Voiceover Recording – How to Get Rid of Mouth Noises

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Voiceover Recording – How to Get Rid of Mouth Noises


Have you ever stopped to consider how little bits of food stuck in between your teeth can ruin a good take?

Recording right after you eat may result in some complications, including the overproduction of saliva and other undesirable effects.

Brushing your teeth after you eat certainly goes a long way and flossing goes even further. Your recording equipment is quite sensitive though and will pick up more than you anticipate.

Caution: the microphone can hear your hair growing!

Microphones are very sensitive. If you've ever been part of a recording session or edited your own work, you know what I mean!

Basic oral hygiene aside, there are other steps you can take that will help minimize or even eliminate distracting noises in the studio.

Stand an extra inch or two away from your pop-screen and place the mic to the side of your mouth. Have your recording area separate from your computer area or turn it off as computers have a constant hum that a good mic is sure to pick up. It is a good idea to switch of the central heating or cooling systems too.

When you're in a recording session avoid wearing noisy clothing that ruffles when you move, or jewelery that jangles together. Your microphone will also pick up the ticking of your watch.

Try not to scratch or rubbing your face (especially if you're bearded) as this will be heard in your recording as well.

Granny smith apples are said to be natures tooth brush so, when you can not brush, munching on these prior to recording can help eliminate those ugly mouth noises. Try to avoid eating any dairy products as they can create a thick coating in your mouth and throat that will likely throw your voice off.

Caffeine in large doses can dry out your mouth and throat so use it in moderation. Decaffeinated green tea is better but sipping on room temperature water is best.

Are you an allergy sufferer? During allergy season be sure to take a decongestant before recording to keep your voice from sounding nasally.

Finally, wear your headphones! Our minds do a wonderful job of filtering out noises that are not essential for us to hear. When you wear your headphones you can clearly hear all those little ticks, clicks, and blips that you would not otherwise hear.


Source by Stephanie Adrianne Ciccarelli

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