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Tips for voice tracking on radio and TV

Stretch your mouth

Open wide and move your mouth from left to right to limber it up.

Put your script in proper position

Put the script on the document holder or hold it at eye level, so your head is not pointed down and constricting your vocal chords.

Mic placement

Place the mic so that it is 4-6 inches from your mouth, but DO NOT POINT IT DIRECTLY at your mouth (to avoid “p” popping or hiss)

Either point the mic just to the side of your mouth or have it point down at your mic … so that the air from your p’s and other sibilant letters don’t hit the mic head.

Pacing and Pitch

Before you begin – or when you stop and start over again – always count down:  3,2,1 (then begin).  This ensures the correct pitch and pacing.

Watch for:

Stumbling – read section again if you stumble at all

P popping

Paper rustling

Proper levels – make sure they aren’t too low


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