Chapter 8

Voice-over Recording and Dialog Replacement

Remember this:

Voice-overs should usually sound different from dialog. That’s why they’re recorded using different techniques.

The acoustics of your recording space are as important as the mic you use.

Microphone pickup patterns depend on frequency. The more directional a mic, the stranger things will sound coming from off-axis.

Low-budget ADR is possible, but it requires thought and preparation.

Surprisingly few films are made using nothing but dialog recorded at the shoot. Most documentaries and sales or training pieces have voice-over narrations, of course. But many people don’t realize that most feature films and TV movies replace at least some of the production dialog ...

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