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6 Tips for Recording the Best YouTube Voiceovers in 2024

Kathleen Hall

Kathleen Hall

12 June 2024

6 Tips for Recording the Best YouTube Voiceovers in 2024 - Voquent

Combining visual and audio elements is the best way to create engaging content.

Voiceovers help captivate audiences on YouTube and create a unique style for your channel. Using a real voice instead of AI will add a human touch to your communication and likely outshine your competitors – It’s a great way to show your audience that you care and want to deliver them high-quality content!

Professional voiceover offers the best quality and results, but if you’re dead set on using your own voice, this is how to self-record the best YouTube voiceover in 2024.


Choosing the Best Recording Software

Investing in reliable voice recording software is essential for achieving professional-standard YouTube voiceover. Software options for beginners include REAPER and GarageBand. More advanced users can try out Logic Pro, Adobe Audition, GoldWave, and Cubase.

The editing tools in the software programs help you eliminate any background noise issues and polish the sound, as well as trimming your recordings. You can also cut out dead air or remove any mistakes.


Selecting the Right Microphone for YouTube Voiceover

The microphone is the most important part of your recording setup when optimising sound quality. USB microphones offer plug-and-play convenience. However, XLR microphones provide better control over your recording levels and, therefore, better-quality voiceover. This is especially true when paired with an audio interface.

Man recording voiceover for his YouTube channel.

Shotgun microphones are an excellent choice for voiceovers. These microphones capture rich, detailed audio while minimising ambient noise. However, for the best results, you need good acoustic treatment in your recording space to eliminate echoes and reverb affecting your audio quality.

You can discover more about the best mics for voiceover here.


Techniques for Articulation and Pacing

You might not be a professional voice actor, but clear articulation will help the audience understand your video’s message. One simple technique is to open your mouth wider. This allows sounds to pass through clearly, and you might be surprised that opening your mouth a little wider can be such an easy fix. Exaggerate each syllable with a wide mouth to improve your projection.

Avoid speaking too fast or too slow. Speaking too quickly can make you sound stressed or nervous. Speaking too slowly can bore your audience. You should also add pauses strategically as you speak, as the pauses create a dramatic effect when needed. Pausing also helps you eliminate filler words like “um” and “like.”


Writing Engaging and Concise Content

Before recording your voiceover, take time to perfect your script. Some YouTubers might attempt to just wing it, but having a fully fleshed-out script will save time during the recording process. Start by defining the purpose of your video. Is your content educational, entertaining, or informative? Keep your target audience in mind as you plan.

The YouTube voiceover production process being demonstrated by a voice actor.

Grab your audience’s attention with a hook in the first 10 seconds. For instance, you can offer up a surprising fact, a thought-provoking question, or a relatable anecdote. This will keep your audience watching for longer.

Break down your video into clear segments within your script and outline the key points you want to cover in each part. This will help you record each section of the script in segments rather than attempting a full read in one go.


Adding Background Music & Sound Effects

To enhance your YouTube voiceovers further, consider adding background music or sound effects. YouTube’s built-in editor offers a library of licensed songs you can use for most videos. Simply search for a track, preview it, and add it to your video timeline, adjusting its duration and volume as needed. You may also want to browse stock music libraries for more choices.

When adding background music, don’t let it overpower your voice work. Aim for a volume level below that of your voice so you can still be understood clearly. Music and sound effects enhance audio, but your voice should always remain the focus.

You can also incorporate sound effects to enhance specific moments or transitions in your video and make your audio more dynamic.


Dubbing Your YouTube Content

So, if your voiceover is increasing audience engagement in your content, then why aren’t you doing the same for global audiences? Dubbing with YouTube’s Multi-Language Audio tool allows you to layer audio tracks in different languages to push your content on a global scale.

When working with other voice actors to translate and dub your content, it’s important to keep your projects secure with NDAs and VPNs.

VPNs add protection for your data and online activities, encrypt your connection, and mask your IP address. Any data transferred between your device and the internet will stay hidden from potential threats, and this keeps your YouTube projects secure. Perform a VPN speed test before use to confirm fast uploads and downloads when working with remote talent and discover an international audience.


Before You Go

Voiceovers have become an indispensable element for creating engaging YouTube content.

By implementing these tips, you can elevate your videos with professional-quality tracks. Simple strategies will help you create quality voice-overs with a distinct human element which is engaging to human audiences. It might seem challenging at first glance, but the end result will surpass the low quality of AI voiceover, and your audience will appreciate it!

To further enhance the voiceover on your YouTube channel, especially for brands, you can always consider hiring a professional voice actor to take your content to the next level.


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Kathleen Hall

By Kathleen Hall

Kathleen Hall is a seasoned content creator specialising in tech and social media. With a passion for social-related Content, Kathleen crafts engaging narratives that inform, entertain, and inspire. With a finger on the pulse of technology, Kathleen delivers fresh perspectives and valuable insights to the tech audience, driving meaningful conversations and connections.

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