Sugar Mediaz Voice Industry blog brings you an interesting piece by seasoned Voice Artiste Darrpan Mehta who writes about the important position that sound engineers occupy in the lives of Voice Artistes. And yes, there is a small tale involving Amitabh Bachchan as well 🙂
While the Voice Artiste weaves magic with her or his voice acting skills, the sound engineer in the studio plays the role of the silent (usually) soldier who is equally responsible for that great Voice Acting performance!
So before I talk about the important role the sound engineer plays during a voice recording session, a small tale involving a Bollywood superstar!
This was a few years back when I was having an informal chat with a sound engineer after a recording session. He recounted an interesting tale about the time he was an intern at a big recording studio and had the good fortune to witness a recording session of none other than Mr. Amitabh Bachchan. Mr.Bachchan apparently likes to record early mornings when he finds his voice most fresh and ready for a vocal performance. So this was a narration for a film where he was doing the Voice over. My friend, the then-intern engineer was sitting in one corner of the studio as the main sound engineer took control of the recording and Mr. Bachchan went into the Dubbing room. My friend was all overwhelmed at the Big B’s presence and was expecting him to obviously behave like the megastar that he is and obviously expect the sound engineer to merely obey his commands.
But what happened when Mr. Bachchan started to record is something that my friend cannot forget to this day. Mr. Amitabh Bachchan, the god of acting and one of the most loved and admired Voices of our country looked back from his microphone position in the dubbing booth and spoke to the main sound engineer with amazing humility and civility… “SIR, you are my God for now.. please take care of me.” Amitabh Bachchan, the man revered by the nation for his acting and Voice called the studio sound engineer who was recording him, God!!!
This tale shared by my friend who is himself a veteran sound engineer today stayed with me and reinstated faith in my values and belief that as a Voice artiste, one should never forget the critical role the sound engineer plays in ensuring a great vocal performance by the talent!
A Sound Engineer plays many roles during a voice recording session.
So, hey Voice Artiste, do thank the Sound Engineer!
About the writer:
Darrpan Mehta is a seasoned Voice Artiste with more than 20 years of rich Voice acting experience across television, radio, corporate communication, events and more. He is passionate about Voice acting and when he is not working, he is traveling solo or spending time working on ways to create awareness about the amazing art form of Voice acting. He is also the Founder Director of Sugar Mediaz, an audio content company.