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Voiceover Recording Studio

What is a home studio for voice-overs?
A voice-over home studio is a space designed 'at home' as its name suggests, optimised for creating high-quality audio recordings and which, in our case, was designed to be able to work remotely with all the players involved in an audiovisual production (agencies, film producers, directors, sound engineers, media, actors, etc.).
In this article, we're going to take a detailed tour of 'Fred's home studio, presenting its equipment and detailing the elements needed to set up this type of studio for recording voice-over actors.


A professional voice-over home studio is much more than just a room equipped with a microphone and surrounded by insulating foams.

It can include :

  • One or more condenser microphones (as opposed to dynamic microphones) fitted with anti-pop filters to avoid plosives
  • An audio interface
  • Possibly a preamp to amplify a weak signal, correct the tonality or improve the dynamics
  • Acoustic treatment and/or a soundproof booth treated to control sound reflections and minimise background noise
  • A reliable PC or MAC with sufficient RAM, fast hard drives (SSD type) and silent operation if installed close to the microphone.
  • Software specially designed for professional audio recording and editing (Audition, ProTools, Cubase, Reaper, Logic Pro, Studio One... to name but a few).
  • Communication software (Type Zoom, Teams)
  • Browser-based software (Chrome, Edge, etc.)or solutions that work via high-speed Internet connections to transmit audio remotely and allow live direction of the actor: Session Link and Source Connect are the most commonly used.


    Voice-over recording studio - Equipment details

    Fred's studio equipment More details

    Vicoustic "Vicbooth Ultra" voiceover booth
    The acoustically-treated booth reduces ambient noise by more than 30db and floor noise is -75db.

    1. Foams & absorbers: absorb sound and reduce reverberation and echo
    2. Diffusers: disperse sound to create uniform reverberation
    3. Bass Traps: absorb low frequencies

    Watch the unboxing and set-up of the booth on video (in french) here


    1. Neumann TLM 102, at ease in all situations
    2. CAD Equitek E100S, MXL 990 in back-up solutions
    3. Shure SM7 B for podcasts, conversations or more specific recordings

    Audio interfaces

    1. SSL 2+ with Loopback function to facilitate communication during remote directing sessions

    2. Back-up interface Audient EVO4


    Focusrite ISA One : neutral sound character, audio reference, and it adapts to all microphones

    Monitoring headphones

    1. Audio Technica ATH M50X

    2. Beyerdynamic DT 770 Pro 250 ohms (the reference for voice-over studios)

    Monitoring speakers

    1. HEDD Type 07 MK2 : Top-of-the-range speakers that can also be used for other purposes (mixing and mastering music, for example)

    2. Presonus Eris Studio 5 : adapted to voice-over for fatigue-free listening during long editing sessions


    PC Ryzen 7 with 32 GB RAM, from Geekom, silent and powerful

    Skills required to set up a voice-over home studio

    The heart of a voiceover home studio is more than just the equipment.
    In addition to the talent, skills and expertise of the voice-over actor, and unless they have the opportunity to work with a sound engineer, home studio actors must have a dual skill set, that of artist and technician.

    As far as the installation of the above-mentioned equipment is concerned, the internet is fortunately full of advice on how to choose equipment to suit your budget and your artistic desires.
    Insulation and acoustic treatment are a little trickier, and setting up a professional environment should (if possible) be carried out by...a professional, i.e. a sound engineer and/or acoustician who can supervise the technical aspects and take the appropriate measurements.

    You will of course need to familiarise yourself with audio editing and recording, and once again, the Internet offers a wealth of resources for this, although specific training will be an additional advantage in providing a solid foundation for moving forward more quickly and with greater peace of mind.

    Frédéric Blindt has been trained in sound recording and mixing techniques and can also take care of voice-over recording, editing and audio/video editing of your audiovisual project, or other post-production work.

    Hire a voice-over artist with a professional home studio!

    "Home studio" and "pro home studio" - what's the difference?

    A pro home studio will give you :

    • 1. Optimum sound quality
      A professional home studio is equipped with an appropriate acoustic configuration that complies with the standards and norms of the business sector, guaranteeing voice-over recordings with impeccable, clear sound quality, free from unwanted reverberation, background noise and balanced equalisation.
      A broadcast-quality studio!
      In this configuration, the microphone will be able to reproduce all the nuances of the actor's voice for a perfect result.

    • 2. Flexibility and convenience
      Having a professional home studio means you can work at your own pace, at any time of day, and have fun doing it!
      The voice-over recording often comes at the end of the production line and deadlines can be very tight, that's why employing an actor with a home studio can be a solution for some in terms of productivity.
      To do this, you will need to check with the vocal talent what their deadlines are, what their policy is in terms of possible retakes and, if necessary, what equipment they have for organising a remote session.

    • 3. Improved exchanges
      In addition to the time savings associated with a tight production schedule, the home studio voiceover artist will be able to discuss the project with you in advance and offer you several demos or test recordings.
      What's more, if the project requires subsequent additions, you can contact the actor quickly and be sure of the same sound quality.

    Home studio voiceover rates

    For home studio or commercial studio rates, please refer to this ARTICLE


    At a time when remote working is becoming increasingly common in many sectors, the voiceover industry is no exception.
    However, it is more than comfortable to work in a 'real' commercial studio with a producer and a sound engineer who know their job inside out, so that the result is exemplary and the client and the vocal talent are made to feel welcome.
    As technology and usage continue to evolve, it is important to be able to meet all needs by offering impeccable sound quality and an efficient communications system.

    A few links to find out more

    We hope this article has answered any questions you may have about recording voice-overs remotely and the quality you can expect from a professional voice-over home studio.

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