Is there such a thing as cheap but quality voice acting?

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I once said that it is better to have no voice-acting at all, than have less than excellent voice-acting.

There is no middle ground here, it is either excellent, or if it can't be, the feature should be expunged so as not to degrade the whole game.

I don't know if you agree with this sentiment, but this has certainly been my experience in many years of gaming.

That being said, has the overall quality in this market been improved  over the recent years? Are there any specific resources you would recommend?

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I'm going to go ahead and say yes, there is such a thing.

In the brief period of my life where I actually completed a game, I went looking for voice actors on youtube. I was pleased to find an overwhelming number of people who were pretty much unknown (they have 10-100 subscribers or something) and yet their voices sounded amazing. I found a girl to voice my female character for a total price of free, and it sounded really good.

 

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7 minutes ago, TheComet said:

pretty much unknown (they have 10-100 subscribers or something) and yet their voices sounded amazing.

That's just what I am looking for, but your description of finding "someone on youtube" is super vague and unhelpful.

Is there an agregate site with all the audio samples?

Also, there is a huge difference between voice-acting for narration and voice-acting for a character.

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29 minutes ago, Brain said:

I think you'd need to start networking on twitter. I have a whole ton of youtubers in my twitter followers, most of them have less than 100 followers and if you see someone who's voice fits, well "if you don't ask, you don't get"...

Hope this helps!

How much would one charge per 5 minutes of work?

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23 minutes ago, Armantium said:

How much would one charge per 5 minutes of work?

You wouldn't know till you ask them. People who do freelance work have wide range of payments. Often they will be able to do work for what you can afford. Because if you pay them more they can spend more time and effort on your project.

Google "Freelance voice actors".

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21 hours ago, Armantium said:

That's just what I am looking for, but your description of finding "someone on youtube" is super vague and unhelpful.

Is there an agregate site with all the audio samples?

Also, there is a huge difference between voice-acting for narration and voice-acting for a character.

In my experience, you get what you pay for, as long as you don't overpay. I would start by talking to your state film commission, even if this is for a video game. Just ask them for a list of voice actors, or a casting agency that can refer you. If you contact a casting agency, I think the best thing to do is call and ask who they have within your budget. 

If you're wanting people to do this completely for free, I don't know what to say. I can't help you there.

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20 hours ago, Armantium said:

How much would one charge per 5 minutes of work?

5 minutes of what? By the time you open a DAW, move a mic into place, load a template, and dial in your interface, record the passes, tweak your processing chain, bounce the file, convert it to whatever the final deliverables are, then upload it to email or dropbox, you can blurt 5 words into a mic and easily be at 5 minutes of billable time.

If you are looking for 5 minutes of recorded, edited, polished, finished, production ready audio, at the very least, you're going to end up paying $200-$300 for an experienced reliable professional, who's also going to review the lines, communicate with you about what you're after, and edit it themselves. I do know voice actors that would be happy with $250 for a half days work, but this is not simple stuff if you want it done efficiently and done right.

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I've heard it said that a pro actor will usually have a higher bid amount but in the end save you time/money because they can more consistently hit the right mark. An amateur may have a lower price but is much more of a risk, may require more redirection and may end up costing you more time/money in the long run. 

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8 hours ago, nsmadsen said:

I've heard it said that a pro actor will usually have a higher bid amount but in the end save you time/money because they can more consistently hit the right mark. An amateur may have a lower price but is much more of a risk, may require more redirection and may end up costing you more time/money in the long run. 

This is telling.

Much too expensive. I guess it would be cheaper were it not for hellish taxation, and the huge hidden costs across society of low-IQ immigration(non-European).

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15 hours ago, Armantium said:

Much too expensive. I guess it would be cheaper were it not for hellish taxation, and the huge hidden costs across society of low-IQ immigration(non-European).

???

I can't even really make out what point you're trying to make here, honestly. 

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On 9/26/2017 at 1:07 PM, Armantium said:

Much too expensive. I guess it would be cheaper were it not for hellish taxation

No it wouldn't.

What your paying for is a person who spend there time learning a skill you did not.You are paying them a high amount so they can continue practicing that skill and keep on living.

Remember that for you to even be able to find someone on the net they need a computer, electricity, food and internet. That already means they need to make enough money as a voice actor to earn money for those things.

 

There are lower priced voice actors, they do smaller jobs for lower pay. The way they make a living is by doing as many jobs as they can in a short time, so one problem you will have with them is that they will not stick to your project the way a more expensive one will. They are freelancers/ modern mercenaries, they go where the money is.

I have been on both sides, hiring and freelancing, it's never easy. Making games isn't easy. If you can't find someone in your price range or your not willing to deal with the problems then you must find a way or abandon voice acting altogether.

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In my own experience, there's no such thing as "cheap but quality voice acting"... But of course I believe that, as in everything else, there should be some exceptions... I just wasn't lucky enough to find one of those...

 

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4 hours ago, ScrooplesTash said:

The cheaper option will always be to find those that have yet to establish themselves in the business and sometimes they're better than those that have.

This can be true! But it can also go the other way. That's the risk element I was mentioning earlier. 

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