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Processing voice over

Normalization is something that makes everything louder. It’s different from compression which just makes the loud stuff softer and the softer stuff louder.

Editing audio voice

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Microphone for voice over at Indonesian price

Samson USB microphone for indonesian voice overTo start a voice over business, the first thing you need to have is, of course, your voice. When you have a good voice, and are able to deliver messages with power and clarity, the next equipment you must have is a condenser microphone. You can choose from various types, but the quality of the microphone really depends on the price. The higher you pay, the better usually the microphone is.  Read More

Portable vocal booth for voice over artists

Inspired by a video on YouTube, I rode a bike with Arul, bought two panels of cardbox, and brought the materials to Habibi’s house in Paciran to make what I call as portable studio. Habibi is an artist and good carpenter. When I came to his house yesterday, I was amazed by his hand-made cupboard, which he created using some sheets of cheap paper he got from photocopy centers. Read More

Pop filter for voice over

Picture of Microphone Pop FilterFor voice over artists, pop filter is a must. It prevents them from annoying plosives or microphone pops. In Lazada, an Indonesian online store, you can buy the cheapest pop filter for as low as Rp100,000. However, if you don’t want to spend that much money, another solution is worth trying: DIY pop filter. Read More

Indonesian voice artists read without plosives

Plosives in Indonesian voice overOne advantage of speaking Indonesian is that you will not produce many plosives or microphone pops in your speech. Indonesian, or better known as bahasa Indonesia, doesn’t have aspirated consonants like those in the English language. Among aspirated consonants that occur in English are p, k, t, and ch.

But don’t get me wrong. This situation doesn’t make Indonesian citizens speak without plosives at all. In Java, an island where the capital city is located, people use aspirates every day, which occur in b, g and b. So give a Javanese a microphone and ask him to say the word bubur. You’ll hear very strong microphone pops whey they say it. Read More

Pause in your voice over script

Pause in deep Indonesian voice overI learn this trick from television. When a client hands me his script in English, I translate it first to bahasa Indonesia. If he gives me Indonesian script, still, I will translate it to my national language, but with a little spice: vocal punctuation. Voice over artists have long employed this strategy to make for an easier read. Yes, I’m talking about pause in your script. Read More

Does smoking make your voice deeper?

Smoking-make-voice-deeperI received a silly question on Facebook about how I get my deep voice without smoking. My Facebook friend believes that men who have deep voice must smoke or drink. Smoking and drinking habit, he thinks, cracks his throat, resulting in worn-out voice which, if you know how to use it well, sounds very, very crispy.

My answer: Deep voice has nothing to do with smoking or drinking. Smoking damages the larynx and esophogus and thus the voice is more raspy and deeper sounding, but it’s basically not true that you will produce such a good, smooth and deep voice from the two habits. Deep voice comes from the muscles in your throat. In some men, these muscles are thicker; while others have smaller muscles–making their voice high-pitched. Read More