Your Voice Is Mono
I’m an audio engineer. I record the voice, choose the music, build the sound effects and put together the spot. You dear reader may be the voice talent. In the old days, say 10 years ago, you would come into the studio in person or via ISDN and I would record your voice. These days you are often recording at your studio and sending me the files and I’m fine with this arrangement as most of you have dedicated yourselves to learning all the technical details that you need in order to offer a great product. But, I have to stand up on my soapbox and point out that some of you are messing up one crucial detail that is hindering your success…your voice is mono.
That’s right, mono. One channel. Unless you are recording with a stereo mic (and why would you?) or with two mics (again, why would you?), your recording is one single channel. So why do you send me a two channel file? No, it doesn’t affect the quality and it doesn’t really affect my session in any way (except that in my sessions I’m a neat freak so it just bugs me). The problem is it’s just not the right way to do this.
Choosing a voice talent for a job can be a tricky thing. Sure, there are many very talented voices available but I’ve spent years building my business and I’m not going to allow just anyone with a good voice into my business circle. You need to be a true professional and this little detail my dear voice talent friends makes you look amateur. These nuances, done right, tell me that you’re a talent that can be counted on when deadlines are looming, clients are breathing down my neck and my software is doing the hokey pokey with Mercury. Done wrong, these seemingly insignificant details often spell the difference between you landing the gig or losing it to another talent. So let’s all take this in the spirit intended. I want you to succeed because your success is my success. Send your file to me in the way nature intended it to be, one single, glorious mono (full bandwidth 48kHz WAV) file. Cheers!