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Script Genres > English Adult > Narration > Internet Audio

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    (RUSH) Voices - Non-Broadcast - Dove Men

    Script:

    Dove Men Plus Care Deordant is tough on sweat. (PAUSE)Not on skin.
    So we asked our friends and colleagues, what’s the most important thing you look for in a deodorant?

    Scent and sweat come second to dealing with underarm irritation, that’s why we have scientists dedicated to reducing irritation and moisturizing skin.

    153 people have played this

    Audition Recording:

    Click to hear Robert Fleming's recording

    New genre.

    /sites/default/files/script-recordings/user-99387/script-recording-78936.mp3

    Peer Feedback:

    Recording quality is pretty good. What's your proximity to the mic? You may be a titch (that's a technical term, ya know) too close. There was a little buzz on the F of "friends", and a little "click" after the first "irritation".

    There really is no need to slate on the Forum. But if you do and want to practice your slate, let it go full (you kind of clipped it off with the edit) and give a "beat", a clean break, before going into the copy.

    Let's start with the product name. Billboard it just a titch (there's that word again) more. You kind of rushed through the sentence. Those first two sentences are the "set up" or the premise that the rest of the copy is built upon. Lay it out. "THIS is this. --- Not that."

    Even though the question itself isn't in quotation marks, really ask the question of your imaginary friends and colleagues. Personalize it.

    Then tell me the result, their answer. Again, lay it out a little more. Give me the compare and contrast. "This comes SECOND to that." And, for my money, you're completely correct in substituting a period for that comma. However, to really hammer the point home, you have "scientists" (not just anybody) dedicated to "reducing" (you wouldn't want to have them increase) irritation (that thing that is more important in the survey above) with an added benefit of "moisturizing" skin (the Dove part).

    Consider that Dove (which you might identify more as a woman's product) Men Plus (just from this product's name) is a manly man product. You could afford to pump the read up with a little more testosterone.

    Peer Feedback:

    Thank you very much! Strange, but that last paragraph seems like it would be a given. However, I completely missed that angle. Much appreciated!

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    Above and Below: Candy Orion (character)

    Script:

    "Hello Midnight City! How is everybody doing tonight? Thank you! Thank you! Well, what can I say? I’ve got one hell of a show for you folks tonight! Yes, that’s right people...tonight I can finally confirm that all the rumors you’ve been hearing about are true! Because in just a moment, right here in this very studio...I’m going to be joined by a very special guest. What makes my first guest so special, you might ask? Well for a start, he’s only one of the most universally adored men in all of Midnight. Not to mention one of the most handsome! Ladies and gentlemen...joining us live by hologram, please welcome the one and only...Gabriel Blackthorn!"

    136 people have played this

    Audition Recording:

    Click to hear jmhilde-fulghum's recording

    Hi George! I am deaf in one ear and have difficulty judging the audio quality of my recordings, so I'd love your input! I'd also love feedback on my performance. But the recording quality question is the main reason for my feedback request. :-) Cheers! Jean Hilde-Fulghum

    /sites/default/files/script-recordings/user-91795/script-recording-72583.mp3

    Peer Feedback:

    I was on the call this evening when you were putting your case forward about your situation. Being deaf in one ear can create a problem with ambiance I think...being able to hear space in a recording. George is going to give you some great advice based on his extensive knowledge of sound principles and science and also his knowledge of gear available.

    What I'M hearing is a bit of room noise...reflections off the walls and coming back to the mic you're reading into. I don't hear outside noises (traffic, animals, etc.) so what I might guess he's going to suggest will be TREATMENT as opposed to SOUNDPROOFING. Scott explained the difference. Since there's nothing coming in from outside I could hear in the roughly 30 seconds I listened to, the artifacts are going to based in your intimate space.

    What *I* am hearing is a need to take the walls in your recording space out of play. Without knowing what the specifics ARE...room size, specifics of any treatment, equipment...it's nearly impossible to make any recommendations at this juncture. I do believe that the recording space is going to need some deadening...either by sound absorption panels or by some other method (moving blankets or something similar) to take the room out of the equation.

    Since you addressed "George"...I expect you followed the advice on the call to submit a sample to George Whittam who will give you advice WELL worth the money spent.

    Good luck!

    Peer Feedback:

    Thanks, George and TxTom! Hmm... so my room is about 12 x 12, small bedroom size. I have acoustic foam on the peaked ceiling and on three walls. Velvet curtains over windows in fourth wall and over door and another wall. I also built my own porta-booth around my mic (canvas box with acoustic foam lining.) The room is carpeted. Admittedly, the foam and curtains are up to 10 feet away from the mic so leaving a lot of open space. Perhaps I just need to rig everything up closer to the mic?

    George, glad to hear the mic and my technique sound good! Yes, I used noise reduction (Audacity) on the file. I will send you the file through DropBox so you can take a gander at the wave form. I will also book an hour consult :-)

    So, awesome feedback on the recording quality, thank you!

    Dare I ask for your thoughts on my performance, since you've already been so kind? ;-)

    Cheers!

    Jean

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    Apple

    Script:

    At the exact spot where Apple unveiled the Macintosh computer three decades ago,

    the tech giant sought to make history again yesterday.

    The company took the wraps off the Apple Watch, the company’s first new product

    category since the iPad in 2010. Like the FitBit, the Inspector Gadget-like watch

    aims to help users lead healthier lifestyles by monitoring the calories they burn,

    among other features. It will be available next year with prices starting at $349

    (three hundred and forty nine) dollars.

    Apple also debuted the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus, which have screen sizes of

    4.7 inches and 5.5 inches, respectively. They are designed to counter the increasing

    popularity of products from Samsung, whose larger-sized phones have nibbled

    away at Apple’s market share. The iPhone 6 will start at $199 (one hundred and

    ninety nine) dollars to $399 (three hundred and ninety nine) dollars with a two-
    year contract, while the Plus will cost between $299 (two hundred and ninety nine)

    and $499 (four hundred and ninety nine) dollars.

    Finally, the Apple also debuted Apple Wallet, a mobile payment system that will

    compete against services such as eBay’s PayPal.

    60 people have played this

    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear ourvoiceguy's recording

    Have gone back and forth a few times on my settings on the 528e and RE27. This recording is raw with no "post-production" in Adobe Audition. Looking for feedback on recording sound. In a new studio and having trouble with monitors. I have cut back on the high end

    /sites/default/files/script-recordings/user-94264/script-recording-74162.mp3

    Peer Feedback:

    Watch your pacing, you want it to sound real, which means (though you may take out the breaths) you want to leave space for people to acknowledge the period and end of thought.

    Also try to sharpen articulation and switch up your melody so your not repeating the same notes in the same order over and over.

    It's hard for me to talk about your recording quality because you've cut it to exclude room tone, which says a lot for how everything sounds as a whole.

    I heard something wrong at 45 seconds but that may have been you, not your DAW. Lastly there was a tiny bit of mouth noise. Have you tried green apples?

    Overall very good quality! Keep up the great work!

    Peer Feedback:

    Sounds like an audition for a "corespondent" for Entertainment Tonight, E!, QVC or one of those pseudo-news-ish, pulp-ish TV shows. Real announcery and sing-songy and in-your-face. There is, however, a market for that kind of sound and delivery.

    Agree with JKAudio about the snipping out of breaths and not leaving in the gaps by splicing in some room tone. Makes the copy a little choppy and slightly artificial sounding - not a smooth flow. And there is quite a bit of popping and mouth noise.

    Generally, to my aged ears, the sound quality is very good, even with the lack discernible room tone as a reference for your recording environment. You are articulate and crisp. Although I do detect a bit of a regionalism - somewhere in the Chicago area?
    (The pronunciation of "exact", "Macintosh" and the second "Apple" - more of a schwa-ish to an "eh" sound, like "exect", "Mecintosh" and "Epple" - to the A rather than a short A sound.)

    Thought I heard something closer to "hunDERD" or "hunNERD" instead of "hunDRED" each time.

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    BellyBallot

    Script:

    Welcome to BellyBallot, the fun and interactive new way to find the best name for your baby. BellyBallot replaces those boring baby name books and stuffy research websites with a simple, and social way to find the best name.. and win prizes in the process!

    In under 2 min you can choose your favorite baby names and invite friends and family to vote via Facebook and Twitter. Whether you’re into Hawaiian names, traditional names, or what's popular right now, we’ve got you covered with the best collection of names anywhere.

    Here’s how it works.
    Create your BellyBallot and select your favorite names. Then, invite friends and family to vote via email, twitter, or directly from Facebook. Loved ones from all over the globe can now be involved in this fun, and important, decision. When friends arrive to your BellyBallot, they can send you comments, suggest additional names, and finally cast their votes!

    And by casting their votes, they can win you great baby prizes like strollers, cribs and other baby products. The BellyBallot with the most votes each week wins!

    Once you’ve decided on that perfect name, it’s time to announce the winner. Unveiling your final choice to the world requires just a click of a button. Everyone is immediately notified via Facebook, Twitter, and email. Let the celebration begin!

    That’s it. Simple, easy, and fun.

    So happy voting, and create your BellyBallot today!

    44 people have played this

    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear sherri.gray's recording

    First attempt at recording a longer piece that isn't from the corporate category. Tried to inject personality without over-acting - how'd I do?

    /sites/default/files/script-recordings/user-124986/script-recording-96083.mp3

    Peer Feedback:

    Wow. Great read, voice, tone, and all around delivery. I tried this one and was so dissatisfied I never uploaded it.

    Really nice recording too. Clear without anything filtering it from what I could hear.

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    Brand Promise

    Script:

    This is a promotional video for a manufacturing company that will live on the company's website. The VO Narration for this piece is meant to be heartfelt, sincere and really driving home the promise of quality craftsmanship and service provided to each and every customer.

    Script

    Held accountable by one another.
    Our heritage. And most importantly, you –
    without compromise.

    At Entegra Coach our life’s work, is to
    reward your life’s work—with the luxury you
    deserve in the quietest riding, best handling
    coach on the market today. Period. It’s possible
    because at Entegra Coach, a promise made is a
    promise kept.

    93 people have played this

    Audition Recording:

    Click to hear shajuanascott's recording

    I'm just getting started (2 weeks in) and wanting any type of feedback to get better. Thank you.

    /sites/default/files/script-recordings/user-115310/script-recording-90307.mp3

    Peer Feedback:

    I'm just starting out also so this is feedback from another newbie. The recording quality was great. First sentence pause after "accountable" was a teeny tiny bit long, but overall good clarity, pacing and inflection.

    Peer Feedback:

    you're sounding really good for just starting out .I'm also a newbie.

    Peer Feedback:

    I know you want it to sound sultry as in luxury but maybe a little more excitement about actually driving this top of the line coach, a once in a lifetime opportunity.
    Nice voice.

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    Life

    Script:

    "Life isn't just about passing on your genes. We can leave behind much more than just DNA. Through speech, music, literature and movies...what we've seen, heard, felt...anger, joy and sorrow...these are the things I will pass on. That's what I live for.
    We need to pass the torch, and let our children read our messy and sad history by its light. We have all the magic of the digital age to do that with. The human race will probably come to an end some time, and new species may rule over this planet. Earth may not be forever, but we still have the responsibility to leave what traces of life we can. Building the future and keeping the past alive are one and the same thing."

    61 people have played this

    Audition Recording:

    Click to hear On a Journey's recording

    This is my first entry in the feedback forum! I am working on my self direction and analyzing the script. All feedback is very much appreciated!! Thanks!

    /sites/default/files/script-recordings/user-1107/script-recording-45417.mp3

    Peer Feedback:

    To me it sounds a bit rushed and scripted. There are very little vocal varieties. I don't feel the anger, joy and sorrow from line 2. You LIVE for the things you are passing on, I don't hear the passion or feel the love of the things you are passing on. The Human Race may be coming to an end! Incorporate more emotion and feeling. I like your voice, you have a nice tone, very clear. Slow it down, pause where appropriate, breathe. There are a few slurs that can be easily corrected by the above mentioned. Your tonal quality suffers a bit in some spots, especially on the word, "These" on the third line. You changed your pitch higher to emphasize on the things you will pass on. Slow down and pause to get your point across. Try using body language. Great script, good luck, Voice On!

    Peer Feedback:

    Thanks so much, Dave, for this feedback. I really appreciate it! Will re-record and re-post! Thanks again.

    Peer Feedback:

    Congrats for taking the plunge into the forum. You have a voice that is very easy to listen to. It just seemed like your voice delivery didn't really match the script. As Dave mentioned, unfortunately I didn't feel the passion in what you were saying. When you were reading "Through speech, music, literature and movies...what we've seen, heard, felt...anger, joy and sorrow.." I wasn't able to grasp the impact of each word.

    It may help in your practice to read each line out loud slowly and think about the message. Sometimes reading the script backwards line-by-line helps also (sounds strange...but it works). Really take the time to use inflection and tone and I think your read will come across so differently. That passion will come across in your read naturally then. I'll look forward to hearing more reads from you.

    I'm rather new to the forum also. I just recorded the Listerine script. I'd love to hear your thoughts on it.

    Peer Feedback:

    Thank you!! I have been procrastinating about posting on the feedback forum, but now I see how important it is to do this! Your feedback is excellent and more than helpful to me!

    Peer Feedback:

    Welcome! Keep coming back!

    Peer Feedback:

    Thank you!!

    Peer Feedback:

    I'm going to take a crack at this. It's pretty challenging actually. I took some liberties with the script to make it a little more natural sounding and shortened it a little. I'll post it when I'm finished if it's a good example. Nodo420

    Peer Feedback:

    Whoops! listen, this is from a video game, it's been done so I'm going to do another. I was going to change it but that would change it entirely. I am going to do some testing though. I'll let you know

    Peer Feedback:

    Oh, wow! I had no idea it was from a video game! It was given as an example to submit for an audition! Thanks!!!

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    New Home Buyer Guide

    Script:

    Suppose you want to purchase a house or apartment, and like most of us, you'll need a mortgage. Then you need to keep listening ... Because in the next 15-minutes, we'll show you how to get a mortgage, without any headaches. All you'll need to do is follow along with this audio-guide, watch your screen, and check off some boxes. Ready? To begin, click "house," "apartment," or "condo."

    39 people have played this

    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear jannie.m's recording

    I am testing out the sound quality of my recording area. I'm using ProTools LE, MBbox mini and ADK-51 mic. Thank you.

    /sites/default/files/script-recordings/user-5636/script-recording-30545.mp3

    Peer Feedback:

    Just fine by me! No headaches. I don't know your equipment, but it sounds great.
    At the end, I thought you'd never finish. Maybe you're right to slow it down there.
    Besides, I love your voice!

    Peer Feedback:

    Henry: thanks so much for the compliments - especially about the equipment sounding fine - great encouragement!

    Peer Feedback:

    Overall, I thought the recording was very nice. since you asked about the recording quality I did want to mention that there seems to be a vary faint 'clicking' sound in the recording. It's barely noticeable, but after a few of them, my ear definitely started to hone in on it.

    Outside that, you did a nice job with the read.

    Peer Feedback:

    ggriffith, thanks so much for the nice comments on my read. I am hoping the click is the ticking of the cuckoo clock in another room that I realise I forgot to stop, which is easier to fix than some other possibilities!

    Peer Feedback:

    The recording quality sounds great to me. Very clean. I'd suggest trying for a slightly more conversational delivery. You have such a pristine sound overall. Really nice.

    Peer Feedback:

    Bill - thanks for the great input, especially on the recording quality as this is a work in progress. Loved listening to your snakes and 20/20 pieces - great deliveries on both!

    Professional Feedback:

    Hi Jannie,

    Thank you for asking me to evaluate your sound. I do hear some noise which is made obvious by the silence where you've edited or removed breaths. The level of the noise is fairly low so I wouldn't call it a show-stopper. Use fades at your edit points to help it blend a bit more. I suspect your recording levels are a bit low as well. While the sound is clear it lacks presence which is common with low cost gear. While this is a good start, there is room for improvement. Keep working at it, upgrade when you can.

    Good luck!

    Dan Friedman

    Professional Feedback by Edge Studio Coach April 23, 2012 at 9:20AM

    Peer Feedback:

    Dan, thanks for the helpful comments. I'll keep working on getting my recording level up. the noise level down and smoothing out the transitions with fades. Any recommendations on equipment upgrades for the future? Thanks again.
    Jannie

    Peer Feedback:

    Hi Jannie - from one Brit to another(!) thought I would provide some feedback. I too did this recording and uploaded it to the Edge website for the weekly competition so look for me when you get a chance. An English voice makes things sound more formal so I struggle with making things more conversational too (ref earlier feedback). You and I have very different voices but I love the way you end this script. You also sound friendly and encouraging (more than me I think on this recording) which was part of the direction given. Good luck. I am new to recording and have just recently set-up my Pro-Tools home studio. Any tips would be gratefully received plus I have just recently uploaded a couple of practice scripts. Hope we stay in touch Kate

    Peer Feedback:

    Kate - super to get feedback from a fellow Brit - right about harder to sound conversational - I can end up sounding like granny telling bedtime stories to 5 year olds if I'm not careful. Congratulations on setting up your home studio - for technical help with Pro Tools, do check out the various VO forums as the technical folks on these are very helpful and much more knowledgeable than I am. Looking forward to hearing you in the contest. Good Luck with your recordings and stay in touch. Jannie

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    Power of Naps

    Script:

    Are you feeling groggy, tired, or unmotivated in the afternoon? We often try to push through the dreaded long day yawning through the hours and fighting the fatigue using coffee, soda, and energy drinks But it just so happens that the solution is the very thing we've been trying to avoid all along: sleep. Truth is, the power nap is the most effective way to rejuvenate your brain.

    84 people have played this

    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear Mark Lee's recording

    Feedback mostly on performance, anything is welcome though!

    /sites/default/files/script-recordings/user-106735/script-recording-88858.mp3

    Peer Feedback:

    50 plays and no critique? Hmmmm.

    I went back and played some of your previous posts, and the comments have something in common that, IMHO, is also common to this read. There is a detachment from the script. You sound like you're reading and putting emphasis on words that you may "think" are important rather than allowing them to be important. In other words, you're working the text too hard. There's also a little too much "voice" in here, like you're trying to reach the cheap seats in a large theatre. Some of the purposefully over-articulated words also make the presentation less "personable" (substitute "conversational").

    Who (that one single person) are you talking to? Maybe it's even your puppy or kitty? (Not advocating "baby talk", but just more intimate.)

    That second sentence is a killer, in that there are 2 lists of 3 (push through, yawning through, fighting the fatigue - coffee, soda, energy drinks). (The first sentence is a list of 3 too.) If someone is suffering these things and artificially "medicating" with caffeine, they're tired! Why not give a little weary sigh (not literally, but implied) to that statement? Then brighten up, because you have the ultimate solution: Sleep. Then just tell me why. But don't finalize it. There's obviously more to this. I can hear, in my head, that the next paragraph will explain the benefits of the Power Nap even further.

    Not sure what genre this is supposed to be, but there's no need to rush through the message.

    Recording quality is echo-y - a very live and reverberate environment.

    Peer Feedback:

    Hey James,

    Thanks for the thorough feedback! Becoming more conversational in my reads is something I've been really working towards with these recordings, but I've been unable to really get that across so far. I've tried a lot of different things from more script analysis to really imagining the person to whom I'm talking in the script, sitting/standing up during different takes, putting imagery in my head, etc. but I haven't really been able to achieve that conversational tone yet. Any advice on working towards this?

    Peer Feedback:

    I've been an actor for over 35 years, so I approach "voice acting" with the emphasis on the second word. After all, most will tell you that it's not about the voice, but what you do with it.

    Here's an anecdote from my stage experience:

    Years ago (when I was much younger), I was doing a show where I was playing an older gentleman. I grayed my temples, put bags under my eyes, put crow's feet at the edges of my eyes, rouged my cheeks and stippled my nose like a drunk, sunk my cheeks to achieve a withered look, exaggerated the lines on forehead for a permanent scowl and walked hunched over with a slight limp.

    My dressing room mate took one look at me and told me something Sir John Geilgud used to say to Sir Laurence Olivier. "One must look in the mirror and ask, 'Is it human?'"

    Needless to say, I didn't look human. I looked like a painted clown. I wiped it all off and started over.

    It's the same with acting. You need to ask, "Does it make sense?" Acting is communication - either actor to actor or actor to audience. And it has to be based somewhat in a reality - either mundane (as in normal everyday conversation) or heightened (as in shoot 'em up video game dialogue) or somewhere in between. But just reading, inflecting and emphasizing (punching) certain key words doesn't cut it. It isn't "human".

    Self direction is very difficult and sometimes we aren't the best judge of our work - that's why there are directors. And sometimes, here, we are in such a hurry to post our stuff, that, after all the work of script analysis and practicing and recording and editing, we may loose perspective.

    Do all of that, and then set it aside for a few hours or a day or so. Then come back to it and ask, "Does it make sense? Do I sound like I'm communicating with someone? Is it human?"

    Peer Feedback:

    Thanks James, I really appreciate all the help you've given me. I will definitely take it forward in future works!

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    112 people have played this

    Audition Recording:

    Click to hear lucas_vk's recording

    This is my first actual audition. It's kind of a long read, which I already submitted after getting feedback from colleagues/spouse/sound engineer. Curious about what the community thinks of my delivery and overall sound quality.

    /sites/default/files/script-recordings/user-120807/script-recording-94187.mp3

    Peer Feedback:

    First general impressions:

    Recording quality is good.

    It's obvious that you edited out the breaths. That's fine. But there are many, many places where an "implied" breath or a slight pause (mostly between paragraphs)
    is called for. Here's a link to a video that may shed some light on what I'm talking about.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X0O2PTWpK4s&list=PLY0Go-GytLK4FDQnoTgqtO...

    Otherwise, the whole thing sounds like one long run on sentence.

    There are a few pronunciation things - eliding one word into another so that neither are that distinct, "fer" for "for" and things like that.

    There are also some places where you kind of chuckle. Commenting and/or having a POV is fine, but the chuckle sounds, in a way, demeaning, even if that's not the intention.

    Peer Feedback:

    jamesromick,

    Thanks for the excellent feedback!

    I've done a lot of work/research to ensure a clean recording space, so I'm glad to see your note on recording quality... especially considering I'm on a "budget-friendly" USB mic. ;-)

    You're absolutely right. I did edit out the breaths, but have heard conflicting opinions on that practice since then.

    Great tip on the timing, though, and thanks for the video. I'll have to experiment with that 1,2,3, (4) game a bit. For the most part, I simply replaced my breaths here with equally-timed low-level "noise" that mimics the natural sound floor in my space.

    I do sometimes slip into my Southern drawl at times, having lived most of my life in Louisiana... so good catch on the pronunciation. Will remain aware.

    As for the chuckles, I'd rethink that choice entirely were I to do it again. It felt a bit forced, and that probably came through as a bit demeaning or condescending.

    Thanks again! I know it was a long listen. =)

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    Ron Johnson - Program Sign Off

    Script:

    Well, that's all the time we 've got for today's program. Thanks for being with us. Let us know what you thought about the show. Give us a call. Send us an email right here at the station. And as the curtain comes down, please stay out of the way, don't get hurt. And join me in thanking the cast of thousands show helped me put on today's program. Our very special thanks and appreciation go out to our good friend, Oregon's own Tom Grant. He gave us his permission to play his smooth, cool jazz in our program. And there's just nobody better than Tom. But at the top of our list are our thanks and our appreciation to you - you're the world's greatest listeners. We simply couldn't do what we do without you. So, one last time for today, I'm Ron Johnson and I've been your host for this program, the one we call, "Because It Matters."

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear ronj's recording

    Currently producing a one-hour, public affairs, current events program for a LPFM that's about to quadruple the size of its possible listening audience. Also do and want to expand some podcasting. Want to improve my "listenability." Currently use a Shure SM7B ((Bass Roll-off On and Presence On) going into a dbx286s where I'm applying a lot of High Frequency Detail plus a healthy dose of compression. Post-processing is EQ: (1) -4 dB at 250 Hz and (2) +3.5 dB "high shelf" beginning at 7000 Hz.

    /sites/default/files/script-recordings/user-103621/script-recording-94200.mp3

    Peer Feedback:

    I liked the tone and you do have a great voice. The piece is marred by some indistinct pronunciation and hypernasality.

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    Toonimo - audition by Beth Green

    Script:

    Hi, welcome to Toonimo. We help websites boost their conversion rate by more than 20%!
    When you add a customizable me to your site, your users will enjoy an enhanced user experience on every page!
    Now, imagine you are a first-time visitor to your website. What would you like me to say and do? Where exactly should I appear? Would you like me to point to important instructions or ACTION buttons?
    Like a real live sales rep, I can help your visitors find and do exactly what they want. You can also personalize me for different kinds of users.
    Wanna give it a try?

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    Audition Recording:

    Click to hear gr8ful's recording

    I have a Neumann TLM mic and Harlan Hogan Portastudio, and listen via AKG k240 mkii phones. I'm thrilled to have recently produced twelve 5-star jobs for Voices.com, but am concerend because when I listen to the playback of the sent audition that sounded fine in the preview, frequently I hear a phantom audio tracer or shadow, and wonder if perhaps I am overcompressed (?). My interface is Audacity, and I use the following effects in this order: EQ, Compression, then Noise Removal, (curiously, sometimes I have to do NR twice). I have provided screen shot pictures of these effects to Joie in an email so that you can see the effect levels that I am using. I suspect that this is the problem, since I know just enough about the tech side to be dangerous. Thank you in advance for all that you do for us!!! :o)))

    /sites/default/files/script-recordings/Beth Green - Toonimo audition.mp3

    Peer Feedback:

    gr8tful --
    this read sounds pro ( you are, apparently -- twelve 5-star jobs on Voices.com, as you mention)
    not sure about your comments above - were you meaning to submit this for professional or engineering feedback?

    I hear the shadow or "buzz" in your voice. I think it's probably from some setting in your voice compression. You might experiment with that. Are you using compression to make the voice track sound brighter? run the track with and without compression turned on and see if the buzz goes away.

    I've also heard this kind of distortion in lower-resolution mp3 (the other kind of compression -- file compression). do you have settings that allow you to user less lossy file compression (makes your output file bigger)?

    cheers,
    DS.

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    Sounds really nice ... I didn't hear what you thought you hear! Congrats on the 12 spots.

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    Tough Mudder

    Script:

    With the most innovative courses, 700,000 inspiring participants worldwide to date, and more than $5 million raised for the Wounded Warrior Project, Tough Mudder is the premier adventure challenge series in the world. Today, we'll take a look at the obstacles you'll face on your road to becoming a Tough Mudder.

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    Sorry about the audio quality, still putting the pieces together for a home studio. The directions were to add a small bit of gruffness to my voice and to hit "your" in the last sentence. Let me know what you think, thanks in advance.

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    Hi cfree, think you have a good voice which is the no 1 tool. Thought the pacing was a bit fast for the this read. Also,watch the wording of the script. You added dollars after 5 million. worldwide sounded like worldwhy and the word date, I didn't hear the t. Just small things. Could definitely hear the back round noise but as you said you are still putting things together. Hopefully others will throw some feedback at you as well.

    All the best !

    Terry

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    VO about Video Game History

    Script:

    Unfortunately, the poor quality of games like E.T. and the Atari port of Pac-Man led to the North American Video Game Crash of 1983 which took a huge financial chunk out of companies at the time. All was not lost, though, for one mustachioed carpenter-turned-plumber was ready to pump coins back into the industry.

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    I just submitted this to one of the pay-to-play sites. I'm curious how you find my read & interpretation of the sample script. (worked hard on a "dead space" and solid equipment, so... less concerned with that.) Normalized, but otherwise it's 100% dry. This is for an internet video. Client wanted the following for Style: Hip/nerdy/progressive/humorous Found it tricky to pack all that in... thoughts?

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    Great recording! You recorded professionally with a silent background, and shows that you have a professional recording studio/ equipment. I thoroughly enjoyed your piece - the casual and laid back tone was a great voice acting technique, and suggested that you knew exactly what you are talking about.

    Peer Feedback:

    Good diction, solid voice, and definitely decent equipment. There is a hint of plosive puffs in that recording, however. One thing you can do to remove the puff of plosives is to talk off-center from the microphone; this allows the breath from plosives to pass the mic, instead of colliding with the diaphragm.

    Peer Feedback:

    If you JUST submitted this, it's likely not published/aired and you're PROBably violating a non-disclosure agreement and could be setting yourself up for a suit if not a simple denial of the job for the violation. NEVER post scripts and auditions for current jobs being open for auditions.

    Peer Feedback:

    TxTom's caution is valid. Be very careful about posting actual auditions on sites like these and from sites like those. I get tons of auditions with NDA's (Non-Disclosure Agreements) attached. Follow the P2P's guidelines carefully. There is big money connected with some of the things you'll audition for which also contain corporate "secrets" or information that is not meant to be disseminated until it is actually ready for broadcast to the general public. Be very careful.

    That said: A big disqualifier for this audition would be the plosive popping and a couple of "thumps" in the recording.

    In my limited knowledge of P2P's, your sound quality is as, if not more, important as your delivery. If you were required to produce this from your home studio, which happens more often than not, this particular client may question whether your overall sound quality and production quality is up to (their) snuff. So, it is important to have the "audition" sound as good as you could possibly make the final production quality. That means taking care of plosives, mouth noise, breaths, room tone, recording/mastering levels, subtle processing, etc.

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    Website Narration - Boulders Inn & Suites

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    At Boulders Inn & Suites hotels…you’ll find all you need to make your stay a memorable one. Whether you’re staying for business or pleasure your door will always open to a clean and inviting room with all the comforts of home. If your travels take you to the Boulders Inn & Suites in Denison, enjoy an amazing view of the challenging 18 hole golf course or if you will be staying at Boulders Inn & Suites Lake View your view will tempt you to the waters of Black Hawk Lake. While staying at Boulders Inn & Suites Atlantic enjoy the peacefulness of a small town setting. Come and relax in style with us at Boulders Inn & Suites.

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    I'd appreciate any feedback you have regarding delivery, production or anything else for that matter (especially constructive feedback, so I can improve!). Thanks in advance!

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    Peer Feedback:

    There are spots in the read which felt VERY mechanical...as if a computer's 'voice' were voicing the words. In my opinion (what's an opinion worth?) it begins at "enjoy the peacefulness of a small town setting" and remains through the rest of the read. I've been through that myself and still fall into it from time to time. It takes away from a natural, conversational feel of the reading. Your tone/emotional feel was very friendly. To that, I'd say to not change a thing. Pace was good. But the articulation (overdone) is where this one needs work. Friendly voice.

    Peer Feedback:

    Great job. Your voice is young and clear sounding but with a hint of rumble on the down beat which is very pleasant on the ears. The music is leveled very well to keep your voice in the foreground. Ugh...I despise putting a negative to such a great sounding track....the music is a bit too melodic for my tastes. I really wouldn't get into a great game of 18 hole golf to music I would put my newborn to sleep with. See there it is...the negative. Everything is great with your delivery, voice or technical production.

    Peer Feedback:

    You have a very friendly sound to your voice that I wish I could pull off. It sounds extremely natural. Tom is correct in it sounding mechanical at times. I find that when editing my own reads I sometimes come across that way also. Great pipes though !

    Peer Feedback:

    I agree with Jerry and Tom, on the mechnical read. Try taking the background out,, and listen to how you read the very last reading of "Inn and Suites".. In reality most people would say it almost as one word, no break in between.. there would be very little d in and if at all. Other wise you might be able to get away with a hard hit on the Inn, the mash up the and Suites part a little bit. Kind of a up , down , up

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    Young Male

    Script:

    uvygbhijnkm

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    Peer Feedback:

    Nice first recording submission. Not sure what uvygbhijnkm means though.

    A few things to think about. Who, specifically, are you talking to? Gamers, yeah. But pick a specific person rather than a faceless group of people. There's also a general lack of excitement about the subject. Are you a gamer? Do you enjoy playing them? I missed that. One positive: I heard the smile in your voice on "...you're a true gamer." That's the kind of thing you need through out the copy.

    The recording has a little bit of reflection to it (not necessarily echo, per se), so you may need a little more sound deadening treatment for your recording space.

    Peer Feedback:

    Very smooth and youthful. You have a firm understanding of the copy. Great job!

    Peer Feedback:

    Well, I don't know what the supposed acronym means in the "script" provided above, but your recording space is definitely live (active echos coming back to the mic) and you're most definitely going to need to reduce your regionalism. Something like this copy would beg for an American neutral delivery and I'm hearing a northerner harshness that would alienate the yokels from the south. And I say that as a southerner.

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    BellyBallot

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    Welcome to BellyBallot, the fun and interactive new way to find the best name for your baby. BellyBallot replaces those boring baby name books and stuffy research websites with a simple, and social way to find the best name.. and win prizes in the process!

    In under 2 min you can choose your favorite baby names and invite friends and family to vote via Facebook and Twitter. Whether you’re into Hawaiian names, traditional names, or what's popular right now, we’ve got you covered with the best collection of names anywhere.

    Here’s how it works.

    Create your BellyBallot and select your favorite names. Then, invite friends and family to vote via email, twitter, or directly from facebook. Loved ones from all over the globe can now be involved in this fun, and important, decision. When friends arrive to your BellyBallot, they can send you comments, suggest additional names, and finally cast their votes!

    And by casting their votes, they can win you great baby prizes like strollers, cribs and other baby products. The BellyBallot with the most votes each week wins!

    Once you’ve decided on that perfect name, it’s time to announce the winner. Unveiling your final choice to the world requires just a click of a button. Everyone is immediately notified via Facebook, Twitter, and email. Let the celebration begin!

    That’s it. Simple, easy, and fun.

    So happy voting, and create your bellyballot today!

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    Dove Men--Non-Broadcast

    Script:

    So we asked our friends and colleagues, what’s the most important thing you look for in a deodorant?

    Scent and sweat come second to dealing with underarm irritation, that’s why we have scientists dedicated to reducing irritation and moisturizing skin.

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    Freedom

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    Freedom. is it possible?
    Freedom from addictions?
    Freedom from your past?
    Freedom from your problems?
    Sometimes you think you're free, but if you truly were, then why do you still struggle with the same things over and over and over.
    You fight battles. You keep searching. You try out all the programs. And you're still stuck. You aren't truly free. You want real freedom, but you just can't get it. Until now.
    We had the same questions and struggles as you. We got fed up with our false ideas of freedom and set out on a journey to discover the real thing.
    It took a long time, but we found it. And now we're sharing it.
    Over the last two years we've taken what we've found and put it into a comprehensive package, so you can discover it too.
    It's a book to read, an interactive guidebook to journal in, and an extensive video series to wrestle with.
    This isn't self help and it isn't a bunch of bullet pointed easy answers. It isn't a guy with perfect hair and reassuring smile talking to camera and telling you everything will be ok.
    If your looking for that stuff, you'll just have to keep looking. But you won't find freedom.
    Freedom takes hard work. Freedom can get messy.Freedom will will challenge you in ways you never imagined.
    But Freedom will come. You'll feel it. If you've always searched for freedom, if you can't win the fight, if you think you're alone, then this is for you.
    Freedom is it possible? Yes.
    And it will change your life for the better... See you on the road.

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    InsertMotion Digital: GGG: Hagios Press Book Trailers

    Script:

    From a young boy catching pop flies in a Saskatchewan pasture…

    Comes a book of poetry that celebrates the love of a game.

    Stealing Home by Dwayne Brenna.

    Published by Hagios Press.

    Buy it today at Amazon or S-K-Books-Dot-Com.

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    Pan Am Interactive

    Script:

    It's always the right time to fly Pan Am. And to assure a perfect trip, Pan Am has prepared this program to offer you important facts and helpful information, along with tips for travelers. Just click “start” for practical information. 50 years have passed since Pan Am established itself as a national carrier, and Pan Am has come a long way since then. It has matured into an international airline, serving thousands of destinations. Since its inception, Pan Am has served as a steadfast air bridge between Asia and the world.

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    Salinas Valley Dentistry

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    In the heart of one of the most productive agricultural regions of California, Salinas Valley Dental Specialties is conveniently located to provide services to both Monterey and Santa Cruz counties.

    Enhancing the patient’s experience is our top priority, and we are inspired to simplify the complexity of our systems with the goal of making every patient’s interaction easy,pleasant and accurate. Our offices are carefully appointed to offer you a comfortable and soothing environment to ease your mind during your treatment.

    For your convenience we integrated all the technology and all the specialties of dentistry under just one roof.

    In our practice, we constantly strive to provide our patients with the finest dental care available. State-of-the-art technology invites informed decision-making and enables patients to make wise choices concerning their oral health.

    At Salinas Valley Dental Specialties , we are pleased to provide orthodontics and specialized pediatric dentistry, with a separate waiting room for parents, and a kid’s playing area equipped with educational software and games that will make your kid’s appointment more enjoyable and fun.

    As an element of enhancing the patient experience, we want our patients to feel
    assured of an effective and safe treatment option. The design of our new facility takes the theme of safety a step further. To demonstrate our commitment to maintaining the highest degree of patient safety, we uphold nationally recognized standards of ambulatory care and accreditation by J-C-A-H-O.

    Through a keen awareness of cost and resources, we keep our prices low and are able to provide affordable treatment options for our patients. Our goal is to improve care by providing shorter wait times for surgery and offering financially feasible options in a safe, warm, and friendly atmosphere.

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    Smart Pet

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    Our pets delight us…
    Surprise us…
    And show their smarts in many different ways…
    They’re funny.
    Crafty.
    Athletic.
    Heroic.
    And unconditionally loving.
    This summer, we’re searching for smart pets across America.

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    The Last Word

    Script:

    CREEP into thy narrow bed,
    Creep, and let no more be said!
    Vain thy onset! all stands fast.
    Thou thyself must break at last.

    Let the long contention cease!
    Geese are swans, and swans are geese.
    Let them have it how they will!
    Thou art tired: best be still.

    They out-talked thee, hissed thee, tore thee?
    Better men fared thus before thee;
    Fired their ringing shot and passed,
    Hotly charged - and sank at last.

    Charge once more, then, and be dumb!
    Let the victors, when they come,
    When the forts of folly fall,
    Find thy body by the wall!

    - Matthew Arnold

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    Tough Mudder

    Script:

    With the most innovative courses, 700,000 inspiring participants worldwide to date, and more than $5 million raised for the Wounded Warrior Project, Tough Mudder is the premier adventure challenge series in the world. Today, we'll take a look at the obstacles you'll face on your road to becoming a Tough Mudder.

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    Trout Unlimited

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    Dear fellow angler,
    Cold, clear water teeming with wild and native trout.
    This is Trout Unlimited's vision of success. And we're working to make this vision a reality throughout hundreds of river systems nationwide.
    Your gift today will help keep cutthroats in the South Fork of the Snake River, brookies in the Appalachia and salmon in Alaska's Bristol Bay. It will empower TU members--avid angler conservationists just like you--to clean up polluted streams, restore water to parched rivers and teach a new generation about the joys of fishing for wild trout in wild rivers.
    No other organization can match TU's powerful combination of strong science, volunteer capacity and national expertise.

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    Web Promo Video

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    Meet Steve Hudson, owner of Hudson’s Cafe. This year, he opened location number twelve. Business is good... ‘cause the food is good.

    But there’s still work to do. See that pick-up and delivery counter? It’s got real potential, but Jessica can’t seem to crack the code.

    Jessica handles marketing for Hudson’s Cafe. Her team manages the new web site and the Facebook following. But what she’s about to propose will turn those marketing channels into real business growth. It’s called ChowNow.

    ChowNow puts your pick-up and delivery business online with simple, integrated ordering for your web site, your facebook page, and the custom iPhone app ChowNow creates just for you. Welcome to online and mobile ordering, Steve. You’re about to make some money.

    Go online and go mobile with...

    ChowNow

    We can take your orders.

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    Web Site Intro Video-IDI Distributors

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    Welcome to IDI Distributors, America’s Insulation Source.

    Since 1979, we’ve helped thousands of insulation contractors across the country keep their businesses running strong. From insulation materials to accessories and equipment, IDI is the American Insulation Professional’s one-stop shop for all of the industry’s leading brands, plus the best service and support in the business.

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