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Tech Talk - 04-23-2017
April 23, 2017
  • Hackintosh challenges.
  • Setting up a mix-minus.
  • Any thoughts on removing breaths using Twisted Wave?
  • Please ask if the Christy Bowen video is "Only for Twisted Wave" or can it be used for Audacity and others DAWS?
  • Getting my "travel gear" together, and before I spend the money, I'd like to know if I can get away with an 8 gig Macbook Air, or is it best to go 8 or 16 gig MacBook Pro?
  • I'm looking for a reasonably priced reflection filter. Do you have any recommendations?
  • Could I do mix-minus using Focusrite 2i2 going into a Mackie 402 VLZ3 mixer and the Shure x2u interface?
  • Does anyone use mass loaded vinyl in their space? How does it work?
  • For those of us newbies who have never done video sync, what software do we need to get started? How do we practice in case we're asked?
  • Suggestions re: plosives/de-essing?

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Genre Talk - Commercials 04-09-2017
April 9, 2017
  • If selected for a national union commercial, how many can a non-union actor do before having to join the union?
  • Discussion re SAG-AFTRA, merger, etc.
  • For starters, where can I get scripts for a usable commercial demo. probably also youtube. For what kind of commercials do I look? what range of years? is too recent (2016/7) bad?
  • I've been told I have a very cartoony voice but commercial work tends to push your "normal speaking voice"...what types of commercials should you fill your reel with? should you show off a more "normal tone" instead?
  • How do you find local VO commercial work?
  • Do you know of anyone who have had a level of success in commercial work using a demo they have done on there own?
  • How can I avoid whistles? Probably 10 percent of my S's sound as a whistle. Or is a whistle detrimental? Best de-essers?

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Open Talk 04-02-2017
April 2, 2017
  • Discussion of radio dramas/recent SAG-AFTRA radio drama event.
  • How can we tell if our home studios are too "dead" or "lively”?
  • With so many great voices out there, how does a squeaky-new new-comer get jobs?
  • Hey, so yesterday someone recommended me to a marketing director at a news station and I haven't recorded a demo yet. Would it be best to send over anything that utilizes my natural speaking voice (i.e. commercial, narration)?
  • Where are great places to look for jobs and what's the process once you find a job you're interested in?
  • Someone I know is interested in doing editing only for voice overs, any suggestions on how they could go about finding that type of work?
  • Is there any duplication of posting between Voice123 &
  • I just joined WOVO; going to the conference in June, and not sure how to network at these conferences?
  • Had a mild stroke a few months ago. Cancelled my Voice123 & Bodalgo Premium memberships, but since then, I've had a couple of personal invites from voice seekers from my website. Question is...Should I take my website down or just the VoiceZam player? My voice is not back to normal yet & nowhere close to my demo, which I'm getting work from. I can't reproduce the sound I have on my demo right now.

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Genre Talk - Animation & Video Games 03-26-2017
March 26, 2017
    This week's recording was unfortunately corrupted, so we are missing the audio. Apologies from Edge Studio for the inconvenience.
  • What does it take to develop new characters from scratch?
  • Michael Schwalbe re casting projects
  • I have a tactical question about whether it is OK to submit a demo to a videogame studio that is developing a sequel to a previously successful game. What's the best etiquette to do so?
  • The luckiest you can be is if production has photos / renderings of the characters, in my well as if you can track down other stuff the same people put out. There is often a "vocal form" that a studio has in mind, and their initial ideas are what you need to meld with your improvisation skills.
  • What is the status of the SAG-AFTRA strike against the video game producers?
  • In light of the strike, how do you know which game production houses are OK to work for?
  • You mentioned talking to independents at conventions. Do you mean gaming conventions, or comic-com type conventions?
  • How do you set your rates when they ask you for a bid?
Open Talk 03-19-2017
March 19, 2017
  • Thoughts/feedback on VOAtlanta?
  • Are the recording of VOAtlanta 2017 still available to purchase?
  • Is the iRig Mic Studio any good? in comparison to the apogee ofc. I could not find any decent video on youtube in regards to that.
  • Audacity 2,1.3 was just released! Would like to talk about the improvments... and also any problems from folks who have done the upgrade.
  • Just started with Reaper - great teaching you tubes with mike delgaudio.
  • General conversation about DAW training.
  • Update on SAG-AFTRA strike against video game developers.

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Open Talk on VO Conferences - 03.05.2017
March 5, 2017
  • Which genres are the most lucrative?
  • What is the difference between Voicezam and Soundcloud?
  • What is the dress code for VO Atlanta?
  • For industry newbies, which one conference in 2017 would you recommend as most beneficial?
  • Where can I go for further e-learning projects?
  • What other conferences are there other than VOAtlanta?
  • Hi, any Spanish VO conferences suggestions?
  • Any European conferences that might be interesting?
  • Any thoughts on how to get your first agent?
  • Is there any protocol/etiquette for networking at conferences?
  • Is VOAtlanta conference live-streamed for out-of-towners?

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Genre Talk - Audiobooks 02-26-2017
February 26, 2017
  • I am always confused about how it works on ACX; could you explain how we would know how much we earn as books are sold? I'm always confused about this process, thanks!
  • Do you apply for audiobook projects directly on Audible?
  • What are some ways of anticipating if a royalty share title will sell well or if it is just a vanity/junk title?
  • I'd have no problems voicing gay erotica. Is there any potential problems for being a name in gay erotica, AND in more mainstream genres?
  • Are there some genres more popular / profitable than others?
  • Is there a particular accent that is in demand for audio books?
  • What are some of the key things to being a successful audiobook narrator?

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Training Talk - VO Training and Demos 02-19-2017
February 19, 2017
    This week's recording was unfortunately corrupted, so we are missing the audio. Apologies from Edge Studio for the inconvenience.
  • What do you mean when you say “we hire our students”?
  • VOAtlanta is coming up soon … is it a worthwhile event?
  • Should you use a coach that has theater/film experience, but little/no voice-over experience?
  • What's the best way to research coaches?
  • I'm new to this business and have been taking classes at Edge for a few months now. How do I know when I'm ready to see a coach?
  • I have had good experience with Marc Cashman for commercial and game coaching.
  • Dave Fennoy is awesome for games vo and character coaching and getting the best scripts selected and edited down for your demo if you want to go that route.
  • Training question: I completed all the introductory webinars with Edge and am working with Jay to get my first animation demo created. I was wondering if I could continue taking webinars while getting coached. Is that possible? I love the Edge webinars and kind of got addicted and would love to keep my skills very fresh. I take live acting classes, but really want to keep up the focus on VO as well
  • I go to: and look up names and then Google them and if I like someone's background I go on their website and see if there are testimonials. I also ask my actor/voice actor friends for referrals. ;) For the most part I'm the one who's giving out the advice.
  • How much should coaching cost?
  • I'm new to VO, and in beginning stages of my training thru Edge - I'm overwhelmed in regards to choosing the right practice equipment
  • As a person seriously considering the investigate VO class, I am terribly curious about what factors determine if a person is given the green light? Which factors are also red flags?
  • Could you please comment on the pros and cons of "in person" face-to-face coaching vs. Skype coaching vs. audio only coaching?
  • I've had a long-term interest in becoming a voice over talent. I've been doing a little looking online and your school is touted as being of the best. I live near Minneapolis Minnesota, so I am not near any of your brick-and-mortar schools. I see you offer webinars and Skype instruction, but I'm curious if this offers the same level of education as your brick-and-mortar locations?
  • Could you please comment on the pros and cons of "in person" face-to-face coaching vs. Skype coaching vs. audio only coaching?
  • Are there good books for me to pick up about voice over? Whether it's technical equipment; business, or the performance side of VO?
Genre Talk - E-Learning 02-12-2017
February 12, 2017
  • How do I get started in e-learning?
  • I wonder if we could talk about e-learning performance. Commercials are recorded in "conversational" tones. Can you comment on the tone that is recommended for e-learning?
  • What does the workflow look like for a e-learning course developer?
  • Are there specific organizations to contact to audition for eLearning jobs?
  • So I don't pursue e-learning projects but have done a number of them and the last one was almost an hour and a half and I didn't realize til I started it that I was being underpaid. This client wants to work with me again but the only way I can see that happening is to outsource the editing which takes most of the time. Any thoughts about that and how to go about finding the right editors.
  • How do you know what the right pace might be for a specific project? General rules for slower or faster delivery depending on what type of project you're working on?
  • Do you recommend having a specific e-learning demo, or will a narration demo suffice?
  • Question for Graeme: does your E-learning demo have any background music or FX? I find all my E-learning samples are dry as dust, so I usually submit explainer and/or corporate demos for E-learning projects. It may be a cheat, but I find the addition of music more compelling. Thoughts?
  • I liked what Tom said about having "life in your voice". I find it hard to get energized and lively about some of the more technical scripts. i.e. "The proper use of a grease gun”
  • Do EL customers require that we have special software to play in the EL arena? Like to package modules we've recorded.

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Tech Talk - 02-05-2017
February 5, 2017
  • Which is better: a Micport Pro, Shure X2U
  • Do you use an interface box with a laptop - or only with a desktop computer?
  • Is Yamaha AGO3 the only interface with loop back option?
  • My question is: what type of EQ do most VO actors use? I have a large diaphragm condenser mic and a quiet/sound treated space. But I'd like to know how much compression/EQ should I be adding to my recordings to make them sound the most professional?
  • Can I have a VO recorder software recommendations to use? (DAW)
  • Is there a good comparison video in English between the iRig Studio and Apogee Mic?
  • What is the best way to soundproof for noise that comes from the ceiling (noisy upstairs neighbour - bump-sounds and alike).
  • How do you treat the room acoustically?
  • Is Audacity a non-destructive DAW?
  • This one works best for generell noise, not so much for clicks -
  • Does anyone else use GarageBand?

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