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How do I sound to stop motion ? - Audio - What to do!

A basic sound setup for Stop Motion animation should include at least a microphone and a headset or speakers and some audio editing software. More about the software later.



Tips when using a microphone.


A good voiceover recording doesn’t require expensive equipment or a well designed recording studio, nor does it require a tremendous amount of experience or "know how" to achieve a good result. A little common sense and effort, and a critical ear can work wonders. It is worth noting however that not all stop motion software is designed to allow you add sound easily. So be careful in selecting your software.

Use a good quality microphone when recording your voice. Ensure that you test levels a few times by recording a test dialogue. Don't place the microphone too close to your mouth in order to avoid sound distortion in the recording. Explosions of air bursting from the mouth, the lips and tongue can sound wet, and “sss” sounds can overwhelm a recording.

The other thing to watch out for is "Reflections". If you are speaking in to your microphone while close to a hard surface such as a wall you will get reflected sound from that surface. These reflections degrade the sound quality. To avoid this try using a few cushions or carpet as a surface that you are facing. This will reduce reflections and improve sound quality. 







Tips for using a headset to record your voiceovers.

Again a reasonably good quality recording for your stop motion animation voiceover can be achieved with a headset as long as the quality of the headset is good. Using a cheap (tacky) headset will almost certainly result in a thin crackly voiceover recording. So if you have a good headset then follow all the rules mentioned in the tips for using a microphone mentioned above and you will get good results with a bit of trial an error.


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