Voice actors typically record their audio projects in their own home studio – a space with quality equipment and dead quiet. New jobs arrive daily from clients via email or phone and require quick turnaround.But sometimes, a business trip or vacation beckons, creating a dilemma: How to provide quality voice-over recordings while on the road?
“When you’re on the road, you’ll often find yourself in less-than-perfect recording environments,” says veteran voice actor and author Harlan Hogan. “Even a very quiet hotel room can sound like a big, boomy box to your microphone.”
Hogan wants to keep busy on the road. “I love this work!” he says. And it shows. As one of America’s favorite voices, Hogan has pressed many commercial slogans into our memories, including “Kills bugs fast. Kills bugs dead,” “The cereal even Mikey likes,” and “Hey Culligan Man!” We also hear him today in countless promos, narrations and documentaries.
Hogan describes his solution for eliminating “road noise” from recordings in an article featured at VoiceOverXtra.com.
He devised the Porta-Booth, a collapsible box lined with 2’-inch thick insulating foam, into which the microphone happily sits in dead quiet.
“It’s a simple, practical and inexpensive way to sound good anywhere,” Hogan says, “at home or on the road.”