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Some Helpful Advice? Oct. 5th, 2012 @ 03:37 AM Reply

Hello everyone, the name is Shishiza. Some of you may know me from the NFG11 contest, and perhaps some of my other amateur recordings. Voice acting is something I do on the side, but it's something I really want to improve on, and perhaps make into an actual profession.

I made this thread to get some more advice to expand my talent a little bit, and to perhaps get involved with more animators.

So, here goes:

I use a web-cam microphone since the better-quality microphone I used broke. I use Audacity to clean it up only using noise removal (I get the sounds before a recording. use that as the noise profile, and then clear all of it out of a recording.

If you go through my voice samples, they aren't the greatest voices out there but I truly try my best, and attempt to do the best I can when it comes to auditions and vocal recordings.

If anyone can give me some pointers on what I can improve on, I'd be very grateful. Thank you!

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Response to Some Helpful Advice? Oct. 5th, 2012 @ 03:59 AM Reply

At 10/5/12 03:37 AM, Shishiza wrote: Hello everyone, the name is Shishiza. Some of you may know me from the NFG11 contest, and perhaps some of my other amateur recordings. Voice acting is something I do on the side, but it's something I really want to improve on, and perhaps make into an actual profession.

I made this thread to get some more advice to expand my talent a little bit, and to perhaps get involved with more animators.

So, here goes:

I use a web-cam microphone since the better-quality microphone I used broke. I use Audacity to clean it up only using noise removal (I get the sounds before a recording. use that as the noise profile, and then clear all of it out of a recording.

If you go through my voice samples, they aren't the greatest voices out there but I truly try my best, and attempt to do the best I can when it comes to auditions and vocal recordings.

If anyone can give me some pointers on what I can improve on, I'd be very grateful. Thank you!

I hate to be the one to bring you this, but what you're doing now, is basically self-advertising, which is what the Voice Actor Advertisement thread is for. I'd review your stuff now, but I have no experience in / relevant knowledge about voice acting whatsoever, sorry!


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Response to Some Helpful Advice? Oct. 5th, 2012 @ 04:37 AM Reply

I'd agree with you, but I'm not asking to voice act for anyone or throwing my skills out. I've actually been to the voice advertising thread for that specific reason, but that is not why I'm here. Can't a guy ask around for some advice and thoughts on how his work is?

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Response to Some Helpful Advice? Oct. 5th, 2012 @ 05:06 AM Reply

At 10/5/12 04:37 AM, Shishiza wrote: I'd agree with you, but I'm not asking to voice act for anyone or throwing my skills out. I've actually been to the voice advertising thread for that specific reason, but that is not why I'm here. Can't a guy ask around for some advice and thoughts on how his work is?

I see your point, and although it is a fair one, the situation is still a bit ambiguous. Usually people ask questions about specific subjects that could be handy for anyone, not just themselves. The perfect place to ask for feedback that applies to your productions only, would be the Review Request Club. If a mod is fine with your posting it here though, I have no problem with it whatsoever =)


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Response to Some Helpful Advice? Oct. 5th, 2012 @ 05:08 AM Reply

At 10/5/12 05:06 AM, EagleGuard wrote:
At 10/5/12 04:37 AM, Shishiza wrote: I'd agree with you, but I'm not asking to voice act for anyone or throwing my skills out. I've actually been to the voice advertising thread for that specific reason, but that is not why I'm here. Can't a guy ask around for some advice and thoughts on how his work is?
I see your point, and although it is a fair one, the situation is still a bit ambiguous. Usually people ask questions about specific subjects that could be handy for anyone, not just themselves. The perfect place to ask for feedback that applies to your productions only, would be the Review Request Club. If a mod is fine with your posting it here though, I have no problem with it whatsoever =)

Alright well if a moderator deems this thread as worthy, I will keep hoping someone will share some advice with me. Otherwise I will check on that thread you linked, thank you very much.

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Response to Some Helpful Advice? Oct. 5th, 2012 @ 02:09 PM Reply

I actually have one question about audacity / recording specifically. I know there's a way to make it so when you're yelling in a recording, your sound doesn't bypass the meter (because it sounds like crap when you do). Does anyone have the solution to fixing this?

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Response to Some Helpful Advice? Oct. 5th, 2012 @ 07:54 PM Reply

At 10/5/12 02:09 PM, Shishiza wrote: I actually have one question about audacity / recording specifically. I know there's a way to make it so when you're yelling in a recording, your sound doesn't bypass the meter (because it sounds like crap when you do). Does anyone have the solution to fixing this?

Move further away from the mic? Or you could try lowering input gain.

Or, if you're feeling ballsy, remove any form of limiter and then lower the volume of the sound file.. (not recommended)


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Response to Some Helpful Advice? Oct. 6th, 2012 @ 01:07 AM Reply

At 10/5/12 07:54 PM, la-yinn wrote:
At 10/5/12 02:09 PM, Shishiza wrote: I actually have one question about audacity / recording specifically. I know there's a way to make it so when you're yelling in a recording, your sound doesn't bypass the meter (because it sounds like crap when you do). Does anyone have the solution to fixing this?
Move further away from the mic? Or you could try lowering input gain.

Or, if you're feeling ballsy, remove any form of limiter and then lower the volume of the sound file.. (not recommended)

Yeah I've attempted moving further from the mic, but sometimes that just makes it echo more. Would lowering the input gain really do it though?

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Response to Some Helpful Advice? Oct. 6th, 2012 @ 06:46 AM Reply

At 10/5/12 02:09 PM, Shishiza wrote: I actually have one question about audacity / recording specifically. I know there's a way to make it so when you're yelling in a recording, your sound doesn't bypass the meter (because it sounds like crap when you do). Does anyone have the solution to fixing this?

What you have when yelling is called "clipping" and it's a distortion created when an amplifier is overdriven.
When an amplifier is pushed to create a signal with more power than its power supply can produce, it will amplify the signal only up to its maximum capacity, at which point the signal can be amplified no further. As the signal simply "cuts" or "clips" at the maximum capacity of the amplifier, the signal is said to be "clipping". The extra signal which is beyond the capability of the amplifier is simply cut off, resulting in a sine wave becoming a distorted square-wave-type waveform.

What's the effect of this beside bad sound? well, you can burn the preamp in your soundcard.

What to do?
Well, get a better microphone and a preamp with a limiter that automatically avoid this problem or, record at lower volume and apply a gentle compression.

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Response to Some Helpful Advice? Oct. 6th, 2012 @ 08:37 AM Reply

Hmm... I don't suggest moving further away from the mic for voice acting unless you're about to shout (in which case you'd probably be better off doing a 2nd take at a lower volume instead anyway). Moving away from the mic changes the quality of the sound (by quality I mean frequencies picked up by the microphone), plus, as you said, you pick up more room acoustics which in a non-professional studio environment is a very dangerous thing. (Even in a specialised studio it's something you want to avoid)

The best suggestions I've seen so far are turning down input gain and then adding compression, just make sure you don't over-compress or it becomes unnatural.


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Response to Some Helpful Advice? Oct. 6th, 2012 @ 10:50 PM Reply

At 10/6/12 08:37 AM, MetalRenard wrote: Hmm... I don't suggest moving further away from the mic for voice acting unless you're about to shout (in which case you'd probably be better off doing a 2nd take at a lower volume instead anyway). Moving away from the mic changes the quality of the sound (by quality I mean frequencies picked up by the microphone), plus, as you said, you pick up more room acoustics which in a non-professional studio environment is a very dangerous thing. (Even in a specialised studio it's something you want to avoid)

The best suggestions I've seen so far are turning down input gain and then adding compression, just make sure you don't over-compress or it becomes unnatural.

Alright I turned down the input gain, that seemed to help. Not sure if I really wish to go about compressing said files, could make it a bit wonky.