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For cryin’ out loud!


January 31, 2017 Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google+ Uncategorized


Do you agree – while there’s a world of tech tips for recording ‘normal’ voice, it’s a different picture on handling the extremes of cartoon work? For example (as I learned from an old hand) whispering comes out better if recorded quite well back from the mic. That’s counter-intuitive, for sure!

At the other end of the scale, shouting does invite a step back – and it may better match the scene perspective. But what if the image is of a frame-filling mouth and the client needs an in-yer-face bawl? Maybe you will get in close having turned down the channel gain.

I did that this morning, but still got caught out with input overload. Yes, quite so, that’s why mics have a ‘pad’ switch to take away the heat before it cooks the kitchen. Actually, mine is padless – so I got distortion from the preamp, and had to back off.

Decisions, decisions: new mic, in-line attenuator, boutique pre-amp?

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