Professional Voiceover and ADR Dialogue Recording Tips – Performance, Pitch, Projection, and Pucks

In New York City and Los Angeles, there is a great need for professional post production dialogue recording for television, film and other media projects. Whether recording dialogue for automatic dialogue replacement (ADR), voiceover, or narration, many of the same rules apply for capturing the best quality audio.

Rule number one: The production should ensure it is working with a premier audio recording studio, like Outloud Audio, that is designed specifically for the best dialogue recording experience.  When post production supervisors and coordinators seek a studio for their dialogue recording needs, sound isolation is critical.  Outloud Audio features fully sound isolated stages at all its locations. This means that the rooms in which the audio is recorded and monitored are decoupled from the building structure within which they reside.  This is accomplished by floating the floors on specially engineered pucks that isolate the structure from vibrations and provide an appropriate air gap. Once the isolation is achieved and the rooms properly tuned for the optimal diffusion and absorption of frequencies, the performance by the talent comes into play.

When recording ADR to match previously captured picture, the main focuses for the talent, the director, and the engineer are to match performance, including cadence and delivery. Then the pitch of the original performance must be examined as it could be heightened for excitement or lowered for seriousness. Finally, the projection and the placement of the talent with regard to the microphone must be determined to most closely match the recording on the day of the principal filming.

These strategies are also employed in voiceover and narration and help the listener feel and understand the purpose of the performance without interrupting their experience. Great actors deliver their lines and perform them with cues to pitch, projection and mic placement.  They use these tools to engage the listener and take them into the story they are creating. And, when recording ADR, the listener should not be able to discern whether the dialogue was recorded on set or later in the studio. Capturing great performances is truly a collaborative art among the director, producers, actors and audio professionals. It is one of the things we love most about working in the field of dialogue recording for television, film, narration, and other media.

At Outloud Audio’s post production studios in New York City and Los Angeles, we focus on providing the optimal recording space and we understand the requirements needed for a great ADR match and an award-winning voiceover performance.