Recording Auditions

Venise Lashley
Voice Over: English

Hey, I wanted to know what was best when auditioning. To record straight from Mandy or to record on your own software and upload it?

Venise


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Kasper Michaels
Voice Over: Canadian

definitely to record on your own gear. You have more control, you can (and should) edit the file before sending, you can do multiple reads in a row and choose the best one... the list of pros for recording into a daw is quite long. You will also have a back up in case anything goes wrong, or you need the demo for reference.

There are various "free" or at least, very affordable options for DAWs (the recording software). Google and YouTube will be your friend here. Even myself, once Covid locked things down, I had to deep dive into my software to make sure I could use it properly as clients still wanted to record. It will take practise and a little effort if you want to do this thing. There are people that go to school for what we are trying to do. As long as you know the basics and improve on them, you have a good start.


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Venise Lashley
Voice Over: English

That’s very helpful thank you Kasper. Lastly can I ask, do they expect added music to the audition?


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Kasper Michaels
Voice Over: Canadian

In almost every case for an audition, they do not. The client almost always has music prepared for their project, and will sometimes play your demo with their music, together, to see if they fit. Some might say, "my demo reel has music", but a demo reel should actually be called a voice reel because it is a business card, consisting of either jobs you've done (showreel) or jobs that sound like they've been on the radio or TV and is used to get clients to ask for a demo. Demo or Voice Reels are used to show what your end product with sound like with all the bells and whistles. With your client demo, they mostly want to hear you.

I sometimes use music to "watermark" a demo, but that's different discussion.


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Venise Lashley
Voice Over: English

Ah amazing this has cleared up my questions, thanks so much Kasper and for responding in detail!


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Kasper Michaels
Voice Over: Canadian

No problem Venice. feel free to message me if you have any other questions. have a fantastic Sunday. Break a vocal chord!


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Venise Lashley
Voice Over: English

Thank you :) haha love that, have a lovely Sunday


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Kasper Michaels
Voice Over: Canadian

oop. Apologies, auto correct has mispelled your name. It does that with mine too, lol.


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Venise Lashley
Voice Over: English

We have unique spellings of our names lol


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Richard Williams
Voice Over: English

Wise words as always from Kasper. I concur with everything. I use Audacity for editing and there are some terrific you tube videos for instructions how to get the most out of it. I especially liked this one

ACX Set up with Audacity https://bit.ly/3jYS2HI

This cleans things up nicely. I've just completed marathon recording for a 90,000 word audio book called The Butcher of Tangier, but this helps me get the clarity I wanted and already booked for the next adventure in the series.

Please tech out anytime. I'm on a steep plastering curve but with contributors such as Kasper, it has been much easier and more fun

Good luck


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