Ouch! Lip Smack Strikes Again.
How To Edit It From Recordings ...
By Karen Commins
In olden days - say, five years ago - home recording studios were not common among voice over talent. Today, though, having your own recording studio has become a necessity to compete in this industry.
Recording yourself requires one skill set. Editing the recording requires another one.
Before recording, you can do things to reduce mouth noise, like brushing your teeth and using lip gloss or chap stick to moisten the lips.
And drinking lots of water every day will help you remain fully hydrated.
EDITING LIP SMACK
However, even the most thorough preparation may not eliminate a mouth click - or lip smack - during your performance.
I am meticulous about editing out undesirable sounds to provide a pristine recording to my clients. This :41 video shows you one way to isolate and eliminate a click from your recording.
In the video, I am using Pro Tools LE in shuffle mode, but this technique should work with any audio editing program.
INCLUDE EDITING IN FEE
When quoting a price for a job, you always have to factor in the time required to edit the audio.
In fact, the general rule of thumb that I use is to expect two hours of audio editing for every one hour of finished recording.
For a recording riddled with clicks, it may be advantageous to re-record the take instead of editing it.
ABOUT KAREN ...
Karen Commins is a voice actor based in Atlanta specializing in narrations, e-learning modules and audiobooks. With over two decades of experience as an information technology professional, she is a subject matter expert in performing technical scripts about computer-related topics. She records in a soundproof studio and writes A VOICE Above The Crowd, an insightful and entertaining blog about working and marketing oneself in the voice over profession. She also invites you to subscribe to her newsletter, Success Leaves Tracks, in which she profiles a prominent person and offers help to others on their path to success.
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