Words...words...words. Essential Voice Over Jargon


As a coach and individual who has been in this industry for a long (...long) time. I often forget that it has its own language. I’ll use words or phrases with someone and the look I get resembles a combination emoji with the hand on the chin and a furrowed brow. I am certain I will continue to get that look from my students (if you’ve ever studied with me, you know what I’m talking about) but it’ll be because I’m wacky and possibly...even...a bit...embarrasing. (heehee!). I'm sorry (no, I'm not)

Below is a very brief overview in three sections:

1. Studio jargon

2. Acting jargon

3. Business jargon


1. DAW - Digital Audio Workspac

Your DAW is the software in which you record, edit and mix

2. Microphone - (I know...y’all are like...um...we KNOW this one)

Dynamic mic - two categories (ribbon and moving coil) - made to withstand high pressure. Less sensitive

Condenser - more sensitive. Used to capture higher and lower frequencies

3. Audio Interface

The device in which all your input and output will run

4. Pre-amp

Amplifies the signal from the mic (some audio interfaces have pre-amps built in)

5. Signal

Any sound that is meant to be listened to

6. Bitrate

The number of bits transferred over a period of time. The higher the bitrate, the higher the audio quality (sure...we’ll go with that)

7. Room treatment

Acoustic treatment of the space the actor records. Absorb, diffuse and reflect sound waves


1. Session Fee (or BFS - Basic Studio Fee)

The cost of doing business

2. Usage

The clients right to use the work performed in an agreed upon time frame

3.In perpetuity