November 22nd, 2012
I finally saved up enough to buy me an iPad. And the timing was just right, too. Right when I had the cash available Apple decided to grace the world with the new iPad (4th generation).
So, how exactly am I using it for voice overs? Does it improve my workflow? Any good apps? And, have I finally finished Angry Birds Star Wars yet?
All of these burning questions will be answered...
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October 14th, 2012
I've recorded and edited hundreds and hundreds of waveforms before. But I've never seen anything like this before!
August 4th, 2011
I just got back from a much-needed vacation. While on vacation I enjoy doing as close to nothing work related as possible. It's not that I hate my job. In fact, I love this job! But to me, vacation is a time for family, friends, and fun... unless I'm invited to audition — and then it's time to do a little work!
Now, recording on the road is its own special beast: you don't have your normal studio, you most likely don't have your normal equipment (microphones, etc.), and you may not even have your usual computer and software.
This happened to me recently. I had to "commandeer" an old closet in my parents house, fill it full of clothes and blankets, and get everyone in the house to be quite for about 10 minutes while I recorded. (Click on the image above to see my make-shift solution.)
My set up
I normally record on my iMac desktop at home, but the laptop I carry with me when I travel is old, which means that I can't run my favorite Adobe Audition CS5.5 on it. Instead I use Twisted Wave (it's Mac only, sorry), which in many ways can do just as good a job as Audition at a fraction of the price. If you're a beginner (or even a veteran) to voice acting, then this little gem of software magic is an excellent choice.
Now, that little blue light you see in the photo is my AT2020 USB condenser mic. It is an excellent little USB mic with a surprisingly good sound. (And the price is sweet as well!)
Wanna learn more?
As luck would have it, there just happens to be another webinar coming up by VoiceOverXtra. Recording expert Dan Lenard will talk all about the dos and don'ts of recording on the road. If you're interested, you can learn more here.
Working while on vacation?
Voice talent Paul Strikwerda wrote an excellent article (well, he always writes excellent articles) about should a voice actor work or not work during vacation. You can read it here.
April 24th, 2011
A few posts ago I gave an update on how the blog was doing (visitor-wise). So now I think it might be a good time to update everyone on my new, home-made sound booth. In addition I'll offer up some ideas on how to improve your own home-made booth.
Last year, I posted some photos of my sound booth. Well, a lot has changed since then. So let's go back in time and follow my home studio's progress up until the present day...
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April 13th, 2011
Once again the good people over at VoiceOverXtra bring you a fantastic webinar!
On Monday, April 25th Dan Lenard (the Home Studio Master) will teach you how to choose the voice over microphone that's BEST for you and how to use that mic to win auditions and in performances. In addition, Dan will test various mics so you can hear the differences for yourself!
Sign up here:
Microphone Choice & Best Techniques webinar
February 1st, 2011
I love getting new toys, especially when those new toys help me make an even better voice over studio. Just recently, I got a new "home studio" toy, and it has made recording even easier. This purchase is one more link in my home studio makeover (which I've been working on for the past few weeks.)
The new goodie that has me all excited is the Rode PSA1 Swivel Mount Studio Microphone Boom and if you click on the Read more link below you can see how cool it is and how I set it up in my upgraded studio:
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October 27th, 2010
Here's just a quick note to let everyone know that I've updated the BEST voice over recording equipment page. Some new recording equipment and microphones have been added to help round out the list: a few microphones on both the high and low end of the "beginner's" price spectrum along with the addition of a new USB audio interface.
Check out the BEST voice over recording equipment page!
January 11th, 2010
Ok boys and girls, it's time to open myself up to you, bare it all, to "show you the goods." Yep. It's time to pull back the curtain (literally) and give you a sneak peak into my utlra high-tech voice over home studio!
Now I warn you, if you are a beginner to voice acting and doing voice overs, then you may have images of sleek and sophisticated studios complete with effects cabinets twinkling with little LED lights, microphones that cost more than some cars, and mixing boards longer than many people's hallways. If that's the image you hold in your mind, then prepare to be disappointed. But hey, at least after reading this post you'll have a better idea of what many home studios look like!
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