Having Fun With Headphone Volume

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Hey there!

I spent 35 years in radio. So I’m comfortable with wearing headphones when I perform.

And I think it’s an absolute must that you get comfortable with that as well – I don’t agree one bit with performance coaches who tell you to avoid it.

If you don’t wear earbuds or headphones, you can’t monitor your work as you perform it, effectively doubling the amount of time it takes you to get something recorded, then playing it back to make sure you didn’t make any mistakes.

And once you do get used to having earbuds on when you record, you can use their volume control to your advantage. Here’s how.

Hope this helps!



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  1. I agree completely with wearing headphones. So I was completely taken aback when I auditioned for Recorded Books in NY some years ago and was prohibited from using them. It was WEIRD not hearing myself. There have been a few other occasions when I didn’t have access to them when recording in a studio but I try to use them whenever I possibly can.

  2. Yes for headphones and the volume adjustment makes sense but I have a question about this in audiobooks.

    When you’re mid chapter and you have a line or two where a character is yelling, or whispering, do you stop – adjust volume – deliver lines – stop – readjust – continue recording?

    Love to hear everyone’s thoughts.