Loveday Smith

Home studio


HOME STUDIO:

The world of voice over is changing. I can now produce high quality audio in my home studio. This is great for you as it means that you don’t have to pay for studio hire. The downside is that you don’t get to be in the room with me, but I will send you several takes to choose from and if you don’t have the performance you want, I will do retakes until you’re happy.

SCRIPT: I am happy to check your script to make sure it reads well in English and make any minor changes. I can incorporate alternate versions if necessary. If you need a translator, I can recommend Esther O’Toole at Quint Creatives.

THE EQUIPMENT:

I use a Neumann TLM 103 microphone. It captures the warmth of my voice without losing any clarity in the brighter tones. When I was shopping for a mic I asked all the professional sound engineers I knew and they all, without question, advised me to go for a Neumann. The TLM 103 was affordable for me and after looking at some blind tests where it out-performed the top of the range Neumann U87, I decided to give it a try. It’s great!

mic shot

I also use a metal pop filter to minimise plosives and sibilance. I have no idea about the science behind it but apparently metal filters are better than the ones that look like they’re made out of a pair of nylons. It works for me.

I love my SE Electronics ‘SPACE’ reflexion filter. Maybe I’m just a sucker for the branding and the brushed stainless steel but it really does feel like it should be circling Jupiter and beaming back alien radio from beyond the Andromeda galaxy. Back in the real world, SPACE is an acronym for “Specialised Portable Acoustic Control Environment”, a top of the range isolation filter that minimises sonic reflections and room ambience. So now you know.


END PRODUCT

My preferred way of working is to send you the raw recording files in WAV or AIFF format and let you do the postproduction work yourself. However, if you prefer, I can send you the files ready to go but I do charge extra for postproduction work, as it is quite time consuming.