Friday, 12 November 2010


Headphones or not? It all depends...

I’ve just been recording ‘First Grave on the Right’ by Darynda Jones  – a really fun mix of comedy, romance and the paranormal. I recommend it!

But before we started the record, the engineer asked if I wanted cans or not. In case you’re not familiar with the term, ‘cans’ are earphones – or sometimes ‘desperates’ in London (which is Cockney rhyming slang  – ‘Desperate Dans’ = ‘cans’ – don’t ask! :oD). I instinctively decided not to use cans for this particular record.

And that got me thinking ‘why’?

I came to this conclusion: if there is comedy in a story, or a lot of action, I work without cans, as I think the tone is more ‘extrovert’, because you unconsciously project that little bit more. Yet for something like ‘Tallgrass’ by Sandra Dallas, I chose to use cans, as I thought the tone required something more intimate.

What do you think? If you’re a voiceover, how do you prefer to work? And do you think it makes a difference?