November 2012

Are You Prepared for that Voice Over Job? Don't Risk Losing Clients!


Written Edge Studio Production Staff, after Hurricane Sandy.

Severe weather tends to shake things up in more ways than one. While thankfully our NYC, CT, and DC studios were not damaged, we went through an internal audio hurricane of sorts here at Edge, and in the interest of educating all you voice over hopefuls, I’d like to share my tale from the front lines.

We had a large-scale (high-profile client), long-form (11 hours of final audio), RUSH project, in the works before Hurricane Sandy hit the East Coast. Even before the storm, there were several red flags that signaled rough seas ahead for this recording. First, the voice over talent, chosen by the client, was completely new to voice over. (As in, “may never have stepped in a recording studio before” new.) Second, we had 4 days to record the voice over to stay on schedule. Third, I was busy cranking on other projects, as were the rest of our go-to voice over engineers, so we had to add another “new” body into the mix, in the form of a pleasant (yet largely untested) recording engineer. Fourth, because of the tight production schedule and the good fortune of being a busy NYC voice over studio, we didn’t have the physical space available in-house to edit the audio, so we arranged for one of our partner studios to handle the post-production. The hope that the voice over would be completed efficiently and on-time hung by a thread thinner than the amount of musical talent possessed by Bono.

Pretty “high risk,” eh?

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