One microphone, one actor, and one channel on the mixer. What could possibly be simpler or more straightforward? This is how the majority of spoken-word recording is done, and on the surface it appears there’s nothing to it. Certainly nothing compared with a high-powered music session, right? Well, if there’s one thing that I’ve learned in more than thirty years in the studio, it’s that this can often be the most demanding recording situation that you’ll be thrown into. Think about this for a minute: If you are performing with a symphony orchestra, you are playing with perhaps eighty other musicians. But now step onto ...

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