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Your Best Narration is Just a Breath Away

I started out this way, obsessively editing breaths, but after 16 chapters, I eased up a bit. This is nice validation for that!

J. Christopher Dunn's Voiceover Blog

monkeysDo you find yourself meticulously removing every breath in recorded audio like a chimpanzee nit-picking fellow chimps? You may be afflicted.

It starts with difficult breathing brought on by nervousness and stress. It’s recorded as gasping for air or a huge sucking sound.

Common studio remedies include removal or the significant reduction of breath noises. This process can build to neurosis, where beginner to professional voice talent compulsively delete every obnoxious, normal and subtle breath recorded.

If this describes you, you may be suffering from Spiritus Aveho.

Spiritus – The Latin word for “Breath” and defined as: breath, breathing / life / spirit.

Aveho – The Latin word for “Remove” and defined as: to carry away / remove.

This OCD variant troubles many professional voice-talent and producers from beginner to expert.

Well, take a deep breath and relax.  Help is available. With treatment and self-help strategies, you can break free…

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Vote! To FX or not to FX, that is my question

<p><a href=”https://vimeo.com/120223606″>Comparison Vimeo</a> from <a href=”https://vimeo.com/user37157998″>Elaine Cramer</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

Word among professional audiobook narrators is to skip the effects. They belong in radio plays and full cast productions. But I have heard subtle effects put to good use in audiobooks, as in a slightly tinny sound when a character is listening to a voice on the phone. In the story I am reading, the characters are listening to a voice over the phone that has been altered to disguise it. In this video, you will hear the audio with the effects first, immediately followed by the audio with no effects. Vote for your favorite, please.

Rain

<p><a href=”http://vimeo.com/118949472″>Rain Circles</a> from <a href=”http://vimeo.com/user37157998″>Elaine Cramer</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

When we built our first deck on our house, we didn’t know to space the slats a little apart so rain could get through. It’s the sort of thing that seems obvious in hindsight… But the material is a composite, so it doesn’t hurt too much, and I quite like the effect when we get serious rain here. It can be mesmerizing, watching the circles the rain makes in the standing water.

I think Oregonians should develop, or maybe we already have developed, a vocabulary for all the different sorts of rain we get. After all, the Eskimos are supposed to have a vast capacity for naming snow.  Until recently though, I wasn’t all that concerned. I found it interesting that some days there could be a light rain that could soak you faster and more thoroughly than gigantic plopping rain drops. When I was a teenager, I hated the rain that was barely more than a heavy fog which would float up underneath my umbrella to destroy my carefully crafted hairstyle.

And then I created an audio studio in my home. My home of the vaulted ceilings. I soon found out that I had issues during a storm. And there was a big storm today, making me worry that I wouldn’t be able to record today. I was going to look at it as a sign from the universe to give my voice a break and just do a lot of editing, but I caught a break. Now, a caller just now thought he had a bad connection because he could barely hear me.

Maybe I should have just edited today…

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