Tech question. Generally, what is the format voice artists are submitting their auditions.

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    In terms of format I am keeping my editing to bare minimum.

    I am keeping lead in and lead out time tight to the read script, no music, no compression, no slate, and the minimum of de click treatment. I submit my files normalised to -2db.

    I'm fully aware that the market is filling up, so I'm trying to make sure the foundations

    of each submission are spot on.

    I'd interested to hear the quality control other voice artists here are using for their submissions.

    Thankyou

    Sarah

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  • Chris Keyna

    Voice Over:English

    Personally I tend to edit out obvious breaths and do basic normalisation to -3DB then send as an MP3. No slates unless ive been undecided on the delivery and therefore taken more than one pass at it. I try not to spend more than 10 mins on an audition.

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    I brought up the issue of normalising to -3db as I had watched a video by an advisor on Voices.com who recommended normalising to -1db for their auditions. I felt, as I discussed with another voice actress here, that this did not give much room for error, so I have been using -2db as my setting. Though the common approach on many groups is -3db. I guess its finding that sweet spot where you know that your settings are spot on, and all you need to do is make sure what goes into the mic is pro quality for the client.

    Thanks

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  • Anthony Martins Rock

    Voice Over:American - Standard

    I edit breaths and excessive pops/clicks. I have been just making sure that the resulting file is not clipping . -1 is quite risky. I suppose that as long as your file is between -6 and -1 you will not be quiet by any means. The biggest issue with uncompressed audio is more dynamics than anything else but as long as good mic technique is used, the differences to quietest and more projected parts of a read should still be well balanced.

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  • Justin Dahl

    Composer

    I recommend -2db and using a quality audio editor e.g. logic or pro-tools with waves for mastering.

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  • Carla de Wansey

    Voice Over:English

    Why do some of you normalise your files...i put my device on to -3db but could not really tell the difference to a clip that had no normalisation....what does it do?..

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  • User Deleted

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    Thats a good point!

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  • Carla de Wansey

    Voice Over:English

    Still no answer to what it does...but i rec orded something and put it onto - 2db and it sort of rounded up the sound a bit......

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  • Anthony Martins Rock

    Voice Over:American - Standard

    What normalising does is simply turn UP the VOLUME of your selected audio so that the LOUDEST (highest) peak of your entire clip is no higher than your stated setting (eg -3db). Normalisation is NOT the same as "limiting" .

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