Audio Recording Techniques for Voice Actors

There is a misconception that a voice over artist must have a particular kind of voice. Hearing the same type of voice on all recorded material would be extremely boring. There is a huge market for voices of all types.

Would you like to make money using your voice?

A lot of people are making a living using their voice and working from home, using a laptop computer, a microphone and an Internet connection. This fall, Eastern Arizona College is offering a class that will teach you everything you need to know to make money with your voice.

The class will cover the basics of:

  • Audio recording
  • Microphones
  • Digital Audio Workstations (DAW)
  • Audio Editing
  • The Recording Environment
  • Critical skills for voice actors
  • Creating character voices.
  • Where and how to find work

Class members will learn how to set up an inexpensive, but professional quality recording studio in their home.

The course will examine opportunities available for voice actors and how to find work in these areas:

  • Radio & TV Commercials
  • Audiobooks
  • eLearning Narration
  • Video Games
  • Podcasting
  • Video

Class members will be able to focus on any one or all of the areas presented in class.

Audiobooks

The Audiobook Creation Exchange (ACX) is the website that connects authors with narrators for Audible.com.  At any given time there are more than 1000 books in need of narrators. ACX provides opportunities for narrators to audition for books on the list. This class will cover how to set up an ACX profile and start auditioning for audiobooks.

If you’re an author, this class will teach you how to record your own audiobooks so that you don’t have to pay royalties to narrators.

eLearning

Many organizations are cutting back on live training seminars in favor of Internet training, or eLearning. eLearning is a learning system that uses electronic technologies to access educational curriculum outside of the traditional classroom environment. The program could be a course, program or degree that’s delivered completely online. eLearning courses are interactive and often use a narrator to guide the student through the curriculum.

Podcasting

If you have an expertise that you can share through video or audio podcasts, you could be missing out on a great revenue stream. Podcasts are a great way to build a customer base for your business. Some popular podcasts make $10,000 to $40,000 per month.

This course will teach you how to set up your own podcast and monetize it through sponsorships, advertising and product sales.

Radio and TV Commercials

Voice overs for Radio and TV commercials can be a lucrative business. The Internet has expanded the possibilities for this area of voice acting. Video commercials air on YouTube and other video streaming websites.

Video Games

If you like character voices, you’ll find plenty of opportunities to create and voice them in the gaming industry.

The class begins Thursday, August 23, 2018

The class will meet Thursday nights from 6:00 until 9:20 at the Media Communications building at EAC. Previous classes have been filled to capacity. Register on campus or at eac.edu. To enroll in the class, visit http://eac.edu.

About the instructor

Dan Curtis was formally trained in audio engineering at the College for Recording Arts in San Francisco. He has worked in the radio industry for thirty years. Dan has voiced thousands of radio commercials, written several dozen music jingles for advertising and has narrated more than a dozen audiobooks. Dan has also created numerous character voices for various productions. In one production he voiced 28 different characters.