Avoid plosives when performing a voice over

How to avoid producing these heavy and annoying noises that end up on the records of your voice overs? Voiced Plosives, you can mostly hear when pronouncing the letter P, break down the quality of your recording. Here is how to get rid of them:

 

 

As a voice actor, you will probably face the issue of plosives, which can be frustrating during the recording of a professionnal project. Have no worry, there are few tricks to get trhough this.

Which are the factors that cause plosives? How to avoid them easily?

You will find answers in this article.

The term plosive is used in the voice over business, to describe the pronunciation of a syllable containing « P » that would sound much louder than the rest of the word.

A syllable containing the letter « P » is special in that it requires a bigger amount of air to be blown from your mouth. That over-pressure will be captured by the microphone diaphragm and create an unpleasant sound or even saturate your recording.

 

Several techniques will allow you to reduce your plosives and, this way, to save your recording.

 

The pop filter

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Pop Filter

 

 

The first trick consists is to put a pop filter between your mouth an your microphone. This is a special accessory that you hang on your mic stand, made up of fabric stretched on a round frame of plastic or metal.

 

It must be placed roughly 10-15 cm to the microphone diaphragm. The effect of this fabric is a reduction of the over-pressure by cutting the air sent to the microphone.

This technique is a must to get a professional result.

Indeed, the pop filter is systematically used in voice over studios.

 

 

Offsetting the microphone

The second tip consists in offsetting your microphone on its suspension.

After a rotation of 15 to 30 degrees, your microphone will not capture the overloads of air from the front anymore, but from the side, which would cut down the plosives.

 

Be careful, offsetting your microphone may also have a lowering effect on your high frequencies if the angle is not wisely chosen. Make several tries to find the right position depending on your voice!

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A slight shift from your mic might be enough the avoid some plosives.

Scoot over from the mic

 

This last trick is a variant of the previous one:

Instead of moving the microphone, you can also change your own position by recording from the side.

 

Nevertheless, as stated previously, moderate the shift not to lower your overall voice or to pick up ambient noises from the room.