Building your first home recording studio can seem like an overwhelming task. So we went to a voice-over expert to find out what a voice actor needs to consider before setting up a studio in their home.
“For many years I talked to hundreds of students about setting up functional voice over studios in their homes. When I first started consulting on this subject, equipment was very expensive, technology wasn’t as advanced as it is today and talent were still willing to gas up their cars and drive to studios around town,” says voice over veteran Rodney Saulsberry. “Today, gas is way too expensive and the creation of microphones that take in what is being directly spoken into them while cancelling out for the most part, other sounds in the room, a home studio is the way to go.”
Here are Rodney’s top 3 tips on how to construct your home recording studio:
1. Find a room in your home that is generally quiet without your assistance.
2. Make an equipment cost and insulation cost blueprint before you get started.
3. Make sure the room is accessible 24 hours for your sudden creative ideas.
Rodney Saulsberry is the voice of choice for behind-the scenes narration and the author of You Can Bank on Your Voice and Step Up to the Mic. He is currently the voice of Zatarain’s, Instant Tax Service and Interactive Brokers. He can be found teaching at EDGE Studios in New York City on Saturday, July 27th with his Commercial Intensive Voice Over Workshop. For expert voice over coaching you can become a member of his Consultant’s Club.