I come from a radio background. So I’m comfortable with wearing headphones when I record. And I think it’s an absolute must that you get comfortable with that as well. If you don’t, you can’t monitor your work as you perform it, effectively doubling the amount of time it takes you to get something recorded, then playing it back to make sure you didn’t make any mistakes.
And once you do get used to having headphones on when you record, you can use the volume control for your headphones to your advantage.
If you’ve ever tried to talk to someone wearing headphones with loud music playing through them, and they talk back, they’ll probably do so far louder than they would if they weren’t wearing headphones.
Why? Because they are used to hearing their voice at a normal level, and with the headphones on, they can’t hear themselves that at that level. So…they raise their voice.
And they don’t even realize it.
You can use that same effect to your advantage, in a couple of interesting ways.
First, if you want to achieve a natural, intimate read, for promos, trailers, or luxury commercial copy, turn your headphone volume control UP. This will naturally make you drop the volume of your voice as you attempt to properly level what you’re hearing.
And the reverse is true as well. Instead of pretending to yell, lower your headphone volume and you’ll naturally raise your voice to shouting levels, and it will sound far more natural than if you were to “pretend” to be loud.
Works like a charm.
This is one of the things we talk about in VO2GoGo’s Mastering Microphone Technique class. It’s available right now.
Hope this helps.