How to Record a Voice-Over in Fairlight

DaVinci Resolve 23/01/2020 2 min read

A common task in Fairlight audio page is to record a voice-over. Fortunately, this is pretty simple to do directly in DaVinci Resolve. 

To get started, you’ll need a microphone setup. In our tutorial example, we’re using a Blue Yeti, which is a popular option amongst YouTubers because it is easy to use, and there is no need for an external sound card. But ultimately, any USB microphone or headset combo will work. Plugin your mic and restart Resolve so that the drivers adapt properly, and let’s start recording!

Learn to Record Audio in Fairlight

  1. In the Fairlight page, create a new audio track in mono track.
  2. Patch the microphone to the new audio track in the Mixer panel. 
  3. If you can’t see the track, hover your mouse on the left side of the panel to expose all the channels. Click the Input box > Input > 1. Microphone > Patch, and close the Patch Input window.
  4. Arm the track by enabling the “R” icon. 
  5. Click Record on the transport.

Pro Tip: You’ll want to use a mono track even if you’re in a stereo project because the microphone is a single channel of capture. If you record voice over to a stereo track, you will only hear audio in one ear. 

Recording your own voice takes practice, so speak slowly and clearly. If you feel you’ve misread a line, take a pause, and restart the sentence. You can always edit your performance later, so it’s a good idea to get several takes while you’re at it!

Once your voice-over sounds great, you’ll be ready to make further audio edits. Get up to speed with how you can adjust the volume of clips, add markers, and reduce noise in this tutorial. And don’t forget to add background music and sounds effects to add depth to your video’s sound design!

We hope you found this short tutorial on how to record a voice-over in Fairlight helpful! An added benefit of recording directly in DaVinci Resolve is that you’ll be able to narrate as you watch your footage play. So, try this out and see how it improves your workflows!