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Book Description

The only book on the market to specifically address its audience, Recording Voiceover is the comprehensive guide for engineers looking to understand the aspects of capturing the spoken word.

Discussing all phases of the recording session, Recording Voiceover addresses everything from microphone recommendations for voice recording to pre-production considerations, including setting up the studio, working with and directing the voice talent, and strategies for reducing or eliminating distracting noise elements found in human speech.

Recording Voiceover features in-depth, specific recommendations for recording radio and television commercials, corporate communications, documentaries, tracks for gaming and animation, radio drama, interviews and roundtable discussions. A discussion of the voice in film and television is also included.

Special attention is paid to the final release format and its impact on recording strategies. Exploration of using telephone interfaces – including both analogue and digital ISDN, as well as recording across the internet – is included.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Half Title
  3. Title Page
  4. Copyright Page
  5. Dedication
  6. Table of Contents
  7. Author’s Biography
  8. Foreword
  9. Preface
  10. Acknowledgments
  11. Chapter 1 Introduction
    1. A Life in Sound
    2. A Bit About This Book
    3. The Making of a Superior Voiceover Recording
    4. A Short Case Study
  12. Chapter 2 The Voice in Media
    1. Information Theory
    2. The Beginning of Digital Audio
    3. Historical Precedents
    4. Psychoacoustics
    5. Reverberation
    6. The Disembodied Voice
    7. Recording Foreign Languages
  13. Chapter 3 Room Acoustics
    1. Insight: Daniel Porter
    2. Insight: John Storyk
  14. Chapter 4 Microphones
    1. Fundamentals of the Human Voice
    2. Microphone Design Types
    3. Polar Response
    4. Frequency Response
    5. Microphone Experiments
    6. Dynamic Microphones
    7. Condenser Microphones
    8. Digital Microphones
    9. USB Microphones
  15. Chapter 5 The Engineer
    1. The Role of the Engineer in Voice Recording
    2. Collaboration—Communication—Responsibility
    3. Multitasking
    4. Insight: Interview with Terry Schedeler
    5. Insight: Charlie Pickard
    6. Building a Sense of Trust
    7. Preparation
    8. Insight: Interview with Linda Wolfe
    9. The Team
  16. Chapter 6 The Studio
    1. A Few Simple Truths
    2. Lighting
    3. Insight: John Storyk
    4. The Script Easel
    5. Seated or Standing?
    6. Monitoring
    7. Video Monitoring
    8. Keep it Organized
    9. Additional Considerations
  17. Chapter 7 The Session
    1. Insight: Bryen Hensley
    2. Documentation and Notes
    3. The Co-producer Role
    4. Working With the Voice Talent
    5. Insight: Harlan Hogan
    6. Insight: Doug James
    7. Some Tips and Tricks
    8. Documentation (Part II)
    9. Studio Weirdness
  18. Chapter 8 Your Personal Recording Space
    1. The Basics
    2. The Space
    3. Hardware
    4. Software
    5. Delivery—The Remote Session
    6. Additional Costs
    7. The Matter of Trust
  19. Chapter 9 Recording for Commercials
    1. The Dictatorship of the Clock
    2. How Long Is Too Long?
    3. The Commercial Session
    4. Insert Lines and Redos
    5. Editing and Intercutting
    6. After the Session
    7. One Final Word
  20. Chapter 10 Recording Long-Form Narration
    1. The Long-Form Session
    2. Documentation
    3. Recording to Picture
    4. Further Thoughts on Long-Form Narration
  21. Chapter 11 Recording for Games and Animation
    1. Game Voice Recording
    2. Insight: D. B. Cooper
    3. Recording for Animation
    4. Watch Your Levels!
    5. Insight: Vince Caro
    6. An Experiment in Voice Recording
  22. Chapter 12 Recording Interviews and Roundtable Discussions
    1. Interviews
    2. Insight: Ray Van Steen
    3. Video Interviews
    4. Boom and Shotgun Mic Techniques
    5. Recording Roundtable Discussions
    6. Live Mixing of Roundtable Discussions
  23. Chapter 13 More Voiceover Opportunities
    1. Voice Response
    2. Public Announcements
    3. Web Content
    4. Voice Talent Demos
    5. Audio Books
    6. The Wacky World of Toys
    7. Audio Tours
    8. Something Completely Different
    9. In Conclusion
  24. Chapter 14 That’s a Wrap
    1. Building the Sense of Trust
    2. Your Insurance Policy
    3. A Passion for Voice
  25. Resources
    1. Bibliography
    2. Useful Web Sites
  26. Index
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