To Have and Have Not

Provide these basic needs and learn how to save time editing your audio.
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Provide these basics for your talent to eliminate factors that add to your editing time:

• Padded music stands
• A stopwatch for actors for timed copy
• Headphones for each actor with talk-back if necessary
• Final, approved, double-spaced 12-point copy for all, with sections or pages clearly numbered and wide margins for notes
• Phonetic spellings of unfamiliar words or names
• Windscreens or filters to minimize plosive consonants
• Pencils for marking copy
• Sturdy stools for longer sessions – no squeaky seats or chairs
• Plenty of room temperature drinking water in the booth (better for the voice than hot or cold liquids)
• Lemon juice (optional) to add to the drinking water to minimize lip-smacking and mouth noises
• Chewing gum, also to minimize lip-smacking and mouth noises
• Throat-lubricating spray (available at music stores)
• Healthy, energizing snacks
• Patience and a sense of humor
• Minimal caffeine and dairy beverages; tea dries out the voice, caffeine contributes to frenetic-sounding readings, and dairy products fosters the production of phlegm
• Give breaks as needed, especially if your studio tends to get warm.