KAOTICA EYEBALL

February 3, 2015 in [:en]Voiceover[:es]Locución

From the very first moment that you want to work online as a voiceover artist, many doubts come up to your mind; obviously most of them are about technical issues: what kind of micro should I use, sound card, computer software and so much more. But there is always a great concern about the acoustic treatment in the home-studio.

There is no doubt that without a good recording studio, even though you have an stunning voice or a cutting-edge mic, without a soundproof studio, everything else stays in the background. And I can claim this from own experience, because when you start in this business little importance is given to this aspect, you may focus more on how well you want to perform with your voice. Big mistake, because once you realize that, if you do not invest, most of your projects will probably be rejected although you have a very nice and trained voice. It all will depend on the standards of quality that the voice agency have. Fortunately today’s standards are pretty high.

I do not want to focus on how to build a recording studio in this post as there is much information on the Internet. However, little has been said about the problems that arise when the voiceover artist has to leave his studio for a few days (either on holiday or for whatever reason) and need urgently carry with him/her the home-studio (daily bread for freelancers).

In my case I always try to close all projects before going on holiday so as not to not worry about these problems. Fortunately, I have noticed that this thriving business is growing rapidly. E-mails in August or during the Christmas season are indicators that this is a non-stop trend. In this situation you have to re-invest in sound quality, and you cannot lower your standards one iota because you could lose customers. I have it clear, when travelling there is no doubt that the best place for recording is within the wardrobe of a hotel (roomy, of course) or a towel covering you head … I guess many of you know what I mean.

Obviously these solutions are uncomfortable to get by. So I have recently bought the Kaotica Eyeball. It is a small sphere made from the same materials that you can find in the acoustic panels in a recording studio; different types of foams. It must be used with condenser microphones and “guarantees” a sound quality similar to a professional studio wherever you are. The set up is simple, slide the micro through the hole until it stops (can be used interchangeably with mic stand or desktop mic) and ready to record. It also includes its own anti pop filter, providing the gadget a very attractive and futuristic design.

However, the design is only appearance, so if it does not promise to be effective its usefulness is invalid. I’ve already tested it. Is it worth? Not at all.
Regarding the price, it is very expensive. Moreover, there must be added the customs duties ( at least if you live in Spain) because it is shipped from Canada. Those taxes are outrageous.

Having seen all this (or better said heard), I’ll have to keep trying new combinations to avoid these unprofessional echoes when you’re out of your study.
It is best to draw conclusions for yourself. I have recorded four audios, the first two in a room acoustically untreated (which could be a hotel room), the first one uncovered and the second one using the eyeball. In both the following the same process but in a home studio. To appreciate the difference it is advisable to use headphones.

I would appreciate opinions!

Soon more posts.