What is that sweet smell drifting across the Pacific? I don't have a problem with any Yank accents. I was just trying to reassure Absolon's Sword who wrote
As always, I envy the Brits and Aussies their cool accents. Americans have to write twice as well to sound half as profound.
Now you want to fart in my general direction! I get no thanks for trying to be nice!
Seriously, there are some very low tech things you could be doing. To get rid of popping sounds from b-words & p-words etc., get some nylons/pantyhose, and after you have tried them on and paraded in front of the mirror a few times, take them off your head, stretch them over wire coat hanger (eqivalent) and fix them between your mouth and the microphone. Or you could pay good money for a commercially produced pop-guard (but that would be stupid, wouldn't it?)
Talking into a microphone scares some people. Get pretty close to it and imagine that you are talking to someone on the other side of the room. Time to get that imaginary friend out of the closet and be bold. People who sing to themselves always think they sound loud as it echoes around their sinuses. Don't be scared to look and feel stupid. You will notice the difference.
When recording, most programmes/recorders have a red zone which flashes up when the incoming sound is too loud. If you record in this area, it will distort on playback. So practice reading as loud as you can and keep nudging the recording volume down until you are just below this level. Of course your neighbours and family will think you are mad, repeating the same thing over and over. Hell, a couple of drinks and I do that in autopilot. And anyway, they knew you were mad in the first place.
So stop trying to record with your head under the blankets, reciting in torch-light. Be brave, take those stockings off and go for it.
Next week I will check and see what has improved and if nothing is going on, I shall repeat these instuctions in sonnet form - and no-one would like to see that, would they?