs.
5. Never set the volume too low
You know the biggest mistake you can make as a dubbing artist is to keep the volume of your audio too low. These low audio sounds can cost you a big loss. Hence, it is advisable to never turn down the audio volume. The majority of clients in a voice-over production listen to a series of voice-over auditions. If your volume is too low, it may be perceived as a negative. And at any point in time, you cannot take such blunders lightly, because a small mistake can leave a negative impression. Rather, normalize your audio by ensuring that voices are audible, and see how you win the hearts of your audiences!
So, these were the five dubbing errors you got to fix right now in order to stand different from all the other voice-over dubbing artists. These are the most typical blunders people make during dubbing, hence don’t expect professional dubbing from editing. It is vital to meet all specifications and provide your client with your finest voice. Use preventative measures to avoid making any blunders.