One summer I wrote a blog about the problems we voiceovers have with the heat in our booths, but today it’s the opposite problem. After a very mild New Year, today saw a few flakes of snow outside my window. A quick walk confirmed that it was indeed absolutely freezing! My voice booth also just happens to be located in the very coldest part of my house.
But wearing extra layers in the voiceover booth isn’t always the best solution – layers of clothing can cause noise that the mic picks up, plus anything too woolly or plush has the potential to cause static. A warm hat isn’t practical when wearing headphones and you can’t really operate the equipment too well with gloves… Central heating often clicks or knocks as the pipes expand, or if the pipes run anywhere near the booth the gentle hum is enough to create an unwanted noisefloor in the background of a recording.
The cold is manageable though.
For me, I usually turn the heating on early in the morning then turn it off to record, then back on while I’m editing. The older radiators in my house stay nice and warm for a good hour once the heating is off so this strategy works pretty well. I do have a small oil filled radiator which is much quieter than gas central heating and I can bring up to the booth if I have a long recording session. I also leave the booth wide open while I’m not recording to make sure that the warm air gets inside – otherwise stepping in can be a bit nippy! My other failsafe is a cup of hot water – lovely and warming from the inside as well as hydrating and relaxing for the vocal cords.
(*not too hot! Around 50-60°C should do the trick)