Hello everyone! Its been awhile since I have posted. However, I have moved across country, worked on quite a few productions, and moved again into a new apartment. Busy times. Glad to be back conversing with you all.
So I have some V.O. questions. I have recorded/edited ADR, VO, production audio and wild lines. Worked with a slew of microphones and experimented with mic placements. But there is nothing like getting other professional opinions and experiences to put in your back pocket. Feel free to answer any one, or all, of these questions as you feel inclined to do so. These are actually questions in an email I have sent to a few people already.
Do you often spend time trying out different mics with the talent during the session? Or do you just throw up more than two or so for safety? Is it a strategic pick before session start based on talent and/or target voice characteristics?
Is your normal setup a large diaphragm front and shotgun above? How often do you reposition these in different areas according to where the character would be on screen, or do wait for after to world-ize/reverb to match their proximity in post-processing?
Beyond editing out non-performance based emissions from the VO actor, top and tailing, removing gaps between lengthy pauses, and such - what editing redundancies have you experienced? Whats your normal (not including special cases based on theme or genre) processing chain for mastering? Compression, EQ, Harmonic Excitation, and the like.
Do you have usual conveniences for the actors when they show up? Throat Coat, magazines, lemon water, green apples/apple juice?
Is the session as simple as just hitting record and stopping after each line's takes are finished and edit afterward? Or do you edit some just by the nature of the recording session?
How do you name your tracks? Simply by character name, then rename by character name and line number/name after the recording session as finished? Or by the name written on the script/take sheet given to you, director, and talent to be burnt into the region upon recording?
Have at it you all!