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COMBATTING "MOUTH NOISE"

QUESTION:

Here's my problem: Not all the time, but too often, there's a click or a smack ( I've heard it referred to as a glottal shock) in the silence between one word and the next. I have tried taking a sip of water just before opening the mike. It doesn't always work. One listener complained to my PD about it via email. She said it sounded like dry mouth and she wishes I would just chew gum or something. What would you advise?

DAN REPLIES:

Here's the secret that voiceover people use:

Apples.

Take a bite of an apple before opening the mike. The apple counteracts the saliva that contributes to "mouth noise."

A sip of apple juice should do the trick, too (instead of a sip of water).

Hope this helps!

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