In this article, we’ll take a look at some questions that people ask when ordering voiceovers online.
If you have a question that does not appear on this page, feel free to contact me.
Frequently Asked Questions
Naturally. Visit the Demos page to listen to the quality you will receive.
Smart question! Some voice actors record their demos at an outside studio, but record projects at their home studio. In this case, the sound quality you hear on their website may differ from the quality you will hear in your recorded project. Furthermore, poor audio quality may be masked by music and sound effects in their demos.
My audio demos are an accurate reflection of my studio’s sound quality, as they were recorded in my home studio. In contrast, some of the video demos were recorded at outside studios. Furthermore, the audio quality of the video demos may be degraded, due to compression techniques applied by the video hosting site, so the video demos do not accurately reflect my studio’s sound quality.
To enable you to gauge the audio quality you will receive, you can listen to a demo without music or sound effects (a “dry demo”) on the Demos page.
No worries. I provide a recut free of charge if I have made a mistake of any sort in the voiceover.
It is important to provide direction, before I start recording. You need to specify the tone of voice you want, what pace to use, etc.
Further, when you write the script, it is recommended to include instructions. Put words that should be emphasized in bold or italics, and if you need longer pauses write that in the script, too.
If you made a mistake in the script, or if you later decide to change the direction, I will provide a recut at my standard per-word rates, but with a much lower minimum fee.
You can always request a free custom demo before hiring me. This will give you a good idea how you project will sound, and it will give you a chance to request changes in tone, cadence, etc.
Once your script is ready, you can use my voiceover script editing service, to perfect it.
You can view a detailed infographic about the recording procedure.
Either way works fine for me, but note that the voiceover is usually recorded before the video. Furthermore, timing a voiceover to an existing video costs an additional fee.
For an in-depth discussion of both approaches, see What Should Be Prepared First: The Video or the Voiceover?.
Turnaround time is usually 1 business day for projects up to 2,500 words. Longer projects may or may not take longer.
This is a common misconception. Voice over is actually a lot of work, and it requires skill and time. Furthermore, the audio must be edited.
As mentioned, voiceover is most definitely not “just talking”. It is a craft that takes much training, skill, and effort, as well as investment of time and money. So no, $25 for 1,000 words is not going to work.
Here’s a fantastic podcast on the costs behind voiceover.
Yes. Indeed, I have done so. If you are a charity organization, and I believe in your cause, I would consider recording your project at a discounted rate.
To ensure maximum availability, I own a travel voiceover studio, from which I can record your prompts on the road.
Article by Victoria Feinerman