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.

That’s why pop filter is a must for many American voice actors. In the English language, as long as you speak in a standard accent, you cannot get rid of those air pops that come out of your mouth when you say pot or paper.

If you don’t have pop filter with you, you can set up the angle or keep yourself in such a distance that the microphone can catch your deep voice but not the plosives. Another trick is by repeating and controlling your air. You can pause and repeat sentences with plosives in them until you get as little pop effect as possible. Of course, editing also helps remove the annoying pops, so they won’t be noticed.


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