Society of Accredited Voice Over Artists ℠
The two areas evaluated for accreditation are vocal delivery and technical delivery.
VOCAL DELIVERY (Performance and Technique) –
TECHNICAL DELIVERY (Quality and Technique) –
Although your performance demos will be technically evaluated, you will be asked to also provide a clean custom demo recorded pursuant to SaVoa’s instructions (technical demo). The technical demo will be used to analyze the quality criteria below. The quality of the technical demo will be evaluated by a special section of SaVoa that uses instrumentation and software to determine the acoustical properties of the submitted file. This quality test is designed not only for peer review, but also to provide you with a valuable analysis of your recording space.
I. Quality (technical demo):
II. Technique (performance demos):
T1 Best practice dictates that finished dry reads, whether or not edited for content, should be delivered with a maximum volume level of -6dBFS. This level gives the production engineer ample signal to work with and lessens the chance of distortion on the delivered file.
T2 Ambient noise and noise floor: This cumulative sound, ideally at or under -50dBFS, will be measured against ITU-R 468-weighting noise curve. SaVoa is using this international curve as opposed to “A” weighted for two reasons: (1) We are an organization that serves voice over artists delivering to the international market; (2) the 468 curve is widely considered to be more accurate when measuring noise that is perceivable by humans.
T3 Reverberation, ring or echo are the secondary sound waves that are recorded because of insufficient absorption or diffusion in a recording environment. The lingering presence of these decaying sounds can cause problems in post production. One problem is when two sources, for example, two voice actors in different locations, are edited into one commercial. The difference in reverberation can cause stark contrast in the spacial quality of the two voices. This may hurt the perception of reality when the two voices are supposedly in the same place.
T4 SaVoa TestTone Pink Noise Tone at -6dbfs WAV 16bit Stereo