My eLearning Voiceovers Full Day Workshop at Learning Solutions 2011

As mentioned in a previous post, based on the success of the introductory eLearning voiceover sessions I offered at two eLearning Guild conferences in 2010, I’ve been asked to offer a full-day certificate program on the topic as part of the Learning Solutions 2011 conference.  I’ll be offering my workshop on Tuesday, March 22nd, from 8:30am-4:30pm at the Walt Disney World Hilton in Orlando, Florida.

My hands-on workshop will offer participants practice in:

  • Preparing Your Script for Speaking 
    • Editing the text for impact
  • Preparing Your Voice
    • Diction exercises from the Pros
  • Preparing to Record
    • Setting up your “studio”
    • Noise filtering
  • Recording Your Voiceovers
    • Practice with different content types: orientation, compliance, sales
  • Editing and Enhancing
    • Removing silences & sounds
    • Adjusting levels
    • Altering pitch & timing
    • Normalizing
    • Saving the final file
  • Working with the Pros

To learn more and to register, click the logo on this page.  Because I want to have all participants actively involved and working throughout the day, and so that I can give each participant personalized feedback, I’ve told the eLearning Guild that I am only accepting a maximum of 15 students.  I encourage you to register ASAP to reserve your place in this workshop.  If you have been given the responsibility of recording voiceovers for your company’s internal eLearning projects, I can give you the confidence and skills to take the quality of your work to a whole new level.  I’ll be posting more information on this blog between now and the workshop, and I will also be communicating directly with all those who register.  If you have any questions in the meantime, feel free to post a comment on this site, or e-mail me directly.  Sign up today and join me on March 22nd.  And if you know someone else who should be taking this certificate program, spread the word!  Reservations will be first-come, first-served.

6 Replies to “My eLearning Voiceovers Full Day Workshop at Learning Solutions 2011”

  1. Hi,
    I am registered for this workshop, and received your email communication today. I was just wondering… I currently do voice-overs on a USB headset (Microsoft LifeChat) but all of the microphones you suggested were standup/desk microphones. How do you feel about headsets, and should I be investing in the alternative for this workshop?

    Thank you!

  2. Hi, Kaylea! Thanks for your note, and glad you’ll be joining us later this month. It’s true that I didn’t suggest any headset microphones, but you are of course welcome to bring any type of mike you want to use. What I’m teaching is microphone-agnostic. 😉 That said, I didn’t recommend any headset mikes because the few I’ve tried don’t offer as much quality and flexibility as even the lower-end standalone USB mikes. For one thing, I’m a big believer in having a pop filter between you and the mike, not to mention a little distance to minimize distortion. I haven’t tried any of the LifeChat series, so you may have something that works perfectly well for your needs. So it’s really up to you. If you’re considering a standalone mike, the Blue Snowball is very popular. I’ve had good luck with the Alesis Podcasting Kit (which includes a reasonable pair of headphones, and the whole thing sells for @$70 these days). I just upgraded to the MXL USB.009 recently and so far I’m liking it, but that’s more like $250. It comes down to evaluating your needs versus your budget. Will you get more out of a better mike? Yes, I think you will. Will the difference be noticeable to the learner/listener? I couldn’t say without hearing something you’ve produced. If you want to send me a short sound file, I’m happy to give a listen. I expect we’ll have a good variety of mikes in the room that day, and am hoping people will be willing to let others try a mike they’ve been curious about. I’ll be bringing both my MXL and my old Alesis. And it’s all relative; there may be people there with more traditional audio mikes, and pre-amps, and the whole nine yards. And they would likely swear that no USB mike can match their setup. And they might be right. But I’ve found that for eLearning purposes, a good quality USB mike is inexpensive and works just fine. I hope this helps! 🙂

  3. Thank you for your help! I’ve talked to my team, and the main concern with stand up mikes is that though we are all in individual offices – they are far from soundproofed. We are currently picking up noise from the hallway and kitchen in recordings on our headset microphones, would this be a simlar/bigger problem were we to invest in the Snowball for example? I can certainly see the benefit of getting away from the close proximity headset microphone, there is definite ‘popping’ in all of our recordings. I’ll likely try to track down a standalone for testing purposes, anyway. Thanks again for your help.

  4. Hi there! Glad my input was helpful. One of the things we’ll touch on in the program is the importance of identifying a space more conducive to recording your audio tracks; while a cardiod (unidirectional) mike is a better choice than an omnidirectional one for voiceover purposes, and while mikes have differing levels of sensitivity to ambient sounds, there’s only so much any mike can do in that regard. Their job is to pick up sounds, after all. 😉 Between the AT2020 and the Snowball and the Alesis and the many others out there, I don’t have comparative info on which picks up the least amount of ambient sound, but you may find out something in that regard with a little bit of Googling. We’re going to be facing the same challenge in the program itself, because we’ll all be working in the same room. So it’ll be a reality that day, and we may certainly learn from some of the other participants with different mikes which ones pick the least ambient sound. Some mikes can also offer the option to adjust the level of sound going into the mike. And we’ll talk in class about ways to clean up background/ambient sound a bit as well. 🙂 But in my opinion, sooner or later, one way or another, you should look into stepping up to something better than a headset mike for voiceover purposes.

  5. My pleasure, Kaylea! Feel free to write again if you have any other questions. I look forward to meeting you on March 22nd. 🙂