True story.

We once hired a voice talent to do some voice over work for our production division at She sounded great on her demo but when we got the recording of the job her voice sounded odd – kind of muffled.

The audio engineer through his usual checklist: mic settings, software compatibility, microphone placement. It all checked out fine.

On a hunch he asked her to take a picture of her recording setup. When he opened the photo he saw immediately what the problem was.

There was a white athletic sock covering her microphone.

“What the heck is that?” he asked.

“It’s my pop filter,” she replied.

A pop filter is a small metal or fabric screen that you position in front of the mic to prevent plosives like p’s, b’s and t’s from hitting the microphone and ruining your recordings.

Obviously you don’t want to cover your microphone with a sock.

Fortunately, the story has a happy ending. Once she ditched the sock, sock lady became one of our favorite voice talents.

In his week’s Inside Voice Over the topic is home recording and how you can perfect your skills and avoid inadvertently embarrassing yourself.

Watch this week’s short training video Here Now

After you watch the video be sure to leave a comment. I always love to hear from you so I can support you as you grow your voice over career.

To your voice over success,

Susan Berkley,
Founder, The Great Voice Company


Would you like our audio engineer to look over your shoulder to make sure you’re doing everything right to create pristine quality broadcast audio? Bring your lap top and mic and get a “Tech Check” at our next Voice Over Accelerator Bootcamp June 16-18 at The Great Voice Studios in Englewood Cliffs, NJ. Click or call 800-333-8108