I often get email asking me for advice on how to delete all the breaths from VO work.
I understand how it’s possible that someone would think that’s necessary, but I’m on a mission to debunk that myth.
Your natural breathing, and the listener hearing you breathe, is essential. And I urge you to attend to more pressing matters: your storytelling.
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I take my breaths out between takes for commercial auditions when I got back and string it all together. Lately almost everyone has been asking for two takes. How many seconds should be in between takes and after your slate/intro before you begin? I’d love your opinion.
In both cases, I recommend a beat – 2-3 seconds. Just enough to make sure there’s a moment between elements.
This is so helpful! I definitely have been self concious about breaths in the past. Deleting all breaths just makes the editing process more tedious.
Always a joy to learn from you. I am a leave breaths in type of narrator, but which breaths and what kind of breaths are determined by the work. On my textbook narration, I listen for loud breaths in editing and remove them, but leave in the quieter ones. In Audiobooks, my dialogue breaths are louder than the narration part, I’ve noticed, but I think that’s due to practice. People breathe, true fact. I once read a review in another person’s work that asked if they were a robot because they never breathed thru the work. There ya have it.
Thank you for all you do!
I couldn’t agree more! Especially in audiobooks, when you are voicing something as a particular character, you will sound more human and believable..
Thank you once again, for being humble and generous enough to help others achieve what seems to come so natural to you! I was always told from someone very wise; the more you give, the more comes back to you.
What a relief! Thanks so much for sharing, David.
Thanks, David. I wish everyone who is interested in narrating would watch this video. I hear so much talk about this issue. What encouraged me about not trying to get rid of breaths or even about being a perfectionist about editing is listening to some audiobooks narrated by big names and published by big publishers. I hear mistakes from them, and lots of breathing. Barbara Rosenblat breathes very distinctly in her audiobooks (one of my favorite narrators!), so that really encouraged me too.
Dear David, Thank you for this gem. ” It’s the story that counts. Breathe and be human.” I had forgotten, about being Human” I listen everyday , and I am so grateful that you care enough about us to share your knowledge.
Hi David. “And besides, ‘no breaths’ is not the way people talk.” This was very helpful. Thank you.
Love it! Reinforces what I’ve been doing all along. With some (not all) commercial applications I clip breathes (actually in Audacity I select them and drop the volume)…but not in audiobooks. The story is the thing!!
I love this! I was more in the camp for taking out breaths, as well as figuring out when to breath, both from some very brief training I had prior to VO2GoGo. Your approach sounds much more natural. Focus on the storytelling and let the breath happen naturally. I love the simple and practical method of teaching in VO2GoGo.
This would make editing so much easier! I worry a lot about breaths, I think my breathing is a little heavier and louder than most people’s. I have been taught by other vo teachers that breaths in audiobooks are ok because the characters might take breaths for some reason (been running, gasping, etc.) but that commercials and other short forms never have breaths!?!? I’ve been told that clients want very clean (breathless) voice tracks that do not interfere with effects and music.
Almost everybody thinks their breathing is louder and heavier than others. And instead of concentrating on telling you to watch and get rid of the breaths, those people should’ve been telling you to concentrate on the story. There’s no requirement that breaths be taken out of commercial vocal tracks, or any others. They may be shortened by removing the breaths for time, but even that is done by an engineer, not you.
Thanks David…and so far working on my first audio book I have only removed breaths when I have had to edit in pick-ups!
I am Spanish narrator and Publisher. I am making a test editing the breaths and some other with the breath. Results? The same thing. For that less editing work for me.
thank you for this great video