Introduction to DJ Voice Tags
Essentially, a voice tag is a short audio phrase that usually contains the name, brand, or slogan of a music producer, videographer, or DJ. It identifies the creator and informs the audience about who is behind the creative work they are listening to. While voice tags offer some protection against copying, they are not, in themselves, copyrightable.
A voice tag typically lasts between three and eight seconds and may include vocal effects. There is a vast array of sound effects and styles available, and both male and female voices can be used.
The voice type selected will most likely match the style of beats you play, be it hip hop, reggae, or any other genre.
Crafting Your Signature Voice Tag
Creating your own DJ voice tags involves four main steps: selecting a phrase, recording it, enhancing it, and then testing it out.
For this process, you’ll require some essential equipment: a microphone, decks, a mixer, DJ headphones, and monitor speakers to give you a true sense of the audience’s experience. We would also recommend audio editing software.
Other options to consider are using a controller connected to your laptop, which combines both mixer and deck functionalities. Alternatively, you can opt for an all-in-one DJ system that doesn’t require a laptop.
- Select Your DJ Script: Your tag could be your DJ name or a signature phrase that resonates with your audience. For instance, Eminem famously used “Slim Shady”. You can either use your name alone or weave it into a catchy phrase. Depending on the event or setting, you might want to switch up your phrases. We have a full selection of script ideas for DJs here.
- Record Your DJ Drop: For the most vibrant sound quality, using an a good quality condenser microphone is ideal. Other methods include professional voice overs or now also AI voices. In fact, many computers come equipped with built-in text-to-speech tools.
- Enhancement: A DJ tag with minimal tweaks is known as a ‘dry’ drop. By adding significant enhancements, you make it ‘wet’. The latter often sounds more polished, but it does require additional effort. The enhancements would include DJ sound effects or vocal effects which would be typically added in the post production stage. This does require some basic editing skills. If this is a little too complex it may be worth using pre-made audio editing presets instead. Those are often available for editors such as Audacity or Adobe Audition.
- Test Your DJ Tag: To get a feel for how your tag blends in, insert it into a track. This is the stage where you can tweak its volume to ensure it mixes well with the music.
Remember, your voice tag is an extension of your brand as a DJ, so take the time to make it distinct and memorable.
How We Can Offer Assistance
We understand that all of this might appear to be quite an endeavour. Or perhaps you’re lacking the exact equipment or expertise needed. At Music Radio Creative, we’re here to provide a solution. We proudly offer an expansive library of resources that you can freely access. These resources are designed to aid you as you embark on your journey in the realms of DJing, podcasting, or radio. This comprehensive collection includes DJ drops that can instantly elevate your sound to a professional level.
Feel free to explore our extensive assortment of both male and female voice tags today. Additionally, don’t hesitate to ask about our complimentary DJ name generator (free script writing service for DJs!). Your success in the world of audio creation matters to us, and we’re here to support you every step of the way.