Voice over tinny sound needs fixed

That’s the recording in your mum’s kitchen syndrome.


We have a partner posting where someone in Hollywood is ripping out his hall closet to put soundproofing in so he can record audiobooks without either that effect, or “talking in a box” symptoms from simpler, inadequate soundproofing.


One thing you can do since you’re on a Mac is scratch the microphone with your fingernail while you’re recording to make sure you are recording your fancy microphone and not the one in the laptop. That’s remarkably easy to get wrong. Of course, that’s never happened to me…

This is where you get set to Screen Capture as I tell you how to solve this.

Darned if I know. This is a major production problem and everybody runs into it in one form or another. People still use studios and voice-over booths for a reason. (It is hyphenated, by the way). The natural reaction is to try Effect > Noise Removal and I can shortcut the process to tell you not to bother. Noise Removal, better named Noise Reduction will not affect echoes reliably and it damages the show while it’s working.

This American Life gets all their high quality interviews with a very directional shotgun microphone smashed into the talent’s face. Over much experimentation, that turned out to be the best way and I’ve seen other voice-over productions done like that. Transom.org has a terrific section on recording live sound including hardware recommendations.


I’ve been known to create a studio out of Home Depot wood pieces, furniture moving blankets and a directional microphone.


For the exotic inclined, Robert described a technique of removing echoes in post production. It’s about chapter 11 or so in that post.


You could be the test case.