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Voiceover

time

Recently, a client returned a piece of equipment that had been out on loan; for digitising cassettes. So, while it was on my desk; I decided to finally digitise my very first Audition tape (which I scored a job with in December 1987, in Emerald, Queensland Australia).

The Radio School 1987

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know your working tools

Over the past 15 years, I have developed as a Voiceover Mentor; thanks largely to my academic colleagues – Dr Kate Foy, Dr Ashley Jones and Dr Bernadette Meenach; and also my peers – Sharyn Doolan, Reg Mowat and Marcus Oborn. The many conversations and time spent working with these people has rubbed off on me obviously. 

Since the early 90’s, I have considered myself a professional voice over person. Reflecting back; (as mentioned in a previous post) not only has my style and acting changed – but it seems the many years of just doing it, and soaking up knowledge from the afore mentioned people, has amounted to a lot of acquired knowledge, that just slips out sometimes.

In my last session with a mentee, I heard myself discussing how important it is as a voice actor, to understand the working tools of your trade. This has brought us to this post.

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vo style

Reflection on one’s style and technique is an imperative skill for a voice actor – to improve or progress you need to be able to critically listen to your work and offer yourself feedback. I find it fascinating how my own style has changed over the years, from that very forced ‘radio announcer’, to a casual more realistic human sound. Today I was writing and listening to the radio; and a couple of my own voiceovers jumped out at me.
I have read commercials for both of these clients, a number of times; I wonder if my read style has been influenced by a personal connection to the clients – both of whom I’ve enjoyed many glasses of wine with. Keep Reading

booth revision

For the past couple of years I’ve been using the CEntrance R4 audio interface in the booth and on the road. I’d been using the original CEntrance MicPortPro for many years, then the R4 replaced it – Clean pres with plenty of dynamic range, very clean phantom power and absolutely well built. When recently the R4S (Studio model without battery) was on sale – I decided to purchase a second unit. (One for the booth, one for mobile.) I also decided to splash out on a new set of headphones for Vo work – CEntrance Cerene db. It’s nice to have such a good set of headphones in the booth – controlled natural, transparent sound.