The next time you are listening to the radio, and the announcer comes on....see if you can tell if he is live or pre-recorded in what is known as "Voice Tracking." It's radios dirty little secret.
Voice tracking is a technique used in radio broadcasting to pre-record a DJ's or presenter's voice and schedule it to play at a specific time. This allows a radio station to operate with a smaller staff, as one DJ can record several segments at once, which can be scheduled to play at different times throughout the day. In fact he or she can be on several different stations across the country at the same time?
Voice tracking is typically used in radio stations that operate on a tight schedule and need to fill airtime with a consistent sound, but also for some stations that broadcast 24/7 and have a small team or just one person in charge. This way, the DJ or presenter can record their segments in advance and then the station can play them back at the appropriate time, without the need for the DJ or presenter to be physically present.
Voice tracking software typically includes features such as the ability to record and edit the voice segments, schedule them to play at specific times, and even automatically adjust the volume and tone to match the surrounding content.
While voice tracking may seem like a convenient solution for radio stations, it's important to note that it is not always well received by listeners. Some people may feel that it detracts from the live, spontaneous feel of a radio station. Furthermore, it's not allowed in some countries or in some specific radio formats.
In addition, voice tracking can be helpful for DJ's to record their segments in advance and schedule them to play at specific times, without the need for them to be physically present. This way, DJ's can have more time to engage in other activities or tasks, or even take a break.
In conclusion, voice tracking is a useful tool for radio stations, but it's important to use it in the right context and with the right approach. It should be used as a complementary tool, not as a replacement for live DJ's or presenters. It's important to keep in mind the listeners' perspective and make sure that the overall feel of the station is not compromised.