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Script Genres > English Adult > Narration > Telephony

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    1-800 Greeting and On-Hold Messages

    Script:

    Hello and thank you for calling Canada Energy Service Corporation - Canada’s best choice for new high efficiency appliances, guaranteed! Your call is very important to us today and may be recorded and monitored for quality assurance purposes.

    To speak to one of our friendly Customer Care Specialists today, please choose from the following 3 options:

    • Press 1 if you have recently applied for an upgrade or to request new information about our high efficiency appliances, exciting rental programs or your FREE in-home evaluation

    • Press 2 if you are an existing client and require immediate appliance service and support

    • Press 3 to reach our billing department
    Or remain on the line, and one of our Customer Care Specialists will be with you in a moment

    50 people have played this

    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear sherri.gray's recording

    Still trying to find which genres work best for me - I feel like greetings and on-hold messages could be one of them, but I want to make sure it doesn't sound too much like I'm acting. All feedback appreciated!

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    Peer Feedback:

    Hey there! I loved your sample. I just noticed a couple things. A bit of vocal fry here and there and I think I heard some mouth noises in the pauses. Otherwise I love the inflection and clarity. Pace also was great. Kept my attention!!

    Peer Feedback:

    Very nice indeed.

    Pacing is good.

    Friendly and personable.

    Put a comma after "Hello" - Greet me. And thank me. Two separate things.

    Peer Feedback:

    Nice job. I really like your voice. It's warm, kind and friendly.

    Peer Feedback:

    I liked the volume and tone. I would suggest being more natural in your conversation. Don't try so hard to articulate certain words. Not boring, but just natural. Nice job!

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear davisb2559's recording

    I'm trying to work on 1) losing my accent (we'll see) and 2) figuring out how to set up my studio based on what I have to work with. So, be frank and I can use this to compare to other feedback I've gotten. Thanks!

    /sites/default/files/script-recordings/user-117303/script-recording-92187.mp3

    Peer Feedback:

    Hey there. First, I really liked the energy behind your read. I can hear your dialect -- so if you are working on a standard American, you'll want a little more coaching. I could hear a lot of Southern regionalisms in there. I can hear your noise floor -- so I would want to know more about where and how you are recording. You might also want to test different mics to see how each one sounds with your voice. And last, maybe work on smoothing out your read so that the timing and is a little cleaner. I hope this is helpful!! -Shana, Seattle

    Peer Feedback:

    Thank you, Shana! I'm definitely a work in progress here.

    Peer Feedback:

    Definite regionalism. Giveaways are in words like: "extension" sounds close to "extinsion", "reservations" with the hard R's and sounds closer to "RizRRvations.

    Other things like: "For THEE best..." where the shorter "thuh best" sounds more like we would say it in conversation. If you were singling out THEE BEST (as opposed to someone else's best), that might make sense. But, IMHO, "best" is the operative word here. A copy writer would have capitalized THE if the company wanted it stressed.

    I'm not a telephony expert by any means, but I have called and gotten enough of these automated phone messages to recognize a pattern.

    Treat each line as a separate piece of a whole. What I mean by that is, don't break up the lines with a breath - save breathing for the periods, period (not at the commas). and then they can be cleanly edited out. How many times have you heard a breath on a phone messaging system? (Answer: Zero) My understanding is that these automated systems treat each instruction as a separate sound file (and they are often asked to be delivered that way). Something in the system triggers the sentences to be connected together until a command is given to interrupt and send the system to the next level of instructions.

    There is some mouth noise, and I suspect it comes from you completely closing your lips before you inhale - which creates a "smack" of the lips. Practice keeping your mouth open before you inhale. Even with words that end in an M sound where the lips have to close, if you complete the word - like "home" as "hohm-uh" (slightly exaggerated here) - your mouth is open to take the next breath.

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    800 Travel Systems

    Script:

    Thank you for calling 800 Travel Systems. If you know your travel consultant's extension, please dial it now.

    For the best possible service, this call may be monitored or recorded.

    For a company directory, press 9.

    For air reservations, press 1.

    If you have a reservation on hold or have already purchased your ticket, press 2.

    For Las Vegas, Hawaii, and Orlando air and hotel packages, press 3.

    To hear these options again, press 4.

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear jmcbride1983's recording

    Trying out the telephony genre. Thoughts? Does anyone notice any issues w/ recording quality/background noise? Thanks.

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    Peer Feedback:

    Nice clear diction! The recording sounds fine - didn't hear any background noise on my speakers. I would say your speaking style sounds a little stilted... like a subtle impression of an automated voice. I know this genre doesn't go full-on conversational style speech, but it didn't just feel formal to me... it felt a little unnatural.

    Peer Feedback:

    I see what you're saying when I listen to this now. I was going for that automated-type tone, but in reality, I think everybody hates that when they get these types of messages. I'll try this one again too and see how it comes out in a more natural voice. Gracias.

    Peer Feedback:

    A bit choppy in the end ... use a soft "a" (If you have "a" reservation), and I did hear background fan noise.

    Peer Feedback:

    Thank you for the post. Thank you for calling 800 Travel Systems. If you know your travel consultant's extension, please dial it now.

    For the best possible service, this call may be monitored or recorded.

    For a company directory, press 9.

    For air reservations, press 1.

    ICICI Online Term insurance plan.

    Peer Feedback:

    Nice clear diction! The recording sounds fine - didn't hear any background noise on my speakers. I would say your speaking style sounds a little stilted... like a subtle impression of an automated voice.

    Top 5 Best LIC Pension Plans India.

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    800 Travel Systems

    Script:

    800 Travel Systems

    Script:

    Thank you for calling 800 Travel Systems. If you know your travel consultant's extension, please dial it now.

    For the best possible service, this call may be monitored or recorded.

    For a company directory, press 9.

    For air reservations, press 1.

    If you have a reservation on hold or have already purchased your ticket, press 2.

    For Las Vegas, Hawaii, and Orlando air and hotel packages, press 3.

    To hear these options again, press 4.

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear linnyayh's recording

    /sites/default/files/script-recordings/user-9166/script-recording-58664.mp3

    Peer Feedback:

    Hi! Your diction is excellent, but your breath sounds a little 'breathy'. Also, perhaps you sound too sexy for a travel commercial.

    Peer Feedback:

    Hi linnyayh,
    Nice read. I agree with Lukky Salas on all points. Also, it seems to me your volume was not as consistent as it maybe should be for a telephony spot-- if you listen to the end, and then play the beginning again, you'll see what I mean; it starts loud, then gets quieter as it goes on, with a few louder moments in the middle. I think the pacing and tone are good.
    Best,
    Peter

    Peer Feedback:

    Hey Linnyayh,

    You have the perfect voice for telephony type work. The pacing and clarity of speech was excellent! I would try and make it sound a little more cheery. Not over the top cheery, but a little more warmth to the read would make the listening experience more enjoyable for some listening to an automated voice system.

    Jerome

    Peer Feedback:

    Thank you all for your comments! I will continue to work on my delivery! Thanks again:)

    Peer Feedback:

    Hi Linnyayh,

    I thought you did a great job on the script. Your pacing, diction, Interpretation was great. I do agree with Peter, that you started out stronger at the beginning, and a little softer at the end. Good Job!

    Mike

    Peer Feedback:

    I like your voice and think it's already so friendly that I'm not sure I agree on warming it up any further so that it stays in the professional zone. I guess it depends on the script and client! More smiley for a kid's museum; less for a bank. :) I think this was nice, love your voice, and the negative criticism I would give would be to go a couple shades more towards the conversational/natural side.

    However, I get absolutely nailed every time I try to do telephony with a coach and have little confidence regarding it at this point!

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    800 Travel Systems

    Script:

    Thank you for calling 800 Travel Systems. If you know your travel consultant's extension, please dial it now.

    For the best possible service, this call may be monitored or recorded.

    For a company directory, press 9.

    For air reservations, press 1.

    If you have a reservation on hold or have already purchased your ticket, press 2.

    For Las Vegas, Hawaii, and Orlando air and hotel packages, press 3.

    To hear these options again, press 4.

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear MusicJunkieK1's recording

    /sites/default/files/script-recordings/user-131/script-recording-63998.mp3

    Peer Feedback:

    Love you tone, however your read sounded a bit robotic instead of personal. Think about a calling that number adn hearing that voice and ask yourself would i want to hear that? would that make me want to respond? but overall nice job

    Peer Feedback:

    Hi MusicJunkieK1,
    The main thing that jumps out at me is how nearly all of your phrases follow the same 'arc' of pitch variation, being sing-songy in the middle and ending on a downward inflection. This makes it sound rather "performed", and as mackmediaproductions mentioned, I think most folks would prefer a more personal, conversational-style delivery. Good luck and thanks for the feedback on my recording.
    Best,
    Peter

    Peer Feedback:

    Great voice, but I must agree with the "robotic" sound and add to the criticism by noting that, (in all of your previous recordings) you have a distinct cadence that you will need to address. It is extremely consistent, to the point of......the word at the end of every sentence is stressed/amplified as well as the last syllable being elongated. It is quite distracting from the script overall, considering that I end up focusing on your voice and that rhythmic cadence instead of the copy/material or even a message if there is one. This particular script is very reflective of what I'm describing to you, but nonetheless, still prominent in all other recordings Take a listen to your recordings and see if you hear what I am hearing.
    Now, keep in mind, I'm still just a learning talent myself but I feel your read would be much more interesting if you could throw in some variety to each sentence. Perhaps make a point to make every sentence sound different (especially the cadence of each sentence). This cadence takes away from the warm tone needed for telephony and as mentioned before can be quite distracting in any genre..
    Perhaps a coach could help to rid you of this cadence. Only constructive criticism here of course. Good luck! Look forward to listening to future recordings!

    Ed

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear ellie888's recording

    This is one of a pair of different scripts for the same phone system (the other is Abigail Jane's Flowers). In addition to general feedback (especially how natural it sounds and pacing), I would like to know if I sound consistent between the two different texts.

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    Peer Feedback:

    I've only heard the first recording and will comment on each one individually. You sound sweet and cheerful in this first recording for Abigail's Flowers. Your pace is fairly fast, but not too fast to sound conversational in this read. I think you've done a great job.

    Peer Feedback:

    I also only heard one recording. I thought it sounded genuine and friendly. The pace seems perfect to me for the purpose. I know I prefer automated voices to speak faster than typical conversation speed when I'm trying to move through a phone menu. Nice job!

    Peer Feedback:

    Thanks!!!

    Peer Feedback:

    Both are nice and friendly.

    I would suggest that if you do something like this in the future - submit one or more scripts from the same source or one or more takes of the same script - that you might edit them together , back to back, and mention that there are 2 (or more) takes in your heading. That way we wouldn't have to click back and forth for a compare and contrast to critique of both reads and the recording will be single submission which will leave more space for others' submissions as well.

    Yes, the Home Studio 101 will certainly help you become more familiar with upgrading your equipment. It may be a simple matter of find a good, inexpensive usb mic and adding some sound damping to your recording environment. You don't really need to spend a lot of bucks to get better sound quality right off the bat. You may also ask other women who's submission please your ear as to what equipment they're dealing with. Different mics favor different voices in different ways. You'll want to find one that enhances and compliments your voice. It's a never-ending process.

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    American Express Telephony - Regina Reilly

    Script:

    Welcome to American Express. Please have your card available.

    For balance, recent charges and credits posted to the account, future spending or membership rewards, press 1.

    To enroll or make a payment by phone, or for other payment information, press 2.

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear reilly_regina's recording

    I'm using Adobe Audition and new head phones. I don't have speakers to playback but it sounds pretty good using a feature "adaptive noise reduction" as there is a cold air return vent above my work space. Thanks in advance, this script is already a part of your library as I received from my coach.

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    Peer Feedback:

    I like the overall recording quality and the clarity of your enunciation.

    The line regarding "recent charges and credits" had a slightly awkward pause in the middle, but other than that, it sounds good.

    Peer Feedback:

    Not sure how the adaptive noise reduction works in Audition. But if it is similar to some other DAWs, it tries to do NR on the fly in real time. The downside is that it leaves some sonic artifacts and functions similar to a noise gate. There is a "pumping" effect to the sound where the NR kicks in and kicks out again.

    A better solution (for VO anyway) is to take a sample of your room tone for background noise and apply it across the entire track. Also applying a high pass filter set to about 120Hz may help eliminate or lessen the low frequency rumble caused by the vent. You could also try baffling or directing the air flow of the vent away from your workspace.

    The second instruction is a little choppy, in that the little pause after "credits" breaks up that phrase. "...recent charges and credits posted to the account,..." is one thing in the list of three.

    It could be a little more welcoming overall. After all, that's the first word.

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    American Express

    Script:

    Welcome to American Express. Please have your card available.

    For balance, recent charges and credits posted to the account, future spending or membership rewards, press 1.

    To enroll or make a payment by phone, or for other payment information, press 2.

    If your card has been lost, stolen, is damaged, to check on the status of a renewal card or a replacement card request, or to change your name on the card, press 3.

    To apply for an American Express card, or to cancel a card, press 4.

    For questions regarding travel-related charges billed to your account, including airline, cruise line, tour operators, travel agents or hotels, press 5.

    For all other inquiries, press zero.

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear Jeff Hoffman's recording

    Trying out Telephony... Please help with technique! Thanks Jeff

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    Peer Feedback:

    Hello Jeff
    Your voice suits this type or script in my opinion, i think you should make it flow a bit more, feels like the pauses could be shorter a bit.
    I just called Time Warner cable and listened,i also hear more smile in the lady's voice, call and listen if you think. Number is 718 358 0900.
    Regards
    Balazs

    Peer Feedback:

    Great idea Balazs!!!
    Thanks I will call right now!!!!
    And thanks for the suggestions!!!!
    All the best
    Jeff

    Peer Feedback:

    Hey Jeff,
    I think you could make a boat load of money doing telephony. Your voice is perfect for this! The only thing I would do is shorten the pauses.

    Peer Feedback:

    Thanks for the suggestions Jerome I will definitely give it a try!!!!
    Best
    Jeff

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    Amex Telephony

    Script:

    Welcome to American Express. Please have your card available.

    For balance, recent charges and credits posted to the account, future spending or membership rewards, press 1.

    To enroll or make a payment by phone, or for other payment information, press 2.

    If your card has been lost, stolen, is damaged, to check on the status of a renewal card or a replacement card request, or to change your name on the card, press 3.

    To apply for an American Express card, or to cancel a card, press 4.

    For questions regarding travel-related charges billed to your account, including airline, cruise line, tour operators, travel agents or hotels, press 5.

    For all other inquiries, press zero.

    100 people have played this

    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear Jayce_T's recording

    Just starting out... would like to know where I stand.

    /sites/default/files/script-recordings/user-125116/script-recording-95054.mp3

    Peer Feedback:

    Very clear diction. All words spoken fully and enunciated well. Voice itself is pleasant to hear for a phone script. Pace is good; each word heard, which is necessary in a phone script. Well done!

    Peer Feedback:

    This is a terrific read read. Excellent tone, tempo and enunciation Listened to it a few times to see if there was anything I'd change. Super minor point...your "pleasant" level goes up on the word "damaged" when it should probably stay even or go down. Again I'm nitpicking - if I heard this when calling about my AMEX I wouldn't think twice about the level of professionalism. And that's the point :)

    Peer Feedback:

    Hi Jayce! (sorry for delay - somehow this just appeared in my feedback queue!)
    So.....
    For starting out in telephony - strong start!
    Clear, concise pronunciation and warm resonant voice - fresh sound and easy going feel.

    Some thoughts (albeit minor)
    Music track - too loud at times - it took 'over' your words - yes, even as a soothing track - I'd have the volume down another 'notch' - at times I was listening more to the syncopation of music track rather than what I needed to hear on-hold.

    And remember to direct this to a real person - it sounded like you were talking to another human being most of the time (YES that's key for telephony these days) / however, remember to continue to do that especially when a new item in script or call to action - (or a 'press one' instruction occurs)

    Technique note:
    two words were a bit too high pitched for your pitch-range in this spot.
    'Please' (from please have your card ready..)
    and
    'Damaged' ((card damaged....seemed like you hit it too high on first syllable)

    and
    some of the instructions sounded like you were just rattling them off - I know most listeners also tend to hear it that way, but you want to keep each option engaging to the listener (not 'salesy' but ) if you 'lean' your body a teency bit more over to the mic/listener....they will feel like you are only talking to Them!!

    Also:
    The words, 'Two' and 'Three' (from Press Two and .....Press Three)
    sounded like you ran out of your usual and full breath support which you DID have throughout the other instructions :-)

    Minor notes however they will make a difference in the final output (and mitigate a re-record from the client) down the recording road!

    Great work though and keep on voicing aloud

    Best,
    Marjorie Kouns - Coach

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear KDaviesVoiceover's recording

    Hi guys, I'm actually a bit concerned about my home 'studio' at the moment. I'll be starting a new freelance contract for various television promos with a T.V station in Hong Kong, and I'm concerned my recording studio may not be up to par. I'll describe it briefly. It's a 2m x 2m x 1.4m (H/W/L), with a semi-professional soundproofing treatment. Basically the roof has been treated with proper sound absorption foam, to prevent reverberation, as well as using some dampening tucked into the corners. Originally a walk in closet, and the whole thing is kind of shaped like a milk carton. Anyways, the sample is 4 takes of an IVR script I had, so I'm not concerned about performance, strictly audio quality comments please (and THANK YOU!). Each take is marked "1 -2 - 3 - 4" and they are about 45 seconds each. There's no post processing except for taking out my breaths. Any and all comments are appreciated as always, even if you think they are all terrible. Thanks in advance!

    /sites/default/files/script-recordings/user-116299/script-recording-93037.mp3

    Peer Feedback:

    The first question I would have is: Were each of the 4 takes done under slightly different conditions, i.e. mic placement/positioning/distance, background noise conditions (outside noises), input gain differences, etc.?

    To my aged ears, there isn't all that much of an appreciable difference between the sound quality, except for for a little bit of thumping around just before #3. The raw audio sounds pretty good for a home studio. I didn't analyze the audio, so I don't know what your noise floor is, but I'm not detecting any fuzz or low end rumble (at least nothing that couldn't be taken care of with NR and/or a high pass filter). Other processing FX might only sparingly be used "sweeten" the sound.

    It seems that you're pretty much on track

    Peer Feedback:

    Thanks very much James (as always).

    Each take was taken in a different position in the room, or I arranged the dampening in a different position
    1 - Tucked into the corner in front of the dampener
    2 - About a meter away, almost dead center of the room.
    3 - Arranged the absorption foam into the corner instead of the dampening device
    4 - About a meter away again, dead center of the room.

    As for post processing, I almost always need to do some sort of noise filter afterwards. I used to use Audacity for this, as it's an easy fix, but these were pretty quiet! :)

    Anyways. Thanks again for your advice. I get started next week for my first network promos :)

    Peer Feedback:

    I went back and listened to them again through headphones (as I always do) and the gain turned up as loud as my aged ears could stand it. There are very subtle differences, but nothing really drastic.

    One consideration that I've heard from multiple sources is to eliminate the sharp corners of your recording space and to let the mic "breathe" in open space to eliminate a "boxy" sound. (That's why those PortaBooth thingies, Mudflap thingies and the Eyeball thingie aren't ideal for studio quality sound for VO, IMHO.)

    The other thing, that even the Edge sound Guru George Whattam has been correct on, is the terminology/nomenclature. DAMPENING means to make something wet. DAMPING means to reduce the amplitude (in this case, unwanted background noise). I've made it a point to correct myself when I talk about it. Ya learn somethin' new ev'ry day!

    Peer Feedback:

    All 4 takes sounded acceptable to me. Take 2 was the money take, performance-wise. You were consistent throughout that entire read. I heard a few volume shifts in the others.

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    Automated Phone Voice System

    Script:

    All of our operators are currently assisting other customers. Please stay on the line—one of our representatives will be with you shortly. Please make sure you have your account number ready so that we may better assist you. This call may be monitored for quality assurance.

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear Miranda's recording

    I'm still fiddling with mic settings. Can anyone comment, please, on the sound quality now? I've used foam and fabric in the cupboard where the mic sits and put some polar fleece behind me as well. I've turned off the modem and printer in the room, plus the fridge and fish tank in the next room. Curtains closed, light off. I have the mic going through the supplied cable into my phone, using a 30 pin to lightning pin adapter because (of course!) I have the wrong phone model! I'm using the phone instead of my computer because computer is noisy. The other part of the cable connects to headphones.

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    Peer Feedback:

    Very nice and personable, something you want most for telephony as not to have the customer hang up.

    Lots of mouth noise - lip smacking and tongue clicking. The breaths don't bother me that much, but you might consider editing them out altogether. Especially the first one.

    Peer Feedback:

    sounded pro to me.
    super crisp and articulate.

    cheers,
    Dave Saunders.

    Peer Feedback:

    Recording quality is better. I still get some hiss. I hear lots of mouth noise, too (no more than what I get when my mic is in a bad spot or I'm particularly dry, but still quite a bit).

    Great performance, though! Clear, very pleasant, nice pace and flow.

    Peer Feedback:

    I noticed a deep breath just before you started and that was a little distracting but otherwise I liked your read. Your delivery was friendly and professional. Very nice.

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    Bank of American - Account Access

    Script:

    Welcome to Bank of America. To access your account, please enter your access ID on the telephone key pad or say it, one digit at a time. For other products and services say "other options" or press 1. Your access ID is usually your social security number or tax ID. If your not sure what it is, say "I don't know it " or press 2.

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear jmcbride1983's recording

    Trying out a little telephony. It's tough to speak naturally when every telephony I've ever heard has been so terrible... Thanks!

    /sites/default/files/script-recordings/user-12919/script-recording-47006.mp3

    Peer Feedback:

    I really like the enthusiastic tone of your delivery!

    While I like the "smile" in your voice on the word "Welcome", the sound of the first syllable (wel) doesn't sound as clear as the rest of your delivery. You also enunciate with a lot of glottal stops on words that start with a vowel. It doesn't bother me at all, since it seems to represent the way you speak naturally; but some may feel that the glottal stops result in a choppy delivery. The most noticeable glottal stop is on the word "options"; it seems to pop out just a bit. As for the recording, I can still hear the breaths before "please enter your access ID" and "For other products and services".

    Overall, I learned a lot from the emotion and clarity of this recording. Thanks for sharing!

    Peer Feedback:

    jmcbride --
    as much as I loathe IVR systems, you did a nice job on this read, IMO. These literally have to be read as though the audience were children, which I think you did. Tons of modulation, pauses when you read the quoted text, so the listener understands what response to give. Clear and concise. Agree with Joe on the "smile" to feign friendliness and assuage impatient callers.
    Much more mechanical than conversational.

    A couple things on the performance:
    "tah access your account", and "sosal security number" -- probably need to tighten up the enunciation there. How would a Garmin say it?
    With monitor headset on, I can hear background room noise of some sort....

    nice job,
    DS

    Peer Feedback:

    Thanks for the feedback guys. I agree with both of the suggestions you made for the read. I asked for a good pair of headphones for christmas to get a better sense of the background noise my mic is picking up. It doesn't help that my computer sounds like a hovercraft and I live right next to an airport... Thanks again!

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    Call tone

    Script:

    Welcome to Look stock trading agency
    Dear customer, all our representatives are currently busy helping other customers
    Please continue to hold and a representative will be with you soon.
    Please end the call and we will call you later.

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    Audition Recording:

    Click to hear Eman896's recording

    People tell me that my audios have noise in the background. I tried to remove the noise by audacity, and this is what I got. The noise is still there but only when I speak. I first created a noise profile and then removed noise. I record at home in a quiet room and I use an HP external mic. Plz tell me the best free program that can help in my case. Thank you

    /sites/default/files/script-recordings/user-98592/script-recording-77192.mp3

    Peer Feedback:

    It sounds like you're using a noise gate...which will cut the noise ONLY when you're not speaking. In VO, they're not very helpful. What you'd want to use is a broadband noise remover...but from what I'm hearing in your sound file, the hiss is so loud, any attempt to remove that hiss will encroach on or change your vocal sound too.

    What you'll need to look into is what's creating that much noise and see about making changes in that regard.

    Peer Feedback:

    It doesn't particularly matter which recording software you use - and Audacity is just fine - because they all only interpret the digital 1's and 0's coming into your computer into a wave form. What you need to invest in is a good professional-type microphone and/or interface and record in as quiet an environment as is possible for your situation. The stock microphones that come with your computer package are pretty crappy little things with poor sound quality and there is little chance of cleaning up the sound by jumping through hoops trying to process it in the software. There's a saying. "Garbage in, garbage out." And what is coming in is not of good quality to begin with, noise and all. Don't know that HP is a brand of mic that any voiseover audio engineer would recommend.

    What TxTom is talking about (and what you are hearing) is: Your voice with the static noise under in your recording, then no sound at all, and then your voice with the static noise again. A noise gate or severe editing or severe use of noise cancellation does that - it basically turns the volume all the way down to off (no sound) which is very disturbing for the listener. (It could be a preset in Audacity that you may have overlooked or you are choosing the wrong "filter" or the noise profile is too severe.)

    It also sounds like you are very distant in proximity from the mic, but that may just be a consequence of the inferior quality of the mic itself. The gain, or overall loudness, of the recording is very low and quiet. But fiddling with the computer preferences or Audacity's input gain will only cause the noise from that inferior sounding mic to become amplified as well. And again, there is little you can do in the software to eliminate that - garbage in, garbage out.

    Peer Feedback:

    If you are trying to improve the quality while keeping costs down, an all-in-one USB mic might be the way to go. They are in roughly the $75 -$250 range. Just google "USB Mic" and see what's there. Likely, the mic that comes with any computer is nowhere near the quality necessary. The sound card may cut some corners on quality as well.
    For the price-range above, you can likely cut the distracting noise and get decent quality. I have used a small Samson "Go Mic" before and the quality is not bad. My preference is usually something with a larger diaphragm though. Some of these USB mics also bundle recording software but Audacity and some of the other low-cost or free software apps can usually do the job.
    -touzet-

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    Chase redo

    Script:

    Welcome to Chase...
    Where the right relationship is everything.
    We are pleased to have you as a Chase Platinum card member.
    Please enter the last 4 digits of your account number followed by the “#” sign.
    For detailed account information or the address to mail your payment... Press 1
    For your 5 most recent transactions, to confirm or change your pin number for use at cash machines worldwide or to request checks... Press 2.
    To report the loss, theft or none receipt of your Chase credit card which will prevent further transactions on the account ... Press 3.
    To hear about the Chase Gift Card, Chase Currency To Go or Chase Travel Rewards programs... Press 4.
    To repeat this list of services... Press 9.
    To speak with a customer service representative... Press 0.

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear tjstorms's recording

    Special thanks to jamesromick for bringing attention to the mouth noises and other variables. Thanks to pwittenb for the tip on recording some silence for editing - as james mentioned that is used to add warmth instead of using a noise gate. I used that silence in between to edit out breaths and mouth noises (now the challenge is eliminating noises mid-word!). Smiling is sometimes hard to do when being overly conscious of mouth noise, but working on it... I did unwittingly attenuate the freqs on the upper end on the first read, so I fixed that - I hope to change my environment in the near future as there is still slight muffling.

    /sites/default/files/script-recordings/user-83579/script-recording-66316.mp3

    Peer Feedback:

    Much better without the breaths and (non-word) mouth noise. You're right though, the sound is still a little muffled, the higher frequencies are not very crisp. There are some more tech-minded people here who could give you advice on that.

    Ah, yes. The smile. I will relate a story about an audition I had this past Thursday. It was in the booth at my agent's office - a :60 TV VO for a well-known fast food chain. The bulk of the copy went fine, but he wanted a really big smile for the last two tag lines. I did a second take (of the entire copy) and thought I was giving the tag the requested smile. He had me punch-in the tag again - "A big, cheezy smile," he said, and he watched my face through the booth's window. Uncomfortable in more ways than one - being scrutinized so closely and talking while smiling so broadly.

    Yeah, smiling and talking feels really awkward. But, sometimes you can't go too far to get the effect that's required. If anything, it's better to go overboard and have to be pulled back than not going far enough and never quite getting there.

    One general thing. If you can, edit all of the "Press (number)"s together and give it a listen. To my ears, they sound exactly the same with the same downward inflections. You might want to vary them here and there just to add a little more interest.

    Peer Feedback:

    The only things I am detecting here is a bit of an accent (something I can't escape from) and a bit of the "reading aloud" thing like a computer generated response as opposed to warmly speaking directly to the caller. Other than that, it sounds pretty good. Keep up the good work and good luck!

    Peer Feedback:

    Thanks James - looks like I traded excessive room noise for muffling - it's my enclosure something I soon hope to remediate - thanks for confirming. Thanks for relating the smile story, that's helpful. I need to get some sour apples to reduce that mouth noise, and I'll feel more comfortable smiling :-)

    jday, thank you for bringing up the accent and not being afraid to do so as fellow members (myself included) may be reluctant to do as those are some of the hardest things to tackle. Are there any words in particular that really stck out, or is it throughout? I'm suspecting it really shows itself in words like "have", "transaction", "address", "programs"? ( I grew up near the NYC area as a kid, so I think that's where I got it from)
    As for the crtique regarding "computer generated response" (in line with james's "press numbers" and smile critique), I do need to work on getting the "corporate=stiff/robotic" idea out of my head.

    I would appreciate further comment on the accent if possible as that would really be helpful.
    Thanks!!!

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    Chase

    Script:

    Welcome to Chase...

    Where the right relationship is everything.

    We are pleased to have you as a Chase Platinum card member.

    Please enter the last 4 digits of your account number followed by the “#” sign.

    For detailed account information or the address to mail your payment... Press 1

    For your 5 most recent transactions, to confirm or change your pin number for use at cash machine worldwide or to request checks... Press 2.

    To report the loss, theft or none receipt of your Chase credit card which will prevent further transactions on the account ... Press 3.

    To hear about the Chase Gift Card, Chase Currency To Go or Chase Travel Rewards programs... Press 4.

    To repeat this list of services... Press 9.

    To speak with a customer service representative... Press 0.

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear sabrinasvoice's recording

    Thank you for the feedback.

    /sites/default/files/script-recordings/user-4472/script-recording-30407.mp3

    Peer Feedback:

    Wow, you did a really great job with this. Just a few small points:

    - the third line felt a little too impersonal; try to sound a tad more natural.

    - the "to confirm" in line six happened too fast; try to slow that down a little.

    - the audio in line seven faded a bit around the end.

    Other than these nitpicks, very impressive reading!

    Peer Feedback:

    You must remember not to let down when you give the 'digit to press.'
    You do this consistently. It spoils an otherwise fine job!

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    Chase

    Script:

    Welcome to Chase...

    Where the right relationship is everything.

    We are pleased to have you as a Chase Platinum card member.

    Please enter the last 4 digits of your account number followed by the “#” sign.

    For detailed account information or the address to mail your payment... Press 1

    For your 5 most recent transactions, to confirm or change your pin number for use at cash machine worldwide or to request checks... Press 2.

    To report the loss, theft or none receipt of your Chase credit card which will prevent further transactions on the account ... Press 3.

    To hear about the Chase Gift Card, Chase Currency To Go or Chase Travel Rewards programs... Press 4.

    To repeat this list of services... Press 9.

    To speak with a customer service representative... Press 0.

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear tjstorms's recording

    Along with critiques sought for on performance... I'm having a difficult time imagining how this would sound over a telephone. When doing a demo (say for a profile on Voices) for telephony, is it best to leave audio as is, or do you want to process it to get it to sound as it would over a telephone? (or a mix of both?) I would think to leave audio as is, but would like to hear what people think.

    /sites/default/files/script-recordings/user-83579/script-recording-66262.mp3

    Peer Feedback:

    Great read. All that was missing was me dialing the phone. It sounded great.

    The only thing me ear caught was the inflection of 'transactions'. It was a little different for me.

    Sorry, can't answer your Voices question.

    Peer Feedback:

    I do not profess to know a great deal about telephony. What little knowledge I have is based on what I have heard from some of the Edge coaches.

    One thing to keep in mind is that the eventual audio quality over the phone lines will be drastically different than, say, the audio quality for a TV or radio commercial. However, that does not mean that your audio should be phone-like sounding. There are certain requirements for submissions that will be in the specs: i.e. the type of file, bit rate, sample rate, etc.

    And to compensate for that loss in audio quality means that the words have to be really well articulated, especially for something as nationally (or possibly internationally) as corporate as a Chase card. You might have people on the other end of the line that English is not their native language.

    There are a lot of breaths and mouth noise here that should be edited out. I can't think of a (professionally corporate) phone message where I heard any breathing. The recording quality is a bit on the dull (bassy) side, but maybe that's just your setup and recording environment. EQing in more higher frequencies might make it a little sharper.

    And smile. We want to hear a really friendly, helpful voice on the other end of the line.

    Peer Feedback:

    Thanks guys, appreciate the feedback. James, yes I should know better - thanks for keeping us honest!

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    chiroworks voice mail

    Script:

    Hello, you’ve reached Chiropractic Works, the offices of Dr. Chris Rapoff. If this is a medical emergency please hang up and dial 911. Our office hours are Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9am to Noon and 2pm to 6pm. Tuesday from 2pm to 6pm and Thursdays from 9am to 1pm. If you have received this message during normal working hours, we are with patients. If you would like to leave a message, we will return your call as soon as possible. If you have a question for the doctor, you can reach him on our website at www.chiropracticpalmsprings.com. Thanks for calling.

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear johntpivinski's recording

    I am using a new iK Multimedia iRig Mic HD with my iPad using Twisted Wave software. Wanted to see how it sounds to everyone.

    /sites/default/files/script-recordings/user-93815/script-recording-84727.mp3

    Peer Feedback:

    First off, there was a lot of brackground noise. I could hear you clearly step up to the mic and back off at the end. You can edit that out quite easily, as well as the breath sounds in between the vocals. The room echo, however, is...not so easy to edit out. I recommend recording in an area as silent as possible (a closet might be your best option if you're short on space and money to play with). The mic quality sounds pretty good and I like that aspect!

    As for your performance, the pace is pretty good and you gave it a good feel, but your articulation is lacking quite a bit in some areas. Practice listening to yourself saying "message", "normal" and "reached". It sounds more like you're saying "reach" instead of "reached", so try to practice that.

    Good luck!!

    Peer Feedback:

    Noticeable room reverberation noises. Other than that, pretty good.

    Peer Feedback:

    slow down. You are slurring "if this is a medical emergency" and you didn't articular emergency.

    Not sure why you inflected 'works' upward. I couldn't understand the chiropractor's name.

    I suggest you emphasize patients and not "with."

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    Cigna Healthare 3

    Script:

    For benefits and eligibility, press 1.

    For medical authorizations, or to speak with health services, press 2.

    For prescription authorization and other pharmacy questions, press 3.

    All of our customer service representatives are presently on a call. Please hold and your call will be handled by the next available representative. Thank you for your patience.

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear linnyayh's recording

    /sites/default/files/script-recordings/user-9166/script-recording-58691.mp3

    Peer Feedback:

    The quality of the recording was crystal clear. Speed up the tempo a little bit. Be a little more businesslike and a little less emotive. Most clients getting a recording on the phone would probably like to cut right to the chase, and get to their intended person as quickly as possible. Keep up the good work.

    Peer Feedback:

    Good point, thanks mwjrnc!

    Peer Feedback:

    I would agree with mwjrnc. Audio was great and you have a fantastic voice perfect for telephony. Uptempo it a bit with a little less inflection.

    Peer Feedback:

    I don't think you'd have to speed up the pace much, but a little faster would be helpful. I also noticed that when you said the word "three" it sounded almost like "thwee". I liked your audio. Very clear.

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear Chris Coulter's recording

    In accordance with several suggestions given to me in the comments on my first recording I'm submitting take 2. Please compare the two and comment.

    /sites/default/files/script-recordings/cigna-2.MP3

    Peer Feedback:

    Chris,

    The first thing that hits me is the descending toned to start the piece. It feels as though you cover about an octave in the first two sentence. With each sentence you get a bit flatter, the forth sentence ascends, until the last where you are fairly even.

    I wonder if you're tensing up a bit and reading hire up in your register. I don't know what you sound like, but if you think you may be doing this, try to stay a little lower.

    Lastly, try reading this as if you are actually talking to someone on the other end of the phone. This is something that I did in college when working at the movie theater. People would call to hear the recording of movie times and since I was board, i'd answer the line and give the spiel which I'd memorized since I did the recording. Half way through I'd stop and say 'I'm probably going on too long, is there something specific you were interested in?'

    Peer Feedback:

    I have to concur with pwittenb on the wide octave swing in the first sentence. I think his advice of reading this like you were actually talking to someone on the phone would probably help this. There were a couple very obvious breaths that need to be edited out (one immediately after the first sentence and again after "press 1"). There was also an obvious edit between the 2nd and 3rd sentences. The pacing was pretty good, though I think I would have suggested moving a little more quickly.

    I'm not sure which (if any) specific genre you are most interested in, but I think you have the perfect voice the play the "Mom" or "trusted friend" role.

    Peer Feedback:

    Hi, Chris! Sorry to hear about your computer troubles (I think you mentioned them a couple weeks back?). I like the friendly tone in this. I'm hearing some swoops in pitch (across phrasing) as you read that aren't quite conversational to me. I remember chatting with you about this in the past (I think it was that we were both struggling with some verbal quirks that we--or at least I--was chagrined to realize I did in "real life", too). I wonder if it would help to listen to some great recorded conversations and then pretend to BE a person from that conversation when doing a read--kind of a "character cloak", a la Scott Burns. I remember there was this fabulous voice in an NPR interview we talked about. Can't remember the woman, but she was a bit of a character, and she was no stranger to a big pitch range. Yet she sounded very conversational in it even though she was being interviewed. Ringing any bells? Anyway, I always enjoy your voice and always immediately think "story teller". :)

    Peer Feedback:

    Hi Chris,
    The pacing is much more listenable (to me) than the last one. I agree with the comments above about the pitch swoops-- and I agree that you sound like a storyteller. (In a good way!-- I could see you doing kids' audiobooks...)
    Best,
    Peter

    Peer Feedback:

    Thank you all for your comments. In listening to the recording a couple of times last night I was able to hear the pitch variations you are all talking about and I've been paying attention to other narraters and news reporters this morning.
    Tonya, I remember the conversations we had about verbal quirks and the link you sent me to Laura Sidell's NPR interview. Her voice is more like mine than I ever realized. I will pay more attention to my pitch variations in subsequent reads. :)

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    Audition Recording:

    Click to hear martykrz's recording

    I have yet to get a booking through Voice123 and I think I may be missing something. I hope this evaluation can put me in the right direction. I'm using an AKG Perception Mic with pro tools software and M-audio interface.

    /sites/default/files/script-recordings/user-4238/script-recording-30962.mp3

    Peer Feedback:

    Hmmm...contest entry....

    Peer Feedback:

    Submit this for the weekly contest and, if you don't win, read the "Why some voice talent didn't win" explanation to find out what you're missing. Those critiques are really valuable. And if you want a more specific assessment, pay $20 for a check-up from Edge. Worth every penny.

    Take a close listen to "you entered extension" for pacing and "customer service" for clarity and, if you hear what I'm hearing, re-record those two for sure.

    Peer Feedback:

    Hi....just sent in my audition for this one. Seems like you followed the directions that were provided...and it sounded pretty good.....maybe could have used a bit more warmth. Bill is correct about the Edge feedback....it is very thorough and directed at your delivery alone. Good luck!

    Peer Feedback:

    Worth every penny.

    Peer Feedback:

    I can see that. Thanks everyone for your constructive comments.

    Peer Feedback:

    Wow, that check up was gold! And I won't say anything beyond what's been said by Kristine. But I will say I like you're mic. It's the same one I use. : )

    Peer Feedback:

    Kristin is a great coach....take her suggestions to heart. Regarding the nasal sounds, I too have that problem. I have learned to detect is as soon as I have recorded...so I adjust accordingly. I think it's a sinus thing....a sinus rinse helps.

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    Delta IVR

    Script:

    Hi and welcome to Flightline, Delta’s automated flight departure and arrival system. For tips on using this system, say instructions... Remember, you can say help at any time during our call. First, tell me either the flight number, or just the departure city.

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear airchic's recording

    How is the mic quality. Also I have a problem with dry mouth smacking is it something very noticeable

    /sites/default/files/script-recordings/user-27178/script-recording-61649.mp3

    Peer Feedback:

    This copy would probably have served you better if it were written, or at least formatted a little better. For instance, how would have you read it if there was no comma after "system" and the word "instructions" was in quotes? And if the word "help" was in quotes? It would trick your brain and naturally make you emphasize those words.

    A little too much space after "Hi". Get on with it and get me to the instructions. (We all like greetings, but I want to get to the information. Or at least find out quickly if I have connected to the right place. My first reaction to telephonic voices that want to befriend me is to scream into the phone, "Just give me the information!" But that's just me.)

    Small thing. "...flight number" and "...departure city" could use just a touch more emphasis - maybe just a tiny, tiny pause before each - to help me understand the instruction.

    Peer Feedback:

    I'm just going to follow James around so I can say, "Yeah, what he said."

    Nice smile and tone to your lovely voice. I wouldn't hit "you" and would say "you can say" as one little blurt to better help "help" stand out, since that's the operative word there. If I were reading this, I would use body language and make "air quotes" when saying key words and phrases like "help".

    Mic sounded nice to me, but I'm not so techie yet so I miss nuances.

    I have a dry smacking problem, too, and it's amazing how much it's helped to drink way more than I was (not DURING the recording but in the preceding 12 hours), and making sure my head isn't tilted up overly during my read so that saliva doesn't accumulate under my tongue.

    Hope this helps!

    Tonia

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear Chris Coulter's recording

    I've been looking for a humorous script and finally found one. I think the humor came through on this one. What do you think?

    /sites/default/files/script-recordings/dumbfounded-dialer.MP3

    Peer Feedback:

    The background noise in the recording is distracting me from your natural read of the script. Try to eliminate that next time. More emphasis on each sentence. Try to read this script over and over in different ways until you find the one that communicates well to the listener. Keep going.

    Peer Feedback:

    Mic position needs improvement. If you want to be humorous...try to be serious and let the listener make that decision. Ian

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear sabrinasvoice's recording

    /sites/default/files/script-recordings/user-4472/script-recording-30409.mp3

    Peer Feedback:

    A nice and humorous piece for telephony! I liked your read, but I would advise that you try to work on sounding a bit more natural. This sounded a bit to pushy and script-oriented. For example, the "You have reached" in the very beginning sounds very forced and strong. Try to soften your voice a bit; get close to the mic and try to act like you're speaking in someone's ear- not quite whispering, but speaking softly. That might be a good exercise for you to try.

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    Emergency call

    Script:

    Hello, and welcome to _____ . If this is an emergency, then please hang up and dial 911. If this is a voice over emergency then please leave a message , and we'll get back to you as soon as possible. Thank you for listening. Have a nice day.

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear urbangraceb's recording

    Created this script as part of possible IVR demo. Wondering about sound, script, phone voice. Whatever suggestions you have are greatly appreciated.

    /sites/default/files/script-recordings/user-104804/script-recording-82751.mp3

    Peer Feedback:

    I hear a click right after "Hello" Editing artifact, maybe? Otherwise, nice voice and the pacing seemed good to me. As for the script, don't most IVR messages mention a beep to signal when the system is ready to record a message?

    Now in my head I'm hearing stuff like "for laryngitis, please dial 1. For mumps, dial 2..."

    Peer Feedback:

    Ha! Very funny. I could go really crazy with the script like you suggest, but maybe I'll wait to see what else I put on the demo, so that i have a variety. I'm guessing that is the point of the demo: a variety of moods and examples.

    Peer Feedback:

    Hi urbangrace, if it's an IVR demo, you want to showcase different styles of messaging with different attitudes -professional, pleasant, maybe something younger sounding, with different scripts -numbers, people with extensions, maybe some commercial copy for on hold periods.

    If this is for a general demo, you don't want to throw a bunch of things together. Like you don't want a commercial demo with IVR and character voices, you just want a commercial demo that showcases your talents with various different hot commodities (cars, retail, fast food, some sort of home goods, etc)

    Not sure what you meant...

    For this script, I thought you lost energy in "thank you for listening" which should have been on same level as "have a nice day" which was too conversational I feel like for IVR. It's always so definitive, you know there's a beep or a hang up at the end of that. I also thought there could have been a little more articulation between "voice over" and "emergency" But all in all, it's lovely!

    Peer Feedback:

    Thanks so much for the feedback. I was planning on making this part of a phone/iVR demo. I wouldn't mix it in with other demo types such as advertising.

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    IVR Audition

    Script:

    Thank you for calling Bank's Vacuum Superstores in Dearborn.
    If you are calling for directions to the store or our business hours, please press 1.
    To connect with a Bank's Vacuum expert NOW, please press 2.
    To hear this message again, please press 3.

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    Audition Recording:

    Click to hear ShanaPB's recording

    This was a past audition and I am looking for feedback on recording quality, vocal quality and overall success of the audition.

    /sites/default/files/script-recordings/user-92475/script-recording-76009.mp3

    Peer Feedback:

    I like it. Recording quality seems excellent. I like your performance, good pacing, clear. Disclaimer: I'm a relative newbie at this, so there are probably subtleties I'm missing.

    Peer Feedback:

    Well done, for the most part. There were some really hard starts "thank you" "to connect" it might help to start with a lead in, you can hear how much smoother it is after that. It will sound better if you start that smoothly. And then watch the P's from popping, but those can be cleaned up if necessary. And I think I heard a little whistle in there too, so maybe just a bit more warming up might help? But the tone and pacing were nice, I thought as well.

    Peer Feedback:

    This is generally pretty good. The recording quality sounds great, especially for an audition. As others have said, the main thing is just with a few starts; you "to's" are very harsh, as your "T" sound is hard. The "Thank" at the beginning is also hard and loud. However, the overall delivery is very nice and could work very well for a phone system.

    Peer Feedback:

    Going a little more natural will go a long way for you, for sure, but this was good.

    I also noticed that "are" and "our" at the beginning sounded a little too similar.

    Overall, though, I'm impressed with the quality of the recording and the performance.

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear Josh Carpenter's recording

    I am still trying to home in on where my strengths lie, i.e. what's marketable. Please be absolutely brutal in your evaluation of my technique, mic technique, etc. I am trying hard to get better. Thank you! Josh

    /sites/default/files/script-recordings/user-13119/script-recording-57351.mp3

    Peer Feedback:

    Nits first:
    "home to thousands of titles" and "usually your social security number" not quite crisp. Not sure if it's you or the editing.

    I love, love, love your voice for IVR. Nice, clear personable tenor that's a good change from the articulate gals club, of which I hope to become a member. I thought the sound quality was excellent except for where I noted above. Maybe I'll hear you again on the 22nd when Noelle's teaching telephony on the Sat technique class.

    Peer Feedback:

    Thanks Tonia. The 22nd of June?
    I listened to Mara's IVR demo in her profile on Edge and about fell out of my chair. Wow! I've got a long way to go. I'm still trying to figure out where my strengths are and what's marketable.

    Peer Feedback:

    Josh, save yourself some time trying to figure it out on your own and grab a coach here. Small investment = bigger rewards down the road.

    Peer Feedback:

    Daniel, I've gotten a little coaching already, but obviously not enough. Unfortunately, my immediate circumstances leave nothing to pay for anymore. I understand the need for investment, for sure, but things took a sudden turn and are leaving me having to fend for myself in this regard. That's why I'm here looking for any help I can get.

    Peer Feedback:

    Hey, Josh, are you not in an Edge program? If not, then in spite of the class I mentioned earlier, I don't know that I'd spend money on the Sat technique class in telephony. Those classes are good and Noelle can really move through material, but Sat classes are often loaded with students and sometimes there isn't much individual time. If money's tight and you want more training, I'd just save for coaching one-on-one.

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    IVR

    Script:

    You have reached Animal Wellness Center. Please listen as our menu options have changed. Our hours are Monday through Friday from 8 am to 6 pm. We are closed from 12:30 to 1:30 for lunch and on Wednesday from 12:30 to 2:00. We are closed on weekends. To schedule an appointment or reach the front desk, press 0. For Kathy Miller, head of reproduction, press 1.

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear Randy Mahoney's recording

    This is my first IVR practice read. I am not in my normal record space and the file is raw, so please just pay attention to the delivery. Thanks

    /sites/default/files/script-recordings/user-102777/script-recording-99395.mp3

    Peer Feedback:

    Good read. I could understand every word clearly so delivery was positive.

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    Joint Pain

    Script:

    Hello, this is Linda with a message from “Feelgood Joint Formula.”

    If you are an active senior and want to maintain healthy joints and combat the damage, stiffness and pain when performing simple physical activities this message is for you.

    Feelgood Joint Formula has developed in its’ South Florida laboratory a powerful new, proprietary, complex blend of cutting edge ingredients to provide an effective, safer and more convenient alternative to expensive medications for pain relief in the hands, feet, spine, hips and knees and you can receive a free, no obligation 2 week sample today.

    As published in the New England Journal of Medicine these ingredients help build connective tissue involved in holding the entire body together. Don’t suffer from pain associated with degenerative joint disease.

    Press “1” to learn more about how you can get a free, no obligation 2 week sample today of Feelgood Joint Formula to effectively help treat and relieve joint pain.

    If you want to be removed from the list press “2”.

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear surfingdaisy's recording

    I've been auditioning like crazy,let me know your thoughts... if i'm improving or not?! what to change... ? i'd like everyone's thoughts and opinions!! Daisy

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    Peer Feedback:

    You've got a nice voice. I think you should keep up the work as far as practicing and you should start getting some work. That said I do hear some issues...

    Recording: I hear a lot of distracting click and mouth noise--especially at the ends of phrases or in between words and phrases. These are the most obvious, distracting, and indicators of a newbie. If you work with an engineer they are also something you may never have to fix in a professional setting but if you are sending in auditions they could be a problem. I know Edge, for example, has some great classes/workshops on basic audio editing from time to time. There are also tutorials online.

    Performance: You didn't grab me with "Hello". I personally hate intro's like that and feel I hardly ever get them right but you didn't sound like a person (be it a friend, colleague, salesperson, etc.) approaching me in person. It felt like reading and I think a lot of that may be pacing? You might try recording practicing this script at 200/wpm and then 80/wpm and then without thinking about pacing and see how that sounds.

    I can't speak to growth because I don't know your other work but I think you've got something to build from here.

    Peer Feedback:

    You have a nice voice! Your voice sounds very relaxed and nonchalant--spice up this read by making it more upbeat, it will be excellent. Keep up the good work!

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    Nynex On Hold

    Script:

    Nynex On Hold

    Script:
    Your call is important to us, please continue to hold...a representative will be with you shortly. While you’re on hold, we’d like to tell you about important services our company has to offer you. Did you know that we offer a “gold package” to our most valuable customers? Ask your representative for more information.

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear linnyayh's recording

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    Peer Feedback:

    Great! Extra clarity for the phone. Friendly without being too perky. Good flow. I always love your voice!

    Peer Feedback:

    I thought that was wonderful! Very clear with just the right amount of emotion. Excellent job!

    Peer Feedback:

    Thank you for your encouragement Tonia and jrdenton! :)

    Peer Feedback:

    Nice energetic read - your pace certainly would have captured my attention!

    Peer Feedback:

    Very nice voice, and I loved the pace of it. I thought you did a really good job. The only thing I'd say is to check out how you said the word "while". It was a little slurred. Other than that, the recording was nice, and the presentation was awesome.

    Peer Feedback:

    You have a nice voice with the right amount of emotion for this recording.

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    Pharmacy Locator

    Script:

    Pharmacy Locator

    Welcome to the Automated Pharmacy Locator.

    Please enter your 11 digit account number now.

    Please hold while we access your account information.

    Please enter the five-digit zip code for the area in which you would like to locate a participating pharmacy now.

    Please hold while I check for your participating pharmacies.

    The pharmacies in the area you selected are:

    If this concludes your call, simply hang up, or you can stay on the line to enter another zip code.

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear mhoffman97@verizon.net's recording

    All comments are welcome. Thanks in advance. Marie

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    Peer Feedback:

    I don't profess to know much about telephony. I have not done any myself, so please take these comments as a person who would potentially be on the phone listening to the options.

    In the first sentence, the full name three word name of the service is equally important. The lift on "Locator" made it seem more important than the rest.

    The forth sentence should end the same way the second sentence did, as an instruction. In other words, do not drop on "now".

    For the last sentence, you might just complete one thought and begin the second with out much of a pause. That is, a downward inflection on "up" and complete the other instruction.

    The voice is pleasant and easy to listen to. I think if you put a lot of "smile" into the read, it would be even more welcoming. People listening to this are probably be older to elderly and want someone up and warm to give them instructions.

    Peer Feedback:

    Your voice is very pleasant and easy to listen to I agree with James.

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    The Herculean Fitness Club

    Script:

    Thank you for calling The Herculean, the fitness club that goes the extra mile for you. To learn about our club memberships, press 1. To start your fitness experience at The Herculean, press 2. To book a personal trainer, press 3. To listen to our contact information, press 4. To return to the main menu, press the pound key. Greetings, you have reached the corporate voice mail for The Herculean team of fitness professionals. Please leave your name, phone number or email address and we will get back to you within twenty-four hours.

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    Practice Recording:

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    Peer Feedback:

    Recording quality is really good. Good sounding EQ. Possibly could use a tiny touch more low end. Maybe...

    The timing on this is great!

    Peer Feedback:

    I'm hearing an accent. It's not there throughout but only in a couple of words/phrases: "press 2", "main menu", and "voice mail". Also, changing the script is never something we're supposed to do but using contractions is perfectly acceptable. The last part of the copy ("we will get back to you") sounds choppy and unnatural. Say "we'll" instead of "we will" and it'll sound much better.

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    TraiTel Telecommunications

    Script:

    Welcome to TraiTel telecommunications. This call might be recorded for training and quality
    control purposes. For sales press 1, for technical support press 2, for accounts press 3. If you know the extension you require press 4. For all other enquiries, please press 5.

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    Audition Recording:

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    Peer Feedback:

    Hi digitalwiz,
    the recording quality seems to be good, but I think I'm hearing some noise that I believe (and hope) has something to be with the bitrate quality, you can set it up to 320 and it will be so much better...
    Also, you sound a bit nasal which is something you can easily correct with some vocal lessons (voice placement).
    I hope this helps!
    Have a happy new year!

    Peer Feedback:

    There's something "electronic" sounding to the recording. Severe use of noise reduction will cause that because some of the noise frequencies being eliminated may be within your vocal range. Those vocal frequencies will be eliminated as well leaving sonic artifacts in the recording. A metallic and/or electronic sounding voice.

    There is also either some severe editing or a severe use of a noise gate as well, most notable after "press one" and "press three". If it is a noise gate (most likely used to eliminate breath sounds, which are still apparent earlier in the recording), edit instead. Noise gates are tricky and seldom used for VO.

    There is a bit of a nasal quality to your voice, but that may just be a result of whatever processing you may be using. (Possibly the combination of the noise reduction and noise gate plus some EQ-ing?)

    Telephony is tricky. The resulting sound will not be, or be requited to be, of a very high quality - no big files, no drastic EQ-ing and such because the listening quality of most phones isn't that great to begin with, but they're getting better. Which means, to compensate for that, the articulation needs to be crisp and concise. This is just a touch muddy - some of it has to do with the processing. Also watch "fer" for "for" on all of the "press #" instructions.

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    Need overall feedback.....thank you Peers!!

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    Peer Feedback:

    The read itself was very clearly articulated, and clearly pronounced. However, the tone was too "mysterious" considering the subject matter involved. The read should have been performed at a more brisk, business like pace. The quality of the recording was pretty near perfect. No background noises or room reverberations were evident.
    Best Wishes from Raleigh, NC
    Mike W.

    Peer Feedback:

    Thank you Mike....I still have a ways to go on this voyage.....

    Peer Feedback:

    Recording quality is very good,

    Have to agree with Mike on the tone. sounded more like a mellow jazz station DJ than a message on hold read. Nice and friendly, but just too smooth and slick.

    Peer Feedback:

    HeyJames....thank you.....i do see what you huys mean i will make the necessary changes.....Happy Holidays!!

    Peer Feedback:

    I actually think it could have been great if you had tweaked it just a bit. It got sort of melodic sounding, and if you had landed a sentence ending or two, not punched "please" quite so hard at the end... I could listen to that all day :)

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    Hi! I'm troubleshooting my space, and I've recorded the same script in two different locations. They are separated by a long pause. Let me know what you think!

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    Peer Feedback:

    Hi Katie

    I'm far from an expert, so please take my comments with a grain of salt. (Or whole salt shaker?!)

    I like the first one better. Is that where you also recorded the slate? I think it sounded "fuller", but as a total non-expert I'm unable to offer any reason why that might be!

    I'm in much the same situation as you - troubleshooting my space - so I'm really interested in more experienced opinions too.

    Miranda

    Peer Feedback:

    Thanks Miranda!
    -Katie

    Peer Feedback:

    I like the second location better, it is a little "drier", less sharp, less room noise perhaps?

    Peer Feedback:

    Hi Katie,

    I believe the first take was much better due to the "deader" sound. Which is what you want. You definitely have reflections in the first recording, but that can be taken care of by just ensuring that you have all reflective surfaces covered with sound dampening materials. All walls in your space, the ceiling, the floor, your desk (if applicable).

    The second read sounded like you were maybe in a kitchen or bathroom type of room. Meaning, many more surfaces for the sound to reflect off of and bounce around. It also sounds like you have moved away from the mic on the second take. I think you are better off in the first spot.

    Assuming this is dry (meaning you haven't treated it with any EQ/compression/normalization etc.) then you are in a good starting place. Finish covering reflective surfaces, then work with someone (George Whittam, Tim Tippets, etc) to get you an audio stack built to help clean up the final product.

    Good luck!

    Peer Feedback:

    Hi Katie,

    The first one is better. I heard no echoes and the clarity was good. The second sounded like you were using an app on your phone (What I usually do since I don't have a home studio yet). Go with the first location.

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    1-800 Greeting and On-Hold Messages

    Script:

    Hello and thank you for calling Canada Energy Service Corporation - Canada’s best choice for new high efficiency appliances, guaranteed! Your call is very important to us today and may be recorded and monitored for quality assurance purposes.

    To speak to one of our friendly Customer Care Specialists today, please choose from the following 3 options:

    • Press 1 if you have recently applied for an upgrade or to request new information about our high efficiency appliances, exciting rental programs or your FREE in-home evaluation

    • Press 2 if you are an existing client and require immediate appliance service and support

    • Press 3 to reach our billing department

    Or remain on the line, and one of our Customer Care Specialists will be with you in a moment

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    800 Travel Systems

    Script:

    800 Travel Systems
    Thank you for calling 800 Travel Systems. If you know your travel consultant's extension, please dial it now.

    For the best possible service, this call may be monitored or recorded.

    For a company directory, press 9.

    For air reservations, press 1.

    If you have a reservation on hold or have already purchased your ticket, press 2.

    For Las Vegas, Hawaii, and Orlando air and hotel packages, press 3.

    To hear these options again, press 4.

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    Abigail Jane’s Flowers

    Script:

    Thank you for calling Abigail Jane’s Flowers, your friendly neighborhood florist for weddings and all of your special occasions.

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    Abigail Jane’s Flowers Ivr

    Script:

    To speak with a floral consultant, press 1

    To place an order, press 2

    To speak with Genevieve Thompson in arranging, press 3

    To speak with Abigail Jane Frailey, press 4

    To leave a message in the company mail box, press 5

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    Abigail Jane’s Flowers On Hold

    Script:

    Are you getting married this year? Let our consultants sweep you off your feet and create the bridal bouquet of your dreams.

    Thank you for holding. We appreciate your business.

    It’s almost Valentine’s day... Does your lady love have a dozen roses ordered for her already? There’s still time, so make sure you ask your floral consultant when we return on the line.

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    Abigail Jane’s Flowers Voice Mail

    Script:

    Hi, you’ve reached the private voice mail for Abigail Jane Frailey. I’m not in the office at the moment, but please leave your name, phone number, and your request, and I will return your call as soon as I can. Talk to you soon!

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    Aetna

    Script:

    Thank-you for calling Aetna. Your call may be recorded to insure quality service. Please say whether you are an Aetna member or a medical or dental provider.

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    American Airlines

    Script:

    Thank you for calling American Airlines, a proud member of the One-World Alliance. Your call may be monitored or recorded to insure quality service.

    In addition to the fare information you receive on this call, American may offer lower fares through one of our internet partners or on our own web site at www.aa.com.

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    American Airlines telephony

    Script:

    Thank you for calling American airlines, a proud member of the One World Alliance. Your call may be monitored or recorded to insure quality service.

    22 people have played this

    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear abjgammy's recording

    Please evaluate my read including the quality of sound. My equipment is strictly for auditioning but I appreciate feedback as I am a novice in all areas. Thanks

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    Peer Feedback:

    The sound was good except for a humming in the background. Maybe it's the computer hum. I liked the pace. Good pronunciation. Maybe if you added a smile, it would have a more personal sound. Try it and see what you think.

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    American Express

    Script:

    Thank you for holding. Did you know that you can now receive your American Express statement completely online. No more paper bills! We’ll even send you an email reminder when your statement is ready for viewing. To see if you can take advantage of this free service; log on to americanexpress.com/paperless. Or ask your representative.

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    American Express

    Script:

    Welcome to American Express. Please have your card available.

    For balance, recent charges and credits posted to the account, future spending or membership rewards, press 1.

    To enroll or make a payment by phone, or for other payment information, press 2.

    If your card has been lost, stolen, is damaged, to check on the status of a renewal card or a replacement card request, or to change your name on the card, press 3.

    To apply for an American Express card, or to cancel a card, press 4.

    For questions regarding travel-related charges billed to your account, including airline, cruise line, tour operators, travel agents or hotels, press 5.

    For all other inquiries, press zero.

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    Area Code Change

    Script:

    Due to an area code change, your call cannot be completed as dialed. You must dial 1 plus 201 plus the number you wish to reach. the tones that follow are for those who are deaf or hard or hard of hearing. Thank you for using AT & T.

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    AT&T Area Code Change

    Script:

    Due to an area code change, your call cannot be completed as dialed. You must dial 1 plus 201 plus the number you wish to reach. The tones that follow are for those who are deaf or hard of hearing. Thank you for using AT&T.

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    AT&T Directory Assistance

    Script:

    This is AT&T. To place a call please dial the number you are calling. For double OH U.S. Directory press one. For other requests, please say information, credit or operator. Thank you for using AT&T. This is AT&T Double OH info. Can I help you? Who is the party you are looking for? OK the only listing for that party is at One Main Street. Can I dial that number for you at no charge?

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    AT&T IVR

    Script:

    IVR-001 Thank you for calling [[AT&T.]]
    IVR-002 Thank you for calling [[AT&T's]] Receivables Management Center for wireless service.
    IVR-003 Our business hours are Monday through Friday, 8am to 9pm , Saturday 8am to 5pm. We are closed on Sunday. If you should need immediate assistance please dial [[1-800-331-0500 or 6,1,1 ]]from your wireless phone to reach our Customer Service Department. Thank you for calling[[ AT&T. ]]Goodbye!
    IVR-005 Thank you for calling[[ AT&T]] about your wireless service.
    IVR-006 To check your voice mail from a phone other than your wireless phone, dial your 10 digit wireless phone number. Press the star key when the greeting begins and enter your personal pass code. Follow the voice prompts to retrieve messages.

    24 people have played this

    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear LucindaGainey's recording

    Hi! This is a recording for an audition with two different takes of the whole script given. It's my first audition for VO Planet and for this company so I was hesitant to only do a part of the script provided. I'm interested in any advice you have to make it better. I particularly want to know if my read matches my description and if either matches the client's desire: "The talent makes customers want to stay and play in the IVR. We want to reduce abandoned call rate. Customers feel positive about their IVR experience." Thank you for your help!

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    Peer Feedback:

    The two are really close to my ears...and one listen. Nice voice indeed.

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    Audix

    Script:

    For help at anytime press star H

    Please enter extension and press pound sign

    prease enter password and press pound sign

    For new messages press one

    To get messages press two

    For personal greetings press three

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    Automated Phone Voice System

    Script:

    All of our operators are currently assisting other customers. Please stay on the line—one of our representatives will be with you shortly. Please make sure you have your account number ready so that we may better assist you. This call may be monitored for quality assurance.

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    Avalon Theatre

    Script:

    “Thanks for calling the newly renovated Avalon Theatre located at 5612 Connecticut Avenue in Chevy Chase.

    To hear a listing of our current movie features, please press 1.

    To order tickets by phone, please press 2.

    Enjoy the show.”

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    Bank Of America

    Script:

    Welcome to Bank of America. This service allows you to both speak your selections and enter them on your telephone key pad. If you would rather just enter your selections press star 33 at any time during your call, otherwise, let's begin. To access your account, please enter your access ID on the telephone key pad or say it, one digit at a time.

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    Best Buy

    Script:

    Thanks you for calling Best Buy. For service in English, press 1.
    ...
    To access our self service applications, such as Rewardzone, order status, or store locator, press 1. For questions regarding Rewardzone, press 2. To speak to someone who will guide you to the right place, press 3.

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    Bethesda Library

    Script:

    You’ve reached the downtown Bethesda Library, home to thousands of titles for children, teens, and adults.

    For library hours and location, please press 1.

    To reserve a recent publication, including periodicals, please press 2.

    For other information, please press 0 to speak to one of our librarians.

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    Calling Card Number

    Script:

    Please enter your calling card number now.

    Please enter your destination number.

    Please hold while we transfer your call.

    We’re sorry, the entered number is not valid. Please try again later.

    Please contact customer service at the number on the card. Thank you.

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    Chase

    Script:

    Welcome to Chase...

    Where the right relationship is everything.

    We are pleased to have you as a Chase Platinum card member.

    Please enter the last 4 digits of your account number followed by the “#” sign.

    For detailed account information or the address to mail your payment... Press 1

    For your 5 most recent transactions, to confirm or change your pin number for use at cash machine worldwide or to request checks... Press 2.

    To report the loss, theft or none receipt of your Chase credit card which will prevent further transactions on the account ... Press 3.

    To hear about the Chase Gift Card, Chase Currency To Go or Chase Travel Rewards programs... Press 4.

    To repeat this list of services... Press 9.

    To speak with a customer service representative... Press 0.

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    LeafguardMaryland27

    Script:

    Message on hold script

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear jswoodard's recording

    I do a lot of message on hold work, which isn't picky about studio quality. Would like feedback on the sound quality, as well as mic level, which is tricky for me to adjust. Appreciate any and all feedback. I can take it! ;) Sarah Woodard

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    Peer Feedback:

    For on-hold...this is great stuff. A little hot for posting here...lower the normalizing off '0 VU" a little and your file will probably match most others better.

    I do hear some mouth noise during all the reads. You have a great voice for the genre.

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    "Grimsby Developments Telephone System Recordings" (from a script collection with no specs given)

    Script:

    AUTO ATTENDANT

    Thank you for calling Grimsby Developments, developers of strikingly beautiful heritage homes at remarkably reasonable prices.

    IVR

    To setup a meeting with a member of the Grimsby Developments team, press 1
    To listen to homeowner testimonials, press 2
    To speak with Mike Grimsby, press 3
    To speak with the billing department, press 4
    To leave a message in the company voice mail box, press 5
    To review your options, press 6

    ON-HOLD

    Looking to build a new home in desirable Mountain’s Peak? We have 6 lots still available to build your family dream home on. Come visit us today to explore the possibilities.

    Thank you for holding. We appreciate your business.

    Hard wood flooring, cathedral ceilings, open concept living spaces... you can have it all with a home designed and built by Grimsby Developments. Inquire about our model homes when we return on the line.

    VOICE MAIL

    Thank you for calling Grimsby Developments, the leader in heritage home development. All of our lines are busy, so please leave your name, phone number, and your request, and a representative will return your call as soon as they can. Thank you, and have a nice day.

    EVENING MESSAGE

    Thank you for calling Grimsby Developments, the leader in heritage home development. The office is currently closed, so please leave your name, phone number, and your request, and a representative will return your call as soon as they
    can tomorrow morning. Thank you, and we look forward to serving you.

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    Click to hear Crystel's recording

    Please give me general feedback, meaning that I don't have a specific question. My intent is to create a telephony demo.

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    Peer Feedback:

    Nice voice, Crystal. I would have liked to hear a bit more warmth and smile in your delivery. Be sure to billboard the client's name when you say it. A bit on the staccato side, but you're almost there.

    Peer Feedback:

    Thank you so much for the feedback! Your comments (Randye and Nelson) are appreciated and I will use your suggestions.

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    Nynex On Hold

    Script:

    Nynex ON-HOLD
    Your call is important to us, please continue to hold...a representative will be with you shortly. While you’re on hold, we’d like to tell you about important services our company has to offer you. Did you know that we offer a “gold package” to our most valuable customers? Ask your representative for more information.

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    Click to hear KarenVelasquez's recording

    looking for feedback.....I'm new to this. I want to know how to make this type of voice recording better. thanks Karen

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    Peer Feedback:

    Hello Karen. You did a really good job with this read! You'll want to keep the volume at -3db to -6db because it's a little on the loud side. Also the recording sounds like it's in a tin can... This could be caused be using too much noise reduction among other effects that you may be using. But the read itself was spot on! Nicely done!

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    Welcome Greeting for Gbyte Networks

    Script:

    Thank you for calling Gbyte networks - the Managed service provider for all your computer and network needs.

    Your call may be recorder for quality assurance,
    If you know your parties extension, you may enter it at any time.
    For sales dial 1

    To speak with a customer support representative, dial 2

    To speak with a technician, dial 3

    For our billing and contract department, dial 4

    If you require additional assistance, please dial 0 for an attendant.

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    I am looking for a professional sound. I am crossing my fingers and toes. :)

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    Peer Feedback:

    Hi SharonZ,
    I am new to the community so please bear with me. I enjoyed your interpretation of the script, as it was very crisp. Inflection and tonality in your voice was great, and while it's simply a IVR system recording, your emotion was pitch perfect. Your recording quality and editing was also good. It did seem your pacing was different at the beginning of the recording than at the end. It seemed slower than later in the recording.
    Take care and good luck!
    aquaman571

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    Cigna Healthcare

    Script:

    Cigna Healthcare
    Thank you for calling CIGNA Healthcare. To assure quality service, your call may be monitored.
    To select, or change your primary care physician, press 1.
    For questions about a claim or a bill, press 2.
    For benefit information and all other questions, press 3.

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    Cigna Healthcare 2

    Script:

    To use the automated provider access line for referrals and eligibility, press 1.

    For medical and prescription authorizations and benefit inquiries, press 2.

    For questions about a claim, press 3.

    For credentialing, or to speak with provider relations, press 4.

    For all other questions, press 5.

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    Cigna Healthcare 3

    Script:

    For benefits and eligibility, press 1.

    For medical authorizations, or to speak with health services, press 2.

    For prescription authorization and other pharmacy questions, press 3.

    All of our customer service representatives are presently on a call. Please hold and your call will be handled by the next available representative. Thank you for your patience.

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    Code

    Script:

    If you already know the 3-digit code for the service you’d like to hear, please enter it now, or at anytime during this recording.

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    Continental Airlines On Hold

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    Thank you for calling Continental Airlines. Your call is important to us; please stay on the line and a representative will be with you shortly. While you’re waiting, we’d like to tell you about important reward services Continental Airlines has to offer you.
    Did you know that you can earn 1000 One Pass bonus miles each time you book your flight through our website, at continental.com? Continental.com may also contain some lower fares.
    To ensure service quality, your call may be monitored or recorded.

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    Cottage Florist

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    Thank you for calling the cottage florist. Your call is very important to us. Unfortunately, all of our lines are busy at the moment. Please remain on the line; someone will be with you as soon as possible. Thank you for holding.

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    Dell

    Script:

    Welcome to Dell. Your call may be recorded.

    To dial an extension, press 1 now.

    For sales, press 2.

    If you know your express service code or need technical support, press 3.

    For all other customer support, including order status, press 4.

    To repeat any menu, press 7.

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    Delta Airlines Flightline

    Script:

    Hi and welcome to Flightline, Delta’s automated flight departure and arrival system. For tips on using this system, say instructions... Remember, you can say help at any time during our call. First, tell me either the flight number, or just the departure city.

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    Directory Asistance

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    This is AT &T
    To place a call, please dial the number you are calling.
    For the Directory press one
    For other requests, please say information, credit or operator.
    Thank you for using AT & T information.
    Can I help you?
    Who is the party you are looking for?
    OK, the only listing for that party is at One Main Street
    Can I dial that number for you at no charge.

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    Directory Assistance

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    Can I Help you?
    Who is the party you are looking for?
    OK, the only listing for that party is at One Main Street.
    Can I dial that number for you at no charge?

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    Dumbfounded Dialer

    Script:

    You have reached the number that you have reached. If you dialed this number please hang up and try again. If you did not dial this number and have just picked up the phone, please hang up and call your psychiatrist. You're hearing voices again.

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    ENT

    Script:

    Thank you for calling the ENT faculty practice. If you know your party’s extension you may dial it any time. If you are calling for a prescription refill, please dial 1, if you are calling for an appointment, please dial 2, for directions, please dial 3.

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    Environmental Construction

    Script:

    Thanks for holding. Our newest showroom, Environmental Depot, is now open at 9914 Highway 290 West in Austin, Texas. This 2,000 square foot showroom features our Natural, Sustainable and Recycled woods and a full line of non-toxic paints, sealants and wood finishes. For more information, please stay on the line - we'll be with you in just a moment.

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    Estee Lauder

    Script:

    Thank you for calling Estee Lauder.

    If you know the extension number of the person you would like to speak to, please press it now.

    Or...

    For the accounting department, press 1.

    For sales, press 2.

    For customer service, press 3.

    Or, if you need further assistance, or if you are calling from a rotary phone, please stay on the line, and an operator will be with you shortly.

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    Franklin Investments

    Script:

    Thank you for calling Franklin Investments. Our offices are currently closed. Our telephone service business hours are Monday through Friday, from 5:30am until 5:00 pm, pacific time. However, you may access fund prices and account information via the internet at franklin.com, or if you are calling from a touch-tone telephone you may press 1 now and you will be connected to our automated telefax system. If you would like to leave a message, please press 2 now. Thank you again for calling Franklin investments.

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    Franklin Investments

    Script:

    Thank you for calling Franklin Investments. Our offices are currently closed. Our telephone service business hors are Monday through Friday, from 5;30 am until 5:00 PM Pacific Time. However, you may access fund prices and account information via the Internet at franklin.com or if you are calling from a touch-tone telephone you may press 1 now and you will be connected to our automated fax system. If you would like to leave a message, please press 2 now. Thank you again for calling Franklin investments.

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    Gap

    Script:

    Welcome to Gap. To place a Gap online order or to speak to a Gap online representative, press 1.

    For gift card questions or to check your gift card balance, press 2.

    To find the Gap stores nearest you, press 3.

    For questions or comments about our stores or to add or remove your name from the Gap mailing list, press 4. To hear these options again, press 9.

    For help, press 0 and the next available Gap online representative will answer your call.

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    Ghostbusters Telephony

    Script:

    Thank you for calling Ghostbusters, your best solution to ghostly pollution. Your call is important to us. We specialize in in spectral removal and containment and guarantee our work. So, who ya gonna call? Ghostbusters!

    If you’re calling for Dr. Peter Venkman, dial 2

    If your calling for Dr. Raymond Stantz, dial 3

    If your calling for Dr. Egon Spengler, dial 4

    For the reception desk, dial 5

    For emergencies concerning poltergeists or other ghostly manifestations, dial 6

    To hear your options again, dial 9

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    Health Net

    Script:

    Welcome to HealthNet.

    To order a provider directory by phone, press 1.

    Members, press 2.

    For any questions regarding prescriptions, quest laboratory services, mental health services, or information about our disease state management, press 3.

    Brokers or employers, press 4.

    Providers, press 5.

    If you are considering enrolling as a HealthNet member, press 6.

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    Hill's Pet Nutrition

    Script:

    Welcome to the Hill's Pet Nutrition voice mail system.

    If you are calling from a touch tone phone and you know the extension of the employee you would like to speak with, dial their 4 digit extension, followed by the # sign now.

    To reach your personal voice mailbox, press 1 now and follow the instructions.

    To reach the Hill's travel department, press 9 now.

    For additional assistance, remain on the line and you will be transferred to the Hill's switchboard operator.

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    Hold Message

    Script:

    [Music continuous – mild, soft and melodious] – Music plays for 20 seconds
    We offer onsite, over the phone and video remote interpreting services in over one hundred ninety languages including American Sign Language. Spanish or sign language interpreters are available through Video Remote Interpreting services on demand 24 hours a day.
    We also provide Translation Services, Cultural Orientation, Language Assessments, Trainings and Workshops.
    [Music continuous – mild, soft and melodious] – Music plays for 15 seconds
    We understand language services can be needed at any time. With that in mind, we operate 24 hours a day and 365 days a year. Whether it's for telephone interpreting, Video interpreting or even onsite interpreting we are always there to help you round the clock.
    [Music continuous – mild, soft and melodious] – Music plays for 20 seconds
    Because of the personal attention given to every caller you may experience a brief delay. Your call is very important to us and we look forward to speaking with you Please remain on the line. A representative will assist you momentarily.

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    Ikea

    Script:

    Hello, and thank you for calling IKEA Long Island.

    If you know your party's extension, please enter it now.

    If you have a rotary dial phone, or wish to speak with a representative after listening to the following five options, please remain on the line.

    You may select an option at any time.

    For store hours and directions, press 1.

    To obtain an IKEA catalogue, for methods of payment, store promotions and special events, press 2.

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    Impact Group

    Script:

    Thank you for calling the Impact Group. Our office is currently closed. Our normal office hours are 8:30 to 5:30, Monday through Friday. If you know your party's extension you may dial it at any time. To dial by name please press 1 now. If you would like to leave a message in the general mailbox please press 4 now.

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    In The Sky This Month

    Script:

    The Full Moon is December 28
    The last half of the Moon is January 4
    The New Moon is January 11
    The first half of the Moon is January 18

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    IVR

    Script:

    You have reached Animal Wellness Center. Please listen as our menu options have changed. Our hours are Monday through Friday from 8 am to 6 pm. We are closed from 12:30 to 1:30 for lunch and on Wednesday from 12:30 to 2:00. We are closed on weekends. To schedule an appointment or reach the front desk, press 0. For Kathy Miller, head of reproduction, press 1.

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    Legacy Telephony

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    Welcome to Legacy Group Enterprises. If you know the extension of the person you wish to reach, you may enter it at any time. You may also use the dial by name directory by pressing 9. If you are calling during normal business hours and require immediate assistance, please press zero.

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    Mindzipper After Hours Greeting

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    Thank you for calling Mindzipper Development. We are currently closed. Our hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM until 6:00 PM Central Standard Time, and on Saturdays 10:00 AM until 4:00 PM.

    If this is urgent, dial zero to leave a detailed message and our on call staff will direct it accordingly.

    Thank you, and we're looking forward to speaking with you again.

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    Mindzipper Greeting

    Script:

    Thank you for calling Mindzipper Development, part of the Expression Engine Pro Network. If you know your party's extension you can dial it at anytime.Otherwise, please listen to the following options:

    For Sales, press one.

    For Support, press two.

    For accounting, press three.

    If you're not exactly sure who to speak to, you can always leave a general message in our receptionists mailbox by dialing nine.We'll make sure the proper department gets back to you as soon as possible.

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    Morning Call Info-tel

    Script:

    Welcome to Call Info-Tel, the Morning Call’s 24 hour information service, if you know the four digit Call Info-Tel category number you wish to enter you may do so at anytime during this message. For a complete listing of Call Info-Tel category numbers check the directory in back of the TV Channel Choices book. If you would like further instructions on how to use the system enter category nine nine three zero.

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    Mount Sinai

    Script:

    You have reached Mount Sinai Hospital.

    If you know your party’s extension, you may dial it now, or at anytime during this recording.

    Or, for directions, press 1.

    For visiting hours, press 2.

    For admissions, press 3.

    And for a listing of doctors and departments, press 4.

    Otherwise, please stay on the line and an operator will be with you shortly.

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    National Savings Bank

    Script:

    Welcome to National Savings Bank’s customer service center.

    To continue, enter your social security number now

    Please enter your pin, followed by the pound sign.

    To speak to a customer service representative, press zero. Or, to continue, please press 1 now.

    For information about your checking or investor’s choice account, press 1

    To transfer funds or make a loan payment, press 2

    For information about your savings account, press 3

    To report a lost or stolen ATM or debit card, press 6

    To return to the main menu, press 9

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    Nynex On Hold

    Script:

    Your call is important to us, please continue to hold...a representative will be with you shortly. While you’re on hold, we’d like to tell you about important services our company has to offer you. Did you know that we offer a “gold package” to our most valuable customers? Ask your representative for more information.

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    One Look

    Script:

    Hello, and welcome to the "One Look" worldwide customer assistance and satisfaction service center. Please listen carefully to the following menu as our options have recently changed.

    For Sales, press or say "1"

    For Technical Support not relating to software, press or say "2"

    For Software Technical Support, press or say "3"

    If you know the extension of the person you would like to speak with, press or say "4" and then enter their extension

    For Corporate Sales, press or say "5"

    For Investor Relations, press or say "6"

    For Human Resources, press or say "7"

    For all other assistance, please press or say "zero" and wait for the next available customer satisfaction service specialist.

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    Onlife Insurance

    Script:

    Thank you for calling OnLife Insurance.

    This call may be recorded for quality purposes.

    If you are calling from a touch tone phone, please press one now.

    Please make your selection from the following six choices:

    If you do not have a policy with us and would like a rate quote, press one now.

    For our claims department, press two.

    For customer service, press three.

    To speak to a customer service representative, press four.

    To repeat this menu, press five.

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    Pharmacy Locator

    Script:

    Welcome to the Automated Pharmacy Locator.
    Please enter your 11- digit account number now.
    Please hold while we access your account information.
    Please enter the five-digit zip code for the area in which you would like to locate a participating pharmacy now.
    Please hold while I check for your participating pharmacies.
    The pharmacies in the area you selected are Walgreens and CVS and John's Pharmacy.
    If this concludes your call, simply hang up or you can start on the line to enter another zip code.

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    Pin Number

    Script:

    Thank you for calling.

    Please enter your PIN number.

    We’re sorry, that is an invalid entry.

    Please enter your card number now, followed by the pound key.

    Please enter your card number now.

    We’re sorry, the entered card number is not valid. Please try again later. Thank you.

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    Prudential Healthcare

    Script:

    Thank you for calling Prudential HealthCare’s self-service system. Please have your plan member ID ready when prompted.

    To check the status of a claim, press 1.

    To verify eligibility and obtain benefit information, press 2.

    To obtain our mailing address for claims, press 3.

    To request a Primary Care Physician change, press 4.

    To make an address change, press 5.

    To request an ID card, press 6.

    To request a provider directory, press 7.

    To request a claim form, press 8.

    To speak to a customer service representative, press 0, or hold on the line.

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    Abigail Jane's Flowers

    Script:

    Welcome to Abigail Jane's Flowers, your friendly neighborhood florist for weddings and all of your special occasions.

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    Hi all, getting back into vo after a few year hiatus. Recording in my walk in closet with moving blankets and a little bit of acoustical foam. I'm mostly concerned about the sound quality, but if you have anything to say about the performance I'll take that too! Using Twisted Wave with a Blue Snowball and MicPort Pro. I'm just looking to to have good dry audition capability. I have something coming up and I don't want to embarrass myself! Thx in advance!

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    Peer Feedback:

    Welcome back! I recently built a similar booth and I'm so glad I did. I don't hear any echo or proximity issues. I think you've got the right setup. I'm a fan of TwistedWave too. The only suggestion I would make has to do with levels. Maybe turn the input up a bit, and use TwistedWave's "Normalize" feature to bring the levels up to a peak of -3dB.

    I have no qualms with your performance; it sounded warm, friendly and direct.

    Peer Feedback:

    I agree, the levels were too low. I also heard some noise, but I think that might have been your clothing or chair or something like that?

    Peer Feedback:

    Thank you for the feedback about the sound levels, it's very helpful!

    Peer Feedback:

    Yeah, the overall volume is pretty low. There is also some detectable hiss underlying the recording - the noise bean420 mentioned. Just realize that if you bump up the overall volume to -3dB that will also raise the overall noise level. So you'll want to apply your noise reduction or high pass filter (at about between 60Hz and 120Hz) after normalizing. It will cut down on the hiss and rumble. For a female voice, it shouldn't effect your natural vocal frequencies. But this sounds like a raw audio to me - no added processing FX. Still, normalizing is perfectly OK for a raw audio audition submission because it will keep the listener from raising and lowering the volume while listening to audition after audition after audition. Could you imagine turning up the volume on this and then forgetting to lower it before the next submission? The casting person will rip off their headphones before they go deaf.

    You might also work a little closer to the mic (which will raise the volume some). The overall vocal production is just a touch muffled and less crisp than might be required for an audition - especially the S's and F's. I'm not getting the full richness of your voice. Just even an inch or half an inch might make a difference.

    Peer Feedback:

    In regards to performance, I don't feel you owned the ending. It didn't feel like a finished thought, and even if you have more to say afterwards, it's a bit of a tagline, isn't it? A solid downward inflection would help. It'll also differ nicely as you have a few upspeaks in there. I'm not sure the copy not matching your performance matters, but ...I'll mention it :) There's also a slight pause before you mention vendor and it's distracting and may not sound genuine enough. But you have a great voice & tone for the copy!

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    Good afternoon! I am submitting an on-hold demo reel for evaluation. I'd like feedback on my vocal delivery, as well as the overall quality of the reel. Thank you!

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    Peer Feedback:

    You have a pleasant, friendly voice, and yet it's not over-the-top with smiles. Nice clarity, and I liked the pace. Might be a touch fast, however, for anyone who needs a little extra time to hear the options.

    I found the tight spacing between spots troubling because it would take me a second to catch up and realize we'd moved to a different spot. I'm not sure what the going trend is.

    I thought the scripts and tones all similar and would enjoy hearing more variation--a professional read, a more conversational read, a funny or quirky read, et cetera. However, I think your tone pleasant, professional, and can easily imagine you getting work from this.

    Peer Feedback:

    Thanks, Tonia! Points well taken. I, too, wanted there to be more variety among the cuts. The better demo reels I hear have that variety within. It's something I need to work on.

    I appreciate your time. Please let me know if I can return the courtesy.

    Peer Feedback:

    Thanks, Mike. I'll probably post a read later in the week and would appreciate it.

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    Just need some feedback on my delivery! Thanks!

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    Peer Feedback:

    The inflections of neatly each line dip down to the same relative pitch. The "arc" of the sentences are nearly all the same. As a result, it sounds less "friendly" than it does "static" and a bit announcery. The sound quality may also be a little bass heavy for telephony. Only my 2c.

    I was unclear as to what the product/service was. LeadMark.com? LeadMart.com? Because the next sentence sounds like "...buying and selling leaves." Why would I want to buy and sell leaves? That has to be clearer, maybe even a bit overly articulated and crisper - like LedD-MarK(T)-DoT,Kom. 'Cuz I'm thinkin', "Hmmm. Maybe I dialed the wrong number?"

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    I don't need comments on the read. I am concerned about the sound. I just got a Rode NT1-A and a focusrite Scarlett solo preamp. I sound like I'm recording into a phone. I'd hate to to take it back if i'm just doing something wrong. But my previous usb mic sounds tons better. Any thoughts?

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    Peer Feedback:

    Hi urbangrace --
    I think your sound quality is very nice. Clear and crisp in my headphones.
    be assured that your NT1-A and Scarlett are a great combination - I wouldn't be returning them if I were you (unless you want to get MORE, BIGGER, gear!! just kidding).
    I'm not sure why you heard you're own recording sounding badly....did you listen with headphones directly off of the Scarlett monitor jack?

    cheers,
    DS

    Peer Feedback:

    I second Dave's comment about the equipment. It's first rate. But the best-est mic and interface in the world ain't going to make you sound any better than a crappy USB setup if your recording environment isn't up to snuff.

    What kind of processing are you using? The overall quality is pretty good, but there is a low rumble underlying the recording. (Maybe a central air unit?) Maybe a high-pass filter set between 60Hz-120Hz will help eliminate or suppress that somewhat. (The range of human hearing is from 20Hz - 20kHz. Frequencies below 100Hz or so are more felt than heard, so eliminating them is no biggie, especially for the female voice. You'll never get that low.)

    Other "tech heads" will know better than I, but the NT1-A is a really sensitive mic, so it's going to pick up you heartbeat if you get close enough. It's a matter of finding the "sweet spot" for your voice and delivery along with your interface setting. And that will change from time to time - with softer, wispier reads to loud and boisterous ones.

    Peer Feedback:

    The thing that surprised me the most was that it seemed the lower end of the voice spectrum was almost gone. lt seemed like I was recording in a tin can. For some reason the recording i posted sounds a little better than it does when I listen to it in audacity. It's good to know that the equipment is first rate. I guess I just don't have a clue how to use it. I was also expecting a richer sound with deeper tones. any sound gurus have comments?

    Peer Feedback:

    I too have the same setup and yours sound just as good as mine!!

    Peer Feedback:

    Well, the Rode and Scarlett Solo are "pretty darn good rate."

    Peer Feedback:

    The only real differences I hear in your recordings are gain and maybe a touch of reverb, which makes everyone sound better ;) I would say this new mic is still true to your voice. Why did you make the transition if you were so happy with the other's sound?

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    Peer Feedback:

    Jesse (?)
    You have a nice sound of confidence for a professional industry. Lots of p popping (I am always working on this myself)...do you have a pop screen? I have to talk near but not directly at my mic. I would also suggest you pause less between commands.
    Good job!

    Peer Feedback:

    Agree with the "p" popping. I have a pop screen that seems to help. You have a great voice quality- I wouldn't want to pull my hair out listening to you read the phone menu options!

    Peer Feedback:

    Very comfortable sounding voice for this script. Ditto about the popping. And just probably a little longer pause than needed in a few places.

    Peer Feedback:

    Levels way too low. You're peaking around -20 dB. Preferred level is around -3dB. Recording quality is good, you just need to get the levels up.

    You left out the word "air" in the 4th line.

    "air and hotel" kind of blends together into one word in line 6.

    As noted by everybody else, you need a pop filter and/or to adjust your technique so you're not popping the plosive Ps. You could try speaking at an angle to the mic rather than directly into it to reduce it without a pop filter.

    Oh yeah, and you left about 6 seconds of silence at the beginning - edit that out so we don't think the player's broken or your file didn't upload properly...

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    Trying a telephone message. Wasn't sure on the pacing for something like this so the pauses may be too long, or my pace too slow.... anyway, any comments re tone, voice, speed, quality of recording, are always helpful.. Chrissy45

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    Peer Feedback:

    Chrissy,

    You have a really lovely voice and I think you did a good job on the read. However (Thank God)...companies are finally finding out that these voice trees are much more pleasant if it sounds more "human" and less robotic. If it were me, I would do it again and try to be more relaxed and conversational...

    Best wishes
    Dave

    Peer Feedback:

    Thanks Dave. Sometimes I know I have the "relaxing" issue to get over. Appreciate your honesty.

    Cheers

    Peer Feedback:

    Chrissy,
    The sound quality was nice. Not sure where you are from but I love your accent. Your voice has a warmth to it and I think that the warmth and your personality would have come thru more if the pacing had been increased. Sometimes I think when the pacing is slower, there's the chance of sounding robotic and not so much conversational. I hope you try re-recording it because I would love to hear the difference in your delivery with the pacing increased. If you take away the pacing factor, I do think that your intention to guide people to their choices was genuine.

    Peer Feedback:

    Yeah, too slow and careful. Totally my problem much of the time. Brainstorming suggestion: Maybe try a lead in where you're just listing off some stuff in your fridge (both stuff you like and don't), or maybe rambling off to a friend how you put together an omelette, or just anything breezy and mundane, and then bounce immediately into the script. Might break you out of that stiff, too-careful mode and then you can add more care back in if needed. Some people are very articulate naturally, so if they try to take care with it the read can get too stiff sounding.

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    Click to hear chrissy45's recording

    Hello: I re-did this one after reading some constructive comments on my first attempt. First one was a bit slow and who wants to listen to a long drawn out phone message....I know... so I paced it a little faster and I hope not too fast. Hope I don't sound as stiff as in the first one. Appreciate any comments. Chrissy45

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    Peer Feedback:

    Hi Chrissy, I think you have a great voice & your voiceover was right on, you were clear & crisp.

    Peer Feedback:

    Thanks for your encouraging comments and for taking the time to listen. It's always helpful to get peer feedback.
    Have a great week. Chrissy45

    Peer Feedback:

    I missed this one, yesterday. Pace is much better and smoother! Nice! You're on just the edge of being a little low in energy (so I'd take care not to dip any lower), and if I were directing I'd have you try a take with more smile to see how it changed.

    :)

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear Luc Daigle's recording

    I've never done an automated telephone menu before. How does it sound (performance wise)?

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    Peer Feedback:

    I think you read it quite well. My only critique is that it was a bit slow. I think callers might get impatient if it takes too long to get to their option. Your voice is clear and crisp, so I don't think speeding up a bit would hinder clarity.

    Peer Feedback:

    I thought this sounded great- very clear. Nice work!

    Peer Feedback:

    Thanks! I''ll try it again and pick up the pace slightly to see how that sounds.

    Luc

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    Click to hear girlnerd's recording

    Please give me honest advice, I'm trying to improve. Thanks! :)

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    Peer Feedback:

    Good pronunciation. The only suggestion I have is to say direct-tor-ee. Good recording quality!

    Peer Feedback:

    You have a pleasant voice, and I think it is well suited to telephony work. I think you should add some smile to make this a more friendly read. Also, your "p"s were very pronounced. Are you using a pop screen? Keep practicing!!

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    Click to hear Jerome460's recording

    I am thinking about making telephony one of my areas of concentration. I would like feedback on how my voice sounds for this type of work and comments regarding my delivery and interpretation of the script. Thanks!

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    Peer Feedback:

    I really like your voice for this kind of thing. It has a friendly tone to it.

    I think this read is a little low in energy. I'd billboard the client's name more and tighten up the diction a little (ex. for the bess possible service, purchashed). Big tongue flap or click on "monitored".

    I've heard about a "cork exercise" that's helpful for improving one's diction. I'd suggest Googling that.

    But great neighborly, relaxed tone. I would think lots of clients would be very happy to have that tone for their stuff.

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear Johnathan-Eric's recording

    This was another of my firsts. Would love to hear some feedback, thanks for listening.

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    Peer Feedback:

    Be careful not to seem to ask questions with your reads... like when you said "For a company directory, press 9", it sounded more like "press 9?" Do you see what I mean? I think with a little more energy in your read you could be good at IVR. Keep working on it my friend!

    Peer Feedback:

    Hi Johnathan, slow it down a bit bud .... there's no rush! remember a lot of travelers are older, or some may not understand the options as quickly, and have to go through the menu several times to get the right option. Also, you want to sound a bit friendlier, since the caller is going to book through the company (not so much support), so sales are at stake. Taylor made a few good points as well. good advice.

    Danny

    Peer Feedback:

    Like Daniel said ,, friendlier,, or I'll even go further and say ,, Friendly,, we'll work on the er part later. You sounded depressed. The tone of the recording is not helping you . Very tinny. “Its covering your higher end tones,, making it sound even more glum.

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    Click to hear K Sutherland's recording

    My first try at this.

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    Peer Feedback:

    I thought your tone and pace were very appropriate for this script. I know it's your first, but come on, try something challenging! For some reason after you said all the Pres #'s just right, the very last "press 4" was very down. Should have been more like the rest I believe.

    I guess you know your production has some way to go. It is noisy and the volume is a little low, but for a first time very understandable. In two weeks from now if it sounds like that we will all gang up on you (just kidding).

    Good first effort, now tackle something meaty. I know there is a lot of money in Telephony, but not a lot of fun. Do both.

    Peer Feedback:

    Tom's not kidding they will gang up on you...just kidding.You do have a pleasant voice.Can't wait to hear more from you.

    Peer Feedback:

    Voice was great. Technically your voice was low and when I turned you up I heard noise.

    Peer Feedback:

    Dear K:

    I like your voice. Well suited for a telphony type project. Do you use a popper stopper? I noticed a few "plosives." There is a buzz in your recoding, perhaps you could turn down the "gain" on your board? Nice job!

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    Click to hear Lara R's recording

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    Peer Feedback:

    Hi Lara,

    Very cheery! I applaud you in trying v/o in this country with your accent. There are great dialect coaches who can help you here at Edge. Keep up the good work and effort!

    Peer Feedback:

    Thank you again Mary!

    Peer Feedback:

    You have a very "up" and inviting tone for sure. Your accent is, of course, noticeable. But your read is quite understandable and sounds welcoming and informative. A couple of spots run together a bit too much such as "andOrlandoAir" got a little blurred. But overall, I thought it was a strong read. I could totally hear this as call waiting for a company from India or Asia with a presence in the US. Good read.

    Peer Feedback:

    Thank you Tom. I really appreciate your views. I'm working on my VO skills trying to improve them day by day. Hopefully I will get it right some day.

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear LizM's recording

    I'm new to the business and I'm looking for feedback.

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    Peer Feedback:

    I am also new to VO, but I have done many voicemail messages. You have a happy voice that works well with this type of work. The only thing that I would say is the recording was a little fuzzy and I would suggest that you practice this one some more to give more clarity and inflection. Packages seems a little rushed in "air and hotel packages." You are on a really good roll though.

    Peer Feedback:

    I think your voice was great, but the mix was a bit on the tinny side ,,, maybe see if you can mix it more to the middle. Many phones are going to sound tinny anyway.

    Peer Feedback:

    I agree that your voice sounds happy and I want to listen to you. I can't speak to the sound quality as I'm struggling with those issues myself right now, but I think you're a really good fit for telephony! Good work!

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear marks-pipes's recording

    Currently a customer service rep, so in a way this is "close to home."

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    Peer Feedback:

    Hi marks!
    You have a nice voice and I'm not very sure what "RULES" may apply (if any) to this kind of read, so I'll give you my personal opinion (i've had to do this sort of recording in all the companies I worked for LOL.... nobody wanted to do it, so all fingers ended pointing at me, and I had not much of a choice for I was the youngest !! -forced to do it-) Anyhow, the first sentence did not feel as if you were thankful I called *** and I believe it to be because inflection, too much variation :THANK you for CALLING 800 TRAvel SYStems. To me, it would be : THANK YOU for CALLING ** 800 Travel Systems. The rest is somehow okay....It's difficult to explain it .... I do hope some of our experienced friends here, can be of more help.
    I believe your voice is not limited to this kind of read, so don't get stuck with this, I see better and more for you! All the best, Eva

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    Click to hear Michael Maduske's recording

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    Peer Feedback:

    Dear Michael:
    You have a nice "big" voice! Good pacing, confident feel to what you read. In my humble opinion, you need more sound deadening material in your recording area...sounded a bit "tinny" or "echo-y."

    Peer Feedback:

    Thanks MJ, as a matter of fact, I am in the process of putting together the materials needed to build a porta-booth similar to the Harlan Hogan setup. I have my acoustic foam, just waiting on my cube.

    Peer Feedback:

    Very believable and non-intimidating. If this message was looped...I wouldn't be annoyed by it. :)

    Nice work.

    Peer Feedback:

    By golly, I think you're onto something. Sounds good.

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear knm_voice@yahoo.com's recording

    This is my first attempt at doing this kind of thing.. First time recoding, first time mixing, editing and so on,,, So I'd like to hear any comments on any of it. Thanks for your time!

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    Peer Feedback:

    All I can say is you need to watch your pronunciation.The words monitored,recorded.I'm just nitpicking but I think you should just slow down and concentrate on words that you think may trip you up.Once again Best of luck to you.

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    Click to hear knm_voice@yahoo.com's recording

    Ok, second try, let me know what you think...

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    Peer Feedback:

    It's all about pacing for these kinds of reads. Especially when it comes to pauses, which you seem to do quite a lot. It's probably a habit that comes from your eyes seeing punctuation and thus feeling it's right to pause. Don't be swayed by punctuation, rather, listen back as somebody who's a customer, and give that customer what he or she wants, namely a smoothe voice "ride," without unneeded pauses.

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear samdick's recording

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    Peer Feedback:

    I thought this was very clear an precise. Pacing was good and I would be able to easily follow direction. The o only time I had to check the copy was when you said "orlando air" I thought you were saying something different

    Peer Feedback:

    Rather lazy diction in several spots. "Eight hunnerd", "possible" slurred together, "or have already" all slurred together, "Orlando air and" slurred a bit.

    Telephony needs to be CLEAR in diction and in production.

    Peer Feedback:

    Hey Sam:
    Your voice has a very nice tone. Here'a suggestion: when you say "press 1" "press 2" etc, slightly adjust your pitch each time you read the next number. That way you'll sound more like your actually speaking to the person on hold.

    Peer Feedback:

    Thank you for all the great feed back!

    Peer Feedback:

    I agree with TxTom about "Eight Hundred" being a little sloppy diction-wise.

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear BloombergVO's recording

    Haven't done telephony yet and am new to VO in general. Thoughts? I'd love to hear any and all feedback. Thanks!

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    Peer Feedback:

    Hello, great work in general and good control over your voice concerning consistency in tone with slight pitch variation. I would only mention your tempo when you get to the 5th line down (If you have a reservation on hold...). It seemed like all of a sudden your tempo increased and it felt so rushed that I didn't catch the instruction and found the sudden tempo change a bit distracting. Line 6 you slowed it back down but it still felt slightly rushed but less distracting.
    All in all very consistent and clear read just be mindful of holding a steady tempo. Nice job

    Peer Feedback:

    Thanks a lot, Kristan! My first peer feedback! I definitely see what you mean - keeping a steady pace is harder than I though it would be. It gets me occasionally.

    Peer Feedback:

    Recording quality is very good.

    A few things to note:

    Some p-popping on "please" and "possible". If you don't have a pop filter (and they can only do so much), you might consider going off-axis to the mic so that the puffs of air don't strike the diaphragm directly.

    Maybe just an itty-bitty more articulation on "eight hundred" - it was almost "eight hunred". There was a tapped D in there, but it was pretty faint. Watch "yer" for "your".

    I heard "fer" for "for" - with the exceptions of lines 3 & 4.

    "monitored" went a little too much toward "mawniderd". Being super precise and articulate would sound odd as well, but a slightly tapped T might sound a little more telephonically (is that a word?) professional for this company.

    The fifth line was a little rushed, compared to the pacing up 'til then, and thus "already" got a little swallowed or mangled.

    Heard the edits in the next line. Sounded like a cut-n-paste electronically generated list of places. Don't think that that was your intent. It didn't have the smooth, natural flow that the rest did.

    Some people may be more critical than others about "ta" for "to" (the last sentence). Again, for a more "professional" sounding representation of this company, consider making it closer to "to" - there would be other, more colloquial scripts and situations where "ta" would be just fine.

    Just little things. Overall, it's really quite good.

    Peer Feedback:

    JamesRomick, Thank you so much for that incredibly helpful comment! I never know when it's too much enunciation or too little. You make some excellent points that I'm sure will be worth gold if I can be consistant in applying them.

    Peer Feedback:

    I think you have a great voice! You have already gotten great advice - I figured I would let you know that overall I thought it sounded very good.

    Peer Feedback:

    Oh, yeah! I agree, very nice recording quality. What are you using? Are you in an acoustically treated room? In any case, no issues there. Think about filling Dan Lenard's specimen cup with an audio sample on EWABS to get some more learned input.

    Listen to yourself say "please dial it now." It's the word "nowww" that sets a bit of a negative tone. I think a good booth director would have caught that. It stands out.

    You take an awkward beat between "monitored" and "or".

    Listen back to yourself say "Press 1" "Press 2", etc, and notice how warm and inviting and positive your voice sounds compared with "dial it now."

    If you don't have a pop filter or can't be off axis, I saw a trick where the VO puts a pencil vertically up against the middle of their lips to deflect the air puffs off to the side.

    If you aren't already making money in this business, you eventually will with your audio quality and voice print. Good work!

    Peer Feedback:

    I'm new to VO as well, so from a fellow newcomer, I think you definitely have a talent for this!

    Peer Feedback:

    The recording to me was clear and concise. I could almost see the smile on your face. Well done!

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear Sosullivan's recording

    I am really having trouble breaking out of my box. Thanks for your patience and any and all assistance. Regards, Steve O'Sullivan

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    Peer Feedback:

    THAT's better!

    Peer Feedback:

    I like the brighter, happier tone. Something a little different from you. Excellent clarity too without overdoing it. Nice.

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear Sosullivan's recording

    I seem to still be working on the 'happy' factor. Not sure why this one is being such a pill. I will keep on this one though, until I get it right. Sorry if I am boring anyone! Regards, Steve O'Sullivan

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    Peer Feedback:

    Hi Steve,

    I listened to both versions, and you still need to make it a little more energetic. The delivery in itself is good and you have a voice for Commercials, therefore concentrate on the pace, and pitch of the read and do add a bit of a smile when recording to make it relatable to the audience.

    Best of luck,
    LCW.

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear Sowbhagya's recording

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    Peer Feedback:

    Very clear and easy to listen to voice. Your recording quality was very noisy however.You need to record in a more isolated area free from ambient noise. Overall a solid read.

    Peer Feedback:

    I'd really recommend working with a voice coach to smoothen out your accent especially for words like "hotel". It is very important to have a solid english read unless the director is looking for that type of accent otherwise you can become very discouraged quickly in this business.

    Peer Feedback:

    Hi L West

    Thanks a lot for your feedback. I shall improve the quality of recording the next time.

    Regards
    Sowbhagya.L

    Peer Feedback:

    Hi Daniel

    Thanks a lot for your feedback. Sure, I shall work on my accent and bring out a neutral one next time.

    Regards
    Sowbhagya.L

    Peer Feedback:

    I can hear you breathing a little bit between sentences. Some of the words were "run together" a little bit as if you were trying to speak to quickly. Keep up the good work.

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear sylett's recording

    this is my first recording. I do not have a real studio yet so please only critique the read. thank you.

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    Peer Feedback:

    Sylett,

    Your clarity, inflection and tone are excellent. Your pace is right for this read--just a bit slow for me, personally. Most all of your prompts had a nice, smooth flow. I used my headphones so I did hear a few mouth click in the last 2/3 prompts and just one thump of some sort--I have a habit of allowing my hand gestures to sometimes hit my music stand or mic boom and make that awful "thump"--nice read.

    Larry

    Peer Feedback:

    Thank you very much Larry. You probably hear a car outside since I am in my living room right now until I can get my hall closet cleaned out for a studio. This was my first submission and the feedback is invaluable. When I listened I too could hear a mouth click or 2. I guess I need more water.

    Peer Feedback:

    Sylett, very well done. I agree with Larry, your tone and inflection are great! Keep up the good work!

    Peer Feedback:

    Once you get your studio set up, you'll be more comfortable and you'll be happy to have your space. I liked the read, but I would have liked to hear it just a touch faster!

    Daisy

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear udani.parin's recording

    this is my first posting. kinda just did this on the fly, didnt put too much time into it. practiced a few times, then recorded a few times and i think this is the best one. be brutally honest =)

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    Peer Feedback:

    Not bad for on the fly! Your sound is a bit echoey, but that's more because of your setup than anything else. If this isn't the setup you're going to use for auditions, I wouldn't worry too much.

    Now my main worry about your delivery is that it's a bit too "announcer-y" if that makes sense. Try thinking of it less as the telephone menu everyone grits their teeth and deals with and more as instructions for a friend of yours. Should help give it the natural sounds casting pros are looking for these days.

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear umasrikar's recording

    I am an Indian and a fresher in this field. I would like to how my voice sounds and whether it is suitable for doing voice overs.

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    Peer Feedback:

    The recording quality needs improvement. Your voice is nice, but your accent is heavy.

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear voiceactor's recording

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    Peer Feedback:

    I am new to voiceovers, but here is my take on what I heard. Audio seems to have a bit of an echo(I have a similiar challenge). I'd try to slow the pace down a bit

    Peer Feedback:

    You have a good clear voice for this function. Ha-wa-ii sounded like Ha-why - may be part of the speed issue. "Travel consultant's extension" - you left the 's off - perhaps intentionally? Probably shouldn't. Also you should edit out breaths and I'm pretty sure I heard a mouse click at the end.

    Peer Feedback:

    Practice and patience in your editing. Sounds like you cut off the last section of the word Hawaii and I hear the mouse click too.

    Peer Feedback:

    Nice read, might try slowing it down just a bit.

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear Waddahs's recording

    Trying to get the Phoney thing down. Please let me know what you think of the delivery for this genre. Thank You!! Mike Waters

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    Peer Feedback:

    Master class!

    Peer Feedback:

    Cutting back on the levels might help with the over modulating.

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear Eye Hear Voices's recording

    I have been applying for jobs with voices.com and I have not received any job offers...I was hoping to get some feedback so I can correct what I am doing wrong. I really am looking for honest feedback. Thank you so much for your time.

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    Peer Feedback:

    The recording quality was crystal clear. There's too much emotion in the recording. You sound almost as if you were crying. Make the pacing a little more quick also. Best of luck.

    Peer Feedback:

    Hi Eileen,

    I think that you need to sound more professional for this reading. Your recording was very clear and you have a nice voice. Do you have a New York accent? I also have a NY accent and I try to curb it, I think that curbing your accent for phone jobs like this script would be helpful. I wish you the best of luck!

    Blessings,
    Carol

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear kentk1's recording

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    Peer Feedback:

    Smile. Or just give a hint of one. That will take care of the tone that is missing. Your pacing is good but you missed the emphasis required for the instructions in the last line. One take with you adjusting the smile factor and one take with you adjusting the delivery in the last line and you would likely be done and sipping a coffee after take 4.

    Peer Feedback:

    Thank you very much for your comments. This was my very first reading. I realize my voice is very monotone and is one area I need to work on. This is one of the reason I thought telephony may be an area for me. Thanks again.

    Peer Feedback:

    You have a wonderful vocal quality for this type of work. I also liked your pacing of this read. I agree with the other comment, make this more personable and friendly because Telephony is not monotone. I wonder if you warmed up before you recorded this as "one digit" and "social security" are slightly unclear.

    Peer Feedback:

    Nice job on a first read. Beautiful voice- great to put people at ease while on hold! I agree about a bit (not tooo much) of smile. Maybe just a lift of the eyebrows as you read could make it slighlty brighter w/o sounding too happyish

    Peer Feedback:

    I liked your pacing, clarity, etc. Someone else mentioned "add a smile" to your voice? I think this may be the magic bullet for you. Cheers!

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear mwjrnc's recording

    Are there any breathing noises or reverberations in the background? Thanks

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    Peer Feedback:

    Good try on this difficult script, didnt match bank of america script :) , but nice read

    Peer Feedback:

    hi mw --
    You have a great voice for this read. It's supposed to funny/clever, and I think you added a "wink" in the performance. nice job.
    did you do this read in a single take (awesome if you did)? to answer your question, yeah, I could hear room noise and some breathing.

    "If I were the director": I think the list of toilet nicknames should go slower, and have more inflection variations.

    one other suggestion: this read is perfect for some background music and maybe a flush fx or 2...it would mask some of the room noise, and add more texture to the final cut.

    I really liked this one.
    DS.

    Peer Feedback:

    Hi mw
    You have a nice voice. I did hear a small amount of breath. I would suggest maybe the piece might call for a little more animated voice and some sound fx and music would be a nice touch. You did a good job.
    Good Luck
    Eileen

    Peer Feedback:

    Everybody:
    Thanks for the constructive criticisms. This was not intended to be the Bank of America ad. I pushed the wrong button. Ooops!

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear Dan Evanson's recording

    My shot at trying one of these kinds of vo's. Tell me what you think. Thanks

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    Peer Feedback:

    Dan: Your voice is clear but lacks energy/enthusiasm. I notice you pronounce 'a' as a long-a in 'a claim' or 'a bill'. Try pronouncing the 'a' as a 'short a' - hat, bat, more like uh.

    Peer Feedback:

    I don't claim to know much about telephony. It's not a genre that I'm particularly interested in pursuing.

    But there is one thing that I think I may be correct on. The sound file for telephony is going to be very very crunched. So, if anything, really good articulation is going to be paramount. It's hard enough to make out what people are saying on the other end of a phone conversation, let alone having to follow instructions from them. So there needs to be a succinctness and brightness in what is said. It can't be laid-back or sloppy (not accusing you of either).

    Peer Feedback:

    Yes, add in some more energy (you want the listener to imagine you like working their in a genuine way, not overly perky), and better articulation.

    I'm finding telephony impossible. *I* think I have a very professional voice and the articulation for it, but I get nailed by coaches for sounding robotic, or over the top (180 correction), or not warm or natural enough. It's killing me because I am very interested in doing telephony in my local market to help me get started with my business while I get used to things like invoicing, marketing, et cetera.

    Anyway, I say all that because (I'm a whiner right now...and because) there was a natural feeling to this that I'm working towards. With more energy, I think you'll have something.

    Peer Feedback:

    I would agree with the above comments. Definitely needs some more energy. Not over the top of course, just a little added emotion.

    Peer Feedback:

    Thanks for the comments. I'll work on those things.

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    First take on this one. Please provide any type of feedback.

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    Telephony is so much better suited for you, imho, at this moment! There could have been more clarity in the enunciation, but I thought the pace and emotion were pretty good :)

    Peer Feedback:

    Thanks again bean420. Can you specify which word(s) need more clarity?

    Peer Feedback:

    When it comes down to overall enunciation, it's less about words and often more about sounds. Some of your labials tend to sound rounded or closed to me -I'm not really sure what the correct term is, though! While I'm fascinated by the subject, I'm far from proficient :)

    Do you have a speech coach, or how have you been practicing a neutral accent?

    Peer Feedback:

    I took some coaching classes 2 years ago but it's not easy changing how you've been speaking for 45 years. Which particular words am I not pronouncing right?

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    I heard a couple mouth clicks in this. Am very dehydrated tonight, but wanted to get my practice in. Please let me know anything else you notice.

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    Peer Feedback:

    Very nice. One of the traps that a lot of people fall into that try telephony is rushing and not leaving space for a response. That's not the case here. Good job on pacing.

    Some might want you to be a bit friendlier and/or more inviting. But the clarity and authority of your voice fits for me.

    Peer Feedback:

    Thanks James. I'll likely do a few more telephony scripts during the next few weeks. I think I will try a bit of a friendlier approach, at least for the opening sequence, for comparison.

    Peer Feedback:

    Straightforward, clear and easily understood...not saccharine like some of these tend to be. Nice job!

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    Hello, just picked up a Mojave MA-200 and would like some feedback. Also recorded in a newly acquired WhisperRoom which is a first for me as well. Thanks!

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    Nice sound. Very nice sound.

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    Crystal clear. Copy interpretation perfect.

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    crystal clear and very quiet...nice

    Blessings

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    I don't have to press 1 for English? WoW! Excellent, I'm signing up with Cigna!
    Crystal clear mic Mike, I didn't hear any back round noise or hissing. Very good sound quality.

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    Okay, got the right one uploaded this time! Comments appreciated. Thanks!

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    Peer Feedback:

    Oops! I think you downloaded the wrong spot. This is a Gap telephony spot.

    Peer Feedback:

    Crap! Now I have to wait until tomorrow. Thanks for pointing it out!! Do you know how we "unload" our recordings?

    Peer Feedback:

    Easy mistake to make Theresa! If you go to your script when you are signed in, there is a blue 'edit' in the right corner. Once you click on that it will take you to a screen where you have the option to click 'remove' and that recording will be removed.

    Peer Feedback:

    Phew, thanks! Will try that right now.

    Peer Feedback:

    I like your music bed. Nice, easygoing choice for a health care provider. Vocal clarity was good as was the pacing. I would probably ignore the comma after 'to select' in the third sentence, but that's just me...I'm a renegade!
    Keep up the good work!

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    Peer Feedback:

    My first thought was "wow, I could never get mad at this girl!" hahaa Which is what every company wants when they hire an automated voice. You have such a friendly, clear voice. I'm new to the forum so I'm still learning a lot but this sounded great to me. --Cara Lee

    Peer Feedback:

    Nice read.
    Sounds like you're recording in a long hallway, lots of reverb.

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    Worked at a credit union as a phone teller for little bit, always wondered if I could do telephony. Here's my first attempt.

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    Peer Feedback:

    Same as above = Very Good Read, I would suggest editing out the breaths because it is a phone message recording and there's some general noise issues with the production.

    Very Good!

    Peer Feedback:

    Hi!

    I think you did a really nice job with this. You sound conversational but professional, with a nice variation in pitch. Good pacing. Great!

    Peer Feedback:

    Hi,
    i must say , nicely done.! ..i get the sense of professionalism in your voice..good work..all the best..

    Peer Feedback:

    I agree with the above comments. Pleasant, friendly delivery.
    Comfortable pacing. Nice work!

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    trying a new genre, let me have your imput =)

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    Peer Feedback:

    You have got the right tone and inflection for this type of work. Your voice sounds 'youngish' but with a little more confidence you could do better.

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    Hi all, I'm just starting out..I appreciate any feedback..thanks :)

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    Peer Feedback:

    Nice, I liked your inflection on various words and you read it just fast enough that I wouldn't get bored on the phone...keep it up!

    Peer Feedback:

    thanks alot for your comment MattH....thats a strength to me...:)..

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    Just starting out. Did this one and Eggers audiobook. I appreciate any feedback. Haven't taken any classes yet. Great site.

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    Peer Feedback:

    Hi .. Nice job! There definitely some room for improvement on the sound quality side of things. I can hear some computer hum and room reflections. Anyway, welcome and have fun!

    Peer Feedback:

    Solid read... (I thought I was on a real call). Have to agree on the Sound quality though.

    (If You haven't already received some help or advice or otherwise remedied some of the sound issues, I would be happy to try to help.)

    All the Best,

    Chris

    Peer Feedback:

    Thanks to both of you for your feedback. I am working with SOUND RECORDER and an old microphone on my Dell. Should I get Audacity?

    Peer Feedback:

    Well, I just did this piece, and I like your reading much better than mine!! Ha! Great job! I know you will get your sound problems taken care of eventually and then the rest of us will have to watch out! V

    Peer Feedback:

    Hi, Schrady,

    (Flying off to work, I'll be brief...)

    Yes, get Audacity, the "price" is right, Free and it's very simple to use; One can get working right away. (It's been a while since I've used it but I can only imagine that's it's improved and it will give You some basic effects that You'll be able to play with and learn as You go.)

    I'd personally keep the mic right now. Your core Voice recording quality sounds pretty good. Can't tell if the noise is inherent mic noise or not but play with Audacity for a little while and see -or hear- where You can get the quality to and then maybe start thinking about a mic?

    Of course, IMO... someone else may have better advice -keep on the lookout, lot of solid Talent on this site.

    All the Best,

    Chris

    Peer Feedback:

    I agree with Chris 725: get Audacity first and get familiar with it. It does have a noise remover which may help strip out the hum at a minimum. Consider a new mic after that.

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    I purposely left space between options so that the caller wouldn't be rushed.

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    Peer Feedback:

    Good job! Clear delivery, but if I were producing it, I would actually cut some of the time between options, for thoses of us impatient types. ;-)

    Peer Feedback:

    Thank you Jan! And --------- Congrats on winning last weeks contest!!! One of these days, when I feel brave enough, I'll give the contest a shot! -- V

    Peer Feedback:

    V - You should go ahead and enter the upcoming contest! It's a great excersize in following directions, copy interpretation, and recording. Just as if it were a real audition. I say GO FOR IT!! Thanks for the congrats. :-)

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    Spencer State Bank

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    Thank you for calling the Spencer State Bank.

    If you know your party's extension, you may enter that number at any time.

    For account balance information, press 1.

    To transfer funds, pay bills by phone, or obtain information on checks that have cleared, press 2.

    To speak with a bank representative, please stay on the line, and someone will be with you shortly.

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    Sprint

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    Thank you for calling Sprint.

    Due to the recent increase in demand for Sprint services, customers may experience delays in reaching a customer representative.

    We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your patience.

    For dialing instructions, press 1.

    For rate and time period information, press 2.

    If you are a business customer, press 3.

    If you would like a representative, press 4, or hold on the line and we will transfer you.

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    Standard Federal

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    Welcome to Standard Federal.

    To enter a branch number, press 1.

    To enter an extension number, press 2.

    For questions about an existing mortgage, press 3.

    To speak to an operator, press zero or stay on the line.

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    Stathmore Arts Center

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    “Welcome to the Strathmore Arts Center located at Grosvenor.

    For our current performance schedule, press 1 followed by the # sign.

    To order tickets, or to speak to one of our sales representatives, please press 0 followed by the # sign.

    Thanks for calling Montgomery County’s beautiful and convenient center for the arts.”

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    The Aura Wellness Center (yoga Studio)- On Hold

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    Thank you for calling The Aura Wellness Center. Your call will be answered in the order in which it was received. Your estimated wait time is approximately 3 minutes. As a reminder you can save $10 on every 10-class card you purchase through our website at riyoga.com. To check the schedule of classes today, please press 1. For all other calls press 2.

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    Toys-R-Us

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    Thank you for calling Toys-R-Us. As the worldwide resource for kids, family and fun, we take pride in all of our service offerings. Please listen carefully to our new menu options.

    If you are calling about our Times Square store, the center of the Toy universe, press 1.

    If you are calling about any of our stores in the “R-Us” family, press 2.

    For the R-Us gift cards or merchandise cards, press 3.

    For the latest, Toys-R-Us pre-sell information, press 4.

    If you are calling about any of our online stores, press 5.

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    United Airlines

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    Thank you for calling United Airlines international sales. All of our owner-representatives are assisting customers at this time. Your business is important to us. Please stay on the line and the next available representative will be with you shortly.

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    Verizon

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    Thank you for calling Verizon.

    This call may be monitored for quality assurance purposes.

    During this call, we may ask permission to review your account, to discuss Verizon services.

    Your response will have no effect on the services we provide you.

    To make payment arrangements... Press 1.

    To order a new service, or check on an order already placed ... Press 2.

    To add, change, move, or disconnect service ... Press 3.

    For billing questions and all other requests ... Press 4.

    To reach repair ... Press 5.

    Rotary Callers please hold for assistance.

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    Verizon 2

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    Welcome to Verizon's voice messaging service.

    If you want to leave a message, please redial the number of the person you are calling starting with the area code.

    If you have a mailbox on this system, please press the "#" key.

    Please dial your mailbox number starting with the area code.

    Please dial your password.

    You have no new messages in your mailbox and three saved messages.

    Main menu: to hear your messages press "1," to change your personal options press "2," for some helpful information press "0"

    Goodbye

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    Verizon 3

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    Welcome to Verizon.

    Please speak or press your access number.

    We’re sorry, we do not recognize your access number, please speak or press it again.

    Please speak or press your password.

    We’re sorry, we do not recognize your password, please speak or press it again.

    Please wait, you are being transferred to a customer service agent.

    You have no new messages.

    You have ___ new messages.

    Main Menu.

    To listen to your message press or say 1.

    To listen to your messages press or say 1.

    You have no new messages.

    To hear your saved messages, press or say 1.

    To send a message press or say 2.

    Message sent.

    To save this message press or say 3.

    Message saved.

    To erase press or say 4.

    To confirm deletion of this message press or say pound

    Message erased

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    Verizon 4

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    Thanks for calling Verizon, also on the web at Verizon.com

    To insure quality service this call may be monitored or recorded. Please say or enter your Verizon phone number starting with the area code.

    If you don't have one or can't remember it say so or press pound.

    Thanks, one moment while I look that up.....Okay, I've got your records.

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    William Pitt Real Estate - On-hold Message

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    Your call is important to us. A representative will pick up shortly.

    Did you know that William Pitt Real Estate has been representing buyers and sellers of fine homes and estates for 50 years? Our Luxury Properties Division markets Fairfield County’s most interesting and exceptional homes using a variety of marketing tools.

    Thank you for holding.

    Award-winning marketing materials provide broad reach to discriminating buyers from around the world. We help buyers coming to Connecticut find the home of their dreams in the finest communities in Fairfield and Litchfield Counties. Whether you are selling or buying, our Luxury Properties Division can help.

    Ask your representative for more information.

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    Your Weekly Weather

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    Today, not as cold, High 44, Low 33
    Monday, Showers Around, High 41, Low 23
    Tuesday, Partly Sunny, High 36, Low 25
    Wednesday, Snow, High 32, Low 16
    Thursday, Mostly Cloudy, High 33, Low 13

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