Voiceovers FAQ


What information do I need to give you before asking for a quote?

We will need to know the following before we can put a quote together for you for one of our voiceover artists:

1) Choose your Voiceover Artist
2) Send us the script, usage and video
3) We'll send you a quote
4) Agree terms and sign a contract
5) You can Make a Payment via Paypal, BACS or credit card
6) Direct your Voiceover Artist
7) Download your edited audio


How do I choose a Voiceover Artist?



Why should I use BigFish Media for Voiceovers?

We are fast, friendly and flexible with great voiceover artists at reasonable prices. Just choose your voice from the selection of Voiceover Artists and leave the rest to us.

You do not need to worry about booking a studio either - unless you want to. Using our studio is also a lot cheaper than hiring a third party studio, especially if they are in London.

Our prices also include an experienced engineer/director to help you get the best out of the voice talent.


How will I know if the voiceover is the right one for my project?

If, after hearing the voiceover samples on this site, you are still not sure if they are the right voice for the job, we can send you a few short bespoke demos free of charge. We don't ask our voiceover talents to record entire scripts.

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But are you any good at Voiceovers?

Hundreds of our previous clients think so and we have been in business since 2004. We also use experienced radio and TV presenters and actors who are used to lifting the text off the page and making your script sound interesting, natural and engaging. Just have a look at our testimonials page.


How can I be sure that what you record will be how I want the Voiceover to sound?

Once you have commissioned us to record your voiceover and we have agreed a price, we will take some time to discuss the script and any difficult pronunciations, and technical terms, to make sure we get these correct.

We strongly recommend that you and your client listen to (or direct) the session either via a conference call, phone, Skype, Microsoft Teams, Google Meets, Zoom or in person at our studio near Woking, Surrey, UK. This ensures that you get the read that you want from the voiceover artist in the session and you hit your deadlines.

Is there an additional charge to direct the voiceover session?

This fee is included in our quote.

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How much do you charge for Voiceovers for adverts?

For voiceovers for radio commercials in the UK we charge the station rates based on the Agent Equity ratecard. For TV commercials, internet commercials and radio stations outside the UK, please ask for a quote.


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What equipment do you use for your voiceovers?

Our digital recording studio includes:

Microphone: Neumann U87
Back Up Microphone: Audio Technica AT4033
Sound Cards: Marian Seraph AD2 and Marc 2 PCI
Telephone
Skype
ipDTL
Microsoft Teams
Zoom
Google Meets
Mixer: Soundcraft Signature 22
Studio Pre-Amp: Powerplay Pro
Monitors: Tannoy
Editing Software: Adobe Audition
Headphones: Beyer Dynamic DT100's
Computers: Dell x 6

There's more information on our Technical Page


In what audio format can you supply Voiceovers?

Our default audio file is wav. We can also supply your audio in high quality MP3 or AIFF. Please ask if you require an alternative file format (eg for on-hold.)


I have already made a video, can you make your voiceover fit?

Yes. We have Voice-to-Picture or sync facility in our studio (pictured) to enable the voiceover artist to record your script so that it fits your pictures perfectly. This sync process is much more time-consuming process and may cost more than recording wild (not to picture). To do this we need a downloadable version of your video and a timed script in Word format.




What if I change my mind and what to alter the script after you have recorded it?

If the script changes after the session has finished, then this will incur another session fee.


How soon can I get the Voiceover done?

Normally within 3-4 days of commissioning the session and often within 24 hours. However this will depend on the availability of your chosen voiceover artist and how busy we are.

You could give us a script in the morning and have the audio sent back to you by the end of the day via Dropbox.

Sometimes of course the project is very big and will take days to record and edit, or if a particular voiceover artist you require is unavailable you may have to wait; talented people are often in demand.


How much will the Voiceover for my project cost?

That depends on how long the script is, and what you would like to use it for. If you would just like some voiceovers for your on-hold telephone service, prices start at just 100.

Most scripts for corporate videos are under two thousand words. That means that the audio we send you, the edited audio, will be up to ten minutes long. Prices for one script start at 350.

There may be extra usage fees for use of the audio on the internet, depending upon the size of the end client and your chosen voiceover artist. There will be extra usage fees for adverts shown on YouTube, promoted posts on social media, TV, radio, mobile apps, Spotify and in cinemas.

Please visit our ratecard page or contact us for more details.


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What is Finished Audio?

Finished Audio is the recording of your script, edited and with the breathing removed (de-breathed). It's the final masterpiece for you to use.

So when we talk about 10 minutes of Finished Audio, this is how long the voiceover will be, as opposed to how long it will take to prepare the script, record it and edit it which will, of course, be much longer.

Our fees start at 350 for one script. This fee includes the voiceover artist, casting, live client direction, studio engineer/voice director, studio fee, editing, QC, de-breathing, file encoding and transfer.


But I have several short scripts that you could easily record in an hour, will that be the same price?

Possibly. It depends upon the end client, where the audio is to be used, which voiceover talent you would like and if this is a wild or sync recording. Just let us know your budget and the type of voice you would like and we'll negotiate with the talent for you.


That sounds expensive

We do not think so. You may be able to find voiceovers cheaper elsewhere, but you will certainly be able to find much more expensive voiceovers. Our price includes the voiceover talent, casting, QC, editing, studio hire and an experienced engineer/director to help you get the best out of the voice talent.

Ask yourself about the quality of the voiceover talent and how the artist interprets a script and lifts it off the page. Is the voice really good enough to represent your company or product? Can they deliver a professional voiceover? Can they take direction? What about the acoustics of the audio? Can you hear cars driving past in the background? Or planes flying overhead? Is there a buzz or hum on the recording?

With a professional voice artist and proper equipment, you should hear nothing else on the recording except the voiceover audio.

Any professional will be happy to provide you with a showreel or a demo recording of what your script will sound like, so that you can check these things.

"If you think it's expensive hiring a professional to do the job, wait until you hire an amateur" - Red Adair

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How can I pay?

You can Make A Payment by PayPal and most major credit cards. You can also pay by BACS (online banking). Our payment terms are 30 days. If you have no credit history with us, are not a limited company or you are not based in the UK, we require payment before arranging the voiceover session.


Ok, I am convinced, can I book a voiceover artist today?

Yes you can, please email us or call us now.

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