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Recording and Producing Audio for Media by Stanley R. Alten

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Chapter 10. Voice-Overs and Narration

Performing speech generally involves either the voice-over or dialogue (covered in Chapter 11). Voice-over (VO) is the term used when a performer records copy to which other materials, such as sound effects, music, dialogue, and visuals, are added, usually at a later time. There are two types of voice-over material: short form, such as spot announcements, and long form, such as documentaries and audiobooks.

A solo performer delivering copy into a microphone may seem straightforward to produce. It is more involved than that, however. Speech sounds are harmonically and dynamically complex. Producing vocal sound involves the lungs, chest, diaphragm, larynx, hard and soft palates, nasal cavities, teeth, tongue, ...

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