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October 29, 2012 / Randy Coppinger

Next Level VO

Sarah Elmaleh asked,

Is there anything that actors do to take perfectly usable takes to the next level?

Most top tier voice actors have mic technique: pulling back a bit for loud lines, moving in on quiet ones, turning off slightly for plosives and otherwise using the physics of how a mic functions to enrich the performance. This skill seems especially prevalent for voice actors with a radio announce background. It’s more than simply moving around. Veterans known when it is appropriate to make changes and how far they should move, often very little. Working the mic — addressing it — done well is typically subtle but sure adds value to the recording.

Listen to all of the questions and answers… Dialog Editing for Game Audio.

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