Do You Have Lazy Mouth?

A former boss drilled into me the respect each word is due. Nouns are to be spoken clearly, adjectives and verbs are your color words, and please don’t skip over your T’s and D’s. They matter.

To the wordsmith, letters have more meaning if they are conveyed with clarity. Too often our T’s become D’s and thus ‘impordant becomes standard and sloppy.

Trying reciting the entire alphabet slowly and with great exaggeration; stretch your lips and stretch your tongue for 2-3 minutes before you speak, and hit those verbs and adjectives with passion. You are off to the races.

Two simple tools to ensure you sound better than the rest: A warm glass of water and a 30 breathing exercise of ‘oooooh’ and ‘ ahhhh’ with your mouth as wide as possible, and these simple tricks will chase the froggy voice away, and loosen your vocal chords for optimum use.

Happy recording!!

Better Mic, Better You

So often I see people on TV or being interviewed and the quality of the microphone is poor, which makes it difficult to concentrate on what the person might be saying. Many times people forget when they hook up their devices for Zoom or Facetime meetings, they mostly think about the visual, and in most cases, if it is a leisurely conversation it might matter less, but in a professional setting, you always have to consider how you sound as well as how you look. It makes a huge difference.

Toss the earplugs

Most smartphones have decent internal mics. The ipHone and ;later versions of Samsung are good examples of great sounding mics. They have built in compressors and limiting so your voice doesn’t distort, and when you are holding the phone far away, it will “pull in your voice,” with compression. But this is not the case with the smaller and more common ear plugs. While there are exceptions, like with Apple’s airpods, and Bose Q series headsets, it’s the outside noise that is the problem.

CAN YOU HEAR ME-ME-ME-me-me…

The room you are sitting in may not sound like it has echo to you, but to the person listening to it on the other side it could sound like you are in a bathtub or shower when you speak because your voice – unknown to you – is reverberating off of the walls in the room you are in. Especially if you have no carpet or material by which to absorb some of the sound waves. The easy fix is with a moderate table top microphone and a large towel. A Local Guitar Center or music equipment store can set you up with a very affordable mic, and of course Amazon sells a whole line of them. The Blue Yeti also has nice built-in adjustment settings to give you better compression and less background noise, plus a nice headphone jack so you can hear yourself in real time and learn microphone techniques.

The microphone is just like any other musical instrument, except it is your voice that plays it.

But remember, a better microphone is only half of the solution. Make sure the room you are in, and if it has lots of walls and only a little bit of furniture, see if you can find some towels or a sheet and create an absorption zone behind the microphone (or the computer screen) so that you can cut out about half the echo, and as long as you don’t scream, the sound of your voice to others will be vastly improved.

Happy recording!