When you start to analyze why your mouth and throat experience these various symptoms, you realize just how fine an instrument our vocal chords are, and how much effort it takes to keep this instrument properly tuned so as to function effectively. So many factors play a role in how well your voice sounds in the recording studio. What you eat, when you eat, what you drink, how often you drink, nerves, health, strain, and fatigue are just a few of the many daily influences that your voice is subjected to.
Through my recent experience of recording an audiobook, I came face to face with all of these issues and factors. Recording almost every day for about a month really put my voice to the test. I found a few treatments that seemed to help me. Hopefully they can help you as well:
1. Drink water - lots and lots. I am a notorious non-water drinker. I can literally go almost an entire day without even thinking about drinking water. As a voice actor, I have to force myself to drink at least 64 ounces of water every day. This is by far the best thing you can do for your voice.
2. Decaffeinated!! tea with lemon wedges and honey. This drink is very soothing to the throat while recording. There are some schools of thought that hot beverages can cause the vocal chords to inflame, but the tea cools pretty quickly, and I've found it quite helpful.
3. My personal quirky favorite is ginger chews. I use these as a lozenge in between takes. Ginger can be a bit spicy, but I absolutely love them for soothing my throat and generating saliva production.
Do you have any special things you do to keep your voice in top shape before, during, and after recording? If you do, please let me know - - I'm always on the lookout for new ideas!