Studio Hacks RF

Sound design is a complicated art. Although it requires extreme precision and delicacy, it doesn’t have a universal way of execution. Every job is different from the other, and every situation has its flaws and its ways out.

What we want to offer you is a guide to some of the problems you might encounter along the way, small hacks that out expert engineers have kindly decided to share with you, whether you are just looking for different opinions or for the answers to your doubts.

And what better way to start a series of wonderful interviews than with the one and only founder and manager of Angell Sound, Nick Angell.

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Here is Nick’s secret to a better voice over’s performance:

“Technology is a wonderful thing and we certainly couldn’t function without some of the amazing gizmos we now have, but great sound design is about a journey, which is as much about the creative execution, as well as utilising the technological toys to help fulfil the audio ambitions. For this, adequate pre-production time is a boon and, of course, clear communication of what everyone’s trying to achieve will, inevitably, lead to the best possible outcome.

One of the benefits of time is the allowance of researching and sourcing the kind of sounds that are going to bring your production to life. If something needs to be radio, what is the scene and how are the actors going to feel and sound part of that scene?

When scheduling voices for a radio ad that combines both characters and a voice over, my personal preference and tip for the day is, as a rule, get the character actors in first. I believe it is nearly always possible to estimate how long the voice over bit will be, so in recording the character actor scene bit first means you will have something to play the voice over, which will give him/her the tone of what to play off. In my experience, a voice over’s performance, in this context, will always be better when they’re engaged with what they’re bouncing off, as opposed to recording them cold, which can only be a good thing.”

Stay tuned for the next set of hacks we have coming your way soon!