Make Your Voice Buttery
Your speaking voice is one of the biggest assets you have when developing an
online business. It’s true. There are a number of different applications where
you can use your voice to enhance your online presence and your business model.
In particular, you can use your voice to record podcasts, add audio messages to
your website and create audio information products.
Modern technology has made the recording of your voice very easy indeed. You
and quickly record digital audio files with whatever spoken message you like.
This article will discuss a few techniques you should use to make those spoken
messages smoother and buttery, just like those radio announcers.
The first thing you need to do is purchase a pop filter. Pop filters eliminate
the plosives in your speech like P’s, B’s and D’s. All three of these tend to
pop into the microphone, thereby popping into the ears of listeners as well.
Pops can be extremely distracting when listening to an audio recording and can
even discourage your audience from listening to any more of it. A simple $10
pop filter looks like a big foam rubber cover for your microphone and it can
eliminate the distracting plosives quickly and easily.
Next, it’s time to start recording. And after your recording is complete, there
are three electronic effects you can use to make your voice sound all milky
like the radio announcers. The most effective one is called the compressor. It
compresses the dynamic range of your audio file so that the loud parts are
softer while keeping the volume of the softer parts the same. The net result is
that your voice sounds smoother to the audience.
I usually lower the pitch slightly as well. On Audacity, you have four ways to
specify the change you want: musical note, semitone, frequency or percentage. You can only lower it by half a semitone which works out to a 2.87% drop in your voice
pitch so it’s a small change but you’ll think your voice sounds better afterwards. You
can play around with this to see what pitch suits your voice best.
The last effect you can use is the bass boost. Predictably, it amplifies the bass
frequencies of the audio file. Now, it does NOT lower the pitch of the file. It
only amplifies the bass frequencies while leaving the treble frequencies
unchanged. This effect rounds out the bottom and takes the tin out of the
recording. If your voice can sound tinny and shallow. The bass boost
eliminates that and leaves my voice sounding like honey.
At the time of this writing, these audio files have been downloaded over 17,000
times in 27 countries. But don’t use these effects to completely alter your voice.
If you listened to the recordings, it must still sound just like you. But the effects
described above make it incredibly smooth and pleasing to the ear, allowing the
listener to absorb the content rather than being distracted by a poor voice
Two pieces of advice.
First, find a way of incorporating voice
recordings into your business. It adds a personal dimension to your online
presence and enhances trust.
Second, use the effects described above to
improve the sound quality of your recordings. Your audience will respect you
more as a result.
- Get a pop filter for a better sound from your microphone (amazus.org)
- How To Record Your Own Audiobook (makeuseof.com)
- How to Record Audio Like a Pro (lifehack.org)
- Recommendations for mic and pre-amp for voice over work (gearslutz.com)
- Ondesoft is proud to announce the release of sBlaster – a smart and simple audio recorder (prweb.com)
- An app that Listens, Takes Notes and Makes Writing Projects Easier: Meet Rev Voice Recorder (prweb.com)
- [Dubturbo] Windows Recording Program (cfnsmelp.wordpress.com)
- Recording the Audio (mixmediasivj.wordpress.com)