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Script Genres > English Adult > Narration > Exercise

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    A Voice Actor's Voice

    Script:

    This... is my voice.

    There is no music, and there are no sound effects... only the pure, clear sound, recorded for your ears.

    I am a voice over artist, a voice actor, a voice talent, and I can convey my message in many ways, in many tones and with many emotions.

    I can speak in a very light whisper, to share an intimate message with you. Or my voice can boom deeply, demanding respect from those who are listening. My voice can express sympathy to someone who has just experienced a great loss, or it can reflect the happiness one feels after having accomplished something great!

    I sit (or stand) before this tube constructed of metals, of plastics, of wires and of silicon, which listens patiently to me, as if it were alive, like a mistress, hour after hour, day after day, and night after night. It never judges me, however it is a reflection of me... one which is neither vengeful, nor forgiving.

    I am a voice actor...and this is my voice.

    56 people have played this

    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear Moe Biscuits's recording

    I critiqued another submission of this one, and figured I'd better put my money where my mouth is...or put my mouth where my mouth is...or...whatever.

    /sites/default/files/script-recordings/user-59923/script-recording-63357.mp3

    Peer Feedback:

    Moe -

    I love it...better than a DEMO that heralds another brand -- you are telling the story of your strongest brand -- YOU

    Patent it --that is what DEMOs ought to be...

    Bill

    Peer Feedback:

    Yes, you truly are...

    Concise and professional!

    Great job!

    David Michaelson

    Peer Feedback:

    this is amazing you truly are a voice actor

    Peer Feedback:

    What a great voice it is. Great job!

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    43 people have played this

    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear youknowino@gmail.com's recording

    This is one of my characters in my arsenal of voices--one of my favorites.

    /sites/default/files/script-recordings/user-11958/script-recording-45799.mp3

    Peer Feedback:

    Excellent. Totally believable.

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    Thanks! I just listened to your Dracula ArlenChitty and loved it!

    Peer Feedback:

    great work, i enjoyed it a lot

    Peer Feedback:

    You did an AWESOME Job!!!! You put so much emotion into this. It reminded me of the movie Color Purple, you just won an Emmy!!
    Keep up the GREAT work!!

    Blessings,

    Carol

    Peer Feedback:

    You all are so kind. "And I graciously accept this award". Hey, you never know . . .

    Peer Feedback:

    Great job! definitely a winner with the right amount of emotion.

    Peer Feedback:

    Good! All the best and God bless!

    Peer Feedback:

    Very cool. Really consistent throughout. A winner for sure! Thanks for sharing, i'd be interested in hearing this character tell a story about the "old times", That would be something very nice I'll bet. Nodo420

    Peer Feedback:

    Happy birthday!
    Just add video and you are set.

    8-)

    Peer Feedback:

    Hey Nodo420--Your wish is my command! I did a skit with a similar character in which I just "shot the breeze", But I will be doing some writing this week and will use that and maybe another character. I really like portraying the senior citizen character, probably. getting easier to do now that I am among the AARP group. lol

    Peer Feedback:

    You know, I gotta say that this one was pretty darn good! I felt compelled to listen to the whole thing. Like someone said, it's totally believable!

    Peer Feedback:

    Soooooo nice! I could visualize the person as you spoke!

    Peer Feedback:

    This was AWESOME! You really have your acting down pat!

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    Getting Old (Age Range Excercise)

    Script:

    Today I'm 100. I don't feel older...I mean, mentally. Physically, I am tired. I walk with a cane and have fallen a couple times lately. Been trying to eat right still, and watch my blood sugar. Have to be fit and nimble for the ladies.. Heh, heh.. *cough*. I try not to spend too much time thinking about the old times. The memories and all. Everyone I knew in school has passed on. Two of my children are gone. It's just not fair for parents to bury their children. *sniffle*. Well, I suppose that's all I want to talk about today. Not much of a birthday when the ones you love and miss the most aren't around to share it with you. It's tough getting old...it really is.

    28 people have played this

    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear tjstorms's recording

    Disclaimer - If you are prone to depression, please do not listen. This is an act only! Just working on flexibility. Thanks!

    /sites/default/files/script-recordings/user-83579/script-recording-65715.mp3

    Peer Feedback:

    All of the feeling, intention and characterization are there. BUT - since this is only a voice-over, I have to understand you. Some of the words are nearly unintelligible. That wouldn't be a problem if I could see you performing this, my brain would fill in the gaps of what I can't make out from listening. But when all I have is the voice to make out the story, if I don't understand the words, I'm lost.

    Peer Feedback:

    James,

    I totally understand now - there no subtitles or scripts for audiences to follow in VO, so it's all up to us to make every word intelligible!
    I'll try again at some point. it'll be a challenge...thank you kindly for this feedback.

    Peer Feedback:

    You definitely have an older voice but you need to work on making it sound even older. I would say this sounds about 60 but not 100. Beginning sound read with not much feeling, but you ended strong with lots of feeling, but work on age as well as eliminating mouth noise which was a little distracting.

    Peer Feedback:

    Great job. I would work in sounding a little older but clearer. :-)

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    Hydration and Sports

    Script:

    Water, sports drinks, energy drinks, milks, and shakes. We have lots of choices when it comes to hydrating before a workout or game. But sports nutritionists say that what you drink and when you drink it can impact your performance. And it's the amount of exercise you're doing that'll determine what you'll drink. If you're working out anywhere between 0 to 60 minutes, just drinking plain water is perfectly fine. Flavored water would have the same exact effect; however, be wary of some flavored waters which have added sugars and thus extra calories which you may not want.

    81 people have played this

    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear Mark Lee's recording

    Hey all! Mostly concerned about feedback concerning performance but any and all feedback is appreciated :)

    /sites/default/files/script-recordings/user-106735/script-recording-88263.mp3

    Peer Feedback:

    Usually "lists" come in threes, but this is a five. It is important to make the items in a list stand out in their own right, but you may have overdone it here because "sports drinks" almost sounded like a question with that upward inflection. One way to separate, but also connect, a list is to physically tick them off on our fingers as you say them. "This, this, this, this and this." - "One, two, three, four and five." Keep it simple. It will translate into your voice and delivery.

    The ending of the third sentence was odd sounding, even if I wasn't reading along and noticed the period. The beginning of the next sentence is what may have thrown you thinking that it was a continuation rather than an addition to, or something to expound on, the previous thought. The first thought deals with what and when you drink, the next thought with exercise and how long you exercise. Two sides of a coin, so to speak.

    There's a compare and contrast that you missed, kinda. PLAIN water as opposed to FLAVORED water.

    All in all, it sounds very read and technical (in that we hear "technique" being used rather than a person just talking to us).

    There is an underlying electronic hum to the recording that drops out in the edits or the use of a noise gate. The sound drops down to -infinity dB (no sound). It's a very disturbing effect. It would be easier listening if the hum (basically your room tone) were maintained through the entire recording for a consistent listening experience. But you might track down where the hum is coming from and investigate how to lessen or eliminate it.

    Peer Feedback:

    Sounded a little bit robotic...particularly the first line? Not sure what kind of processing is employed here but I think you should probably go a little more natural with this.

    - touzet -

    Peer Feedback:

    Thanks for all the advice, really appreciate it. I'm gonna make a second attempt at this script and upload it in a bit with your guys' advice in mind, thanks!

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    Hydration and Sports

    Script:

    Water, sports drinks, energy drinks, milks, and shakes. We have lots of choices when it comes to hydrating before a workout or game. But sports nutritionists say that what you drink and when you drink it can impact your performance. And it's the amount of exercise you're doing that'll determine what you'll drink. If you're working out anywhere between 0 to 60 minutes, just drinking plain water is perfectly fine. Flavored water would have the same exact effect; however, be wary of some flavored waters which have added sugars and thus extra calories which you may not want.

    75 people have played this

    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear Mark Lee's recording

    Take 2 for this script, thought i'd give it another go around. Looking mainly for performance feedback but anything is much appreciated. Also I'm aware of the humming noise in the back and currently trying to fix it

    /sites/default/files/script-recordings/user-106735/script-recording-88357.mp3

    Peer Feedback:

    I like your voice and tone Mark. Although I could hear breathing at the very beginning, I thought overall it was OK. Also, there are some spots that lean a little heavy on your reading.

    I'm new at this, so I need to work on the same things more myself.

    Peer Feedback:

    Hi, Mark.

    You're recording quality is something you seem to be aware of, so I won't really bother with that one. Though, it wouldn't be a bad idea to go into a closet or just go under the covers or something with your recording equipment. It ain't studio quality isolation, but it's something.

    Second, you're voice is good however your readings are a little barren, y'know? I'm not exactly a pro myself, but you should work on breathing some life into your reading. As it stands, one can tell quite quickly that you are reading a script. Putting some more inflection in there will go miles.

    Also, drink water. Lack of water means lack of oral lubrication which results in mildly obnoxious clicky sounds created by the mouth when recording. You can hear them throughout your recording.

    Peer Feedback:

    Thanks for the feedback! Definitely trying to sound more conversational in my reads so its a work in process. I will definitely keep in mind what you guys said, thanks

    Peer Feedback:

    I agree Mark, I could also hear the breathing I know that's something we are all working on. Otherwise, great job

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    19 people have played this

    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear Maluga's recording

    Check for my tone and sound. thanks

    /sites/default/files/script-recordings/user-12823/script-recording-34641.mp3

    Peer Feedback:

    Maluga,

    I would have liked to hear you play even more with the words and phrases. Really bring out the individual images and feelings of the words with more tonal variety. This got better in the third paragraph. Very interesting script with lots to play with. Try to be more conversational with this too. It sounded like it was being read and not a conversation with the listener. Might help if you focused on who the listen actually is and why they should be listening to this read. Sound was fine, very clean and clear.

    Peer Feedback:

    I would agree with mjc55 but add that the recording quality is excellent, the sound clarity of your voice is very good too. The beginning two paragraphs does need a little more energy and your voice needs to 'boom deeply' when you're saying that it booms deeply. Great work.

    Peer Feedback:

    I like your expressive voice.

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    I love the rhythm and the cadence to the speech that you wrote. For me when its read you almost want to hear the poetry of it. I can hear the passion that you have in your work when you do all the different expressions of voice but not as much anywhere else. To me this reads almost like a speech in front of an audience and that reads differently than a normal script.

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    Power Clean

    Script:

    When performing the power clean, many athletes catch the bar with the elbows down and the bar below the shoulders, which places harmful stress on those joints. What you wanna see is the elbows high with the bar high on the shoulders. To learn this position, you can do a drill that resembles the first part of "the Macarena."

    73 people have played this

    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear Mark Lee's recording

    Looking primarily for performance feedback (I realize the recording quality leaves a bit to be desired) but anything is much appreciated!

    /sites/default/files/script-recordings/user-106735/script-recording-89643.mp3

    Peer Feedback:

    Hey Mark! For an explainer video it sounds like you're reading the script too much instead of explaining. I think you lose some key words in the piece, if you were to hit certain words more I think you might get more out of the piece. Things like "elbows down" "bar below the shoulders" "harmful stress" "elbows high" "bar high" I feel should be hit more. Maybe try to imagine more the video that's being played while you're doing the take. Keep it up!

    Peer Feedback:

    Thanks! I was trying to go for a more casual tone but I think I may have lost some of the "explanation" part of the video in trying to do so. Will keep your advice in mind, thanks!

    Peer Feedback:

    Hello Mark. Keep up the good work. Definitely work on the reads like you're having a conversation. Even its with your best buds. It may come off better. Great star. :-)

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear stevengonzalesvo's recording

    I have applied a high-pass filter (HPF) set at 90, very slight compression and a very slight high shelf at 10k. The audio has been normalized to -3dB. I also went back to my normal debreathing process.

    /sites/default/files/script-recordings/user-54626/script-recording-77372.mp3

    Peer Feedback:

    Steven,

    Your noise floor is -39.88. Still noisy but tolerable in todays standards. -45 minimum is the standard for home studios. I could easily drop your recordings in a mix tho since your vocal cuts right through. Your problem frequencies are at around 4K and 6K from the sample I took at the end of your recording for room tone.

    Peer Feedback:

    There's some 120 Hz hum in there, which seems to me to be the primary noise component. I'm not seeing any issues in the 4K-6K range that Daniel reported...

    Is there a reason you recorded at a sampling rate of 48KHz instead of 44.1KHz?

    Peer Feedback:

    Hi, Sundance.

    OK :-) I am of the philosophy of recording to what the interface can do. Mine can go 96k/24bit, so I record Wav - 96k. I render to 48k since it's half of that and is a little more efficient on my CPU. I can render to 44.1k if the client wants it: no biggie.

    I'll take a look at the 120Hz issue. My chain is simply a TLM103 -> Focusrite ISA One -> Presonus 22vsl -> computer. Maybe the room(?). It's a 3x5 with bass traps and 2" wedge foam all over the walls and ceiling. Recommendations?

    Peer Feedback:

    Hmmm. high-ish noise floor and 120 Hz hum. are you using balanced cabling in your noise chain? if not, do so. mics and pre-amps are XLR, and most if not all audio interfaces have XLR or TRS inputs.
    If you're using a Scarlett 2i2, I'll share a lesson I learned...the TRS inputs are really TS inputs for electric guitars or Midi devices or something -- switching to the XLR inputs dropped my noise floor to -60 and everything got quiet....

    DS.

    Peer Feedback:

    Mogami XLR cables all the way. The only non-XLR is the USB cable which came with the 22vsl. I think a re-gain staging is in order. I'll try that and resubmit. Thanks to all who have given input.

    Peer Feedback:

    Actually, the noise floor seemed to be very good to me. Not sure where Daniel is getting the -39.88 number, but I trust that he has better tools than I do. I did run the recording through the librivox 'checker' program, and it reports Volume: 88.2 dB, Background Noise: 24.2 dB, which, if I'm reading it correctly, is a better than 60 dB SNR. Also, looking at the level meters while playing the lead-in and lead-out room noise, except for a couple of ticks that pop up to -55dB or so, the levels stay under -60dB (even with the hum).
    [EDIT:] OK, I just looked at it again in Sound Forge - if I just select the lead-in, it has an RMS level of -67.768 dB. The lead-out gives a reading of -77.919. The RMS level of the entire recording is reported as -23.902, so that's a difference of 43.866/54.017 dB, which might be closer to what Daniel was measuring. The hum, by the way, is more prominent in the lead-in, so if you did anything between that and the lead-out (moving cables, turning something off the was on at the start), that could indicate a possible source of the hum.

    The hum is not going to be a room treatment issue - it's electrical in origin. Could be a cabling issue... How is the ISA One connected to the 22vsl? Are you using the Insert Send output or the Main (XLR) output on the ISA One?

    Is there a transformer, "wall wart" power supply, light dimmer or fluorescent light fixture near the equipment or cabling? Looks like the 22vsl is USB-powered, so it doesn't have a wall wart. I've got a fluorescent light in my closet booth that creates audible noise on my recording when it's on. So I went to Ikea and got a clamp-on gooseneck LED lamp that I use to illuminate the copy, and that solved my noise issue (YMMV).

    Peer Feedback:

    Hi, Sundance.

    I know you've been on the forum for quite some time. Thanks for your experience and expertise!

    Thanks for the librivox checker. I've never used it before so I'll be looking further into it. I did my own analysis using the Voxengo Span plugin which showed a small hump (-68dB peak) at just below 100 Hz which the HPF90 seemed to take care of. Maybe bumping it up to HPF95Hz will work better? At 100Hz, I start to sense the HPF affecting the voice. It's in that feel-more-than-hear area.

    The ISA One is connected to the 22vsl via the Main O/P port. Nothing connected to the insert ports: in or out. As a rule, I try to use XLR as much as possible; so everything from the mic to the 22vsl is XLR. In fact, I use Mogami Gold Studio cables: "-15" for mic to preamp (I "hang" the mic) and "-03" for preamp to interface. The USB cable that comes with the 22vsl seems to be a shielded cable. From an IT standpoint, it's certainly thicker and less flexible than a usual one.

    Electrical: Cyberpower UPS -> Furman M-8x2 line conditioner -> computer/computer monitors/Preamp. I also have a goose-neck LED to address lighting. There's a CFL in my closet-converted-to-booth that I try to stay away from if possible. No wall-warts possible in the Furman.

    Further recommendations? The engineer in me wants that 0.01% more efficiency:-); but, do you think the settings and equipment are OK to continue?

    Again, thanks for your input!

    Peer Feedback:

    Hi, Dave.
    Yep, when it comes to 1/4" cables, I try to go TRS as much as possible though it is overkill in live band situations (been in them since 1986).

    Hi, Dan.
    Thanks for the info. I'm not sure how my noise floor is so high.

    Thanks to all for your input. I'll be moving on I think.

    Peer Feedback:

    Oh boy ... ok the whole discussion around checking DB (loudness) levels in RMS and using Librivox and checking your signal path and adding and subtracting this and that .... whew! There's a difference in having tools and then knowing how to interpret them.

    I use simple mastering tools and meters to check levels. Mind you, you processed the track, but regardless of that you may have introduced "noise" into the signal path normalizing, but that's fine, I measured it at that level. So if I was checking this for mastering I know what I am working with before pressing to CD.

    Now you said that you "used a high-pass filter (HPF) set at 90, very slight compression and a very slight high shelf at 10k. The audio has been normalized to -3dB". That makes sense using a HPF @ 90 to get rid of some rumble and other low frequencies that don't matter to VO artists, since the vocal really starts around there anyways.

    A 2-4 db bump at 10K is good. Bring out the vocal a bit more. Initially I thought you put a low pass on and removed some 10K.

    Knowing the signal path is another thing, and the key to a clean sound. You have a great mic (TLM103), great preamp (Focusrite One - decent pre!) and you are running XLR into the Presonus??? WHY?? You are using an $80 interface and preamp because you are running XLR cable into the mic jack and not 1/4" into a line in to at least bypass the preamp in the Presonus and just using the AD-DA to your DAW via usb.

    *shakes head* What a waste of money owing that mic and pre to lose all that goodness at the final link in the signal path.

    Peer Feedback:

    Hi, Daniel.

    I thought I was specific enough... I guess not. I am _not_ using the Audiobox USB ($60); I am using the 22VSL ($200). I do _not_ have the preamp engaged because, as you pointed out, I didn't want that Focusrite goodness being diminished. Add to that, if I engage the preamp on the 22VSL, it could damage the ISA One, something I definitely do not want :-) I use the 22VSL simply as a good ADI... and, in case the ISA One goes south for some reason, a backup preamp.

    I would tell you about my background (some on this forum know), but I don't want to bore people with off-topic details :-) Suffice to say, I was very purposeful and did my research when I purchased the equipment in my audio chain.

    Peer Feedback:

    Steven,

    You were specific but I am trying to correct you on a couple of things to help you, because I don't think you get it. There are different gain stages on a mic input and a line level input. You are still hitting the transformer in the mic gain stage adding color to your path (even tho its solid state), but still much cheaper preamps. As well the XMAX pres aren't the best, they are the newest model of the cheapest one they put out in the previous model for their entry level preamps. Line level doesn't engage those transformers and is direct throughput to your DAW so that you can use the preferred mic pre (I would assume) are the Lindhal transformers used in Neve consoles which sound so much nicer out of the One. If you use a balanced XLR out of your M/O to a 1/4" trs into a line level (that little round hole in the middle of the mic input) you will only hear the Focusrite pre. Check whether the 22VSL does this, but I know the 44VSL does have the bypass wired that way, so I would assume the 22 would. Basically all I am trying to say is that you want to get the sound of the One into the computer and that is the best way to do it.

    Also if you have an iphone you can download an app that reads your room in db's. I use one called Decibel Meter Pro. There may be one for Andriod, you'll need to check the playstore in that case. it uses the mic on your phone to take room readings. It works pretty good.

    Anyways, just thought i'd pass along some more info to try and help, but it seems like you've done a lot of research and really know your stuff, so forgive me for chiming in. You can also buy 22vsl's on craigslist for 80-100 bucks regularly as an FYI to anyone looking for one.

    Good luck.

    Peer Feedback:

    Daniel,

    We should probably take this discussion offline at this point, but if you simply measured the signal peak in the tail of the recording, I would disagree that you got a proper noise floor reading. As I pointed out, there are a couple of ticks in there which I would not consider part of the room noise, and in any case they can be easily removed (e.g., with a pencil tool). That leaves a peak level on the order of -63dB, which is very good.

    We've gone round a bit before on how useful it is to post technical information here on the forum, and you and I disagree on that point. In the end, we're both trying to be helpful to the other participants here and I think we agree in more areas than we disagree. As I said, let's discuss our disagreements offline.

    Peer Feedback:

    Sundance I don't have the time or the energy to get into a tit for tat discussion with you "offline"... sorry. If your wrong and I think your wrong i'm going to post it. HERE.

    As you say we are doing this for the ppl here so they get a better understanding of the business and the technique. Sound is an important component to this business but it seems like that's what you really want to talk about mostly. That's great, but you need to research some of your comments first before posting because it confuses ppl and they will buy the wrong things based on your advice. You throw up numbers all the time and the file they post can be completely wrong to the noise floor of their actual recording space.

    I'm not the smartest guy in the room , and don't claim to be, I have a certain amount of knowledge that I have accumulated over the last 4 years of doing this, and studied with some of the best in the audio business as well. They know a ton and I learn from them everyday. I come here to take a break once in a while, since this is where I got my start and feel like sharing for those starting out.

    Catch ya in the forum!

    Peer Feedback:

    Hi there.

    I appreciate everyone's input on this issue. I now think that, although the audio chain can use one more tweak (and _only_ one more), the recording quality of my rig has been determined as not detrimental to my chances of getting a gig. I now need to continue working on technique, improv, and voicing.

    Again, I appreciate everyone's input. It is very valuable.

    Gratefully,
    Steven

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    Voice Actor's Voice

    Script:

    This... is my voice.

    There is no music, and there are no sound effects... only the pure, clear sound, recorded for your ears.

    I am a voice over artist, a voice actor, a voice talent, and I can convey my message in many ways, in many tones and with many emotions.

    I can speak in a very light whisper, to share an intimate message with you. Or my voice can boom deeply, demanding respect from those who are listening. My voice can express sympathy to someone who has just experienced a great loss, or it can reflect the happiness one feels after having accomplished something great!

    I sit (or stand) before this tube constructed of metals, of plastics, of wires and of silicon, which listens patiently to me, as if it were alive, like a mistress, hour after hour, day after day, and night after night. It never judges me, however it is a reflection of me... one which is neither vengeful, nor forgiving.

    I am a voice actor...and this is my voice.

    188 people have played this

    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear ScottMcFall's recording

    3rd submission for feedback. I am hearing a bit of mouth noise, but I think I'm getting a decent sound dialed in for the recording. Still looking for feedback on the actual script performance, but feedback on the recording is more than welcome too! Thanks in advance, And all the best!

    /sites/default/files/script-recordings/user-104016/script-recording-82093.mp3

    Peer Feedback:

    JamesRomick might come along and tell you that he hates this script..and I'm fairly on board with that evaluation. Reason being is that it seams a fairly "easy" acting job based on the script itself with obvious acting cues within the wording. "light whisper, "boom deeply," "sympathy," and "happiness" all being cues to shift your read to deliver the emotions indicated.

    I've read this and I hate my read anymore, but I've left it up to remind me how bad the performance was. The script is pretty bad all in all because it's very self-indulgent and pretty much everyone misses the mark.

    You missed the mark. Your shifts in delivery are FAR too subtle to the point they're indistinguishable. Aside from the obvious self-contained acting cues...it simply sounds as if you're reading a script from a page. READ.

    Harsh? Probably...but you picked out a script that SCREAMED for acting. And that's what the "A" in "voice actor" is about.

    Peer Feedback:

    could you do a bit for the mouth clicks? keep trying , you are doing good.
    thank you

    Peer Feedback:

    Alright. Since TxTom called me out, I'll put in my 2c.

    Yes, this script can lend itself to people taking it too seriously and becoming very self indulgent with it. It is also an acting exercise. So, there is a fine line in figuring out how much is too much or too little.

    Unlike TxTom, I like my interpretation. Because I didn't take it seriously at all, but rather flipped it around as a joke. Wrong choice? Maybe. But it made me smile and I had lots of fun doing it. BTW - If you listen to it, there's no processing. "This is my voice!" I call it, My Fundamental Pitch voice. Here's a link.

    http://www.edgestudio.com/script/59781#recording-61858

    Agree with TxTom. This is a complex script full of overt acting clues. You didn't "go for it"- it was just sort of flat and lifeless with way too subtle of contrasts.

    Your voice is pleasant to listen to.

    There is a certain "thumping" in the recording. Hard to tell whether it's due to the processing of the plosives (popping P's) or movements made during recording. There is also a certain "thruming" as well (right after "music" for example) maybe caused by movement as well. You might consider pulling back from the mic an inch or two, possibly working off-axis. If you're using a pop filter, it may not be 100% effective, most aren't. Here's a link to one that I have found to be very effective:

    https://www.editorskeys.com/products/recording-equipment/dual-layer-pop-...

    The inch or so of space between the nylon screens is really effective in dissipating the puffs of air that causes plosives, even when spoken directly onto it. I've seen the same effect accomplished with the use of two regular pop screens in tandem.

    Professional Feedback:

    Hi Scott:

    Alright! You have a full-bodied resonance to your voice style which is a plus. Now for the remarks: To better exemplify your voice range and timbre, lose the obvious script presented and instead and choose a Shakespeare Sonnet or vibrant paragraph from a History Channel / Audiobook emotional argument scene. This copy appears a bit too self serving. Also your distinctions between whisper, deep etc, are too subtle and too 'polished' This story needs to be just that.... a story, as It started to sound like those speeches you hear at the Oscars, emmys prequals.

    Focus on your voice range with a much more robust script and that will hook the listener (us) And make sure no matter what That you are talking/telling this story to One person.
    Key. (crucial!)
    now for...

    Vowels and Consonants: and some Tech talk

    Yep, you need to brush up on your diction a 'smidge'
    And there were a number of 'P' plosives esp on the words Plastics, and Patiently.

    Also try speaking slightly off axis with your mic as that may make all the subtle difference / even pull slightly away from your usual position on the mic to test this out.

    Practice emotional variances using breath support and find a story that naturally shows off your range - otherwise it will be too 'scripted' and the listener/director/auditioner will tune you out.

    Below are some highlighted words to practice both in the vowels and endings as there is a tendency to drop the last syllable at times with certain words. (ah, those regionalisms!!)
    All good, however for a story like this, you want to be clear, yet conversational and not 'reading any words' at all. As if you are talking to someone on the phone instead!

    Keep up the good work / don't over rehearse!!

    Best,
    Marjorie K.
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    p.s.
    Oh yes, the highlighted copy...

    This... is my voice.

    There is no music, and there are no sound effects... only the pure, {clear} sound, recorded for your ears.

    I am a voice over artist, a voice actor, a voice talent, and I can/ {NOT 'KEN'} convey my message in many ways, in many tones and with many emotions.

    I can speak in a very light whisper, to share an intimate message with you. Or my voice can boom deeply, demanding respect from those who are listening (NoT Lis-ning) . My voice can express sympathy to someone who has just experienced a great loss, or it can reflect the happiness one feels after having accomplished something great!

    (apply these attributes to a story and a bit more variation in the distinctions !)

    I sit (or stand) before this tube constructed of metals, of [p]lastics, of wires and of silicon, which listens [patiently] to me, as if it were alive, like a mistress, hour after hour, day after day, and night after night. It never judges me, however it is a reflection of me... one which is neither vengeful (NOT VINGE ful), nor forgiving.

    I am a voice actor...and this is my voice.

    Professional Feedback by Edge Studio Coach July 7, 2015 at 4:20PM
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    Practice Recording:

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    An explanation. I built a booth a over a year ago. I made the first half of this recording back then when some of the board members were commenting on a boomy sound during my recordings. So the first :48s of this is from July 2012. I JUST finished remodeling the booth and did the same thing for comparison. I'm interested on feedback on the recording quality please. Same sound chain: AT-2035 into an Apogee One into a Mac. I didn't have the TLM-103 last year. So I'm using same mic for as near real comparison as possible.

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    Further explanation: I did absolutely no processing to the file(s) in submitting: no noise reduction, compression or EQ. You're hearing the booth and my voice only.

    Peer Feedback:

    A definite improvement. There's definitely some room sound in the first recording, almost a hollow sound. The second sounds much cleaner.

    There does still seem to be a bit of bass buildup below 100 Hz - it sounds more natural to my ears with the bass rolled off...

    Peer Feedback:

    This is definitely an improvement. So You did a re-think and gutted the booth. When something isn't working, change your thinking. Smart approach.

    Peer Feedback:

    Great read. Keep up the great work!

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    I wanted to try this one with a music bed. Hope it works.

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    Peer Feedback:

    You sound 100! Wow. The music was pleasing to me but I usually think the background music for most recordings is too loud, and I would lower the volume on yours, too, so it is just a hint in the background. I didn't believe the sniffle! The cough, yes. Very poignant reading.

    Peer Feedback:

    Thanks Eppervesce.

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    What a great performance! Great choice of music (maybe a bit loud toward the end as it swelled) and the voice acting was primo! Recording quality very clear and strong.

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    Thanks Odetofross. Appreciate your feedback.

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    Thanks TX.

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    Nice performance, Arlen

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    Comments welcome

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    Peer Feedback:

    What an interesting exercise. I noticed that you were very consistent with the aging of your voice, and doing so diminished your natural accent. Maybe I am overly invested in the subject (dealing with an aging parent currently) but you really evoked the pathos for me. Nice change of pace from your more commercial reads!
    Best,
    Cynthia

    Peer Feedback:

    Good Balazs...I fell in love with your stately gentleman self...very very good. It sounded real, I just enjoy hearing non-native speech and this was a joy to listen too. I've known so many people who are close to that age and it was just a joy to hear your read. Good work.

    Peer Feedback:

    Cynthia
    Thanks for your listen and for your words
    I too been and am in the aging relative situation, grandpa almost 100!! and thousands of miles away:((
    I attended a Saturday class with edge where we first read I character and then went into our natural read of the script. I found it very helpfull in becoming more natural and conversational.
    Regards
    Balazs

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    Sabrina :)
    Thanks very much I'm happy you liked it
    Regards
    Balazs

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    Very good Balaza. I loved your 'old' voice and the emotion. It's funny to listen to different voices spinning 'older versions' of themselves including mine which was much less spirited than yours. Best.

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    Hey Brian
    I would love to solve your puzzle :)
    ......?

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    Arlen
    Thanks for listening and most off all for your comment
    Regards
    Balazs

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    Practice Recording:

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    This is my first try at voice overs.

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    Peer Feedback:

    Well there is always a place to start. First your room is way too loud there is a buzzing noise in the background and way too much lead time before you start your script. Your pacing made me literally as a listener uncomfortable. Be careful of your diction which is something I think we all can work on I know I can. I think you have the voice I just think you need to be pushed in the right direction. Hope this helps at all.

    Peer Feedback:

    Your voice is very good. Listenable. However, you sound like you are reading a script. Right, you ARE reading a script, but you need to make us think you really are that old geezer looking back on 100 years. He's sad, but when he tries to lighten up with a joke about the ladies, his chuckle dissolves into a cough, and that just seems to make him more depressed. That takes a lot of acting ability to pull off. Think about yourself turning 100, all alone, nothing much to look forward to, and you are sitting talking to some reporter who wants to get a quick quote and get back to something more interesting. Maybe she's a real cutie, but your attempt at turning on the old charm falls flat. Try talking to her, make her feel how much it sucks to turn 100 all alone. (Geez, I'm getting depressed now myself!)
    I hope I'm not coming across as critical. You do have a good voice so take some coaching and go for it!

    Peer Feedback:

    This is a tough read, you did well, your sniffles could have been a little more obvious. For one hundred years old who could expect anymore.

    Peer Feedback:

    Good job! Good interpretation, of the copy. I think your voice has a very relaxing quality. Nice work.

    Peer Feedback:

    I dislike being redundant so I will just say that I agree with what Terry and Roger have told you. Learn your equipment and what you can achieve with it, but remember that your voice is your tool. Receiving coaching from a reputable coach carries no shame only dedication to your craft. The majority of voice actors seek out coaches to help them in their profession.

    Peer Feedback:

    I had a hard time picturing an old man when I heard your voice. To me the emotion just wasn't all there. Fill out the shoes of your character and walk around a bit, I like to imagine myself doing some sort of everyday task (not script related) like grocery shopping. It's the small seemingly irrelevant traits that give life to the character.

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    Click to hear Carolsplace's recording

    Hi All, I wanted to try my hand at this script, I did two takes. Please tell me if I was authentic, I know that my cough sounded kind of fake. Thanking you all in advance. Many Blessings, Carol

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    Peer Feedback:

    Carol, I'm new to this, having just put a script up for feedback. I really felt the emotion in your voice which drew me in to the scene of you sitting hunched over in a chair. Very good. Laney

    Peer Feedback:

    Hi Laney,

    Thank you so much for your kind critique and welcome to the Forum! I am not professional yet and I really enjoy doing these demos and appreciate all of the feedback that I get on here!

    When I read the script, I was hunched over in my chair. Wishing you the very best with your new journey!

    Many Blessings,

    Carol

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear FuturityCloud's recording

    Tried to plant a visual... Would love to hear from you on what you see when you hear my recording of this...

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    Peer Feedback:

    Vocal Performance - You slipped in and out of character...I could hear it in your voice.

    Peer Feedback:

    I did this particular script awhile back and really had fun with it. First off, I thought about elderly people that I have been around, thought about how someone of that age might move around, the ailments they might have, the sadness they might have had during their lifetime, with the loss of friends and loved ones, etc. And then I slumped my shoulders and really tried to get into character.

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    I must apologize for NOT trying to sound old. My coach is teaching me to connect to the script, and since Im a beginner, I thought I would connect emotionally to the script, and not complicate it further by trying to sound 100 years old. Heck, any 100 year old I've ever met cant even speak! So, let me know if this pulls any emotion from the listener ( you guys and gals ), rather then focus on the age thing. Thank you!

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    Peer Feedback:

    Good job. I liked your pacing and recording quality was good. My only comment is your voice is too young to be 100, it needs to be a little more creaky and breathy. But this is practice so I say great effort.

    Peer Feedback:

    I like that you didn't try to sound old.. authentic to the voice in their head is the best. I would probably take out some of the breaths and mouth noises throughout, I especially noticed it before your read, and after your cough.

    I like your voice!

    For the line where you talk about burying your children, I would try slowing it down, and really living through that. This might mean not having such an accentuated breakdown when you say the line, but a more thoughtful expression that shows you're feeling the pain inside. Also, after you say the line, make sure to not recover too quickly before starting your next part.

    Peer Feedback:

    I like the performance and the recording quality. I agree with Beverly when she said your voice sounded too young. I'm not saying you should sound like you're 100, but you should sound older. Katie is right as well with your breaths. Some of your breaths need to be taken out. Overall I really enjoyed your interpretation of this script and how you made it come to life.

    Peer Feedback:

    Thank you! Interesting bit here. I actually came to tears on the burying the children part. Because in my real life, my younger sister was killed in a car crash. Also, I let you guys know I deliberately didn't do an old guy voice~! I love the criticism so don't get me wrong. The good thing is, I often hear the same thing, so obviously this is something I need to work on. I think this whole voice over learning it really excellent! Im glad its here!

    Peer Feedback:

    I did a couple of searches in the Script Library for this particular piece of material, and I don't find one instance with the added words. So, unless asked to improvise of course, honor the copy writer's words. Again, unless asked to do so, it is not the voice artists prerogative to change and/or embellish the script. At the very least, you will offend the copy writer.

    That said: There's nothing to say that a younger or young-ish voice should or could not perform this script. Consider it the "Benjamin Button" of scripts.

    However, The "clip" at which you deliver some lines doesn't necessarily "imply" that you're 100 years old, but quite the contrary. The pathos is generally very good. But the cough line and the lament at burying your children seem contrived rather than organic, acting wise. It's kind of like film acting as opposed to stage acting - with the latter, most times, less is more.

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    Practice Recording:

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    newbie here this is my second recording thus far. Trying to learn how to do character voices. Please any feedback! Help me!

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    Hi! Journey. This is great. I liked the fact that you decided you didn't want to sound like an old man as the script suggested and hence changed the gender. Your characterisation was well executed. Best..

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    A believeable performance. However, your quivering delivery kinda stepped over listenable in a few spots. You need to consider that you're delivering a script that people will have to be able to understand and as such, you can't get so deeply into character that your delivery might be too far off the plantation so to speak. I've know about 12 centenarians. 3 of them were female. One of them had that much quiver to their voice. The other two were more breathy than quivery. But for the sake of delivering a VO performance, I would suggest considering clarity over realism to a point. Some centenarians are rather hard to understand, but you're doing VO...it's GOT to be understandable. Moderate the quivery thing and you'll be golden.

    Peer Feedback:

    Thanks for your feedback guys!! This helps alot! Going for round two!

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    Practice Recording:

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    Preliminary inquiry ( first attemp ) into voice acting.

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    Peer Feedback:

    Pretty darn good JRL, you really had me feeling sorry for the character and made me laugh at, "Fit and nimble for the ladies". Try to maintain the accent and pacing, nice job, Voice On!

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    Very good job on the read and connection with the character.

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    Thanks guys. Much appreciated.

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    Practice Recording:

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    Same recording as before with ambient chatter as if this were recorded in a lounge.

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    Peer Feedback:

    For just starting out, the Blue Snowball mic is perfectly serviceable - more of a podcasting type mic, but many people use it for VO. What you might think about doing is setting up a more dedicated space. Drape some packing blankets (they're cheap) on some portable screens (like the kind used in hospitals or offices) to surround your recording area as a sort o portable booth - and maybe some kind of tent-like structure above so the sound doesn't bounce off your vaulted ceiling. A lot of people just make one of their closets (full of sound deadening clothes) their recording space. You also should practice some mic-ing techniques - like pulling back when you get louder or going off-axis to avoid popping plosives (which will avoid the necessity of a pop filter).

    I'm getting the idea that you are fond of more character-y type things (animation and cartoon type voices) than more mainstream VO (such as commercial and narration). So, I still don't quite know what your natural voice sounds like from your submissions, which is making it somewhat difficult to critique.

    However, realize that even with characters, from a (voice) acting standpoint, they still require an "honesty" to them. What I mean is: you need to inhabit the character (become the character) and not simply use a strange and/or funny voice. Listen to guys like Mel Blanc, Billy West, Rob Paulson, Richard Horvitz, Bob Bergen and others that you can find on YouTube. They do a lot of strange, unusual and funny voices, but their characters are rooted in a certain "made-up reality". Here are a couple of links to interviews with the Simpsons and Family Guy casts on Inside The Actors Studio with James Lipton. Watch what they do "physically" as they "perform" their characters.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g-CibbB-qpk

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OHJivKlHzks

    Do you have a picture in your mind of this 100 year old guy? Does he have thinning gray hair with liver spots all over his face and hands? Are his fingers all narley from arthritis? Where is he, in a park, at his home or in a nursing home? Who could he be talking to - an attendant, a younger person, a relative, a stranger? (And how would you imagine that person reacting? That's also part of the "conversation".) We know that he walks with a cane and has some health problems. Did you hunch over or hold (or pretend to hold) a cane when you spoke? Would your breathing be a little more labored from having had to take so many breaths over the past 100 years? Where did the "cough" come from - over excitement, fatigue? (It was a little loud and jarring. You might consider backing off the mic when you do something like that.) And would you recover from a coughing fit so quickly and with the same vocal quality? Does he have a twinkle in his eye when he talks about "ladies"? Does he slip into a melancholy when he talks about the "old times" and the people that are gone from his life?

    This is a tough script, loaded with many different emotions and facets (of acting) and just pretending to sound like an old guy won't cut it. You need to "be" that old guy, give him a life - even from before you begin to speak. It's physical and mental as well as vocal. That "honesty" of will make it more believable.

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    Practice Recording:

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    An area that I'm working on. All comments are welcome. Cheers folks! 8-)

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    Peer Feedback:

    Your voice has a great tonal quality to it, very clean, very relaxed. The ONLY thing I noticed was at the very end, it didn't feel like your response was aggressive or emphatic to me. That's all.

    Peer Feedback:

    Interesting exercise.

    Something to think about - which has to do with the delivery with the entirety of the script. Give slightly a little more space (pause) between the "instruction" and the example. For instance:

    - Certainty (pause) "Yes!"

    All the way down the line. Some of that got mashed together here - lacked a certain definition.

    Also (and some others may disagree with this, but I'm going from something Nancy Wolfson teaches), those little chuckles are more effective if we can see you as opposed to just hearing you. I've heard the same from some casting people. "Why are you laughing at me?" they ask. Think it, but don't necessarily verbally express it. The attitude will come through.

    Peer Feedback:

    I agree, you have a very nice tonal quality. After your first sentence give it a little more pause, it sounded like you were rushing to get started, and I agree with James give a little more pause between the direction and your response

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    Great tonality. I could feel what you were saying.

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    So in this take, I have gone completely natural. No added emotive effort at my end. I just the way I normally speak and the way I would normally emote. Would like feedback in that regard.

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    Peer Feedback:

    Hey how's it going brother,

    This is a more difficult script than most on here, I think you definitely need to add more emotive than you usually do, I would say move around in the booth a little more, smile and have a little more fun with the read... I am definitely a novice though, there are others to give you better advice here. :)

    God Bless,

    TJS

    PS: If you have time please review my read of "Advantage Technology" from a few days ago.

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    Practice Recording:

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    Made some acoustic changes in my booth.

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    Peer Feedback:

    Your studio is top quality. No reverbs, no echoes. I did pick up a lot of breathing and mouth popping noises, however. Hope that helps.

    Peer Feedback:

    It helps a great deal. Thanks.

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