DAW! You can’t VO without it.


What is a DAW? What does it do? Why do I need one for voice over? So many questions… 

Well, stick around and read this article and you’ll learn the answers! 

“DAW” is an acronym that stands for Digital Audio Workstation. Simply put, it is the software application you use to record audio on your computer. You’ll need a computer or smart device to use it; it’s software, like Microsoft Word, or an app, like twitter. 

But it does a lot more than just capture your awesome voice.

DAWs are an essential part of your home recording studio. Your studio may consist of a closet, the corner of a room, or a full-blown VO booth. No matter your recording environment, you have to have some way of recording, editing, post producing, and exporting your voice over performance. 

That’s where the DAW comes in. 

There are many products on the market ranging from free and easy to use, to very expensive and you’ll need a degree to run it. The good news is no matter which one you chose, they all produce high quality recordings. All DAWs have mostly the same features like recording, editing out unwanted audio, the ability to move audio clips around in time, as well as post production features like EQ, Compression, Noise Reduction, Normalization, and the ability to export in many file formats to meet your customer’s needs. Let’s take a look at some of the more popular products.

Audacity

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Corporate, E-learning
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About Veena T

Gender: Female
Reading Age: 30s
Languages & Accents:
English Neutral - Can perform American English with an English Neutral accent
Other Skills: I'm a professional and conversational full-time passionate voice-over artist and a Translator.
Union Affiliations: Non-union
Personal Marketing Statement:
Overview Description Of My Voice:

I have an energetic voice with quality & a very cultured individual can also sound calming, casual, corporate & funny. I am trilingual.

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Animation, Commercials, Promos, Video Games
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About Demetric S

Gender: Male
Reading Age: teenager, 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s
Languages & Accents:
English Neutral - Native speaker
Midwestern - Can perform American English with a Midwestern accent
Southern - Can perform American English with a Southern accent
Urban - Native speaker
Other Skills: singing, Im a music producer
Union Affiliations: Non-union, SAG, AFTRA
Personal Marketing Statement:
Overview Description Of My Voice:

Smooth, informative and articulate. Nerdy when needed p

About Laura M

Gender: Female
Reading Age: child, preteen, teenager, 20s, 30s, 40s
Languages & Accents:
Italian - Speaks fluently
Italian - Speaks American English with a Italian accent
Other Skills: singing, I am a music teacher, conductor and professional trumpet player. I have a strong, clear, in-tune singing voice and read music well.
Union Affiliations: Non-union
Personal Marketing Statement:
Overview Description Of My Voice:

I have a youthful, clear and articulate voice. Cheery and friendly...always approachable and even reassuring. I love character voices and singing too!

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    Animation, Commercials, Documentaries & Film, Promos, Video Games
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    Apps, Audiobooks, Corporate, E-learning, Telephony & IVR (Interactive Voice Response)
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    Apps, Commercials, Jingles & Music
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    About Radu A

    Gender: Male
    Reading Age: teenager, 20s, 30s, 40s
    Languages & Accents:
    English Neutral - Can perform American English with an English Neutral accent
    Romanian - Native speaker
    Romanian - Speaks American English with a Romanian accent
    Russian - Speaks fluently
    Russian - Speaks American English with a Russian accent
    Other Skills: singing, impersonations, I am a professional Actor so I could do character voices as well.
    Union Affiliations: Non-union, SAG, AFTRA
    Personal Marketing Statement:

    I record only in a professional radio studio more than 10 years.

    Overview Description Of My Voice:

    Warm, friendly, confident voice.

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    Audiobooks
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    E-learning
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    Commercials
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    Commercials, Medical & Pharmaceutical, Toys
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    About Mallory R

    Gender: Female
    Reading Age: teenager, 20s
    Languages & Accents:
    English - English Neutral
    Other Skills: I also work as an actress for TV and Film, so I feel that I can bring a lot to the characters.
    Union Affiliations: Non-union
    Personal Marketing Statement:

    I have been working as a TV and Film actress for the past few years, but I have always wanted to get into voice over work. I trained with Valerie Smaldone who helped me create my demo. I think I have a unique voice in that it is a fresh, young voice with a lower pitch and a raspy quality to it.

    Overview Description Of My Voice:

    I have a pretty young sounding voice which is relatively low and raspy. It has been described as having somewhat of an angsty teenage tone to it.

    Contest Title:

    Acadia National Park

    Director's Notes:

    This is a simulated audition for a local tourism board.  We're seeking a conversational read - it should sound like you are describing the night sky to a friend or family member.  We do NOT want an announcer.  Yet our goal is to increase the number tourists, thus your delivery needs to intrigue and convey someone to visit our website to learn more.

     

    Script:

    Here, among the many aspects of natural beauty in Acadia National Park, is the legendary view of the starry night sky, which provides stunning views of the Milky Way to thousands.  Visit Acadiamagic.com to learn more.

    Remember to check Archived Contests at the beginning of each month to see the winners as well as feedback and tips from Edge Studio instructors.

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