About the Voice Over Tool

The Voice Over tool records directly to an audio track in the Timeline between the sequence In and Out points. To get audio into Final Cut Pro, you can use any Mac OS X-compatible audio interface connected to your computer’s PCI slot, FireWire port, or USB port. You can also use the built-in audio input on your computer. While you record, you can monitor the sequence audio using the selected playback audio device. For more information about selecting an audio device for output, see Configuring External Audio Monitors.

About Microphones and Room Noise

The quality of your sound recording is dependent on the quality of the microphone and preamplifier used. A microphone converts (or transduces) sound to electricity, and the preamplifier (or preamp) boosts the tiny microphone level to line level for recording.

Condenser microphones are much more sensitive than dynamic microphones and are usually best for voice recordings. Condenser microphones require power to operate, whereas dynamic microphones do not. Some condenser microphones can use batteries to provide the necessary power, and most preamplifiers can also provide “phantom power” to the microphone via an XLR connector and cable.

Preamps are often selected because of the way they “color” the sound of the microphone, emphasizing some frequencies over others. Analog tube preamplifiers are often used for their warm, full sound.

Condenser microphones are usually more expensive than dynamic microphones, but they make a big difference in vocal recordings.

A good voiceover recording requires an extremely quiet acoustic environment. Air conditioning, noise from outside, and room reverberation can all be potential problems. Most voiceovers are recorded in a professional studio or voiceover booth to minimize noise.