by Rick Zanotti
One question I get asked a lot is "How can I get my eLearning audio to the point so that I sound like a DJ?"
The most sure-fire way to sound like a DJ is to have been born with great pipes (i.e. vocal cords)! But very few of us have been so blessed. So what's an eLearning developer to do? Here's some simple techniques to make your voice sound deeper.
- Talk more slowly. The faster you talk the higher your voice gets. The slower you talk, the lower it gets.
- Get intimate with your microphone. That means, get closer to it (maybe one to four inches away). Getting closer will engage what's called the "proximity effect," lower the sound of your voice, and make it sound fuller. But beware, if your breathing is too hard, you'll get popping sounds without a pop-filter as I discussed a few weeks ago.
These techniques won't guarantee a job in the radio industry, but they will help you get that sound you're looking for. Have fun playing with mic proximity!
About the author: Rick Zanotti is an instructional designer, multimedia author, voice-over talent, video producer and Management consultant with more than 35 years of experience in IT and Learning. He has managed multi-million dollar projects and believes in a simple and practical approach to providing solutions. Rick founded RELATE Corporation 26 years ago, a successful eLearning and media development company. Rick teaches our Audio Basics for eLearning online class.