Well-lubricated voice

Posted on September 20, 2005 by | Posted in recording tips | Comments: 7 Comments on Well-lubricated voice

When recording your chapters, be sure to have a glass of water on hand. Sip from it as you reach the end of a section or long passage, or before a retake, or while scrolling down thepage.

Being well-lubricated helps you maintain an even, unforced tone and minimize gummy lip smacking sounds.

Be sure to edit out the drinking sounds!



  1. The actor Patrick Stewart has said that when he performs live theater, he keeps orange sections handly and pops those between acts to keep his voice in shape. I guess that only works for people who don’t have a sensitivity to a lot of acid, though.

  2. Also, do not drink milk or related products before recording. Before recording means hours before recording.

    I found it handy to have an alcoholic beverage, because I have a sort of permanent cold, and the drink helps me clear the nasality a little. Just the one, of course, many alcoholic drinks would probably introduce different artefacts in your recording. :-)

  3. kristen says:

    Many singers drink pineapple juice to alleviate sore throats and hoarseness. The enzymes in the pineapple help to heal the throat tissue. I’ve tried it and it does seem to help and overtaxed voice.

  4. fling93 says:

    Man, I wish I knew this before. Okay, next time I’ll have a Pina Colada handy!

  5. hugh says:

    hey fling, i’m buying if you’ll record some of tolstoy’s childhood.

  6. fling93 says:

    Uh, I think I’d a time machine for that. Isn’t Tolstoy dead? (hardy har har)

    Well, I’ve got two night classes this semester on top of work, so I probably won’t have time to make another recording until the beginning of next year, when I’m pretty likely to put “recoving engineer” on my about page.

  7. SexyLizzie39 says:

    Pineapple juice was a MIRACLE! My voice had completely gone, but after one sip of tropical capri sun, I could sing 3 octives higher than I usually could before I lost my voice!

    Highly recommended.

    Love you Hugh

    Elizabeth x

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