How To Make Your Voice Sound Better

How to make your voice sound better using these vocal exercise tips from Mike Russell and if all else fails you can always run vocal sound effects over your voice in software like Adobe Audition or Pro Tools. Also, how to set up your microphone preamp/processor (video tutorial).

100 Subscribers and Growing

I’ve been up on the iTunes store and out in the public arena with this podcast for two weeks and am absolutely loving the experience of being a “podcaster”. In just under 2 weeks 100 of you have hit subscribe in iTunes or on your favourite podcatcher and that makes me feel amazing and is encouraging me to continue podcasting. I have experience of working in the radio industry since the mid 1990s but this is a real learning experience for me.

I started listening to podcasts late last year and discovered many internet marketing and business podcasts that have given me so much value and inspiration that I really wanted to give back to the community of podcasters and, of course, podcast listeners!

What I love about podcasting is that you can see your audience grow and interact with the show instantly. In the UK radio industry there is still an insane way of measuring audience figures – diaries are sent out across the land and listeners have to remember what they listened to and then tick it in a diary and mail it back to the research company – it’s hardly on the level of Google Analytics or Feedburner statistics!

It’s a common statistic, in radio, that only around 10% of the audience will actually call in to your radio show. I wonder what the statistic is for listeners to a podcast commenting or interacting?

Podcast Platforms

The podcast is on at iTunes, Zune, Miro, Blackberry and more platforms and currently in the approval process for the Stitcher podcast platform. I emailed them the other day and had a reply right back from Rachel Eaton (from Stitcher) who has let me know that I’m near the top of the pile now to be approved – it’s been just over a week since I submitted the podcast feed. This is great news as clearly Stitcher are getting plenty of applications from audio content creators who can see the value of being listed on such a service. I’m excited to get approved and find out more. I’ll let you know my thoughts on Stitcher soon!

Voice Over Tips

Should you take out insurance on your voice, how can you sound older and how can you handle deep gravelly reads? I answer these questions and give out some tips like these: “Drink honey and lemon”, “don’t eat chocolate before a voice over session” and “sing the vowels of the alphabet”.

Voice Sound Effects

If you’d like to artificially tune and change your voice I recommend the Waves Plugins. A particular favourite of mine is the MetaFlanger (listen to how it sounds in the podcast audio). These plugins work with most digital audio editors (like Adobe Audition and Pro Tools). I’ll show you some more effects in forthcoming episodes.