WHAT QUALITY OF VOICE OVER RECORDINGS WILL I GET ON FIVERR?
On Fiverr you will get a variety of types and quality of recordings. You pay for what you get.
Most often you will be getting a dry or raw recording. It hasn’t been processed in any way. I have a sound booth, so my dry recordings will sound better than most on fiverr. If you’re hiring a voice artist for a rock bottom price, expect the raw recording to be worse. Again, you pay for quality. In raw recordings you will hear breaths or mistakes made, and background noise. And you might get a few plosives or a little sibilance. Many production companies will ask for this raw footage, because it’s easier for them to process if the sound hasn’t been messed with.
There are also clean recordings. It’s what I usually send my customers, especially those who don’t have a production or advertising agency involved. I’ll clean up background noise, breaths, and mistakes. But I’ll also sometimes leave in another read of a phrase. It’s the client’s job to decide which version they prefer, and also adjust the timing of the recording so that it fits their project. Most of my clients are very happy with a clean recording, and many just add the recording into their project and immediately publish. Many voice artists will charge extra if you want a clean recording. Even with a clean recording, the reality is that if you want to work with voice over recordings you need to have access to software so that you can at least cut and paste desired reads, and also to adjust timing. Audacity is free software that gives you the ability to do this. You will be required to put in some work on your end to make any recording work for you.
There are also recordings that have been mastered by a professional audio engineer. A production company will do this before publishing. They will clean up the recording, mix and master, add in music or other sound effects, time it perfectly to your project, and make it sound like a million bucks. For those who do not have access to a production company, there are a lot of incredible audio engineers on fiverr, and I’m sure on other sites, who can do this for you for a small amount . Don’t expect a voice artist to do this. It takes a lot of training and experience to do this right. Hire a professional sound person. It’s worth it. This isn’t necessary for a phone recording. But for other projects, you’ll stand out, and look very professional. Again, this is not a voice over artists job to do. Find an audio engineer you work well with, and you will be so happy with the final results.
So make sure that you understand the quality of the recording you will be getting. If high quality is important to you, then expect to pay a lot more. Also expect to make adjustments on your end by using software such as Audacity, or by hiring a sound engineer. Remember, it is the voice over artist’s job just to record the script. No matter what, you will need to put in at least a little bit of effort on your end to make the recording work for your project. This is how it is done in the professional voice-over world. Please do not expect voice artists to do more for 5 to 10 times less money.
THANKS, AND MAY YOUR EXPERIENCE ON FIVERR BE AWESOME!