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Open and honest feedback on the read itself.

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Peer Feedback:

Hi,

I love the quality of your voice and recording. Your tone is intriguing, but without the copy in front if me I had a hard time following on first listen. You are clear, articulate, and interesting to listen to, but I suggest the pacing of the editing might be a little fast.

Great work,
Erik

Peer Feedback:

Woa! Love that voice. Very Lord of the Rings. I agree with Erik. I don't know if you have time constraints with this read, but my only suggestion is to insert some pauses here and there to give the listener time to digest what you're saying (and there's a lot to digest). Between "ages" and "Efestus(?)" pause. Between "true" and "a unique treasure for the world" pause. Between "a god's work" and "Afraid of the power" pause. Just my two cents. Amazing voice!

Peer Feedback:

Nice voice. I listened to this twice and still really didn't get what it was about. I think that I mostly agree with the stuff mentioned in the prior two critiques - something to do with the pacing and inserting pauses.
I will move on to the recording which is a bit more in my wheelhouse. I am hearing a hollowness which is generally caused by overuse of noise reduction. There's also a few "p" plosives that are kind of strong.

Peer Feedback:

Awesome voice! Maybe you could change up the inflections on occasion? Sometimes it follows the same up and down pattern and could use a little variance. Great job!

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First time getting feed back hear. Looking for insight on my performance.

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Peer Feedback:

I love your voice for this! My only advice is to maybe leave a little more space in between sentences. Some of them sounded like they were edited a little close and it was hard to understand. As far as the read goes, overall you enunciated well but some words we lost. It's a long read so it's understandable, but try to focus on enunciation throughout. Otherwise good job!

Peer Feedback:

If you were submitting this as an audition, you might want to edit out the couple of seconds of blank space in the beginning. Focus on pronunciation.
I couldn't tell what the god of smithing found. The word sounded "lan" to me (land?).

I also heard "Switzerlan", "silenly" "recenly", and there's a bump sound when you say "afraid of the power he created". Otherwise, I LOVE your voice. If this were a story, I'd love to hear you narrate it all the way through.

Peer Feedback:

Great voice.....pacing and pronunciation is what you need to work on.....I also heard where you spliced part of your copy and it's very noticeable....

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go ahead, hurt me.

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Peer Feedback:

Overall it sounded very professional to me. I liked the music you chose very much, but to be really nit picky, it is just a tad too loud for me and overpowers your voice in some places.

Ok I will be really nit picky, (imho)
The word ten-year sounded bit strange to me. Integrated, reliable and scalable seems rushed. At the end where you start listing services call centers, email, voice mail, ect. I thought it started to seem a bit unnatural, variation, pitch lift, pauses - got a little too choppy (being really nit picky).

Peer Feedback:

That was good. I look the smooth,warm tone of your voice. If I was on hold I would not be annoyed by this recording. The music was good, it paired well with the spot but might be a hair too loud. (just a hair)
Still an excellent read. I liked the way you said "Thank you for holding", especially the first time. It sounded like a genuine thank you.

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My voice has a popping problem. I have to go through and cut out all of these pops when I am editing. And it degrades the product.

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Peer Feedback:

You, my friend have "wet mouth". Those pops, clicks, and noises your're hearing are caused by a sticky saliva build up, causing your tongue, cheeks, and lips to crackle and pop. Really, what it should be called is "dry mouth", or "mouth drying out". When your're dehydrated, your saliva gets sticky. This can also occur when you're nervous, commonly known as cotton mouth, when you're mouth gets REALLY dry.

Solutions: Drink water, and lots of it, everyday and all day! Green apples also work for some people. Take a couple of bites and start recording, in most cases, wet mouth comes back, repeat the process. Try Biotene mouthwash. Singers Secret has been known to work. Doterra, essential oils can be mixed to create a mouth lubricant as well.
Drinking water IS the most important. Hydrate...hydrate...hydrate!!!

Peer Feedback:

Hey Jim! Thank you for the constructive criticism! I will employ the two ideas that you gave me that I didn't know of before immediately. Muchos Gracias. What are the essential oils mixture ratios if you don't mind?

Matt

Peer Feedback:

Hi! I'm wondering if you can sink a little deeper into into your voice? An old trick from my singing days was to bend my legs a little and try and lift a piano (don't really try to pick it up, you don't want to injure your back). But just that sort of bearing down sensation can sometimes give a more grounded approach. You could try it with your hands underneath your kitchen counter maybe? If you can drop down a little, it might reduce the masky or "popping" issue that you're concerned with. Beautiful tone!

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Chapter 11 chapter 11 queens and Nightmares one lightly colored to the many servants and courtiers that approached. I could see that she had an intense affection for him. I was looking around for Chin. Each doorway had a thick cloth that could be rolled down from the top for privacy. She bit her lip and look behind her then held up both hands I nodded at the young girl that had been standing outside the bathroom the entire time. And she impatiently led me away we were all relieved when the flickering light we were all relieved when the flickering light. I had arranged to be quickly and quietly buried in a secret tomb known only to my closest. Close I didn't feel any particular leading and small gold nuggets I knew of this man I felt the leading and knew he was telling me the truth once we had helped our new friend I knew that only.

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I have a popping noise in my voice and I need to fix it. I want to know if I am missing something. I have to go through and fix each pop. This is a track of examples of the problem. From the book I just finished, Synesthesia.

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Peer Feedback:

I want to comment, but really don't have expertise. Perhaps you are standing too close to your mic. Perhaps you are talking directly into the mic, rather than at one side or the other. You have a nice voice for the read and can understand your frustration. Editing each pop would become tedious.

Peer Feedback:

I really like the deep resonance your voice possess. It's true there are some "popping" noises in the recording, but I personally did not find them distracting. Having said that, if the goal is to build a library of material to send out for work opportunities, you may want to figure out how to eliminate those noises. The only other idea I'd like to suggest is to consider slowing down your pacing a little. This is something I have trouble with, so I know it can prove a challenge. As for voice performance, I think your voice fits nicely with the written text. Good emotional interpretation and solid inflection. Overall, nicely down.

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I have a popping noise in my voice and I need to fix it. I want to know if I am missing something. I have to go through and fix each pop. This is a track of examples of the problem. From the book I just finished, Synesthesia.

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Peer Feedback:

WJW,

You have a great rich voice! The only thing I can think of is mic positioning ? Maybe in the editing also? Keep practicing and fine tuning your gift!

Peer Feedback:

I just brought an online VO course and during one of the presentations he briefly discussed popping and how they can occur in certain letters more like K,C & P. Apparently (which I am sure you are already aware and possibly own) using a pop filter will prevent the air rushing out of your mouth in a way that will result in a pop.
If you do have a pop or two theres a couple of things you can do to get rid of them. First is re recording which is highly recommended but their is a function under the FFT filter called "kill the mic rumble" (you have to dig around for this option) which will help eliminate the popping but you shouldn't have to go through all that we have to try and control our breathing which is not easy, it could be a case of just repositioning your microphone as the previous peer mentioned.

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I just bought and assembled a new mic with pop filter. Let me know your thoughts on the sound quality and the read. Thanks!

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Peer Feedback:

Copy interpretation I thought was good. Vocally you sounded spot on. The Recording quality is where I think you need to concentrate next because for me it had a bit of a high echo and metallic sound to it. Are you in a real sound padded room? Do you have a good quality mic?

Peer Feedback:

Thanks, ecstern, for taking the time to comment. To answer your questions, no and maybe not. I haven't done any sound proofing but I think I may have been using a blanket when I made the recording. After your comment and a couple of others on other scripts, I know I have to do more to help myself technically. Thanks again for the feedback!

Peer Feedback:

Great sound! My only suggestion might be adding more sound sound absorption materials to the room. Nice job!

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What do you think of the read and technical quality?

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Peer Feedback:

Copy interpretation - good. Vocal Performance - good, but I can hear that you aren't smiling and that makes your articulation just a tad dull, (I know because I have the same challenge and I can really hear the difference). Recording quality sounded pretty good - I can hear a few breaths in the background - not sure if you are one to edit those out, I do. Overall I thought your voice sounded like one of our local radio personalities...so kudos to your voice!

Peer Feedback:

Just a nice, trusting and warm voice. Also, maybe change up the inflection on your list of items - that might break up the cadence. nice job!

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Peer Feedback:

Very good read. A little most sounding but very well done.

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I think I'm hearing mouth noises fix that and you'll be fine!!

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I need all feedback. Quality, performance. Your thoughts on my ending using a character voice.

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Peer Feedback:

Like your tone. The rhythm needs a bit of smoothing out. You have some plosives happening on your Ts. I liked your finish, but as you suggest, it is a matter of taste. I thought you pulled it off quite well. "... Texas history" should not end on an upswing. Comes across as a question, rather than a statement.

This is a tricky passage. Like where you are going with this.

Peer Feedback:

Nice.You have what it takes ..Ok here is my Criticism..Some noise in background crackling ..think about better room sound Dampening ect.. your Db needs to come down say around -12 -6 maybe some Bass/Treble would help ..apart from that your story telling was good ..Please keep up the good work ..I think we can hear you in future Audio books ect!

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This is one of a series of instructional podcasts I did for a company that trains attorneys to communicate more effectively. One of the principals of the firm has an important position in a national legal industry group, and he will provide the podcasts to all members of the group to advertise his services. I wrote the script based on the client's teaching methods, and of course both voiced and produced it. The client is very pleased. We are calling this a “podcast” in part because the target audience is mostly younger attorneys, and they are accustomed to the podcast medium. In content and tone, this seems to me to be a hybrid of podcast and eLearning. I would appreciate your comments on the following: 1. Does this sound like a podcast, and is that question even relevant? 2. Does the difference in tone/presence between the intro (which is repeated in all podcasts) and the content of this particular podcast read well for the genre? 3. Does the music mix in the intro sound right for the genre? 4. Any other comments on performance or production. Thank you. Bruce Kramer kramervox.com

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Peer Feedback:

1. this doesn't remind me of a podcast because you are definitely reading from a script (that's not a criticism, just an observation) whereas I tend to think of podcasts as more unscripted, rambling, train of consciousness?
2. I didn't hear much of a difference in tone between the intro and the content
3. The music sounds "old-timey" to me, whereas a podcast is supposed to be more young and fresh (sorry if that is really vague).
4. Good production quality!

Peer Feedback:

Personally, I think you sound like you're trying to read to deliberately...pronouncing and separating each.syllable.precisely. It creates a little halting or stilted delivery to my ears. Attorneys can be very staid and somewhat out-of-touch with the current "vibe"...believe me...I work for such attorneys...but this lacks a conversational feel.

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Thank you all for your thoughtful comments.

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very good recording and delivery

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I like your voice and your engaging and believable delivery.

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A spot I did for UGM a couple of years ago. Really good group of guys.

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Peer Feedback:

Sounds great, Jerry -- the real deal. I wouldn't change a thing!

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sounds effortless, in a good way

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Very well done. I like the way you soften some of if the words with a breathy sound. Top notch!

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2nd of 2 spots I did for the Peoples Bank

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Jerry, I felt it was top notch. It was national commercial quality. Trustworthy, caring but guy next door voice. Recording quality good. Right music and not too loud. Well done.

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This is one of 2 spots I did for Peoples Bank.

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Peer Feedback:

Your vocal performance of pacing, clarity emotion and inflection was very well done. The music was great behind your voice. The recording quality was good as the music didn't overpower your voice. Nicely done! Thanks for sharing.

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this sounds like a legit commercial

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It is. It's one of 2 spots I voiced for them. They ran in Louisiana last year.

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Jerry, excellent performance! Great pace and energy without being too much. The recording quality was also perfect-very professional. Congratulations on a job well done.

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Constructive feedback always welcome. Many thanks, Paul.

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Peer Feedback:

I like your take on this piece. Nicely done!

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I like it!! It may be a little bit long though? Will you be taking a clip from this and adding others? I enjoyed it!

Peer Feedback:

The mix is somewhat off. The music and sound FX kind of overpower the VO. And they don't blend well together - there's more "body" to the music bed, whereas the VO is sonically a bit dry and lifeless

The performance, what I could hear of it, was nice.

Peer Feedback:

Thank you for your helpful comments folks!

Nuvobreeze: yes, there is a shorter clip of this, on my Character reel...which I haven't uploaded yet.

Jamesromick: It's interesting what you say about the mix being off. I didn't produce this, it was a job I did. I meant to leave a link to the video but the site won't allow me to edit my own stuff!?! So, here's a link, if you fancy viewing it:

http://the-bitter-truth.com/2016/07/01/the-bitter-truth-10th-anniversary...

Cheers!

Paul.
p.s. What do you think of my accent? I'm from the UK.

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This is one sample of a project that I recently completed for an art museum in Moscow. Visitors can choose Russian, French, or English when they select headphones and I am the voice of the English language tour. As I enjoy narration, and would like to soon tackle audiobooks, I'd like to know if the technical recording is adequate (noise floor, etc, which I don't understand fully the ACX requirements) and also the improvements needed to perform better on scripts like this one.

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Peer Feedback:

You have a great speaking voice and I thought that your pronunciation was great. You sounded very knowledgable and friendly which is perfect for tours. My only suggestion would be to give a slight pause when you see ending punctuation. This will help the listener to better separate each piece of information you are telling them. Other then that, I thought it was a great piece!

Peer Feedback:

Yeah. It sounds like you edited out the breath sounds. But that truncated the narrative somewhat. It kind of rear-ended the sentences and thoughts into one another. For a pacing consideration, you may want to fill those edited spaces with some room tone so the listener gets the "feel" of a breath without hearing the actual sound of you breathing.

For audiobooks, that's not necessary. People breathe. So, if you did a whole book like this, the listener would get anxious, possibly without realizing why.

Bravo in tackling those Russian names. But, viscerally, there's something that's missing. And I can only describe it as "heart". The narrative is very "dry" and overly exaggerated in inflection at the same time. I hear words and information, but in an impersonal and sing-songy way.

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Please refer to this link to view the video: https://vimeo.com/218122833. It's a 3-minute video with my voice-over spread out. Any comments on audio quality and performance would be greatly appreciated. Cheers!

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Peer Feedback:

The link says, "This video is private" and requests a password.

I thought there was no recording at first, but the blue bar seemed to be moving. there is 18 seconds of silence at the beginning. Then lots more spaces of silence.

Now I understand that this might have been stripped from the video. I would suggest editing it tighter since we can't see the video.

Peer Feedback:

Totally right.. that's silly of me. The video has now been made open to the public at https://vimeo.com/218122833

Peer Feedback:

Watched the video.

Here's my take:

If the client is happy with it and you got paid, then it's a job well done.

Peer Feedback:

Really enjoyed this, thought you did a great job.

Only observation is that the ending seem soft, i was waiting for something else.

Not qualified to critique though just starting, just learning.

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How does my accent sound?

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Peer Feedback:

Good day!
I liked the accent during the first part and the second part. Although during the second part you seemed to pronounce certain words in, what I would imagine, is your normal accent. The recording quality was very good, I understood every word. Very clear. Heck I even say certain things in a different way, and I am from the North. (Michigan to be exact).

Keep up the good work.

Ken P.

Peer Feedback:

Hi. I felt that the music was a bit too loud, and was drowning your voice,which was rather distracting. Your delivery was otherwise clear.

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HI,

Your recording is easily understandable and delivered convincingly. However, to my ears the music and sound effects need to be lowered in volume - they are a bit intrusive relative to your voice.

Regards,

Steve H.

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How does my accent sound?

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Peer Feedback:

That's great!

The volume and music effects were right. Your tone was clear, and your British and American accent were flawless. Recording quality was very professional. I hate to admit it, but I can't give any negative feedback on your voice over! Great job!

Peer Feedback:

Frankly, To my ear, I found the background music a bit annoying and distracting, with the clacking typewriter, then bells and whistles, pops, birds, dogs, etc. I'd have opted for a strictly musical scenario, and lowered the volume of it. But that's just my taste. As for the read, it was very well done indeed. Good use of accent. Is that Scottish?

Peer Feedback:

In my opinion, there's way too much happening in the background. It was hard to hear you, and hard to understand what you were saying, and hard to stay focused on your voice. I liked the read, but I honestly struggled to stay focused on it. I'd love to hear it without all the SFX.

Peer Feedback:

Hi,

You have a convincing voice and delivery, and both of your accents are on target. However, I found all the sound effects distracting - you might want to trim them down to one or two at key points in the script.

Regards,

Steve H.

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How does my accent sound?

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Peer Feedback:

Hey there. I'm no expert on accents, but I take it your first one is Australian. If so, it sounds great. I spent a year living in Australia and you were spot on. I think the second accent is American? Not bad, but might want to soften the "o" vowels. They are coming through as a strong "O!" and can be more casual in my opinion. Good job!

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Hello, I'm pretty new to VOs, recently landed and recorded my first job (audio attached). I'm using an MXL V63M condenser mic, Scarlett 2i4 audio interface, with Audacity on a PC (Toshiba laptop). I'm concerned with my sound and wondering if anyone had any input on optimal EQ settings for my microphone and setup. Wondering how I might improve my sound with either a new mic, interface, use different settings in Audacity or perhaps get a Mac instead of a PC? I've also noticed I have to turn the gain up (to roughly 75%) to get decent volume to register in Audacity and have to edit out a little bit of background hiss. Just a few thoughts, any and all feedback is welcome. Thank you!

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Peer Feedback:

Jeez man, you sound a lot like Todd Schick (famous for Global T.V in Canada).

I really enjoy your tone of voice. You've got some real natural talent I feel. Good possibilities if you're in the right market area. So vocals sound fine IMHO (watch out for the can vs. cun pronunciation, cause I have that problem too.).

Copy interpretation is a bit broken up and shall we say... stunted. It's jerky in many ways, where you have a lot of stops in the middle of statements where they shouldn't be. When I get a good narrative script I read it out loud with no real intonation and note where I naturally breathe in the script, and I'm also aware of how often I'm breathing. Those gaps kind of ruin the natural flow of the script so i limit them, and avoid it in mid statement.

For example:

Everyday... business decisions... depend on your ability to manage a lot of information.

...is like having an innovative robot... that automatically understands meaning... the way people do.

Also on your tag line, try a big smile on your face. Imagine you're talking to your best friend. It's kind of a hard-sell isn't it? sounds like to me anyways... and the delivery was kind of... a demanding/annoyed.

"This is Cogito... WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR!?" (get off your butt and mow the lawn you lazy kid).

I might stress the words THIS and YOU in that statement, and put a rising intonation and a big fat smile on my face.

"THIS is Cogito... What are YOU waiting for?" (like... this product is important. It's going to change your life! So don't wait buddy!)

Peer Feedback:

KDaviesVoiceover,

Hey thanks for the feedback! I really appreciate it. The client kind of called for the pacing to be a bit choppy since they had me match up the dialogue against an animated video, and the timing was certainly a little weird in some spots, but I definitely agree ideally it could be more smoothly delivered.

And now that you bring it up, on the tag line, I could have done a better job on giving it a bit more cheerful of an ending, and I can hear what you're talking about now. Dang, next time I guess!

Very insightful, thanks again for your input!

Peer Feedback:

Nice gig. Critique on the read matters less than whether the client is happy and the check clears.

The mic seems fine. (Not all that familiar with this particular mic though.) The interface is first rate. Audacity is fine. The computer is fine. (Both Audacity and the computer only understand the 1's and 0's coming in from the mic/interface. The only effect on the sound may be from the sound card on playback.)

What you need is to further deaden your recording environment. There is a low rumble underlying the recording that might have been taken care of with a high pass filter set between 60Hz and 100 Hz to roll off the low end, It depends on where the frequency cuts into your natural voice, But for a male baritone voice, 80Hz is a good average starting point.

What processing FX did you apply? And in what order?

Turn the gain up on your PC (in the preferences) or on the interface?

The hiss is probably line noise or the the S/N ratio (signal to noise) of the mic. (The 2i4 S/N ratio is probably not a factor.) The hiss always there, you just notice it more if you bump up the volume. That's for a noise reduction plugin to take care of.

Peer Feedback:

jamesromick,

I really appreciate the technical feedback, this will be very helpful, thank you!

Here are the processing FX I applied (in order):

Equalization (my own VO mix)
Normalize (to -3.0 db)
De-Clicker (custom plugin I found online to reduce mouth noises)
De-Esser (custom plugin, you may notice the 'sss' sound is a bit muffled, but better than being too harsh)

I'm completely open to any additional FX suggestions in whatever order you would suggest, hopeful that it will improve the sound quality. I will also take your suggestion for adjusting my EQ settings to match my voice and see what that might do as well.

Thanks again!

Peer Feedback:

- NORMALIZE FIRST.
That brings up (or down) the overall dB level, and manipulate from there. If there's noise (and there always is) and you're normalizing up, then the noise level (hiss, rumble, etc.) is also being raised.
- Apply Noise Reduction and/or a high pass filter. Gets rid of , or minimizes, the hiss and rumble.
- De-clickers are tricky. They don't always catch mouth noises and sometimes misinterpret regular noises (T's, D's, K's, SH's, CH's) as clicks and can mess up some words. The attack and release have to be fast.
- Compression.
- EQ (Some advocate EQ first then Compression)
- Limiter (if needed). It basically re-normalizes things that have been manipulated so far.
- De-esser - These are tricky too. They need to be tweaked. Don't rely on a standard preset. That goes for any FX for that matter.

Peer Feedback:

This is gold, thanks for all your input. I have been scouring the web trying to figure out the order and settled on a couple random YouTube videos to walk me through it, even though both videos were somewhat contradictory on the best way to go about adding FX to the recording. I will definitely give this a shot and compare the sound quality. Thanks for providing exactly what I was looking for.

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Very professional.

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Good job. very professional read. did they ask you to provide the music. nice effect but not sure it was needed.

Peer Feedback:

Great voice, clear recording, with a slower piece you need to make sure the emphasis is placed correctly and the train of thought moves through the piece correctly.
Great Job

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As I live part of the year in Moscow, this is a dream come true to be given one "room" as part of an audio tour at a prestigious art museum in Russia. This is my third English VO for a Russian project in the past 6 months and I'd like to do a great job. The concept is simple: tourists and art patrons wear earpieces as they walk thru the museum. As they enter a room and approach a painting, the voice in the earpiece explains what they are viewing. The script changes as they move from painting to painting. Visitors choose between Russian, French, German and English. This is my first crack and obviously a probationary booking. If I do well, more rooms may be added, but if I don't...

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There is a constant disturbing aspect of this recording. There are a lot of mouth click sounds , or "ticking" sounds - but they may be more prominent due to the processing of the VO. It would be interesting to hear the raw, unprocessed file to hear if those clcks are in there as well.

If so, you probably need more hydration or green apples or some other 'trick" to minimize and/or eliminate those sounds.

I am also detecting a noise gate? The ends of some of the words at the ends of phrases are being clipped off.

The tour narration is fine, as is the vocal quality and volume. Since the tourists will have headsets and/or earbuds, the narration cannot be overly loud and full-throated.

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I don't hear as many recording artifacts as James does, but he has a very well-trained, keen ear, so I believe what he says. I like the narration. It's a bit subdued, but I'd hesitate to give the ever-popular direction of "more energy" because, for whatever reason, the calm quality of it really suits the read and your voice remains free of the monotonous drone that often accompanies narrations containing lists of difficult-to-pronounce terms. In your case, they probably were easy to pronounce, and flowed very well. Nice work!

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yeah, there's a LOT of clicking during the read. As James said, hydration or a trick (biotene, green apples, lemon water...there's others) to battle that is needed. Personally, I felt that the pace was just a shade too quick and the sentences came too close together at the ends of sentences. Also as James observed, there's a pretty abrupt silence between audible phrases. Either your noise filter or your gate is too aggressive. A noise gate should NEVER be used for noise reduction...noise reduction is for that purpose. A gate has a use...but never as the primary noise filter.

You have a very comfortable sound. Very likeable.

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I appreciate each of your input and you are right about each thing listed. It is nice to have you as peers and that you took the time to listen and add input.

I must find a way to hydrate better, for starters. I take some medications that lend to dryness and so I must find a way to overcome it. For years I have used the Sony Sound Forge (last updated last year) and I do need to learn how to use noise reduction, and to rely less on the noise gate feature. That is an area of growth that I must master.

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I used to poo-poo the use of a noise gate. Most VO engineers will tell you not to use one, period.

I use it, sparingly, as a way to knock the volume down of my breath sounds for audiobook production. But the settings are very, very tricky.

For long form narration (and this tour VO), you'd probably do better with some judicious editing to snip out the breath sounds and replace them with room tone. I don't listen to much tour stuff, but ones that I have listened to, nary a breath sound can be detected.

The NR issue is another animal. You need a clean sample of only the ambient sound of your recording environment. No breathing. No moving. No traffic, trains or planes. In fact, I leave the booth to sample the noise for 5 to 30 seconds or so. And I can use that clean room tone to splice into edited "gaps" in the recording. I'm not familiar with Sound Forge's NR or whatever NR plugin you may be using, but you should use a sample and not the continuous sampling feature, if there is one. The continuous sampling method tends to cause more sonic artifacts through out the recording than just using a single sample and applying the NR to it.

Mouth noise? You're on your own on that one to find what works for you. Might be just as simple as backing off the mic a little or spritzing you mouth before you record. My problem is the opposite from most people. I have what I call a "wet" mouth. Sometimes I have to dab the inside with a paper towel to soak up the excess saliva I generate.

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I do use a noise gate...but only AFTER running noise reduction...there is a reason. For existing noise...existing during your vocals and between them, the NR will work on it all. A gate will only work on turning on and off the sound at a certain trigger point. So if there's fan noise during your vocal, the gate ignores it. The NR will process it. It's getting the settings right on NR that will get you there.

Where *I* find the gate useful is where after the noise reduction has completed, running the noise gate (at a VERY low level) will kill 99% of the little sounds we all make by swallowing, moving around, etc. I find that I have very little more to do after this point to address unwanted sounds.

Hope that clarifies what I was putting forth about not using a gate for noise reduction.

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To James: the SoundForge for Mac comes with an iZotope noise filter. I don't know where it would rank in the RX series. I'm pretty sure the PC version does as well.

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The RX noise filter is top notch

But there are 2 different ways it works - Learn and Adaptive. IMHO, for VO, the Learn setting should be used. It isolates a sample and applies NR to the recording from that sample.

The Adaptive setting samples the noise in real time (which causes more latency on playback) and could mistake certain vocal sounds as noise along the way, which would cause sonic artifacts.

The Amount of noise to be removed can also be adjusted.

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Adaptive causes problems because it's a moving target and will at times step on your vocals before it gets back out of the way. Never use.

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Yeah, I just checked out the filters provided in the SoundForge arsenal. They're very basic filters. No where in complexity and customization of the RX equivalents.

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I have learned a lot from your feedback--thank you! I checked out the noise reduction for Sound Forge studio 10 for PC and it requires the iZotope add-on for $300 plus. At that rate I might look at a completely new software to really modernize the possibilities. The Sound Forge Pro has a built in function, but that also is at a price point that I might want to look at options. Since Sony sold SF to a British company, the customer support has dropped to almost nothing so if I have to upgrade to a better system then maybe now is the time.

However, I am also aware that it is not the equipment that makes a good voice-over--it is the person. At least you peers have opened my eyes to look at options. I recently obtained the Presonus Studio One software that came with a piece of equipment so perhaps I should learn how to master it?

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StudioOne is a relatively new DAW and I've looked at it and find it very dense in features and capabilities. PROBably even more so than SoundForge on the PC. The Mac version of SF was a weak sibling compared. Since you have the software, I would suggest mastering what you need to learn and not get too distracted with ALL you can learn...unless you plan to do full music production. The reason I say that is that SO is truly designed as a ProTools competitor....which is FAR more software than the frugal needs of VO require. A LOT of VOs will use something simpler such as TwistedWave (mac only) and in my case, I keep coming back to Amadeus (also mac only) even though I paid for Adobe Audition. The simpler software is just easier to work with than the behemoths. Imagine needing to JUST need to record your voice and yet you purchase a 36 channel studio board. All you'd need is just one of those channels. So it would make sense to just have a single channel recording device. Same point.

James is a point-man for Reaper. As you're used to Sound Forge, there'd be some pretty severe learning curves on the user interface to get used to, but once learned, Reaper might be the best bargain on the internet. A very full featured DAW that you can license for (I think) $70. Somewhere in that range. It's insanely affordable. It's mac and PC and is used by Audible in their studios. Really good DAW.

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I just purchased a special mouthwash for dry mouth and some spray. I hope that this will help. I take a couple of meds that tend to make my mouth dry. I'm also going heavy on the apples.

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Biotene (I'm assuming that's what you bought) works pretty well for a period of time though I find the spray a disgusting product....I use it, just cringe every time. They also make a jell that you squirt just a little onto your tongue and you can feel it working almost immediately. Not quite as 'yucky' to my odd sensibilities.

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This is a job I did for a book on Audible's ACX platform for a royalty share. This is the sample that I chose with the book's author that will be there for people who are listening to a part of the book first. Can you please evaluate the performance and the recording quality. This was a bit of a challenge for a new narrator/producer as he wanted the music with the reading for the entire book. Thanks Joni

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First, a few questions:

Is this your first audiobook? Is it the Rights Holder's first audiobook? How long was it projected to be? How long did it take for you to produce? Is it close to the projected time?

Since this is a meditation book, I can understand using the music loop. Generally, there is no music bed involved with a book - However, there is a trend for music on the opening and closing of the narration. The "loop" does not have a smooth transition - there is a "tick" where it starts to repeat that would be distracting, especially in a meditation. IMHO, cross fading would have been better.

What is the source of the music? Did the Rights Holder compose it or pay a royalty for its use? If not, the Rights Holder may be using the music illegally and there may be copyright infringement involved. And as the producer, you may be liable as well and might possibly be sued by the music's producer/record company. So, you should be wary or at least ask the basic question of the Rights Holder about the origin of the music.

I have not done a meditation book, but I am an amateur hypnotist of some ability. IMHO, you're giving "too much voice" to the text and being a little too articulate - sharp T's ("twisT the dial). It's more intimate than this, like you're almost whispering into someone's ear from an inch or two away. Think about lulling a child to sleep. Same principal. And you need to soften harsh consonants and elongate the vowel sounds to an almost sing-song melody - even occasionally elide one word into another.

"Youuuuuu aarrre getting veeeeeryyyy sleeeeeepyyyyy."

The VO is very echoy. Lots of room reflection. I may be totally wrong (because I didn't analyze the file), but I am not sure that this will pass ACX's standards for quality control. Audible does not "listen" to the audiobooks that come through, but rather put the files through an algorithm program that detects anomalies (pops, clicks, dB spikes, noise floor level, etc.)

I would be interested to know if it makes it through the process or not.

Do you have an ACX profile? I couldn't find you on the their website.

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Thank you for the feedback James, it's much appreciated.... a few answers for you:
Yes, it's my first audiobook and I'm just getting set up with my home studio so getting the the room noise under control is ongoing with me as of now. Still working on it but it's much better.

This is not the right's holders first book. This is Book 2 in for his Meditation series and I think there will be more. He has asked me to do his next one too. I just wanted the experience so I'm good with the royalty share. He was in constant contact with me for the read and delivery, asking me to slow down and pointing out where he wanted emphasis. He now LOVES the read. Since it's my first time, I also was concerned about it passing the ACX guidelines so I sent a 15 min sample to them outside of the normal requirment, which was probably more than they wanted but they got back to me within about 4 days. They praised the read and were fine with it except that I had not separated the opening credits to a separate file and had sent it in at 128 kbps instead of 192. I too will be curious to know if this passes their scrutiny. I'm prepared to do whatever they ask for and will not give up because it's a challenge. I have to learn how to do this and being in the fire seemed the best way.

As for the music, it was a pain since I've never done that before. His other book also has music all the way through it. I asked about the rights for the music right away and he does have those and I have that in a message on ACX from him so I'm not worried about that. I also include the music information in the metadata on copyright info. Getting it to loop was really hard and I don't really know how to do cross fading. I will go figure it out as that might be what they come back with. Any advice you have about that would be welcome!

Thank you for the comments about the t's. He likes those.... but I know what you are talking about and will work on softening them. I went over this with a fine tooth comb looking to edit out any mouth sounds and clicks which taught me a BIG lesson about it when recording to save time later. Every pass by this teaches me more and I'm really excited because this is what I love doing more anything else I can ever remember.

I have not heard back from ACX yet but they told me it could be about 14 to 21 days. So, as soon as I find out, I'll post here. Thank you SO MUCH for your feedback!

Oh, I do have an ACX profile but it's under Joni Silva which is the name I will narrate under. https://www.acx.com/narrator?p=A2E4T5XXW5OH1S

I don't have a demo yet.... I want to do a few more projects and then I'll have a professional one done.

Joni

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I would suggest that, if you are able, to spend the money on deadening your recording environment. It really doesn't have to be all that expensive. Some floating sound deadening/absorbing panels might help. Here's an example:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8BSDIwfZ3gw

The room reverberation could be problematic, especially for long form narration. And you not only have to pass ACX's standards, but Audible's as well. So, you might slip through the first stage and have it kicked back on the second.

What DAW are you using? There should be a way to cross fade the loop to eliminate that "tick".

BTW - Here's my ACX Profile Page.

http://www.acx.com/narrator?p=AV1A2P37HSV61

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For room sound deadening, I hang up moving blankets, which you can find on Amazon. Just drape them around your recording space. I bought ones without rivets and added my own rivets - not a difficult job. Pillows, blankets - fact is, a recording space doesn't have to be cool or pretty - just functional. Try speaking closer to the microphone - 7" away, depending on microphone type and recording level, is about right. Practice at different distances until your voice becomes more intimate-sounding, if that makes sense. Think about how you speak on the phone. You don't hold it at arm's length - the closer your mouth is to the receiver, the more intimate the "connection" between you and the person you're speaking with. The same psychological phenomenon occurs with the VO microphone. Don't be afraid to move in closer. You'll dial all this in. You sound determined, and if there's one thing you need in this industry is grit. You'll do fine. Best of luck!

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And here's a commercial I recorded this week. They wanted it to be "inspirational". Video is with lots of beauty-shots of nature, landscapes. There's a bit missing at the end unfortunately, but would love to hear your thoughts on what's here..

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I thought it was pretty good. I can't quite put my finger on it and I don't really know what makes a good commercial read but I think the "one app, one journey..." part needs a bit variation, more relaxation. Hope that makes sense.

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Swedish newspaper Svenska Dagbladet presentation. Consists of 3 sections. They will be shown at a presentation with a video and music. There are some Swedish names that the client asked me to pronounce in Swedish.

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Seangray, you have a nice clear voice quality that is very listenable. There is a nice resonance quality in your voice that lends to a news reporting style. I am no expert on VO coaching, but encourage you to continue developing your skills. Last year I did a project for the Norwegian Tourism Board and so many of the terms and names of rivers, mountains, monuments, etc, were very difficult for me to learn. I imagine that you would have found them much easier to narrate. Maybe such projects are an opportunity for you to grow your client base?

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Hi there, it's been a while since I posted here. Here's a recording I did for a client today. Would love to hear your thoughts.

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Sean,

Great to hear you again! Clear voice good quality in recording . A little rushed in delivery to assimilate all the info? But on the right track.

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I would like input as to your thoughts regarding this audio file. I have made some adjustments in my studio and this is a product of that.

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FM,

what adjustments? Your clipping the natural breaths make the read a little un natural. Voice maybe a little altered in the adjusting in your recording, but none the less have a nice delivery.

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Hi Marysboy and thanks for reviewing and commenting.

The adjustments were some additional soundproofing to the sound booth, as well as the addition of PreSonus Tube Pre.

The removing of breaths...you caught me. I have not found a good way to do that without just removing them. I am open to suggestions.

Im glad the delivery was nice. I think its the technical I'm having the most problem with. I am making good money, but want to take it to the next level, so again, I am open to constructive criticism.

Thanks again,
Matt

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This is a sample of an audio book I did. Any and all honest comments are welcome.

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Recording quality is generally pretty good.

Did you apply any processing FX? If you did, you may have dulled the S's a little too much. And if you didn't use a de-esser, you might consider boosting S frequencies (around 3K to 5K for men - but you'll have to play around with it) in your EQ to sharpen them up just a touch. Otherwise it sounds a little lisp-y.

There is a "click" at about 1:24. A little tongue click around 1:48. Another noise around 2:14. Another tongue click at 2:54. Mouth noise at 3:12. A few of them probably could have been edited, but some may have required a punch-in or re-take. A little mouth noise is forgivable, but...

Check the pronunciation of "anachronistic"

http://www.dictionary.com/browse/anachronistic

The entire delivery was just a little flat and monotone. Which makes the character voices a little jarring when they are interjected. Sentences and paragraphs and chapters have an "arc" to them, as well as the story from beginning to end. I didn't really get any separation in "thought clumps" - it kind of sounded like one long paragraph. Otherwise the pacing was ok and easy to listen to.

It's a little too technical for my taste (I generally go by a "feel"), but someone once suggested to me to leave .4 seconds between paragraphs for clarity.

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This is my first audiobook gig. It's one of many short stories to be listened to while winding down your day or while you're in bed before going to sleep. "Interesting but not too interesting" was one of the main directives. I mostly audition for commercial projects and haven't dabbled much in this genre. I'd very much appreciate any feedback you can give me.

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I got bout 2 minutes in and noticed a few things that you should probably be aware of.

First of all, I hear a lot of noises in the background - movement and/or possibly a squeaky or creaky chair. Those noises could be surgically edited out. But you will find it to be a long and tedious process during your proof listening. Better to mitigate the problem before recording begins by changing the chair and/or discipline yourself to remain more motionless during the recording process. In the long run, it could be very disturbing to the listener.

Secondly: Lots of plosive popping - mostly on P's and some T's, B's and hard C (K) sounds. If you aren't using a pop screen, get one. Here is one that I have found very effective.

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

Another way to lessen popping is to work slightly off-axis to the mic so that the puffs of air aren't directed directly into the mic's diaphragm but past it.

Thirdly: There is also a bit of mouth noise here and there. Although the recording would be better without it, I have listened to quite a number audiobooks recently and noticed that even the best of narrators and the more well known audiobook production houses are fairly lenient about mouth noise - particularly if the story and narration are compelling.

In listening further on, there were some fluctuations in volume level. This is where your processing chain can be help with the use of compression and limiting. There are some good YouTube videos about that, particularly on the AudibleACX channel:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbBRWl1PoeAjvuzGrVlbMhw

The big plus is that the recording quality is very good. Your noise floor seems pretty low and there is no room reverberation or reflection. You may be working just a titch (a technical term) too close to the mic. Backing off even 1/2 inch may help with the plosives (along with a pop screen and/or working off-axis), and mitigate some of the mouth noise. The breath sounds are not overly obtrusive and don't seem to pose a problem.

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I'm using the pop filter and shock mount that came with the Rode NT1A mic. I've always figured that one pop filter is as good as the next. I'll do some experimenting but I think I'm just too close to the mic.

Thank you James!! Your input is always on point and highly appreciated.

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Would like to feed back on this recording that I recently recorded, How's my delivery? How does the recording sound? Any feed back without being cruel would be appreciated. :-)

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I thought the voicing was really good, I enjoyed your pacing and inflections. The only thing I noticed was that you seemed to be clipping at some points throughout the VO. I was impressed with the consistent tone and pacing throughout the whole selection.

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Thank you so much for your insightful feedback jfrederickson. I will work on that clipping problem.

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Great voice, Cynthia; solid read, as well. A few gentle suggestions:

1) As with many longer pieces, this one has been written in specific "beats," not unlike a screenplay or the script for a play. You're running right through quite a few of the beat changes (e.g. "This is Jennifer. She's looking for a new doctor. (BEAT CHANGE) Like most people today, she starts her search on Google." You should take a brief pause during the beat change, as you're moving from one subject matter to the next, You might want to go through your entire script and draw a line, from left to right, between the beats.

2) The pleasant bossa nova music you've selected is nice, but it doesn't serve the serious nature of the script.

Keep up the great work!

Jim

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Thanks Jimbobway, I totally agree with you about the beat changes. I'm supper new to voice overs and I'm learning new things everyday. You guys comments and suggestions are really helping me to improve. Thank you so much for your advice it's greatly appreciated. :-)

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Quite a bit of sharp sibilants. Not uncommon with the female voice. It can be adjusted by a trial and error search for the sibilant frequencies in the EQ and notching them down a bit or applying a de-dsser plugin - virtually the same thing.

The editing, as mentioned above, is a little herky-jerky not allowing for those acting "beats" and transitions. Sounds like you used a noise gate to help with the limination of breath sounds. Problem is, it is cutting off the ends of some words.

Also watch the long A sound when the shorter "uh" is more (say it with me) "conversational" in tone. Be aware of other things like "yer" for "your".

The pacing is a little swift, which causes you to swallow some words or meld them together making it a little unclear. Slow it down a touch.

The music loop does sound a little "off" for the overall tone of the copy. And it's only a 4-bar loop which for such a long piece gets a little monotonous - more like a message on hold than a longer message about choosing the right doctor.

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Thanks so much for your critique jamesromick, you have an awesome ear. Everything that you mentioned is spot on and I value all of you guys constructive opinions. Yes, I need to be careful when editing out breath sounds as to not cut off the endings of my words. I'm working on my pacing and 'beats" for more adequate transitions. I'm also becoming more aware of my articulation with certain words. I'm a southerner and we have our own ways of speaking :-). I definitely have work to put in with articulation. As for the music bed, I need to do a google search for royalty free music that's longer than 30 seconds. If anyone knows of a site where I can get royalty free music, the information is greatly appreciated.

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I rip a lot of music from YouTube. (Shhhh. Don't tell 'em.)

One method I use for long narrations where I know that the breaths have to be eliminated (not audiobooks, where they are generally left in) is to take a breath, leave a clean pause (like holding your breath for a few mili-seconds), getting the line out thought out cleanly, take another ever-so-slight slight pause before I inhale, rinse and repeat. It does chop up the delivery, so I would advise practicing the script a few times to get the natural flow. Then you'll know where you're actually breathing (even make a "tick" mark the script there) and those little "hitches" won't seem so unnatural. Then you can cleanly edit the breath sounds out by zooming in on the wave form - you'll see the silences before and after - and adjust the pacing by filling those "gaps" with room tone. That way you won't clip off any word sounds.

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What do all think of my delivery? I want to record my demo soon and would love feedback on how I can improve as a budding VO actress. Any feedback is much appreciated, i have thick skin.

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Excellent! Sounds very professional, everything was on point in my opinion. Love the background music as well, very appropriate.

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The overall performance is very good. As is the energy. Except right at the end.
"The FilmorePhilly.com" just petered out in energy and with that dip in inflection.

Heard a hard edit in the first sentence at "...Grammy Award winning (edit) Artist..." Then the next sentence rear ended the first one.

It's a lot of copy to smash into 30 seconds, so you kinda have to adjust your pacing here and there to get it to fit. And editing the breaths (which you did) is part of that. However, there still needs to be ever-so-slight (I'm talkin' miliseconds) of space here and there to "imply" a breath and/or a break from one thought clump to another. It happened very effectively on "One Show. One Night."

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Nice read! Good interpretation and your voice is well-suited for this. The editing is a bit choppy, but I can overlook that. Energy at the end, as James stated, weakened just a bit. Listened to it twice - just for fun!

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You sounded great. A little rushed as one would expect in a timed commercial. I agree there could be more space between thoughts.

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A new TV spot I have airing in Washington State. Great company w/a great mission statement. Really enjoyed working with them.

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Way to go, man.
DS

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How did the session run? Live remote direct? Home studio? Or in studio? Did you provide the VO and they produced the rest? Or were you provided the music bed and produce it yourself? Inquiring minds want to know.

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Hi guys,
Well, I recorded multiple takes in my luxurious walk in closet. They loved my audition so much that they just give us more of that "feel" No shit. That was the only instruction I received. They were extremely low key and hands off. I sent it off and there was no need for revisions on their end . It's the only job where I had my invoice paid within a couple of days.

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Very cool! Very professional. Love it when it's that easy. Congrats.
Hope you made some good coin. Did they give you any indication on how long it'll run?

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None whatsoever. I'm just happy it's running at all lol

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Great recording! Your voice is perfect for this! I'm new to VO work but I really like the way this one was done.

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This is the 2nd of 2 spots I recorded for The People's Bank. They're currently airing on tv in Louisiana. All thoughts and comments are welcomed and appreciated.

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Jerry, I don't know how much to add. If they're playing on TV, you're just about there, brother. Sounds good.

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This is one of 2 spots I recorded for The People's Bank. They're currently running in Louisiana. All comments welcomed and appreciated.

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Heck yeah! Trying to figure out why this has been sitting here for four days, and all I can think of is there's nothing wrong with it to critique. If someone can find something they'd like changed, then speak up! In my mind and ears, it's spot-on. Nice job once again, Jerry!

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I had bought a Sennheiser 418 Shotgun a few months ago and while I like the sound, its extreme sensitivity picks up way to much mouth noise at almost any distance. Fine for 60 seconds, but in a 10+ hour audiobook the cleaning was a huge time killer. So I went shopping again and ended up with a Shure KSM313 passive ribbon. I love it! This file is "mastered" but I find it needs almost no EQ at all in my opinion. Before I master all 7 hours of this, what do you think of these settings? It is a little compressed, but ACX requires it all to be pretty loud.

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Hi Tom. Overall, I like the settings. I'm not overly familiar with audio book recordings, but I'm still hearing a lot of mouth clicks. I have no clue how clean an audio book should be, I'm just pointing that out since that was a concern with your first microphone.

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Tom --
good to hear you again. I like the character differentiation, it makes the story much easier to follow.
Great job, and too bad about the 416 - I still take mine to bed and cuddle it every night (I love mine....lol).
regarding the EQ, it seems nice and soft - not too sharp, not sibilant, not crispy -- which seems like a good choice for a long form read.
maybe....I can hear a slight room reverb. not room tone, but a subtle echo....

I pretty sure that listeners using their itunes probably wouldn't hear it.

cheers,
DS

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Soooo....is that 416 for sale? ;-)

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Happy to be here! I am new to this and would love any feedback, especially on performance. This is a non-profit project that I am helping a student out with. I have not submitted the final take yet.

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Damn monkeys. I bet he's one of the 12 isn't he? Good read. Maybe just a touch quick but understandable. There seemed to be a bit of room noise or some echo of some sort. It's difficult to say from what as it's not overpowering it's just there like you weren't close enough to the mic or your room is acceptable but you didn't do a noise reduction.

Like I sad the read was good just check into your post read production and/or mic techniques.

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Is this going to accompany a video? What is the age range of the audience?

Reasons for asking: The read zips by fairly rapidly, so editing the VO to sync up with a video is going to be difficult. This sounds like it's geared for a grade school audience. But would those kids know what procrastination is? (Even with the definition at the top?) Or do they write 12 page papers?

Seems that this is geared toward high school students. So the "tone" might need to be more "grounded". It feels like you're talking down to me.

It also sounds like you're reading. The concepts and pictures that the script paints aren't coming through. It's just a jumble of rapidly spoken words.

The first question doesn't sound like a question - even if it's rhetorical and you proceed to answer it yourself.

Slow down. Take one section at a time. Explain the concepts to me as if you were looking over my back at my desk, leaning in and pointing them out to me from the book I have open there.

Hear the unspoken dialogue in your head. What I mean by that is:

YOU - But why do some people procrastinate?
ME - I dunno. Why?
YOU - (Well, let me show you.) Here's the brain of....Dark Playground.
ME - What's a "Dark Playground"?
And so on.

Answer the unasked, implied questions. That will give you the impetus and motivation to succinctly explain what this is all about.

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Thank you both for the feedback.
Rob - I believe the noise in the recording was my computer fan that kicked on. Right now I am still practicing with the computer in my recording space, because my printer needs to be replaced.

James- Thank you for the suggestions. I will try the reading over the shoulder technique and slow it down a bit. Thank you. Just what I was looking for.

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I just set up my home studio and recorded this mp3 in response to a job on Voices.com. I would really love some feedback! I am brand new at voice over work, having just completed a course at Boston Castings.

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Your voice sounds really good, but I think this clip sounds a bit monotone. Practice your script a few more times to make your pauses smoother/more natural. Good luck on voices.com. I just setup my account with them a few days ago.

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Very articulate. But uninspiring. Needs a lot of welcoming smile and enthusiasm to the delivery.

Take the first sentence. What are you passionate about? (VO?) So, "What if you could turn your PASSION into a CAREER?" Was there a comma after 'What if" in the script? Because I heard a comma. We don't talk to each other in punctuation.

The second sentence is a compare/contrast - "works of ART...out of the ORDINARY."

Script analysis is key in getting the message across. Recognize what words are truly important and which ones to toss away. Are there patterns or lists? Is one word or phrase repeated and how do you make them not sound the same each time? What is the tone and energy of the piece of copy?

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Hi guys! Here's a payed job I did. The client was happy, but I'm definitely not 100% satisfied yet. I'm (rather frustratedly) trying to work on my friendly / conversational / non-script-ready delivery. Do you guys have any comments on this? Cheers, Sean

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I like your voice and tone. The recording quality is really good. It is difficult to read scripts so they don't sound choppy. I have the same difficulty. Maybe you could try reading just a touch slower and watch that you don't speed up unintentionally. I think I need to do the same thing. You have a bit of an accent. I like your accent but it may make it more difficult to read smoothly.

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You have a great voice, but I agree with one of the previous comments about slowing things down. I realize that sometimes time and copy density will not allow it, but in this case, some of the words were hard to understand. It required a couple of listens to get it all. Perhaps overemphasizing some enunciation could help.

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This is the 4th spot I recorded for a local newspaper. It's currently running on WFAN 660 Sports Radio. This was the first time I ever recorded with another artist. I've always flown solo. I have to say it was a blast having someone else in the booth to play with. I'm the one with the lower register. I also do the tag at the end. Take care

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Marone! nice. congrats.

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Wonderful work, Jerry, on all of these reads. I always enjoy hearing your stuff.

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Crap - now I have to start listening to the FAN again! AM in my car sounds like crap - though this spot is great! Nice job Jerry!

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Well done, Jerry... 15 seconds on-the-nose!

A very professional & natural sounding read.

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Jerry,

Just curious.

Did you do these from your home studio, or cut them at the station?

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Hi James,
I recorded these in Midtown at HotHead Studios. Great people , very professional outfit.

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I may have had an audition there for something. Can't quite remember. I'd have to look through my old emails.

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Hey, Jerry. Nice spots for sure. They take advantage of your vocal signature really well. I did notice though, from listening to your last few submissions before these that THESE sound a bit more open and "natural" from the sound you're putting out from what I have to assume is your home rig. It would be very worthwhile to contact the engineer and ask them what their "stack" is for your voice. I do realize that their recording space differs from yours...but it might give you some cues to what their sound is compared to yours. Mics, inputs, space...it's all very very very different, I know.

Point being: I think this studio really delivered a high quality product with your vocal.

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One of 2 :15 spots I voiced for a local New York paper.

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nice read and pacing.

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Jerry, you're my hero! This was welcoming for listeners, like good advice from a close friend. The sound quality is stellar. Timing was 15 seconds bang on. I don't see the copy but i'm guessing that it's right on considering this a paid job. This performance makes me want to go to the ball game! Good work!!

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One of 4 spots I voiced for a local New York paper that's currently running on WFAN 660 sports radio.

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Hi Jerry,

Like the pacing and inflection. Wondering if the mb was a little too hot? Keep up the good work!

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Hi friends! Looking for general notes on performance, pacing, intonation and recording quality. Thank you!

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Very good.

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Sounds like the total package to me. Great work!

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Hits the mark.

The tag was just a little confusing. Is it: "Bentley Media. Energizing and Expressing Brands."? That's what I thought I heard, but it kind of dipped down in inflection at the end, so I wasn't quite sure.

Otherwise, not much to critique.

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Just need some feedback on my delivery! Thanks!

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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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Hey Everyone! I'm "the voice" for ongoing concert promos that we do. Would love overall feedback! I have other versions that go with a video promo but this plays on our local radio station as well.

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Didn't perform an analysis, but to my ears the recording is a bit too "hot". Really had to turn the volume down with my cans on.

Quite a lot of plosive popping at the top, especially on the TH's, P's and some T's.

The voice is clear and articulate and cuts through the music. Overall delivery is quite nice.

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A positive tone for this kind of promo...Christian music with lots of samples. It's not too hot, mastered right around -1.8....about 1db louder than the approx -3db we're told is standard. But the overall sound SEEMS loud because of the boisterous music and the overly compressed vocal. The compression allows the voice to be discernible over the loud music samples, so it's a production choice. I agree with James that there's a little plosiveness which COULD be accentuated by the heavy compression, but it's also likely that they got into the mic. Producer should be more aware of that.

A couple of delivery nits to pick. Both times you read "second," you delivered "secint" and a clear "yer" for you at "set 'yer' world on fire." For the clarity of delivery you brought, those stand out to critical ears. It might be acceptable conversationally person-to-person...but it's kind of lazy to fall back on that IMO.

Overall, nice tone, clear and pleasant voice used well. Good stuff overall.

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Your vocal doesn't sit well in the mix at all. As James mentioned the mix is way too hot.

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Thank you all so much for this very useful feedback! We have a new mic and additional audio and mixing equipment coming in this week. I will post our next promo to see the difference. I also will be more conscious of my mic technique and pronunciations! Thanks again!

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Hey gang, first time posting here. My video production job of 19 years was eliminated and am now striking out with my own production company. My first paying job is a promotional video for a company that makes out-riggers for kayaks & canoes. This is the first VO in my home studio and my first VO in a while. How is he audio quality? How's my performance? I really need you to be hyper-critical here as I'd like to do some freelance voice work as well.

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Hey Nate -
I like your work. the first thing I noticed (in my headphones) is that you did a decent job of mixing this read. I guess you need to, since you're striking out on your own with a production company.

I thought your voice, and your read was great - very competitive. in terms of an explainer, you're spot on, I think. Are there opportunities to edit the pacing a little? maybe...client's choice.

audio quality was great. it had a finished polish to it. But, I noticed the guitar seemed just a bit heavy on the left side... were you balancing out the piano (which was a little right-ish)?

hope that's helpful,
cheers,
DS.

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Really good work.

As an explainer video, you might leave just a titch of space between each of the steps and set off the the last sentence a touch by leaving a breath of space too (just before "The StyRigger...") to set off "the brand" and slogan. But all of that is just nit picking.

Only big criticism is the noticeable F-fart on "frame". Don't think that it is editable. You'd probably have to punch that in to correct it.

Slick production.

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This is the Italian cinema script I uploaded before, but now I have redone it in my revamped (a la Danny) studio, edited the breaths, applied a simple EQ effect stack, and wonder if I an use this as a sample now. I am fond of the script, and it was a real job. Thanks, Kate

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Whatever Dan did, or advised you to do, works!

The whole presentation (sound quality and performance) is much, much better than any of your other recordings.

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Great job Kate! The sound is really improved, great job on that as well! One thing you need to focus on is finishing strong on words. On some you seem to run out of breathe or hold the word until you do run out of breath. You should finish your sentence as strong as you start. I enjoy your reads, I can hear a real improvement all around. Good job!

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Great, James and Danny, you have been really helpful and I'm glad your suggestions bore fruit. I'll watch the breathing.
Thanks,
Kate

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Hello Everybody. I need to revamp my website and I'm looking for some feedback on vocal style. This is job I did recently and it pretty much is what my general delivery is for a narration. If you would be so kind could you tell me what kinds of descriptors you would use to describe my voice? What types of adjectives would you use? Or what style would it fit most easily into? I'll eventually work these into a theme and maybe a logo on my site. Thanks for listening!

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Good on you that you got paid for this. And if the client is satisfied, that's what matters.

However....some impressions.

Even though this message is religious based, it doesn't necessarily require that quiet, pious tone. You don't sound "excited" as you stated at the beginning and end of the message. It sounds like it's a chore - like no one volunteered, and you drew the short straw. It's not a joyous sounding message. I'm not saying it's an over-the-top evangelical pep rally, but closer to that than just droning on. It needs a lot more energy, smile and an inviting attitude. With this, you'd never get me into the tent.

Adjectives:
mellow, somewhat nasal, flat, dry, a bit monotone, read-y, kind of dull and uninspirational, limiting, sleepy, funereal.

I don't say these things to be cruel. And I have no idea of how far along in the process you are or how much training you have had. But, IMHO, you'd be putting the cart way before the horse by posting this on your website. Your sound quality is great! But that's not enough. Script interpretation and the messaging is the key - relating to your listener on an intimate and personal level. It ain't called "voice acting" for nothin'. My 2c? More study and more coaching is in order.

Then again, I could just be full of $#*!.

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You have a sincere voice and easy going...but if your objective is to get folks to be inspired by the words of God, there does need to be more excitement in your voice. A smile when you speak can help. Perhaps it was the time of day you recorded or the number of takes, for you do sound a little tired. Maybe try standing up when you record and allow your hands to move around a bit to create more energy. Good for you that you were able to get paid in area you enjoy!

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Thanks for the replies. As I said, I'm really only looking for comments on voice tones and ways to describe it. Not interested in thoughts about technique or performance for this particular file. Thanks again for anything you could contribute in that way.

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I think you may be expecting more than this forum is capable of providing.

Branding is not just about how your voice sounds, but the type of personality you bring to a project. If you want branding help you ask people who know you, not strangers. If you really want advice from strangers, you show multiple examples of your vocal stylings in a way that shows us the facets of your personality, so we get a fuller idea of who you are AKA a demo.

Based on the example you gave and that being the only way to know you, I would have to wholeheartedly agree with James' adjectives.

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I would add to James' adjective list (which a agree with 100% plus the following): disconnected.

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The tone of his voice to me has virtues such as intimacy, closeness, everything is taken care of, the timbre of the voice is pleasant.

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My winning audition for 1 800 Neglect. If you find yourself in the NYC area ,watching late night tv ,you just might catch it lol First time I've had a commercial I voiced play in my hometown.

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Jerry,

Very good! Like your style anyway, Makes you take notice, keep it up!

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Great read, Jerry, although it does sound waaaay too processed and edited. Keep up the good work.

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Well done, keep it up. Congratulations

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Very nice. Well paced and compelling delivery of the text, can see why this was picked.

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This is an unprocessed recording uploaded at the request of total max etc. & goes with the reply re my equipment & settings which I just submitted. I wouldn't normally send in an unprocessed recording but I hope total max & anyone else will have suggestions for my tech. Thanks, all. Kate

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Hello Kate,

On your vocal quality, slurred Italy a bit at 0:12s;
Good pronunciation and enunciation. Might sounds just a bit more sinister toward the end when introducing 'cinema' as a possible weapon.

On recording quality, obviously 'fuzzy' which comes with the unprocessed recording. Affects overall quality as well as individual words.

Cheers,
Michael

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I think that I mentioned before that I thought the script was really good and on interesting subject matter.

I read some of the other comments as well.

The Rode NT1A with the Focusrite interface are a great pair. But even the bestest mic and spiffiest interface in the world will sound crappy if the recording environment isn't properly treated and sound damped (not "dampened", that means "wet") and your mic-ing technique is askew. And that's where I hear the problem with the recording's quality. No amount of noise reduction, EQing or any other magical FX plugin will fix something recorded in an un-well treated environment. Your recording space is very "live" and reverberate. And you may be giving it too much "voice" - in that you're trying to reach the upper mezzanine rather than the listeners' ears that only may be a few inches or a few feet from you.

I also think that you may be recording too close to the mic and a little too hot (the input volume pegging into the red) as there is a lot of distortion to the sound. Even if you normalized the sound to -3dB peak, those distortions only get softer (at a lower volume level), but the distortion (caused by the wave form being "clipped" and thus un-recordable above a certain volume level) is still there.

As audio engineers are fond of saying, "Garbage In, Garbage Out". Meaning that it's nearly impossible to fix a recording that has major problems to begin with. Better to have a fairly "clean" recording to deal with from the start to enhance through processing FX.

If you intend to produce from a home studio (or even submit a "raw" recording for further processing by someone else), you will have to "bite the bullet" and master your recording software, at least to the point of mono voice recording. You will have to know and understand what bit rate and sample rate are. Different file formats (WAV, MP3, etc.), Because different clients may require different settings and formats. And all of that can effect the overall quality of your audio. Good editing skills are also important. And although there are some basic features to all recording software, some behave differently than others in that regard. Figuring out what FX to use (noise reduction, compression, EQ, etc.) is another consideration, and in which order to apply them (your "FX stack").

It all sounds pretty daunting, but it's really not that bad or hard. There's tons of information and instructional videos on YouTube, the various manufactures' websites (Focusrite, for example) and other so-called third party instructional websites (Edge, Groove3, Lynda.com, etc.)

But as far as using this particular recording as demo material to shop around as an example of your work, you would be doing yourself a disservice. Even with major processing FX, the sound quality is just too poor to pass muster.

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Great advice James! I commented below on Kate's other recording questioning the setup (Line vs. Mic input) as well. there are a number of considerations which you covered very well ...

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Thanks Dan.

Nice to know that I'm not just blowing smoke.

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LOTS of inhalation and mouth popping noises. There was another voice briefly audible at the very end of the recording.
Mike W.

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the opinion of James seems very successful.
I think his words are very valuable.

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I submitted this as an excerpt from a documentary I did, with sound track in the background, hoping to see if it was usable in marketing my work. It had been performed in my home studio with the director present, & edited later by the director in his. It kicked up a firestorm of criticism of his editing, and some people wanted to hear my unaccompanied read. So I have taken my read, edited it as best I could removing the breaths & adding a simple EQ (I am totally nontechnical & scared to death of that side of it) and wonder what people think, can I use it for something? I like the script & the documentary is getting good reactions in the academic world, where I guess they care more about content than technical stuff. The clients were happy with my performance. Are you? Is tech side ok?

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Hi Kate,

The recording is either poorly processed or recorded. The read is nice. Can you provide some info on the equipment you are using and the settings (24 bit/44.1 etc) you record with?

There was an audio dropout around 10 seconds, which may have been mic placement.

If you post the recording without any processing that will help us as well.

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Thanks. total mix & master.I am about to attach the unprocessed recording. I use a Rode NT1A mic & a focus rite scarlett thing that processes the sound. I record in a closet-like booth and edit at Macbook pro with twisted wave. After I did the reading but shortly afterward I added more acoustical foam in the booth where there were gaps in it, & moved the mic setup around a bit. My settings on this appear to be joint stereo (Ididn't realize that) & bitrate 128 kbps.Is this helpful? I really am dumb about this, but the whole setup cost an arm & a leg. What should I do?

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Hi Kate,

NT1A and the Scarlett are both great for you. I know a ton of ppl that have done really nice work with them and are quite successful in VO.

It might be a silly question, but are you holding the mic or are you using a stand? The reason I'm asking is 2 fold.

1) It sounds as though you either move around a bit and stand there talking holding the mic, similar to someone onstage like an emcee, or
2) The space may be too small that you record in. The space size and amount of acoustic treatments do need to meet a formula since sound works in frequencies, Highest moving the fastest and lowest moving the slowest but penetrating.

With respect to the sound. The cable you use to connect the mic to the scarlett, is it XLR (round with 3 prongs) going into the 1st channel of the scarlett pre, or is it a TRS cable (looks like a headphone jack).

It sounds as tho you are going into the preamp via line in rather than the mic input and that's where your vocal sounds a bit hot.

Hard to say really. In audio and the number of configurations, its difficult work it through without complete details of the throughput from end to end and the configuration.

The one concern is that you mention joint stereo. You should only see 1 (big fat) waveform when you record. You can bounce in stereo or interleaved mono (L+R separate channels)

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I am new to VO and this is the first job I have been had. I wonder how it sounds to those more experienced. I know I can always improve so any advice is welcomed. Also, this is recorded and edited by me as well so I wonder if I need to work more on performance or recording quality or if both are pretty rough. Thank you, Lauri

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I thought it was a solid read. Nice work.
Your voice is very calming and reassuring.

For constructive criticism I would suggest playing with pacing and pitch to change things up a little so it doesn't get monotonous as it is a long bit of text.
-aa

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Thank you, aa. I was really working toward the calming and reassuring sound so I am glad I hit on that. I did worry about the pacing and pitch actually. I didn't know how much to vary it. The producer was happy with it, but I am glad to get that feedback so I can practice that.

Lauri

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Very professionally read and enunciated. However.... LOTS of room reverberations and noise reflection. You definitely need some kind of sound shielding. Hope that helps.

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The color of the voice is cute, which I think should be emphasized that it is in the acoustic treatment of the site you are using to record.
On the other hand I get the impression that you are using a noise gate but not well configured

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This is an excerpt from a documentary I recorded, and I want to know if it would be good for marketing my work. It was recorded in my home studio with director present,but edited later by him in his studio.

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Sorry to say, IMHO, this is not something you should shop around as a sample of your work. There are a number of problems with it.

First, and the most obvious, is that many of your sentences (and thought clumps) rear-end into one another - possibly where you edited out noises or breaths. If that's the case, the spaces need to be filled with room tone to maintain the flow of a normal speech cadence. Example: The first two sentences "...film studio. The state-of-the-art..." kind of needed the end of one thought to be completed before the beginning of the new thought, even with only a glottal pause at the period. There are other such spots as well. Listen to it with your eyes closed and they will become quite apparent - almost sounding like one run-on sentence or unrelated thoughts rammed together.

The second consideration is the overall recording quality and mix with the music. It is quite evident that this is home-grown and not professionally produced. (If I'm wrong, I stand corrected.) Levels are somewhat erratic, occasionally the music bed overpowers the VO as it drops in energy and volume. It's a mastering thing that a trained engineer might better tackle. In re-reading your preliminary comment, your director may have had some difficulty with the sound quality of your studio environment which may have lead to difficulties with the mix. Also, the vocal in the music, although in Italian, is somewhat distracting and competes with the VO. A totally instrumental music bed may have been a better choice. However, it is not my intention to insult the artistic integrity or engineering skill of your director. Just a subjective observation.

It's a nice piece of copy, but it may need to be cut down to only a minute or slightly less. The VO portion clocks in at about 1:10. The extra 17 seconds of music, although it is a nice piece of music, is unnecessary for a demo. Narration demos have 3, usually 4, snippets of between 30 to 60 seconds each. What a casting person is looking for is pacing, stamina, and consistency of delivery. Here again, you started out with good energy, but it kind of petered out toward the end of the narrative.

Bottom line is not to undermine your chances of obtaining work with an inferior product. The competition is just too stiff.

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Hi Kate,

You have a really lovely quality to your voice. James had raised some really good points above. As for the read, I thought it sounded like one long sentence. That may have been the edits of the Director, as I could hear a couple of spots where the edits were too close.

I would have liked to hear you engage the listener more. The content sounded very interesting, but again I have the attention span of a squirrel, so I got lost in the weeds during the read.

Getting back to the production. I felt it was very weak and the music really took away from your voice and the content. Personally, I would re-record and have it re-produced if you are looking to use it for any kind of demo (even 10-15 seconds of it as is the norm on a demo, not the full 1:27).

All the best.
-dk-

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I agree that this wouldn't do you any favors if put out there as a demo. I really didn't hear any interest from the reader trying to convey the story. As mentioned, the music draws away from the read. Dan describes it as "engaging the listener" ... James is right in suggesting that this would be considered an inferior product--which wouldn't get you any work.

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Hi, this is Kate,
I felt the need to reply because these comments are so strong. They are certainly helpful, as I won't send the reel anywhere! But:
I posted this because I had my doubts about the cutting the director did in between the sentences, and the general sound issues. But this was not made as a demo, but an excerpt from a film designed for college cinema studies courses, and I thought the content of the documentary was fascinating, the film clips of De Sica, Magnani & others fun, and the Italian professor - talking heads charming. The film has already had a showing at a university with very positive effects, I guess because they focus on the content.
So I don't want my reputation to be ruined by this: I'd like to post in the future with reads in my studio edited by me, for constructive criticism.
Thanks, all.

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Glad you clarified that. As it says "demo recording" above, assumptions were that it was intended as such. Please don't take the "dire warning" tone of the reviews too harshly. It's just that once a reputation is established - good or bad - it's difficult to overcome first impressions. You'll see warnings from time to time when someone cobbles together a demo from scripts here and does a few recordings here and then gloms them together and call it a demo. Several things would come into play as something like that would probably torpedo a career. So, we tend to get pretty aggressive in trying to discourage that kind of thing.

Sorry for the apparent over-reaction, but it's well-intended.

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Hi Kate,

I hope you didn't take my critique as harsh. My blame on the recording was solely on the Director/mixer that did the post production. I think you have a very nice voice suited to the role in this piece. I did mention that it sounded like one long sentence, and the reasoning I thought was on the Directors part during the edits and mix down. When I mentioned I wanted you to engage the listener more, I wanted you to draw me in more during the telling of the story, like I am sitting across from you and you experienced the scenario. I could have mentioned that I guess. I think the quality of the recording (your vocal) is good, the music with the vinyl static makes it sound too old but I guess the director wanted to have a periodic piece for the cinematic studies course.

Danny

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Since everyone else that has offered critique has chimed in further, I will too.

It kind of depends on if the director deals more climatically, by which I mean that he or she doesn't really have a grasp of VO. Again, I don't want to insult this person, but Danny succinctly made the point.

VO is often the last element added to a video. Often times it is over-written and doesn't quite time out with the visuals - which is possibly why this seemed like one long run-on sentence. In the director's view, the edits may have been necessary for that reason. My question would be: Did the director show you the video so that you could practice timing out the narrative?

The other thing is that the VO shouldn't be obtrusive to what is being presented. If you watch (and listen) to Ken Burns's things on PBS or Frontline, Peter Coyote and Will Lyman do an excellent job of weaving the story without becoming the star of the films. They are also mixed well, in that if there are sound FX or other voices or songs, they are woven around the narrative - meaning that those things are "in the clear" or in the gaps in between the dialogue as not to overpower the story being told. This is one of the places where this recording really falls short. Like I said before, the singing in the music competes with the VO and is distracting - it splits the concentration of the listener.

However, it is a nice piece of copy, so I would like to hear the naked narrative, sans the background. Maybe you could get some, more constructive critique with just that.

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The voice quality I like, it shows that it is a healthy voice. Editing think not accompany. Varying volumes and vinyl detail caused him to lose focus on the narrative.

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Hi Mr. Makk,

You definitely have a role in voice over! Not sure of the interpretation of the script? You certainly garnered my attention. If you want people to know your message, the mb mustn't override the vocal, which I think it might have? But you have the excitement!

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Nice pipes man! This was great as a local radio spot. Very announcer-ish. and of course there's a place for that. You were going pretty fast so there was no emotion in your voice. I'd like to hear you doing a movie trailer or perhaps something with a warm intimate read where we can hear what else you can do.
Audio sounded fine, like it was cut in radio station production room.

WOW! I just listened to one of your reads from 2011, you've come a LONG WAY sir. Great job!

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I'm hearing some diction issues....for instance: faceliff...no "t".

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Wow!! This was really well done!

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This is a paid job just thinking, its too much production and effects, it's an imaging piece for a Urban station.

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Lots of plosive popping!

P's, K's, B's, T's, G's and some F's

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Agree with plosives as a problem for you on this type of delivery. Soften them and use a filter, good mic technique. Also the first time you said the client (the radio station), you blew past it like it didn't matter. It was also slurred. You can keep the energy up but slow down just a bit and work on the consonants that James mentioned.

Nate

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Loved it and production was awesome!! Just need a pop filter and you are all set. GREAT JOB!

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Hi Dwayne,

I've done tons of radio imaging, so I speak from that experience. Those above have covered the plosive problems so I'll address the production aspect. First it's too long. You almost went to :60. That's a spot man. Your energy and momentum are all over the place. A promo should be fairly short and build in energy to the climax and then slam into the calls and bam music! Try using just one voice drop. Too much just confuses the listener and slows things down. Use zaps and zingers to grab attention and build excitement. Yours just sound randomly thrown in. Remember when a promo or image piece gets played on the air it's going through the stations audio chain and it's going to be compressed which will kill the dynamics of your production. Keep this in mind and add as much punch as you can without distorting when you add production elements.

I know I've said a lot here, but if you keep this stuff in mind I know you'll see a real improvement in your production.

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Looking for an alternative to using my AT 2020 USB on the road. While fairly decent at home with my studio desktop for some reason it has a very high noise floor when used with my Dell Laptop regardless if input level. Tried a Samson USB and same thing. This file was made with a Trascam 40 digital recorder using the built in mics. Just over $100 on Amazon. How does it sound? Pretty heavily gated so maybe I need to process a little less. It would be a huge boost to my productivity producing audiobooks to be able to work at home and on the road with the same "sound".

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Audiobooks are definitely your cup of tea.

I think I've mentioned your "gating" issue before. This recording has some problems in that area in that I can hear the beginning of a breath, then the sound cuts out to near total silence and comes back in with a bit of a sonic artifact before I hear you speak again.

I have not used noise gating in my audiobook production, but I have used several different de-breather plugins and have not found them particularly effective either - mostly because I breathe fairly loudly and the plugins have trouble distinguishing my breaths from actual words. The software catches some and misses others. Most of the videos that I've seen on the use of de-breathers have more to do with vocal music production than VO. The differences between the frequencies of the singing voice and the low rumble of a breath are much different than those of a deep speaking voice and natural breathing, so maybe that's why they are more effective for music production than VO. Dunno.

At any rate, my solution was to isolate my breaths and knock them down -18dB or so. They're still there (important for audiobook production), but not obtrusive. It's a tedious and time consuming process, but they are very distinguishable in the wave form. I actually do it mindlessly by sight while listening to music or another audiobook. (That way I can study the technique of other narrators to help me improve my skills as a narrator.) I have some keyboard shortcuts set up with my software to streamline the process - just a couple of mouse clicks and a tap of a hot key and, boom, it's done. (I also use the ShuttlePRO2 controller. It's a real time saver while editing.)

http://ergo.contour-design.com/ergonomic-mouse/shuttlepro-v2)

There is a danger (maybe too strong of a word) to producing an entire book with many different setups (different mics, computers, recording environments, etc.). It could be that the sound card in your laptop manipulates the 1's & 0's differently than the one in your desktop. The software drivers for the USB mics may talk to the sound cards differently as well. And the recording environments will definitely have a different ambient sound (room tone). Therefore there will be major and minor inconsistencies in the final product that may (or may not) be disturbing to your intended listener.

My understanding, after visiting Audible Studios in Newark, is that they take great pains to replicate the sound from session to session and day to day for the same audiobook and narrator to maintain the same consistency and quality of production.

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Thanks James. The reason I tried the Trascam is that since it is not even hooked to a computer during recording is there is no difference (other than room tone) in sound regardless of where I am. It is very small so fits in my briefcase easily. With a fur cover editing mouth noises is something that virtually goes away. If I start and finish a chapter in one location the slight difference in room tone is not very noticeable. At a minimum it does allow me to punch in a garbled or mis-read words unnoticeably (always in the RAW file only) even if room location has changed.

The fact that you didn't mention the hardware at all tells me it is probably more than acceptable for my use. The two built in mics sound fine to me so need to carry one with me. This sample has just a little EQ and very little compressing (I keep the Trascam set to auto level so it is already normalized to 0 and slightly compressed. I just reduce to -3 while compressing and hard limiting a little. Yes, I cheated on the gating here and it is pretty obvious. You are right (unfortunately) that manual de breathing is the only thing that works. I have a hot key set at -6 Db and depending on size of the breath on screen I just tap it a time or two. As you said, there is no reason to actually listen as they are very visible.

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Hi Tom.
First of all I admire anyone who has the patience to do an audio book. I don't think production is as big a deal on these. I would think most changes could be fixed in post production.I've heard some audio books that are pretty bad. Not saying production does not matter, just saying our performance means more. Rock on! Ted

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Tom -
How blessed is it to sound so similar to Peter Thomas? (do I say that every time?)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4AH15iHCmUY&list=PL779C404253164743
I love this read.

what is your "on the road" setup?
I might opine, because I've recorded a lot from hotel rooms - treated and untreated spaces; noisy neighbors and quiet ones; auditions and paid work.....

email me...

thanks!
Dave Saunders.

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This is version 2, which I edited after receiving some great comments. I removed the noise gate and reduced the compression. Does it still sound muddy? Also, how does it sound in general. Is this ready to go out to the customer?

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Here are my comments. Since I'm not an expert, but want to contribute, I'll just explain how you sounded in my experience.

- You held my attention and were very clear about the message of the script.
- I do feel it could be read a bit more elegantly and friendly. Especially in the first 30 seconds, I think you sounded quite strict. It made me feel a bit silly for not knowing these things already, like I just asked a stupid question in class.

I hope this is useful to you.

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There was something about the first :30 or so. I think it was perhaps overstated (drawn out) a bit with over-sized gaps and then it smoothed it out later. Recording quality sounded pretty decent - nothing really stuck out. I was definitely drawn in and paying attention to the content in the latter part.

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Hi, very nice work overall. However, at :27, I noticed that you hit the "t" in futile a little too hard, made that word sound stilted. I would try softening that "t" bit. You got it right with the word "futile" at :40.

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This job is for a finished product. So I used compression, EQ, and a noise gate on Reaper.

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The noise gate is giving you problems. If I am assuming that you're using it to eliminate breath sounds, it's not catching them in total. There is a slight rustling sound of a potential inhale (with some mouth noise) that is detectable. And the release may be set to long because it's interfering with the beginning of some words after an eliminated inhale - cutting the beginnings off somewhat.

Most VO engineers will advise not to use a noise gate. The settings are very tricky to get to that Goldilocks state - just right. There are better alternatives. Most of the breath and mouth noise sounds are "in the clear" and could better be taken care of with some fine judicious editing and replacement with room tone.

Reaper is my preferred DAW. It's very powerful, customizable and great for VO recording.

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Hi Beau,

Thank you for choosing me to do your checkup. I agree with the previous comment that the noise gate isn't quite right. You would be much better off just editing manually rather than relying on the noise gate. Furthermore, this is overly compressed. It sounds muddy and garbled. You've lost a lot of clarity. Its possible it started that way if you were too close to the microphone and the processing simply made it worse, but it would be hard for me to say for sure. I'd definitely be interested in hearing your unprocessed sound and then learning exactly what you are doing with compression and EQ. That information could possibly allow me to advise you on better settings for this project. I'm sorry to have to tell you that, if I were the client, I would not be happy with this audio.

Please let me know if there is anything else I can do to assist you.

Dan Friedman

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I am open to feedback on performance and recording quality. thank you.

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Hi, Sara.

To be taken with a grain of salt:

Technically, this sounds OK to me. On the performance side, this sounds very much as though you are reading at me, rather than speaking to me. I also found the breaths very prominent; my personal preference would be to edit them out (favorite trick: record a track of your recording space with nothing going on, and replace breaths with appropriate lengths of that "silence")

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thanks psunderwood.

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You have a nice feel to your voice. It's maternal, and comforting. Your breaths may also be excessively loud if you are too close to your mic. You could try backing up a bit and aiming off to one side of the mic. See if that helps with the breathing. Also, for a "teach a man to fish..." approach, watch some videos on diaphramatic breathing and take care of the need to edit in the first place :)

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Not sure what genre this fits into. But if I were to guess, it's probably one of those academic/psychological studies/histories/comparisons of Hollywood films, stars and their roles. Lots of compare/contrast and depth to it. Or it could be a "heady" review of just this film. Dunno.

At any rate, the material is a little "dry" and wordy, but it does have a POV, opinion and artistic judgement to it. That's what was missing here (for me) - the personal investment or author's attitude/investment/POV of the material. Thus psunderwood's comment about being read to.

Don't know if you applied any processing FX to this recording, but it seems a little dull, aurally - lacks a certain crispness. Could be that the noise floor is just a little too high too. For instance: ACX/Audible's requirements for the noise floor for audiobook recordings is at least -60dB. A noise reduction and/or a high-pass filter plugin can help to eliminate low frequency rumble.

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thanks for the interesting comments Heatherly 23 and jamesromick....

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so, all the "reading at me" vs. "speaking to me" stuff....shouldn't audio books literally sound like one is reading to me, albeit very professionally?
Even Peter Coyote sounds like he's reading during the course of a Ken Burns 10 hour audiobook/documentary.

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This is a very long psychological biography of Montgomery Clift and his film work. Much of what is written would never be "said" by anyone including the author other than in the context of reading. I think I picked a bit of an odd excerpt. But thanks for that Dave Saunders.

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My first attempt at narrating fiction on ACX. Only after auditioning & accepting did I find it required 38 voices (37 characters + narrator). I now know some questions to ask before auditioning (!). Anyway, this is all 38 voices in 3 minutes. Hopefully didn't get too cartoon-y.

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Good voices. Thanks for the reality check, I had no idea that a VO artist could be expected to do so many voices

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Sundance -
I liked the opening narration - sounded very much like Jeff Bridges. (lucky, you, btw - that's worth some money). I really like that low-n-slow technique. I gotta learn to do that.

But after that, the bombardment of character changes was very confusing to me.

The character voices were interesting, and no doubt sound great within the context of the story itself.

you got skills.
cheers,
DS

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I work professionally for a radio station, but I'm always looking to expand and improve my skills. Any feedback is welcome!

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RW:
You've got a clear and strong sound with a lot of enthusiasm in it! It has obviously worked well for you. Here's my beef: you have a pronunciation habit that I hear all the time. And I mean all the time! Your "str"sound becomes "shtr". Instead of "street" you say "shtreet". You probably also say "shtrawberry" "shtrength"and "shtroke". There should be no "sh"sound in the words "strawberry" "strength" and "stroke".
No worries. It is fixable. Just break down the words.
For the word "street", start by saying "staaah" 5 times.
then say "reet" 5 times.
then say "sta-reet" 5 times.
Then drop the "aaah" sound and say "street".
For the word "Straw" start by saying "Staaaah" 5 times.
Then say "raw" 5 times.
Then say "staah-raw" 5 times and then drop the "aaah" and say "straw".
It is frustrating at first and will take time. Keep at it.You will see an improvement. I'm still struggling daily with my "New Yawk" accident. I said "struggle" not "shtruggle"! Think of every word beginning with "str" and practice. Work on eliminating any "sht" sound and make it a "st" sound. You've already got a great voice. This tip will make it sound better.

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Wow. Free speech therapy lessons. All over something that could be attributable to slurring of syllables or even processing of the sound.

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lol ^^ wow indeed.

It sounds like a radio commercial, which isn't a bad thing generally, but in VO, it's niche. You were very good, not too bombastic but it's not a modern VO read, it's a modern dj read. You don't sound like a car stereo guy, which would be the more conversational approach, if you're looking to do more commercial work outside of radio.

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bean420, can you elaborate a little bit? I'm ashamed to say I'm a little confused by what you mean between modern VO and modern DJ read. I'm not quite sure what you're getting at in your critique...

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Nothing to be ashamed of :) I would say that the difference is that what I mean by modern VO is more acting, better control over it and your vocal technique. The conversational approach is a popular one, story teller is another modern VO term.

By modern DJ, I mean that DJs nowadays tend to be softer in their delivery than the days pre-satellite radio and iPods. That bombastic type of delivery. DJs are lightening up on the "push" as it's called, but are still more energetic than would be considered conversational, and very radio specific in their storytelling, they don't hide the radio spot at all.

Does that make more sense? Bill De Wees has some vlogs that might be clearer :)

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I'm purposefully not looking at the other comments before giving mine. Overall you have a lot of energy. It seems more of a DJ style, which works if that is what they wanted. The name of the company did not stand out. A pause before, after -- whatever you choose to emphasize the company name really is important. It's hard for me to make more comments without the script . But overall you've got a lot going for you, even if others point out things that can be improved. We'd love to hear more.

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This is a commercial I'm working on for The National Ataxia Foundation. An internet radio station donated ad space and I'm donating my voice. If there's anything you think I need to fix/change before sending this off please let me know.

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I'm new at this so take my suggestions for what its worth.

Is this the music that must be used with the ad? There are times when the music really is competing with your voice. Especially towards the end, it also seems like a tug of war between you and the music. Does the music get louder a few times before the end? Nice music intro though.

"thousands of people (breath audible. cut spacing or at least silence breath) live with and suffer"

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Your enunciation is great. The only thing i find is your levels go down in the middle of the commercial. Other than that. Nice job.

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You may be leaving yourself open to a lawsuit unless you get permission to use the AC/DC song. ASCAP and/or BMI, AC/DC and/or their record company may tag you if someone reports it. Always good to get permission to use copyrighted material before using it. The artists and organizations want their royalty cut. And they're not shy about going after little fish to make an example - even if it's a non-profit.

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I agree with James,I wouldn't use AC/DC there are plenty of FREE music loops on the internet. Remember NAPSTER?

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Hi again, Dan! This is the national spot I recorded last week. The first part is what I actually sent to the client after a directed session. Then I read some reviews last weekend and decided to try buying a Shure A15HP high pass filter and just attached it to my Rode NT1-A tonight. I then recorded the silence you'll hear after the spot, then re-recorded the spot and put it all together so you can hear the difference. I have two questions now: 1) Now do I have the flawless professional sound I need to record more national jobs or is it not yet totally pristine? 2) Is it unprofessional to offer the client a new recording? He told me he already recommended me to three other producers (based on my demos alone) and I don't want to blow my future chances with potential clients--how bad is the sound quality of the first recording? Is it even usable for a national spot? Thanks for your help once again! I totally trust your advice and expertise. Tracy

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Since you posted on the forum, but didn't ask for general commentary, (Hi again, Dan!"), I'm assuming you're paying Dan Friedman to eval your post here. But I listened anyway. IMO, both samples are too sharp in the "s" sound. I first listened through my computer speakers and heard some distortion that prompted me to fire up the monitors and then headphones. Through the better monitors/cans, I could hear the shrillness of the ess-es in several spots. I use AKG-K240mkII cans for critical listening and they CAN be a little too 'exposing' in the upper registers, so I pulled my Sennheiser HD-280s from the booth to listen (they're not as sharp up there) and I still heard the zinging ess-es.

I checked the stats of your first "silence" between the reads and the peak amplitude is -55.6 db. The silence at the end is -49.5 db. It could be quieter. It's in the range of "good and acceptable"...but I'm hearing noise that I felt could be addressed.

Just my unsolicited and uncompensated opinion. Worth the virtual ink on the webpage.

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I'm hearing the same thing that TxTom is. Noise floor is a little high. But if that particular client is happy with it and their engineer can deal with it (because they will probably manipulate the sound quality to their liking anyway), fine.

I see that you haven't requested a performance critique, but there are some things worth thinking about.

The first take of the directed session doesn't have the "problems" that I heard in the first one. Maybe because it was edited? But there was a little tongue click on "lived" (I have trouble with L's myself) and a bit of plosive on "eighth". Again, a good engineer may be able to manipulate that.

Even though I prefer the sound quality of the second take, there are some "technique" things to be aware of. Same L click problem on "lived" - a kind of pre-sound on "huh-neither" and "hu-on" - a kind of nasal sound before "Bring".

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It states that this is a demo recording above the blue highlighted area but it's actually a paid job recording. -psj

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I have no clue what you said before "noises"... maybe Pearl Creek? I had to listen a couple of times before I got even that.

It's very sing songy, everything holds the same beat, over and over again. Now, that may be what the specs called for, or what they want, but I wanted to point it out.

I think it could go a little slower for children.

But you're enthusiastic and that's important :)

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Are you using a noise gate? It's clipping off the ends of some of your words.

(BTW - Yesterday, I attended a day-long ACX audiobook production seminar at Audible Studios in Newark, NJ. Every sound engineer and editor, to a man and woman, said that they never use and no one should ever to use a noise gate for VO production. And especially not for audiobooks.)

IMHO, you're too close to the mic. It doesn't allow you to give the full dynamic range (volume or intensity) to your delivery (of course, some of the dynamic volume may be squashed in processing). It sounds like you're holding back as you listen to yourself in real time to your delivery. You might think about experimenting with the one-earphone-on-one-earphone-off headphone technique just to see (hear) if it makes subtle differences.

Quite a few clicks and mouth noises - some in the clear - that could have been edited out. For my taste (if I were a kid), the frequency range is a little bottom heavy (bass-y), a bit un-crisp, which would make just a touch difficult to decipher some words. (Probably one of the reasons bean420 had a problem with the word "noises" as stated above.)

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This was recorded 6 months ago and the website accepted it as is. Perhaps they did some editing and added music. But I agree with the fact the sound quality needed much improvement (mouth noises etc). But I have improved quite a bit since this recording. James, I have changed my positioning with the mic, and I record at a better distance now. Most of my recordings lately, as least sound wise are noticeably better. The recordings I have posted on here prior to this have not elicited to much negative feedback regarding sound quality. I try to keep my processing to a minimum now and am far more careful with editing out any mouth noises, etc. But my bugaboo is dropping the last consonant in words (my bad), but I see that is an issue with many people. I can't always blame my editing skills. Like any other profession it is a constant learning process. I greatly appreciate the detailed suggestions. Bean, they actually wanted a deep, senior storyteller type voice, but I agree that some words sounded garbled.

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This is a helpful thread. Thank you for posting. I agree with the feedback, and would stress that slowing down and really picking out those names at the beginning would be important. Nice tidbits re: mic position, earphones, processing...

Wish I were closer to go to the audiobook stuff with you, James...

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For anyone who is interested. They did a live stream of some of the ACX sessions at Audible Studios. The videos have been saved and can be viewed on this facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/goacx/app_142371818162

You may even hear me occasionally spout some pearls of wisdom from the audience.

There were classroom sessions throughout the day that were not streamed.

It was an interesting event and I learned a number of useful things for producing audiobooks from my home studio.

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Appreciate the link, James!

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Hey, congrats on 3rd place this week, psjones!

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Tonia, actually It was ps underwood. But thanks anyway! Someday I'll get there.

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Great tone, but I would work on the rumbling in your voice. It almost sounds Gurgled. Try smoothing it out a bit. Other than that you have a great voice.

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Have an audition coming up and would like to hear about if I should modify my pacing or range.

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Really great. Cut off the last word though.

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The pacing seems good. The recording quality seems good as well.

There are a few instances of what I call an F-fart or a TH-fart. (The first instance I heard it was at around :47 and there are a few more throughout. But two big ones were at around 1:25 & 1:27.) My preference would would be to do a punch-in or a retake on the most egregious ones. It'll be very difficult to manipulate them in the software or with plugins.

Edge says that you can upload a file up to 10GB, but occasionally it clips off the end of longer reads for some reason.

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LP - You have a comforting sound, I know people who would enjoy your style with audio books. Watch the endings... Keep up the good work!

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LP -
this is a really nice read. I found it really easy to listen to and follow the story.
I like the pauses that surround quoted lines. it made it easy for me to separate narrator from character - without the need to take on a distinct set of character voices.

you've done audiobooks before, apparently... sounds pro to me.

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Just looking for feedback from other talent. Thanks for taking the time. TD

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Hi Tom: Great recording quality. I did think the music overpowered your narration. The first part of the narration was clear, then somewhere in the middle you said the word eyes with such drawn out drama that I wasn't sure it was appropriate. Then towards the end I liked some of the irony in your words, but again perhaps a bit too much drama? Overall good job.

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It's a winner. Real pro job.

Only a couple of nit picky things.

One place where the voice syncs up with the music is a little funky at about :20 in on the word "medical". On the first listen, I thought it was some strange noise or mouth sound, but the second time through I realized that it was a percussive instrument in the music bed. Maybe there's a way to edit around that and keep the flow or minimize the instrument sound.

You might fool around with the levels in the music bed, lessen the volume somewhat when you're talking and bring it up in the spaces in between. It's called "audio ducking" and some DAW's have that capability. There's probably an FX plugin for that too.

And "your eyes" (about :24) might be given equal emphasis on both words, with "your" instead of "yer". It got kind of slurred together as "yeriiiiiize"\

Maybe a more gradual fade out at the end.

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Great Recording thought that you did very well, I was drawn into it the entire time, and was interested in what you were saying, "your eyes" as already mentioned I think kind of jumps out at you. But other than that, I thought the entire thing seemed really well acted out. Made me believe you cared about what you were reading.

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Great voice. Great understanding of the material. I think your emotion was right on point. Good work.

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Perfection, great voice, great interpretation of script, sound quality superb. Could listen to this every day.

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I'm concerned about the sound quality. I haven't had any clients mention anything negative but I want to make sure the equipment I'm running isn't producing any extra noise.

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The sound quality was really good . Although the delivery sounded maybe a bit rushed and a few of the words didnt come out clearly to me. but overall I thought it was a clear recording.

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Since you asked about sound quality, I'll keep my response to that narrow aspect of review. I listened through some audiophile cans (Sony MDR-C770) which have a slight emphasis in the upper frequencies without creating sibilance with most recordings. I usually listen critically through AKG K-240 cans which are even more responsive in the sizzle zone. With that said, I'm hearing some "s" sounds that should be softened a bit either by changing your mic placement or through de-essing filters. It's not on every single occurrence, but often enough it's noticeable and problematic to someone listening with gear that would expose it.

Aside from the "s" issue, I thought your sound quality was quite good. No feedback from the recording space, no boominess or hallowness. So, your recordings are clean and without artifacts. Some might not hear sibilance...some will. That will depend on their playback gear.

UPDATE: After listening at home on the AKG phones, I can confirm that with the critical cans, the "s" sounds are too present. I don't know if you're eq'ing the upper frequencies...and if you are, you might want to back off a bit. I also feel like I'm hearing a noise gate...very minor, but in a couple of spots I thought I heard that "sudden silence" that a gate creates.

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Your classmate here from The PC still sound great as ever!!!

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Listening on a different computer tonight with different head phones than I use at home. I am hearing this has an unacceptable rumble and may be gated too much. Comments on recording quality please.

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I don't hear the rumble, but you might be able to eliminate most of it with a high-pass filter set at about 60Hz. Typical human hearing is in the range of 20Hz - 20kHz, but most human voice frequencies don't go much below 50-60Hz anyway. So by-passing those frequencies with a high-pass filter won't necessarily take anything away from your vocal production.

The gating, however, is a bit of a problem. Were you using it for noise reduction and/or breath reduction/elimination? Noise gate settings are really tricky and most VO sound engineers would advise not using them at all. The effect creates a "pumping" sound in a purely vocal recording - sound, zero sound, sound. Best to use some judicious editing and filling the gaps with tone - a tedious process, but more effective in the long run.

There is just a touch of echo to the recording (in the purely vocal spots, not in the gaps), probably more a matter of further deadening your recording space than using any FX. There is also a "shapness" or "pointedness" to the sound - I don't know any other way to describe it. - lots of sharper higher frequencies that punch out fricative kinds of consonants like S's, SH's T's, F's, CH's, K's and D's and your vowel sounds are rich and vibratory (as opposed to fat and round like an operatic bass-baritone). It appears to me that that kind of sound is more a feature of your natural voice than any kind of processing. Your natural sound is very pleasing and authoritative, so if you are punching those frequencies up consider leveling them off a touch to "fatten up" the sound a little (only my preference). It's just fine tuning.

I think that I've said this to you before, but (IMHO) long form narration and audiobook stuff is really in your wheelhouse. This is good stuff. Are you looking for books to do on ACX? If not, you should. Of course, you'll have to iron out the kinks on the production side - the processing FX, gating and such - but (again IMHO) it's an avenue that you should be investigating. (Although, in all honesty, I would not welcome the competition - just kidding.)

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It appears that there's already a high-pass filter in operation. No obvious rumble on my monitors either. Knock it down a couple of dB around 3.5K - I think that's the "sharpness" that James is talking about.

As for ACX: yeah, go for it. I think you'd do well. But they don't want you using a noise gate - "silent" sections should be room noise ("Your noise floor should fall between -60dB and -50dB").

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Yeah, what sundance said. If you're interested, here's a link to ACX's submission requirements:

https://www.acx.com/help/acx-audio-submission-requirements/201456300

I wish that Edge or this Forum had a way to share sound files with one another. There are a number of tech savvy guys and gals that might be able to help you tweak your FX chain. George Whittam offers that service for a fee, but I think he's now limiting it to Twisted Wave, ProTools and possibly Audacity.

What software are you using? Are you using it's stock FX or some second party VST plugins? Some software's stock FX plugins are better and more user friendly than others, and there are some pretty good free and moderately priced VST FX plugins that are fairly user friendly and effective.

The reason I mentioned that "sharpness" to your recording is because, many people who listen to audiobooks listen to them with earbuds (like I do) or headphones. If there was no feature on them to boost the bass (to "fatten up" the sound), that sharpness would wear thin over an extended period of listening and may become somewhat uncomfortable. However, as a narration, it may cut through whatever else is happening - music, the sound of the primary action, etc. Not necessarily a bad thing, but it may draw more attention to you as the narrator than as a supporting character to the main action.

I would suspect that it might only be a matter of that small EQ adjustment that sundance mentioned.

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Thanks guys. This is an ACX book. I have finished the 14 hours and have it cleaned and edited. The is the last step, mastering. Good practice but as a Royalty Share probably a real bad choice to have done. Spent probably a hundred hours looking up obscure WW1 German, Austrian and French name and location pronunciations. Will cut back on expanding/compressing to reduce gate effect and probably mix with a 63 dB room ambient track for a consistent silence throughout. Be glad to get it done. finally.

Had George to my house a few months ago and this is about the rack he set up. My audiobook coach thought he over did the mellowness so it has been brightened some.

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Hi Guys, I'm a graphic designer by trade! A charity client of mine needed a VO for a motion graphics project we were working on and didn't have a budget for a pro VO artist... so I ended up doing it, reluctantly. Feedback very welcome. This is really only the second time I have attempted a VO, so I am a TOTAL novice. Thanks, Nick

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There's some recording issues but that's easy stuff to fix so I'm not going to spend time there. You have a good voice. I first started to wonder if the accent was yours natively. It either is or you've really got me fooled.

Let me make up some of my own terms here.. "Bunching" or "Bursts" ;-) Obviously you need variation in pacing ,pitch and emphasis etc. or it becomes monotone. That being said, there are some points where, particularly due to your accent, intelligibility becomes an issue (for us Yanks anyway) simply due to certain speed bursts. The sentence that begins "Burundi is the hungriest country..." and then for a little while thereafter is really good. If I could offer any one piece of advice, it would be to not bunch any syllables together quickly i.e. staccato bursts.

Cheers

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Thanks for the feedback. Certainly better than I was expecting!

My accent is indeed mine. I'm from central England and have what we'd term a slightly northern accent/intonation I guess. (grass, glass not graaass glaaass). I'm certainly not the faux cockney, as per the current trend which seems to make it's way into movies when they need an 'English' accent!

What/where did you think I was, out of interest? You have me wondering!

Thanks for the tip on not bunching together. That's helpful. This project is out the door now, but I'll bare that in mind for future work.

I pitched the Burundi paragraph down because we need a moment of seriousness amongst a more enthusiastic call to action. Not sure if it worked.

What would you recommend recording wise? I used an AKG Perception 120 ad added a little eq and compression.

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I think the recording quality in general was good. It sounded to me like the mic got bumped or something...just some extraneous noise. I don't think there was really any issue when it was flowing along. Actually, I just went back and listened and it sounded like a bunch of noise kicked in with the "Burundi is the hungriest..." . Perhaps that was some sort of intentional background? Also, some sort of bump when it entered that section.

I'm actually an AKG user myself .... a C3000B I believe it is. I've always been an AKG fan -- using the 414 and 441 in the past on music recording sessions. I just remembered, I own a pair of Perception 120's. Guitar Center had a pretty sweet deal on them one day ;-)

I had no idea where you were but after listening a while, there wasn't a crack in the accent so I thought it was indeed authentic. My sir name is quite British, so maybe that would help me pick off an authentic British accent. Probably not. I hear there's a Royal University and a Women's prison over there that share my last name.

Cheers

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Ahh, the noise you here is the actuality track from the video... I just did an MP3 export from After Effects for this site.

Listened to couple of your recordings Touzet, love the depth to your voice. I just can't pitch that low and sound normal!

What's your surname then?

Nick

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Sound seems to fluctuate, throughout. Read seems a bit rushed. However great voice and potential. Voice clarity mostly good. For a "novice", great start.

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I just finished a week-long studio refit in order to drop the noise floor while the furnace is running - without any processing or gating. I'm planning to begin submitting to major audiobook publishers by the end of the month. I have 2 questions: 1) Is the noise floor acceptable to major audiobook publishers (e.g. Brilliance, HarperCollins, Hachette, etc.). 2) I have a smaller space now, and want to know if I need to add a bass trap or 2. I understand if this will take two credits to answer. Thank you!

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There is a little "fuzz" in the background, but that might be able to be cleaned up with a little noise reduction. There are others here on the Forum that have finer tuned ears than mine. I sort of go by George Whittam and Dan Leonard's mantra. "If it sounds good, it is good." Do you know what your room tone noise floor level is? Acceptable (according to George and Dan) is about -60dB.

Have you done many audiobooks? And/ Or have you been getting coaching for audiobooks?

I ask, because I wouldn't want to offer anything that contradicts what you may have been taught, but I will offer some experiences I have had recently.

I have been attending some sessions on audiobooks at the SAG Foundation Voice Over Lab in New York (one of the free perks of paying my Union dues). The two recording engineers who volunteer their services are also recording engineers at Audible Studios in Newark. One critique that they offer to nearly everyone right from the start is to let the words do the talking - meaning it's not as necessary to "punch" words, romance them or over-inflect them (the way one might do for, say, commercial copy) to be effectively understood. And that is what I hear in this read - you're overpowering the words with a wide dynamic range of sing-songy inflection (and with volume, which I'll get to in a second) and not letting the words themselves take presidents. We'll get as listeners without being swoopily spoon-fed. I'm fairly sure that those engineers would ask you to "flatten out" the read. It's like in film acting, less is more.

The second thing that those engineers almost always say is, "Give me less voice." Most people listen to audiobooks with earbuds on or while driving with the windows up and the AC or heater on (at least I do, to block out wind and road noise). It's an up-close and personal experience. Those engineers' advice is to approach the mic as though you're standing (or sitting) next to someone and talking close to their ear (not whispering, just talking). It's not like the theatre where one has to project to the cheap seats in the upper mezzanine. Here, again, I'm fairly confident that those engineers would ask you to bring your volume down to a more intimate, "conversational" level. The "hotness" of your recording level is can be adjusted to that intimate level of performance delivery.

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Excerpt from the librivox production of RUR (Rossum's Universal Robots): https://librivox.org/rur-rossums-universal-robots-by-karel-capek/ (Not really a paid job, as librivox is all-volunteer).

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P.S. Anyone here going to AES? I'm planning to be there on Saturday...

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Not a member and nowhere near LA. Maybe next one in Warsaw. ;-)

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Hey, I know where you can get a guest pass (Exhibits plus special events, but not the conference), so membership not required. However, I can't get you to LA. The Amtrak 421 (Texas Eagle) could get you there in about 2 days though... :-)

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Nice job! Sounds good! I like it! Good pacing and the attitude was perfect for this read.

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Nicely done Sundance! The character and deliver were really nice! Good job. I'd take the breathes down a bit (not out) to leave the natural delivery intact.

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Good work! I like your voice for this type of work, and the quality was pretty good.

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I enjoyed. Just be careful of the pronunciation of the word "Kant", it was oh so close to something else . . . ;-) Also, when you say "more than . ." several times, the M is not fully pronounced. I would argue that, especially with character voices like this one, those nasal phonemes (m, n, ng) should really be used for more dramatization and nuance.

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Hello! I have been applying for a few jobs, and this is an example of one of them. Can you give me some general feedback on how it sounds? Is there something I should work on? Any suggestions are greatly appreciated!

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As a matter of practicality, the excessive reverb in this recording would, from word one, cause a potential casting person or client to hit "delete" or go to the next submission almost immediately - unless they were soooo captivated with your voice and delivery as to keep listening. Listen to VO's on commercials on the radio and TV. When did you ever hear (except for a specific effect) so much reverb? Answer: Never. What potential auditioners and/or employers want to hear is your (fairly) unadorned, unprocessed voice. If they want FX (or music) added, that would be done in post production.

That said, You should either use a pop filter, back off from the mic a little or go off-axis to the mic as there is a lot of popping and errant puffs of air going directly into it - from the very first word of the copy. Practicing good micing technique is crucial in auditioning and winning jobs.

You have a very youthful sound - a Scarlett Johansson type sound, with that little almost-break in your voice in the upper register. Very appealing. You might have gone a little "brighter" with this copy. Really tell me about this AMAZING product and how it's going to change my life and the way I feel about myself. BIG SMILE all the way through - including your slate. But in a sincere and friendly way, not phoney.

Mark your script for breaths and/or edit some of them out, because some of them break up the complete thoughts or groupings of thoughts and leave the copy a little "choppy" and fragmented. The listener will have trouble following a sentence (thought or groupings of thoughts) from beginning to end.

Also, attempt to bring it in under :60 - yours (excluding the slate) was about 1:02. That will also force you a bit to couple the thoughts and concepts closer together so that your listener "gets it." For pacing, you might even play some upbeat music for yourself as you practice the copy (but do not include it in the actual audition recording - big no-no) to get the flavor and attitude for the read.

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Nicole:
No need to use a reverb or 'echo' effect when recording. Ever.
Unless specifically requested (and that is usually never) do not add any effects.
Client and coaches (like yours truly) want to hear You!
(big turn off when directors/ agents hear any enhancement and not your true voice)

You have a resonant and warm voice amidst the effects, however many plosives and 'hitting words' on the mic.
E.g. in beginning the very first sounded more like whhhhat with a lot of breath clouding the excitement or curiosity as the case may be in your script.

-Make sure to use a pop-filter. Test your recording by speaking slightly off mic as this may help soften some of the words that sounded like you were hitting or punching with your voice for emphasis (Twenty , Dr. Dennis, Dr. Dennis Beauty Science, )

- Be mindful of pronunciation especially with words, 'results' (which sounded more like rezilzts - slight Texan or central Louisiana??) and 'dramatically' (sounded more like the word 'traumatically') be careful of how you say those words, particularly in a beauty spot :-)

Also pick up the pace as this is exciting news and a revolutionary mature skin maintenance system. Be aware of your phrasing as some thoughts sounded broken up mid sentence, "It's Science...Beauty Science" fell a bit flat when you announced this product.

Practice saying the word 'Introducing' its used in many, many spots and you want to have the listener feel as if you are handing the product (or service) to them on a Silver Platter!

Make it special (as it is!) and that will also shave off some time which pulled the listener away from your message.

Hard to make too many more comments on your voice as was competing with your reverb effects.

In the meantime, be mindful of your ambient noise as well / could hear some movement on opening sentence and the 'hitting of the key' on your device when completed.

Otherwise, keep up the good work and look forward to hear just your voice on the next round!

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Marjorie Kouns

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So the $27 you spent to get a review from Marjorie basically gave you the same feedback you were getting about the effects. You got a little more feedback which is helpful, but if you hadn't applied the F/x....you might have gotten more feedback from the forum regs. The use of f/x usually drives a lot of people away. Just sayin'.

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My first ever paid job. I did things I have never done before, I captured the screen, created the script, worked with the employer to edit the script, narrated (of course), chose the music and edited it to fit and put it all together. The finished result if you want to see the video is here: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=1435557200051856 Thank you for any advice.

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Congratulations on landing a client! Excellent!
I thought the music, your voice and the copy was upbeat and worked very well!
You had flow and spacing for the explanations as you directed your audience.
Some thoughts...
Perhaps adding a little more projection to your voice could add an air of even more confidence and surety when explaining the many facets of the company's product.
Also adding slight variety in the reading could show your already creative abilities in a even brighter light. :)
Thank you again for your read!

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Thank you very much, Harry. I shall definitely bear in mind your suggestions and I appreciate the compliments, they are very encouraging. :)

Take care.

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Thank you very much, Randye! I appreciate you taking the time to watch, listen and give feedback.

That is a huge help and I shall definitely bear your words in mind and give another sample once I've improved.

Cheers. :)

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Well, if someone paid you for this job, congrats. It's clear that you're not from the US, so your regionalism is, of course, over looked as there are surely international products and presentations. However, I do have to admit that I had a lot of difficulty really understanding the brand name throughout the read due to slightly lazy diction. True, it's not good to over-do...but it's also not a good thing to go the other way either. There's always a medium. If you could turn up the diction a bit through the read, it will help those not so accustomed to your accent to better understand some of the words that got a little fuzzy in pronunciation.

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Thank you, TxTom.

The product name actually became a little difficult after a while. I'm sorry other words weren't clear for you. I'm definitely going to focus on my diction. It is hard to balance when we're told to sound natural, like we're having a conversation and not like a robot but then we have people saying it sounded slurred or fuzzy. Heh. I'm sure it comes with practice, however.

And yes, though I live here in Los Angeles, I am British and that is what the client wanted after he heard my audition. :)

Cheers.

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To my "in-training" ears, the recording quality sounded quite good. I thought you gave a good, relaxed read, very clear, enunciation good. My only note is that you have a tendency to go down at the end of your sentences.

Saw the ad, my kind of beach!

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I'm new, notwithstanding a few substantial but infrequent narration jobs like the attached, (which was a nationally broadcast PBS special). In the last month I've posted a few dozen auditions but have had no feedback. I don't think I'm suited for hard sell and am probably best with thoughtful copy.

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I liked this recording. You have (in this,at least) a fatherly quality that is very easy to listen to. And you got the job so you must be doing something right, new or not. Was this done in your home studio? I feel that a couple of the cuts are a little abrupt. And I hear a little click sometimes after the cut. But you were a nice match for the subject matter. I'd love to hear you do something out of your comfort zone here on the Forum. That's something I'm working on myself and this is a good place to do it. Be bold! At least here. Nice job!

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A few of questions:

For the PBS things, was it scripted? Or did you talk off-the-cuff and relate experience or opinion?
The reason I ask this is that you tend to start high on pitch and volume at the beginning of paragraphs and then settle into a comfortable listening narrative. But the beginning is a little jarring. Wouldn't think that would happen if you were just talking from a stream of consciousness. Flattening out the delivery to be more "conversationally relatable" eases the listening experience.

When you mention your auditions - Do you mean on the P2P sites? Or agent submissions or in front of casting people? And if it is the first one, is this typical of the recording that you submit?
These are kind of related in that the recording (as mentioned above) not only has some obvious hard edits, quite a bit of mouth noise clicks and smacks in one phrase, some rather loud breath sounds and background noise.

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ActingMaven, thanks. The track was recorded in the lavishly equipped studio of the local PBS affiliate. But the noise left on the track may have had something to do with the projected use of nat sound in background. I was aware of some of the clicks, breaths, etc. and tried to get rid of them with my own software but I'm also a neophyte in that area. Will now be more careful.

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Hello FKnipe!
Nice PBS start overall. Starting to get the feeling that you may have actually been IN This war and talking to us as a Veteran. But that is where I'm concerned. You appear to carry a elder, fatherly, sound, however, not convinced of your conviction to your voice choice. Your tone changed rather dramatically in the ...'By early Oct 12... segment and then you sounded like you may have been a family member relaying the story of your relative.

Make sure you hold onto one character choice throughout; that will may a huge impact on the listener and if you need to, put on some combat boot/ or work boots when you read future roles and relay the story behind the history. Remember, History has the word, 'Story' within it for a reason. We VO folks are storytellers.

The invitation is to relay the story with your enthusiasm that you started to convey and you will have 100% listening the next time.

Also be mindful of your word endings in terms of both volume and energy. There was a tendency to drop the last word of a few thoughts; '...ended; ....'action;...'heartbreak'
That is key to keep up the energy and pace particularly if this is a longer documentary.

And the last sentence needs to come across as if you are going to continue your thought/story. Hint, keep your lips slightly open at the end of each sentence your share and it will sound much more natural as well to the listener.

Tech observation: yep, a number of clicks and ambient noise in middle of your recording.
(The result...(click!) then again in ...'Hundreds of thousands of Chinese/ and again in 'It was war...Korean War;

Be alert to post-production; key step in the recording and audition process.

Hope that helps!

Otherwise you have a good start in the genre of storytelling with a more historical and documentary style. I'd also incorporate a bit more on your phrasing of thoughts and then the words will not sound so 'punched' i.e. like when you say the word ' Burst'

Practice reading more aloud each day - emails, newspapers or text messages online. That will help tremendously going forward!

Keep up the good work!

Best, Marjorie Kouns

Professional Feedback by Edge Studio Coach July 15, 2014 at 4:02PM

Peer Feedback:

James Romick, your comment was helpful. To answer your questions:The narration was tightly scripted. I did have the advantage of editing it which consisted largely of adapting a print style to spoken.
The auditions in question have been P2P, no live meetings. This script is fairly typical but I make subtle character changes in many. This one is on the darker side, to create some tension. Others often more upbeat.

I'm troubled about the technical and may need to improve my listening and software skills as much as the voicing. (Spot on about my tendency to pump up at the beginning of new paragraphs.)

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I have a different mic but it is very far from any great quality device. I'm just starting out and I am wondering just how much a better mic would improve my sound quality. Basically I want to know how much better could this have sounded. This was a paid job at voice bunny.

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The recording quality is good really clear. Your enunciation is a little off. Go back and listen to the way you pronounced July, it sounded off to me. I have the impression that either you have a cold or you are not a native speaker. Good luck with your career.

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A few questions.
I am not familiar with voice bunny. And you said that this was a "paid job".
Is this a job that you actually did?
Or is this an audition you sent into voice bunny to win the job?
What is your recording environment (room/booth)?
And are you applying any FX (noise reduction, EQ, compression) to the recording?

It is possible get a pretty good audition quality recording from a not so great mic if the recording environment is relatively dead and by using some creative FX processing. But broadcast quality, probably not. The greatest mic in the world won't give you a great recording if your recording environment is live and noisy. A really cheap mic, however, is a different story. Not much you can do to "sweeten" the sound from one of them.

I'm detecting just a little bit of a (Latina?) accent. The phrase "Click on the banner or go to..." was where I heard it the most.

I missed the end T on your first "Target" (I got it on the second and third time). Doesn't have to be a sharp T, just slightly tapped like you did with the others.

As far as the sound quality goes - it lacks a certain "body". Lots of high frequencies and thin, with a kind of AM radio quality to it. Something tells me that your voice has a richer quality than that. There is also quite a bit of popping plosives (mostly P's). Pop filters can only do so much. Good mic technique will help eliminate it.

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Peer Feedback:

The over-processing of the vocal and the diction made this a hard piece to zero in on.. The first thing that stands out was "to reveal amazing troos" which was supposed to be "TRUTHS" and just gets completely lost in the delivery and production. Overall, there were several examples of the diction being lost during the read. When I first clicked and started listening, I heard "golden ea'le"...the "g" goes missing. Every use of the word.

I have no clue what your experience level is...your knowledge of production...why you pronounce things the way I hear them here...but it does create problems in this read.

Perhaps cutting way back on the the processing of the vocal...working on diction a bit...can improve this delivery.

Peer Feedback:

Thanks for your honest feedback TxTom. I'll take that as a positive criticism so I can improve my job. I just did the voice over while the people in the publishing house did the production of the book trailer (video and background music).

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It's meant to be positive...sometimes a critic can come across a bit heavy-handed...but I heard a voice that has good qualities and sounded like it's got some experience behind it. So...I commented. Good luck.

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I appreciate your time and feedback TxTom. I will definitely take note of the areas that needs to be improved. I would love to hear your feedback again on my next uploads. :)

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Not bad- I felt you might have played up the excitement of the event just a bit more to "pump up the crowd." Also, and maybe it's just me, but the way "Governor Cuomo" came out sounded just a tad off - almost with a sense of distaste, though very subtle. Maybe that was intended?

Good pacing, that's a lot to cram in there!

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Love your voice, but the recording was a little fast. Good work though!

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Thank you KerriSV...I've worked in radio and had to deal with poorly written scripts that were too long for the time allotted. I do try to slow down whenever I have the time to do so.

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The speed was fine I thought, but then I'm a radio guy who usually had to pack lots of copy into a small space and my biggest challenge in voice over is slowing down, so what do I know? ;)

Overall, it was well done, just what I would have expected to hear on the air :)

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this message is still not pulling--PLEASE HELP

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Peer Feedback:

I want feedback on the performance aspects of this recording. Our company uses these messages for voice broadcasting but it is not getting the response hoped for and I cannot figure out why. I submitted it before, got feedback, re-recorded it & tried to implement said feedback, and it's still not working and I am tearing my hair out trying to figure out why.

Peer Feedback:

When you say Voice Broadcasting, are they for inbound or outbound calls? Either way, at 2 1/2 mins, it's pretty long and I wouldn't have the time or the inclination to listen to the message which is after all, a type of network marketing.business plan which people should approach with caution, no offence to you or the company. Wonder if visuals would make it more interesting. Best.

Peer Feedback:

I played the other recordings for some comparison.

Sounds like you pulled back on the volume - but it also sounds like you pulled further away from the mic. Your voice sounds muffled and distant.

What are you using to record? (mic, interface, DAW software, PC or Mac) The recording quality is generally pretty poor, as well as the editing.

As far as the performance. I could not get through the whole 2:32 - I only got about :35 in and lost interest. But from what I did listen to, I noticed that you did slow down your delivery and that, even though the breaths are gone (or minimized) you did leave spaces so that the sentences weren't rammed together. However, it still smacks of desperation - not a very warm and inviting tone. And I am wondering the same thing as Arlen. Is this web-based? Phone based? Sent out as an email attachment? At any rate, Arlen's point about it being too long is a pretty fair assessment. If you don't grab me in the first 10 seconds and invite me to listen to more, I'm going to tune you out or change the channel or go the fridge for a cold one.

Peer Feedback:

James' comments are very valid...the demo has to have strong stuff to keep interest going...if it's not there, the file will be deleted, the tape file canned. It's a very brutal business.

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OK it's for the phone and is preceded by a 30 sec. message that gives the listener the option to press 1 to hear more or press 9 to be taken off the list--and that messages is pulling well. I was right up against the mic and it was recorded and edited at a professional studio using protools for mac. We added room tone and adjusted the volume as was suggested.

Peer Feedback:

So I am really wanting to know what else to fix because I did everything I was told last time

Peer Feedback:

Hi tragicom,
From what I've listened to, and your last comment, It sounds as though you are trying to rush things to success. Slow down. A recording is nothing more than a snapshot of a moment in your journey of growth as a voice artist. It does not permanently define you. Whatever your present abilities or lack of ability is not a reflection of all that you will ever be. It is about growth. Children want to be adults but they are not ready for all that it entails. Do the best you can now and be committed to doing better going forward.
I have not listened to any of your previous postings so I can't speak to improvement here. What I do observe is that you are rushing the thoughts. You need to find a satisfactory pace for the material you are delivering. Don't just deliver the thoughts communicate them.
If I understand this correctly, this is a call in message. If that is the case I'd say there is too much material to close on the product. It needs to be trimmed. I'm a sales person. No one likes to listen to a sales person drone on seemingly indefinitely. You need to get to the point, close three times and end on an encouraging note. They are not going to ponder on what they can't remember (because it was too long and too fast).

Peer Feedback:

Thank you Richurd. Finally something I can apply. Could you give me an example of "closing 3 times"?
Also, this is NOT a demo and it is for an outgoing message.

Peer Feedback:

Closing three times is nothing more than asking for the sale but do it in such a way that it doesn't sound like you are repeating yourself. For example:

1. Order today and assure yourself of these time tested results.

2. Lock in this special one time offer before the price increase.

3. By placing your order now we'll include the bonus pack for free!

These are generic lines but they illustrate how you might ask for the same thing three times without repeating yourself. People can't give you what you want if you don't let them know what you want. Hope this sheds a little more light on the subject. Ciao

Peer Feedback:

I found this hard to listen to because of the audio quality. I hear some nice performance choices, but the tone is a little strident, so between that and the audio quality, it gets a little wearying, especially at length. I can tell there's some good stuff in here, though! You could send this in for professional feedback if it's important. (I would improve the recording quality first and go for a warmer tone) I bet Kristin Price would be helpful, and I mention her specifically because teaches marketing for Edge, too.

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I am a good VO.

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DISCLAIMER:

This is not meant to be mean, but I will be blunt.

None of us would be stepping into the field of VO if we didn't think we had some ability and/or affinity for it and/or if someone hadn't encouraged us to pursue it.

That said: It's not just about having a pleasant voice (which you do) being articulate (which you are) and being able to read words ( which you obviously can). It's about communication, you to the listener. And that entails a combination of innate, acquired and/or learned skills. It also has to do with a realistic and introspective appraisal, the opposite of which I call "American Idol Syndrome" - where the performer (and VO is a performance) has difficulty being objective about their abilities and/or will not accept an objective (or subjective) opinion from others and/or gets defensive. Yes, You are a good VO. But wouldn't you want to be better? (And I assume the answer is ,"Yes," because you've asked for feedback multiple times.)

Richurd gave you valuable advice as far as messaging and rewriting the copy from a business point of view, and about slowing down to get that message across. Technical stuff - which seems, by your response, to be what you were looking for.

But Tonia's criticism is also valid. What good is your script if the delivery is a bit strident and the audio quality is not up to snuff?

Sure, there are a lot of opinions on this Forum - some helpful and valid, some not so much. It's all inclusive, everyone from pros to veterans to newbees to every skill level in between.Take what you can use and ignore the rest. But realize that when you shout "PLEASE HELP", you are going to get feedback from people with the best of intentions of offering you that help - and occasionally you may not like what comes back.

Peer Feedback:

Hi Tragicom ! I'm pretty new to Edge Studio and the VO world and enjoy listening to all the submissions from everyone. I haven't commented much to this point, Mainly because I have so much to learn yet and would feel a tad incompetent giving advice.

I agree with James, You have a nice pleasant voice, articulate, and you read very well.

The only thing I feel I could add in the way of advice right now ?

When you read this type of script......smile :) Make them feel good about what you are selling. All the best to you !

Peer Feedback:

HI guys, no, my earlier post was in response to someone who had posted "Just hire a good VO and problem solved", insinuating that I am not good, which is what I was getting defensive about. Logging in now, I see this comment has been removed so it does make my post look rather out of place. Anyways, I do appreciate everyone's feedback, I am just frustrated because I am going to the studio for the 3rd time tomorrow to try and get this right. I have implemented all the previous feedback and still can't get it to work. So if that frustration came out in my posts I apologize. Of course I want to better James, that is why I'm here. I thank everyone for their suggestions and will try to implement them again tomorrow.

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Hi There,

You have a kind, nice voice! You read very well.

I think that you read way too fast, it seemed that there are no pauses at all between sentences, periods, commas, etc. It made me feel nervous. You did start out at a good pace then sped up at, "and then acquiring, etc..."

Wishing you the very best!

Many Blessings,
Carol

Peer Feedback:

I would have to agree with Carol on the pacing being way too fast, and there wasn't enough shape to the message. It was almost as if there wasn't any meaning behind the words or at least you weren't connecting and communicating the meaning. Your clarity and enunciation were fine, but again you were going so fast you didn't have the time to shape the phrases into an understandable, and easy to listen to story. No matter how dry or technical the copy may be you want to present it in a way that lands on the ear in a relatively pleasant fashion. I also found your recording overly bright and strident on the ear, because as I went from one recording to the next I had to turn down the volume to adjust for the peaky higher pitched quality of yours. You could easily adjust this technical issue with mouth proximity to the mic and direction wise speaking a little off mic, either to the side of just under and not directly into it, which can also help with the possibility of popping ones P's, if the mic is just above not below your mouth sometime when that excessive air comes out on P's or F"s it won't be directed right into the diaphragm, or you could play with equalization.

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thanks guys!

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Like your other submissions, this is much too fast for the listener to absorb and process. It's a mass of words that go by much too quickly without any feeling of a personal connection by you either to the content or to the listener. What is it that you want from me? I can't tell.

Sounds like every breath was edited out as well as the spaces that they occupied - the sentences rammed into one another in one long sprawling steam of words. I felt like I was being machine-gunned with words. So much so, that I could not listen all the way through. I simply had to stop the assault on my ears and my brain.

Slow down! Find the blocks of ideas in the text. Think of a specific person (just one) that you want to impart this information to. It also sounds a little desperate. Warm it up a little with some "smile".

It's like Carol said, "You read very well." And you are very articulate. But that ain't all there is to it. It's mostly about communication - a conversation, even though it may be a little one-sided.

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This is a message we use for voice broadcasting but it's not pulling. Please help me figure out why.

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Pretty much the same comments I posted on your last recording.

Too fast. Too loud. And the elimination of the breath sounds without replacing them with some tone make the listener anxious. And, again, the first half sounds like one long run-on sentence. In addition, this read is slightly more monotone (especially the first half) than the previous read - not many important words or phrases are "punched" and therefore the listener is not quite sure what the point of the narrative is. I get the sense of urgency, but it sounds closer to a sense of dire emergency. It could use a friendlier, warmer, smiley-er delivery.

Also, there is one glaring grammatical error. "...like you and I..." should be "...like you and me..." (If you took out the "you and" out of the phrase, you wouldn't say "like I" would you?)

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Again, thank you.

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Much too fast and unnatural. I can honestly hear a wonderful voice underneath, but there's very little expression and friendliness that I believe is there and should be allowed to pour out. I'm guessing you edited out your breaths. I did this for my first few submissions. I'd be interested in what others say, but I believe those breaths are an important part of a truly organic and lifelike read. Otherwise, we'd all sound like Siri. Let the engineer cut or fade the breaths. As long as you don't have a whistling wheeze, I wouldn't worry so much about it.

Peer Feedback:

I could actually hear the editing of the breaths as happens when using a recorder that cuts out all silences automatically. It gave the read a somewhat artificial quality. I do like the timbre of your voice, though. It's a light, bright voice that could lend a tone of enthusiasm about the business rather than the desperate sales pitch that someone might be tempted to hear in this copy.

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This is a message we use for voice broadcasting but it's not pulling. Please help me figure out why.

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First of all, the recording seems, to my ears, to be too "hot" - meaning recorded at too high a volume level. Normalized to a -3db peak level.

It is also too fast. The breaths are edited out (which is good because they can be distracting), but those tiny gaps need to be filled in just a touch with some room tone. As it is, this sounds like one long run-on sentence. It makes the listener anxious (because the natural tendency is for them to want to breathe with you) and they don't get a chance to have the answers to those first three questions form in their mind (even though they are presented rhetorically).

Also, certain words and phrases could use some stress, slightly exaggerated articulation and a slower pace for emphasis. Example: "...Five Figure Income..." That's really big! And, "work LESS and earn MORE". It's a comparison that should have some emphasis. Same thing with "life changing income", three very important words. And it culminates to "financial freedom", again, very important.

You also sound very grave - like this is life or death - rather than inviting and (shall I say it?) "conversational". For instance: The third line is kinda of an amusingly funny colloquialism, but it goes by so quickly, that I don't get time to even contemplate it.

And you need to warm up the ending ("You'll be glad you did."). It sounded more like a warning - like, "If you don't, you'll be sorry."

Peer Feedback:

James, thank you so much.

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Agree with James. It's really fast. This usually happens when you post your first attempt. To your ears the pacing may have sounded ok but it's important to realize how others would hear you. The more you record the same script a few times, you'll hear and know the difference..Best.

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The engineer said he recorded it at -10db. Anyone know what volume it should be recorded at? I can't remember and can't find any of my VO notes!

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Thank you Arlen, I feel better knowing other people do this too!

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I generally listen to the posts with my headphones and my volume levels set at a medium range. The recording "jumped out at me" a little, but it might have been in comparison to several others that I listened to at the same time that may have been "softer" than these.

If you can find out what the peak level is of the final processed recording (the "normalized" level, not the input recording level), it should optimally go no higher than -3db, otherwise there may be distortion and would be at an uncomfortable level for the listener.

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Maximum sample value: 0 dB
RMS Level: -11.787 dB

It may have been recorded at -10dB, but then it was normalized to 0dB. It will sound loud even normalized to -3dB, as it looks like a limiter was used to increase the loudness (and this is reflected in the RMS level). Probably intentional for this particular recording, but compare with Richurd's "Change Your Thinking" recording (just to pick one that is at "normal" levels):
Maximum sample value: -3.009 dB
RMS Level: -22.145 dB

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Thanks James and Sundance. Appreciate it.

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There are a few issues here.

Your diction is generally very good, but at times, not so much. An example is the first line. Lots of nice, crisp T's and D's, but not on Maryland. "With more than..." sounded like "Wiz more than..." and the W was a little clipped off at the beginning (an edit?). "...donations to operate." got a "ta" in there rather than a good "...donations 2 operate."
The second spot might actually be a little over-articulated in certain places. So, you've run the gambit of, on the one hand, not being articulate enough to being a bit too articulate on the other.

The two pieces are also very similarly delivered. Even though the music changes in mood, style and pace, the vocal delivery was fairly much the same and just a touch flat. What I'm hearing is the technique of saying words correctly (with the proper pauses and inflections) rather that a person telling me a story.

Peer Feedback:

I'm not sure if it was part of the music bed or not, but I heard what sounds like someone talking in the background on the first take (first time was right after "MCHS").

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Overall, this was a very good read. The pace may have been a bit rushed, but not way off by any stretch. There were a couple of words that got slurred/not fully enunciated. The only thing that really stood out to me was some very obvious breath or mic noise in several spots (at :16, :35, and just under 1 minute).

Peer Feedback:

Because it's been a while since you last posted, I want back and listened to a few of your other recordings. I was also curious as to some of the comments. I remember asking a question on one of yours a while back. Didn't get an answer, so I'll ask it again.

The heading reads "Paid Job Recording" Is this a submission (audition) for a paying job or an actual finished paid project? Just curious.

Good energy and pacing right off the bat. I'm assuming that you didn't do this whole thing in one take. If you did, Bravo! But I think I detected the first edit at about :19 at "Introducing...." because I heard a couple of faint clicks and there was a little spike in the volume. The pace starts to pick up and snowball a little moving forward, which is what may have caught bwvoice's ear. Then you settle back into a nice pace again after about 3 more sentences.

Watch "ta" for "to".

I smiled at that little crack in your voice at the end on the word "around". Who hasn't done something like that? A producer/director would probably have you do that last sentence over and cut it in.

There's a weird echo-ish effect in the entire recording. I noticed it on some of the other recordings as well. Not sure if it's a room issue. It sounds more electronic - maybe some setting in in your FX processing chain.

I'm not sure exactly what this genre is called in the VO world. In the on-camera world, they're called "Industrials", mostly in-house corporate things or informative public blurbs not really meant for massive public consumption like, say, a commercial. I've noticed that you've done a few of these type of reads. Is it an area that you're focusing on? Again, just curious.

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I have an EV RE320 and just realized that the setting was not on 'voice' when I did this recording. Not sure if makes much difference.

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Don't know about the EV RE320's settings, but you are only coming through on the left channel in my headphones. Do you have your software set for mono recording?

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@jamesromick - no, I actually had the software on stereo. I'll have to keep digging, but thanks for the input!

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Hi Ericka,
I think your voice is great for this type of read, and I think your interpretation was good.

Delivery-wise, I think you had the right tone for the most part, but the pacing seemed (to my ears) just a little too fast... I think I would be left a bit behind if I were the intended listener. Also, just so you know, there were a few audible clicks here and there (most of them I think were mouth noise; some I wasn't sure).
Best,
Peter

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Thanks for the feedbcck Peter! I get dinged at times for pacing. My first read for this was slower, but the client said it seemed too slow and didn't flow well with the video recordings, so I re-cut in my natural pace and they loved it. Go figure! :) I'll go back and listen for the audible clicks - it may have been the mic setting, but I'm not sure.

Thanks again for taking the time to provide some feedback!

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Well, if the client's happy and you're getting paid-- that's what counts!
Cheers,
Peter

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Hi Ericka, agree pretty much with Peter. Nice tone and interpretation.
Also, your setting should be on mono when doing recordings, I know for my setup, having the input set to stereo will cause output in one channel.

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Chateau de Pique :60

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Chateau de Pique :60

Tucked into the rolling farmlands of Seymour, Indiana, Chateau de Pique Winery is housed in a quaint 19th century horse barn and stands among 80 acres of beautiful, rustic countryside. Stop in and sample the many unique wines or hand crafted beers that Chateau de Pique offers. While you’re there, be sure to book your next corporate event, holiday party or special event and let Chateau de Pique help you create cherished memories that you, your family and your friends will never forget.

On August 7, Rusty Bladen from Madison will be performing during the monthly “Wine Down Wednesday”, with food and drink specials throughout the night.

Chateau de Pique is open Monday-Thursday 11to 6, Friday and Saturday 11-7, Sunday noon to 6 with extended hours the first Wednesday of each month for “Wine Down Wednesday”. For more information or to book your special event, call 812-522-9296. That’s 812-522-9296.

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Brad
Overall nice job. I liked your pacing. GREAT job nailing the :60!!!!!!
It seems like a lot of copy for :60 so it feels a bit rushed but you came in right on time!!!!!
Seemed natural to me and diction was clear!!!!
Good job.
Jeff

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Three posts of the same thing? I heard the exact same thing in the three posts and stopped. Not conversational.

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FYI - If indeed you posted the same recording three times and want to delete two of them:

Click on your name - it will take you to your Feedback Forum Participation page
Click on "Recordings" - That will take you to a listing of your posted recordings where you can edit or delete.
Click "delete" and confirm.

It is confusing to know if you have posted your recording because after you hit "submit", the website comes up as "null". It's a glitch that is supposed to be corrected with the soon to be revamped website.

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Chateau de Pique :60

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Chateau de Pique :60

Tucked into the rolling farmlands of Seymour, Indiana, Chateau de Pique Winery is housed in a quaint 19th century horse barn and stands among 80 acres of beautiful, rustic countryside. Stop in and sample the many unique wines or hand crafted beers that Chateau de Pique offers. While you’re there, be sure to book your next corporate event, holiday party or special event and let Chateau de Pique help you create cherished memories that you, your family and your friends will never forget.

On August 7, Rusty Bladen from Madison will be performing during the monthly “Wine Down Wednesday”, with food and drink specials throughout the night.

Chateau de Pique is open Monday-Thursday 11to 6, Friday and Saturday 11-7, Sunday noon to 6 with extended hours the first Wednesday of each month for “Wine Down Wednesday”. For more information or to book your special event, call 812-522-9296. That’s 812-522-9296.

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Brad is this the same as the first recording? I don't hear much difference! (if any)

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Chateau de Pique :60

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Chateau de Pique :60

Tucked into the rolling farmlands of Seymour, Indiana, Chateau de Pique Winery is housed in a quaint 19th century horse barn and stands among 80 acres of beautiful, rustic countryside. Stop in and sample the many unique wines or hand crafted beers that Chateau de Pique offers. While you’re there, be sure to book your next corporate event, holiday party or special event and let Chateau de Pique help you create cherished memories that you, your family and your friends will never forget.

On August 7, Rusty Bladen from Madison will be performing during the monthly “Wine Down Wednesday”, with food and drink specials throughout the night.

Chateau de Pique is open Monday-Thursday 11to 6, Friday and Saturday 11-7, Sunday noon to 6 with extended hours the first Wednesday of each month for “Wine Down Wednesday”. For more information or to book your special event, call 812-522-9296. That’s 812-522-9296.

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Hey Brad -

Your recording has a lot of static - on both posts - which puts a damper on the sound quality and clarity of your read. It sounds a bit rushed, but overall, the technique and interpretation sound okay. If you used this for a paid audition, it probably didn't make the cut due to recording quality.

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Hey all! So I landed my first audiobook job. A 10 book series! Ran a practice read for the audio engineer but I would really appreciate any feedback you can give on my performance before I launch into this book. I want to get it right from the start. Thanks so much Mark

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Mark, let me say first I am not a pro VO artist, and have never done a book,, so take what I have to say at face value,, it's an opinion,, not a right one, not a wrong one,, just one of many... I have however spent the last 6 or so years working up to 19 hrs away from home,, and drove ( sometimes every other weekend) to and for... So I listen to a lot of Audiobooks. You have a nice voice, good tone, and good story telling color in it. Here's my issue. The delivery lacked the dramatic feeling of the story, and the pace did not leave enough time , for the theater of the mind to paint the picutre. It would not hold my attention much longer than what your did here,, I assume they are a bit longer... Don't read me a story,, talk me a movie.

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Hi Mark,
I also like your voice for this read, but I do also agree with knm_voice about the pacing: it's just too fast in most places-- difficult to follow and picture. Also I thought that you could have used pauses more effectively. The last few sentences were the best, to my ears, in terms of dramatic color. (Disclaimer: I'm still a newbie.)
Good luck,
Peter

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Thanks all! I appreciate this. I will work on my pacing and painting the picture. It's a great series that I'm working on and I want to give it the best I can.

Mark

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I'll join the first two critiques on pace and connection to the script. Good voice for the job, but it's not engaging the mood or imagery at all.

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Well, congratulations on the gig! You're obviously doing something very right and what the client wants to hear...which, after reading through critique after critique, that is what matters the most.

I'll echo the sentiments on the pacing, but it does not in any way cast the slightest shadow on your accomplishment.

Great job!

Davids Michaelson

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Thanks again everyone. I'm a couple of chapters in and already feel my read and pace is better since the first few pages. Not used to this work load. A real good experience.

Mark

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Hi Mark! For the most part this was a good read, I only noticed one word that seemed to go awry, it sounded like you said "rasted" when I think it was supposed to be rested? Since this was a practice read I don't think it would be something to worry about, just something to be aware of.

I did notice (partly because this is something I've been dealing with in my own practice reads), a slight irregularity with pauses. In that certain times it sounded like you had a period, but the sentence went on. Commas are tricky little buggers.

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Up until "we will show you..." I felt no real connection, or emotion,, just kind of like I was being read at... after that much better. You might try doing a few , on here, or to your self , that are way over the top on drama , and emotion,, be crazy stupid,, then try this again,, with a touch of the life in your voice. Right now you sound very safe... and I dont mean to us... Your coloring way n side the lines,, and that vary rarely gets noticed.

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The Valley

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As a tribute to the pristine image of the valley, the people of Sunny Springs kept their buildings whitewashed, their lawns trimmed and their personal appearance first class. Oh, it wasn’t that they felt stuck up or superior, you understand, it was just a sense of pride in self, their town and their valley.
Even the one small saloon in town was a rather quiet place by nature, with the spell broken only by an occasional rift between two would-be suitors who happened to be interested in the same young lady at the same time. These outbursts were always short and sweet, with the end result usually being an overnight stay in the single cell at the little jail on a back street. In fact, there wasn’t even a town marshal, so the mayor would step in and take charge at those few times when one was needed.
The wide main street ran east and west, with the western end pointing toward the nearby mountains while the eastern end had the full width of the valley stretched before it. That width was no more than eight to ten miles on the average and narrowed down to a couple of miles in places.

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Beginning a new project interested in performance and quality

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In truth, sounded a little dull. Sounded boring, you should try and put a little more emotion into it. Great voice, just work a little on the delivery.

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Thank you DK

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Hubert --
I like the timbre in your voice. and the recording sounded clear.
I like the southern, folksy approach that you take on this read also.

Your delivery sounded like one, long, monotone run-on sentence and a little mumbly….you need a lot more pausing, patience and variation in your tone. And kick the articulation up a notch.
tell the story, don't recite it to me.

hope this is helpful,
Dave Saunders.

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Thank you Dave I will work on that.

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And slow down. Take your time to paint the pictures and tell the story.

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Thank you James. I will.

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Hubert,

Please slow down. You have a voice to be savored and you're rushing me so much, that I can't enjoy it!

Kick back, take some time, realize that we can always remove spaces between sentences later (if needed).

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Thank you James I will

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I have worked in radio in the past, but I am just getting started in audiobook narration. This is a Royalty Share project with ACX.com. The book is Effective Business and Nonfiction Writing by Jan Yager. I have a new mic (AT-2035) and software (Adobe Audition) The opening portion from the book is a little tricky. So, I'd appreciate any input at all. Thanks very much for your help.

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This is a real tough piece. I did not have a text to follow and lost attention. I would suggest that you find the writer's speech rhythm. There is a list of things that the author wants us to pay attention too. Those lists are full sentences. Space between each thing in the list would allow us to hear each item. I need time to move from one thing to the next. I know we are taught that dead air is bad but we do need to know when to move from one idea to the next and a breath would help. Also each item does have a different value, so how we read it would be different.
Best to you on this project, Kevin!

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Here's the text in case that helps.

Effective Business and Nonfiction Writing
Written by Jan Yager
Narrated by Kevin T. Cunningham

Preface to the Third Edition

It’s been more than a decade since I revised the first edition of this book. All the changes that were pinpointed in the Preface to the Second Edition, which follows this new preface, are still valid with the exception that in many parts of the world, especially the U.S., having a dedicated external fax machine with a separate phone number has diminished in importance.
You should listen to the Preface to the second edition, as well as the initial preface to the first edition, as integral parts to this third edition. The section on time management tips in the Preface to the second edition is as important today as when I wrote it. In fact, finding time to write now is even more of a challenge for everyone.

Thank you

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One thing you do tend to do is over-articulate at certain syllables. "Written" is a very good example of that. Most people relax the double "t" in conversation. "Pinpointed" is another example. Listen for those and don't give those t's quite so much push. In over-articulating and worrying so much about reading clearly, the delivery comes across a little mechanical in sound. Relax!! If you go too far in the other direction, someone will point it out. But definitely back off the articulating a bit.

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I'm gonna agree with Tom on the over-articulation. I also noticed a degree of mouth noise. For me, water with a little lemon helps cut down on that. Also noticed a few pauses that sounded like you were either losing track of what you were reading or having trouble with pronunciation (e.g. "which...follows this new preface," "you should listen to the...preface to the second edition")

Quality isn't too bad at all. Maybe a little room reverb, but I've heard some audio books that have that anyway.

I'm gonna say relax, too. Maybe give each paragraph a good once-over out loud before recording, and try to imagine you're the author explaining this to someone sitting right in front of you.

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Rev Kev -

I never read others comments so I hope my comments are fresh and of value....

Nice resonant voice...A few thoughts

1) You over pronounced the word 'important'...you were emphasizing a good deal but I might attribute that to being new...in a word relax

2) There was a tough initial click that you will want to screen out

3) Read it like it is YOUR book and you will likely see a real difference in the enthusiasm, pitch and tone.

Just a few thought my colleague

Bill

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Hello, Rev Kev,

There are several issues I'd address in this read:

-Technical: I'm hearing a lot of mouth noises. This can be due to insufficient sound-proofing, dehydration, engineering/settings, and/or the microphone and/or its placement.

-Physiological: The read sounds a bit strained/tight. Be sure to stretch your body, warm up your voice and sit comfortably while retaining an easy, buoyant, but aligned posture.

-Delivery: You can allow yourself to simply "talk to us", rather than read to us. There are times it feels that's what you're going for, but it's still reportage rather than conversation.
One way to help achieve this might be to paraphrase particularly dry sections, and then immediately try the written passages again.
Another aspect of ease of speech will come with having a particular person in mind to whom you're speaking. It helps if it's someone you actually know who would be interested in this book, but you can also create the "perfect audience member" in your imagination. Define gender, educational and income levels; identify where the person lives, what he/she does for a living, etc., etc.

The word "important is incorrectly pronounced. It should be "im PORT(glottal stop )nt", not "im PORD dent".

You have a nice sound! It may sound odd, but have more fun! If it feels like work, it will be work for your listener.

Good luck!

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Comments Ideas always welcome. Regards Balazs

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Good morning! A couple of thoughts on your recording...I love the richness of your voice. I could envision the beach, palm trees, etc.! The music levels seemed to jump up and down between your voice which was a little distracting to me. The type of music selected was very good and helped set the scene. It wasn't clear to me from the copy what the purpose of the spot was, but you may have had little control over the script.

Best regards, and good luck!

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Is this something that you put together yourself or was it done in a studio?

Technically, my impression is similar to kenphelps's comment about the music levels. The volume jumps up and down too drastically in the pauses in the script delivery which takes us away from listening to YOU rather than the music.

I've followed you quite a bit and I must say that this read has more energy and punch than any other that I've heard from you. Lots of smile. Very appealing. This kind of spot is where you live.

Now, if this is a "demo," it's too long. And a "demo" would not just include only one spot. However, it is definitely the kind of thing that you should include on your demo, but only a 10 - 15 second snippet. Even if you pick several travel spots, one could have this energy and another that slower, sexy-smooth delivery style.

I imagine that this would be more of an in-agency travel promo video, possibly playing in a loop with other exotic locales as well. The visuals would support the different places you mentioned. (Or is that the other way around?)

It is difficult to tell without seeing the script, but I think that I'm hearing 3 different locations included in the Jusudu (not sure of the spelling) package vacation. If I am mistaken, then that's a bit unclear in the read. There are also some odd pronunciations and inflections (syllabic stresses) on some words and a few are ununderstadable (if that's a word), sometimes simply due to the volume of the music. I had to listen closely a few times through to get the sense of them and finally figured out what the word was. Nothing that you're not capable of delivering with some direction and guidance from another set of ears.

This is good work.

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Kenphps
Thanks for listening and your words, the music and the voice was edited by the client I had no control over it. I just sent the clean audio and the client did the rest. It was an internal video for a company.
Regards
Balazs

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Hello James
Thanks for your detailed critique apriciated as always. As I mentioned above I didn't have control over the end product. They were looking for an exotic sound I guess he didn't mind the pronunciation issues. It's not a demo but an actual job just wanted to hear what people on the forum think about it.
Thanks again for your time and words
Regards Balazs

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This an ad for a Radio station club event in my home town. I work for a Urban/Caribbean Radio station so my musical selections will reflect that. i know its not everyones cup of tea, but i'm interested in what people think about the overall sound.

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Quality sounds great, very pro. Content seems appropriate for what you are going for, and I could definitely hear this on the radio. Just seems too long for a promo. The info is repeated a lot, so maybe consider some editing.

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Agreed with good quality. Although, the read sounds over-enunciated for me, given it's a hip-hop station. Don't hit your T's and D's as much and work on making the "the" sound like less "da". Also try to make the words flow into each other more, for that casual, conversational tone.

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I thought it was cool… Just that when the music dropped it overpowered your voice but other than that it sounded like a real radio spot. What software are you using?

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Adobe Audition

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Nice imaging spot...
You're pro, man....now I see where the trailer voice is coming from.

I like "enjoy free Jello shots...."

cheers,
Dave Saunders.

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As I said before Dave it sounds like the real thing to me. where do you get your sound effects?

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Thanks for the feedback guys..........I got efx from all over. Wizz efx, Torch efx(alienimaging.com), and Unique Tracks to name a few. Plus I'm a dj, so i got a lot of horns, lasers, and bombs that i've collected over the years.But to be honest, out of the thousands of effects in my collection I probably use like 20 lol

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The speaker is an older man sitting on a park bench in a Town Square in small town USA. He is quietly reflecting. The entire script ran over 5 minutes with no change in pace or tone. VO for video made for a software company.

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Very nice read! I feel that the "completion" of your voice could have changed a little more during certain parts. Overall great job.

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Tom --
I really like this version of your voice. great timbre and texture. very nicely done.
I like the production. It seemed very crisp and clean.
Watch out for the occasional choppiness - but maybe the director asked for it as far as the character "thinking and reflecting"
lots of good demo snippets in there.

well done.
cheers!
Dave Saunders.

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Thank you in advance for listening. All comments appreciated. Please be critical.

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wow cool that sounds just like the radio I would just recommend putting emphases on some of the words that you think are important and sounding a tiny bit more enthusiastic not much

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If your goal is to sound like a radio announcer, nice job.

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I took a VO class a few months ago. The instructor was a working VO actor, has been for 25 years. There were 10 in the class, 2 of whom had a background in radio. She spotted them in an instant and they confessed. There's just something to that sound that is different from voice "acting" and the way people normally speak and sound.

That said, for my money, this read was very professional sounding. IMHO - The "radio" thing does have it's place. What is different about this read from other "announcery" reads is that you fully formed and completed the words, especially at the end of sentences. They almost elided into the next sentence. Most "announcery" reads are fairly choppy and the end of sentences get clipped off - then an audible breath - and on to the next. And repeat. They also become kind of sing-songy. But not here. This was smooth and very easy to listen to. I got all of the information in a warm and friendly way. If it was louder or your voice had more "bite" to it, it would have really sounded more like a radio announcer than just a nice resonant voice. But, of course, you know that.

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This was done for a flat rate. The job was at a midtown Manhattan studio.

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is it a job or a demo?
regards
balazs

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Hi there! I have to say, in my headphones the music seems a bit loud and the reverb may be a little overdone. Those two things make it hard to comment on the rest of the recording :/

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That sounds like a pretty reasonable assessment scottstoked. I agree with the music being a little too loud in the mix and the VO should probably be dry or nearly so.

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Hello,

The effects are too heavy and made you voice hard to listen to. Is there a phaser on as well? I can hear the high end phasing in and out.

Reverb should be subtle for most purposes.

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Reverb should almost NEVER be used. If a recording space is over-treated and dead in character, than a very slight amount of plate reverb can add just a touch of liveliness to that dull sounding environment. But in this case, it's VERY excessive and not fitting the material at all.

The music is overwhelming the vocal track...WHICH has an 'urban' sound to it to my ears.

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comments welcome

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As always...good vocal quality. I'm having a little difficulty understanding the first line. Your perfect ______________ vacation awaits. I'm thinking going slow and being careful not to bunch any syllables might help. Also, it might be a good idea to carefully workout (plan) the pronunciations on each line beforehand. howjsay.com might be a good resource.

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I really like your voice on this! However, I do have to agree with touzet, I can't understand the word(s) between "perfect" and "vacation". Otherwise, very nicely done!

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Hello the word you don't understand is the company's name and its pronounced correcly, I guess its not so well known. The first time I did this script I went for a slower pace finished around 98 seconds, the client needed the read in 90 sec. It sounds a bit rushed to me to but I had to cramp it in 90 , it will be behind a video, at the end they were happy with it. Touzet I do use howjays and Mariam Webster dictionary too for pronunciation sometimes my native tongue won't cooperate on certain words :( thanks for the listens and comments
Regards
Balazs

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;-) You're miles ahead of me...I am still hacking my way through English and that's all I know. My Salvadorena wife beats me up all the time (verbally) for not learning Spanish. I know poquiter Espanol. I am trying to do an e-book right now with a good bit of Italian references. I'm blessed that my author has a lot of patience and a good sense of humor.

I'm not sure who the client's audience is but if people like me are any sizable part of it, then they should maybe craft a way to make it clearer as to what kind of vacation it is. i.e. CompanyName resorts vacation would make it clear that it's a resort , even if I've never heard of the company name. If their target audience would immediately recognize their name and know what they are, then I guess it's a non-issue.

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K....too quick... just too quick.

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The title says "Paid Job Recording". Is this the final product or an audition? If it is an audition, I'd be interested in what the specs were.

The recording quality is fairly poor, lots of back round noise. I thought I heard a chair creaking and/or clicking on a computer keyboard. And a lot of strange breath sounds and mouth sounds. A couple of repeated phrases with no indication if they were "pickups" or which take was intended for use. A little judicious editing might be in order.

Went back and listened to the first few sentences again. Sounds like you're being shot out of a canon, it's too fast. And a few of the words got slurred in the process, inarticulate and kind of mushy.

I'm having trouble connecting to you because I don't get that you are connected to anyone in particular. I hear words and inflection, very technical, but ...

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Nice improvement. You're delivering more energy than before, but, yes, a bit too fast. Work on controlling that energy and excitement. Bring the volume down, Control the pace, but, don't lose that energy.

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Since this is a Paid Job it goes without saying the client likes your sound. The style is no doubt what they wanted as well. Not anything you are going to hear on the History Channel, more in the infomercial vain. I certainly can't criticize your clients tastes. It's their money and you found a way to get some of it, so congratulations!

I do think you need to work a little on the recording quality if this is what all your recordings sound like. It isn't noisy, no clicks pops or background humming, but to me it sounds a little tinny. I am pretty sure you are using a condenser mic. As it has that overly bright sound they sometimes have (to my ear). It needs to sound warmer in my opinion.

I don't know your hardware or software, but if you can add a little low contour somehow or maybe emulate a tube amp, I think it might improve the sound some.
While I didn't actually hear any echo, for some reason I think your room might be a little too hard which adds to the lack of warmth.

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After reading Tom Lennon's comments, I gave this a detailed listen on headphones. There are a couple of things going on recording-wise:

There is definitely some live room sound in there.
Also, there are some funny clicks or something after the following phrases: "tried and tested marketing tools," "like templates do," "the right keywords," "search engines like Google," "actual business line," "week-to-week basis," and "nothing is left to chance." Can't tell if they're edit points or what - they sound rather like a keypress to me... In any case, they should be edited out.

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I heard the key-press sounds Sundance mentioned. They seemed to be at the ends of paragraphs. Because the sounds came at natural break points in the read I, too, think they could be edited out easily.

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I did a few different reads for the client.

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Was this for a job or an audition?

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A job

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I don't try audiobook reads per se, but this felt rushed. And a little choppy....rapid delivery with pauses that didn't match the rapidity of the sentence delivered before the pause. Pleasant voice and clear. I didn't listen critically (through my most trusted sources) but it sounded nice through computer speakers. I would suggest slowing some...connecting with your intended listener a bit more. You're narrating a diary or something like it...indulge the listener!

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Great job! Very clear.

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This was awesome, sounds like something I'd hear on pandora radio!

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Excellent Job… I'd love to know if that was your home studio or a professional studio? If it was a home studio what equipment are using?

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Been awhile. Lots of new voices on here. Hope everyone's well.

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Had a couple seconds left over there...could have paced it just a little slower if you wanted to. Good stuff, Jerry.

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VO for a video training course sales video

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Hi there. I like the pace - seems easy to follow and as this is a training video it needs to be clear and unrushed. It did sound like you were reading from a script in parts (which of course you would be) but the tone of the material is conversational so I encourage you to really think/imagine you are having a conversation with one other. Imagine they are sitting right there - visualize them. Your delivery will be more natural and less stilted. The audio quality was not perfect. It sounded echoey, like you were recording in a large room with no sound proofing. Good luck and I hope this helps Kate

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Thank you, Kate. That is very helpful.

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To add to Kate's critique, there is quite a bit of mouth noise. I did not detect any regionalism until the line "...not a robot...", then I heard some Tennessee (?) or Kentucky (?) creep in - slight, but there - and it carried through to the end. For instance: "free to use" sounded like "freedause", "how to" became "howda" and "your" became "yer".

The instructions were clear and the pacing was good.

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Thank you, James. It's Virginia and I didn't have any accent until I moved here. I will work on proper enunciation. I don't know how to address mouth noise, but I'll look for a solution to that, as well. And echoes. And delivery. You guys are pretty awesome. Thank you!

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You can find about mouth noise from the handbook on the Edge site as well as a number of other sources. It depends on a number of things - dry mouth or wet mouth, breathing technique, lip and tongue placement, etc.

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Hello Savialeigh,

I would suggest buying some sound treatment for your room and get you computer away from your mic. There was a lot of noise, possibly a computer fan. I put my computer in a wardrobe to isolate it. Make sure there's ventilation if you do that.

I trade FOREX, but it didn't sound like you were talking to me. Try to put yourself into the position of your audience for these explanatory/training videos.

The pace of the delivery was good.

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I'm just putting this out for people outside of Texas. Nolan Ryan is president of the Texas Rangers baseball team, he owns two minor league teams and yet, he's doing these commercials. So while we all try to sound American Neutral...he's getting paid for this.

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Yeah, but he's a celebrity and we're not...

And it's a regional spot...

And Kinky Friedman would have done better :-)

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It's because he's Nolan Ryan. You should hear how some New York sports figures butcher copy! And on-camera they look like deer caught in the headlights. But they're baseball, basketball, hockey and football stars. And advertisers are more than willing to have them. Doesn't matter if they can't read or what they sound like. It's all about name recognition and branding.

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BLUE SNOWBALL MIC

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The recording was clear, excellent.
I liked the vocal performance too. The only suggestion I would make is that your voice went even lower when you quoting the girl.

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First crack at an audiobook recording (for charity), what do you think? (Breaths haven't been edited on this file).

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I'm hearing Canadian...

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Hi Arsartis - I liked your read quite a bit. Very engaging. Yes, I can hear the Canadian in your "out's" being "ooouuuts", but beyond that, I think you are very pleasant to listen to!

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Would have liked to see the copy. Didn't seem to flow well enough to hold my attention. Paid job?

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I realized my previous comment wasn't as constructive as I had intended. I actually quite like your voice. Just think the read needs a better flow. I could almost see your eyes scrolling across the copy. Try reading ahead.

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I'm not sure what this is meant to be - the title is Demo Recording, but then it's posted as a Paid Job Recording. There are several segments all on the same general subject matter, but I don't know whether they're meant to be snippets of a single large text or separate scripts.

The recording quality is not up to demo or paid job standards. Mouth noises in a couple of places, plosives (most notable on: operations, employees [who work in a great...], workplace [design can no longer...], proactively, [factors at] play, produce [vitamin D], proven, [King of] Prussia), paper noise or something after "their current role"

The pace of the read seemed a bit too fast and choppy to me - didn't feel you were talking TO me. Decide who you as the speaker are (an architect? a psychologist? a New York cab driver?) and who you are talking to, and keep that in your head while doing the read so it's more natural and conversational.

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Hmmm... Kind of in-your-face delivery, which I don't think suits the product.

Try this: when you do a read, ask yourself who you are as the speaker - are you a doctor, pharmacist, Jewish mother (and no, you can't be Billy Mays for this kind of product)? And who are you talking to (one person only - you're not addressing a crowd with this script). Then do it as if you are that speaker talking to that person.

The long pauses should be edited out if you have the ability to do that (don't know what you're using to record & edit this), as they destroy any flow of the performance.

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There is a diction issue with the word "tract" and the word "and"- less d sound is needed.

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Very good enunciation. The pacing was a bit choppy.

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your voice was very clear, nice tone. pronounced words copy well. i lost interest in the script, needs to come alive more!

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While you pronounce clearly, the read sounds like someone reading a script and not someone telling a story. Already mentioned is a 'choppy' feel...comes from reading a sentence and then pausing unnaturally before getting to the next. It's not extreme here, but it does happen a bit...think more in flowing thoughts and less in sentence by sentence. That can help complete entire thoughts better.

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Marianne it's hard to critique you. You're rock solid and consistently professional in your recordings. So flub up for once so I've got something to sink my teeth into.

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Recording quality is fine. Sounds like you are reading at me, rather than talking to me.
The more practice, the better it will sound.

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I assume from the long pauses that this is meant to accompany a video that shows the edging. Your performance was clear and understandable but it seemed to lack any emotion and came across as very deadpan. You did emphasize words here and there but even the emphasis was in the same metered voice. Try to mix it up a little. Also, I could here mouth clicks and other noises in the recording so you need to watch those. Since most of the was during the pauses you should be able to easily edit them out.

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JH,
You sounded like you were reading. Speed it up a little, and use a little more warmth.

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This a recording for a web video.

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Very nice sound quality to your voice!

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I think in general this sounds really good. However, I notice that there are a bunch of clicking noises at times at the end of sentences. It's faint, but it sounds like you might be typing or scrolling down? Also, I feel like there are awfully long pauses sometimes between sentences/paragraphs. I'm not sure if this is purposeful because it would go with another section of the video and there is a visual break as well. But without the visual it's a little confusing and sounds like it could do without those long pauses.

Your delivery and tone are spot-on, I think. There was the one minor flub with the "click the button under this video" bit, but otherwise delivery was really nice!

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Moodyo.com

Script:

What is Moodyo?
- Monica wants to buy ski boots, and doesn´t want to make the wrong decision
- She wants them to be COMFORTABLE and CHIC-LOOKING for a GOOD PRICE
- In the search engines, too many results pop up
- In the social networks there aren´t any boots, she can only post a picture and ask her
friends
- Other types of social filters are FANTASTIC to ask for advice if you have hundreds of
followers.
- In other networks there are nice boots, but…ARE THEY GOOD QUALITY? ARE THEY RIGHT FOR ME? HOW MUCH ARE THEY?
- In Moodyo, Mónica can find tons of ski boots.
- The best brands, and products reviewed by specialists and users who have previous experience with these products
- Monica reads reviews on the boots. After asking her contacts for advice in Moodyo, she can decide which ones she wants to buy.
- By clicking on “I WANT IT”, the boots go to her wish list.
- Her followers in Moodyo and her friends in other social networks will be advised that she is looking for ski boots.
- After Monica buys the boots, she can change the status to “I HAVE IT”. This way, other shoppers can ask her how she likes them.
- If she clicks on “I LOVE IT”, Moodyo will learn about Monica´s taste and will be able to offer her personalized suggestions using the “DISCOVER” button
- Thanks to Moodyo, Monica not only made the best decision possible, but has also became a trendsetter at the same time. Now, when she clicks on "I have it", "I want it" or "I love it" her followers will know what´s in style.
- And much more! With the Moodyo mobile application, you can carry the best shopping consultant with you in your pocket at all times
- Shop smarter with the help of your friends in Moodyo

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Directions were, Upbeat, excited, informative in parts, helpful and friendly. It was under a very tight time constraint and I saw an example video prior to recording the job. This was take 2 of three and Video can be found here for comparison (note, post production by them sped the dialogue just a titch, not my edit) http://vimeo.com/57250751 I'd be interested in what you think both after listening to the text, then perception changes, notes, additional comments after seeing the video. Thanks for your feedback as always in any form. Note, this is not my usual domain, this is probably one of a handful of commercial videos I've ever done.

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I thought you did a great job and followed directions very well. I see what you mean about speeding up the diologue....not your fault though. Good use of volume and annunciation.....it kept me paying attention.

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I loved it. I was compelled to check out the site after I heard this. I realized I have a very short attention span when listening to "commercials", Mainly because this one kept my attention longer than almost all others I've listened to. I think it was your tone and how much you seemed to really have fun with this. The sound quality was good (I'm listening on ear buds in a noisy coffee house). I did flinch a few times with some tonal words that came across louder than I was ready for. For what it's worth you kept my attention for the entire read and compelled me to check out the site.
Be Well

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Nice work, Nodo420! I also watched the video after listening to the audio. It's great to "see" the role of the voice over artist in that kind of setting.

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Thank you Ralph, Matt Eagen and VOA, for taking the time to listen, watch and comment. The feedback I get here is always invaluable. Ralph and Matt, it's high praise to catch anybody's attention and when I saw it was a 1:46, I thought maybe it's too looong for the forum. A lot of words... And for VOA, you might not know that I posted my very first ever "recorded spot" here on this forum in January last year. http://www.edgestudio.com/script/4320#recording-26501 which is precisely why I posted this. Not to boast, but to say, I came her, learned what to do by gleaning every particle of every corner of this site. By listening to stuff submitted and trying to understand what people were saying about other recordings. By listening to and then following those whose sound I liked and asking questions and sharing ideas. And being open to, and participating in sharing what I've learned as well as learning myself from others.
At least 10 people I know here, on this site, could have, if the circumstances been different, done this same job probably better than me. The key is to be ready when the lightning strikes... Develop a style here, find out what you like and what works for you. Seek out the advice of the coaches here, on twitter and YouTube.
I don't have any special skills. I have good, mid range equipment and a decent space (that has been subjected to more than it's share of being torn down and rebuilt :)) I'm just a guy, probably like you that may have wanted to give this a shot. There are no shortcuts. But, if you work your butt off, make it a priority in your life to learn how to do it, practice and listen to good advice from experts (Of which I am NOT)...and have a little luck (which I did), well, I can tell you it's a lot of fun. :) No de oo doe out! Nodo420

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Really good job
Listened to both , recording and watched the video too.
Have to agree it kept my interest all the way
regards
balazs

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Hey Ted,
Very nice friendly read. I thought the tone was excellent. Great job!

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Hi Ted,
Great job as I've already told you. Excellent work and worthy of the praise.

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Thanks Rich and Javier...(you guys were in the 10 I mentioned)...

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Nice, man...good job!

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Hey Ted! You are Mr Natural & Conversational...I believed you were really wanting to help Monica find the perfect pair of ski boots!!! Great job, it's hard making it sound this easy! Niki :-)

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It's kinda tricky isn't it? Not my normal tone of voice and it was so hard to "Hurry" but not sound harried. Let the words tumble, but keep control and then there are 3 distinct tonal changes. Like I said, I'd bet there are a handful of people who could have done this spot, you one, and you too Tom. Thanks you guys.

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Thanks for sharing that, Nodo420. Very encouraging! I listened to your first recording too. You can definitely hear the growth.

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I Just wanted to add my 2 cents worth. No critiques whatsoever, Just a thank you. I started here recently and have had some fun with it though I don't try often enough. I also joined up with Librivox.org to practice recording audio books and since I have a regular job can't get everywhere all the time. Somehow my thoughts were directed here tonight and I was super encouraged to keep on practicing and not give up and use this forum for guidance and peer feedback in order to grow. Your comment to keep it up is what I needed this day to keep on keeping on. Thanks ever so much.

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You did an Awesome job Ted, keep up the great work!!

Many Blessings,

Carol

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The Frog Prince

Script:

The princess went to her room and laid down on her bed. The slimy frog jumped on the bed and said, "Now you must kiss me good night!" "Yuck!" thought the princess, she didn't want to kiss an ugly old frog.

story and illustrations by Caroline Bonne-Müller, Cartita Design Barcelona shared with permission. Post production/Narration Ted Mcaleer, in conjunction with Playtales http://www.myplaytales.com/en/ http://www.cartitadesign.com/

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Big ups to my pal AND CONTEST WInner Nikki Kernow! What an read. Well deserved. Funny thing about this script. I actually did the job. An interactive children's story by a company I read for. Nikki or any of the 3 could have gotten the job as well... Congratulations Nikk! You rock, and you are soon GOING PLACES! ;) Any and all comments welcome as always!

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Right on point, Nodo!

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Got something came out on Friday,, If you are interested, I'll send you a link. Thanks Elton, You rock!

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Hey Ted! I've already given you my feedback (before you told me it was your gig - cheeky!) but I just wanted to say thank you for your lovely comments! Niki ;-)

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Well done, Nodo. I could certainly envision you reading bedtime stories to thousands of kids. Very nice.

Mike F.

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Thanks Nikki and Mike. I've read 3 stories total for playtales This one, The Wizard of Oz (3d popup book) and Jack and the Beanstalk. It's an interesting read and fun :) Thanks again

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Hey Ted, congrats on landing the gig. I thought you did a great job.

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Always great to hear from you Javier! when are the other 2 denizens (Tom and Rich) going to pop up? HAHAHAH. "Famous last words, sealing his doom...RELEASE THE KRAKEN..." :) Thanks pal. Nikki would have surely Killed this job! Ted

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Wow that was awesome!! Now I wanna hear the rest of the story

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Actually you can... https://play.google.com/store/search?q=playtales+gold it's a free app once you install it search for "The Frog Prince" it's ad supported which is a meh but you can get the full production for free. Don't do it to listen to me, get it for the illustrations!

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I liked you read. It was conversational and believable. I would have changed your microphone for this read - to one which would have given you a crisper sound,

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Sounds great to me.

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Very nice job!

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Just a pleasure to listen to you, Jerry. Really well done.

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Its a pleasure for me also so much talent.Sounds great!

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Someone had asked me to post some of my recent jobs. I've been getting regular work with an internet radio station called Spotify. These are a couple of them.

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Hmm .. it only uploaded one. I'll post the others separately.

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Jerry --
congrats on getting work. these are all top-notch.
did you produce these, or an engineer in a studio? I noticed that the tempo is sped up (to make it fit a 30 sec spot?)
I'm a fan. great sound.

DS.

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Hey DF,
These were all done in studio by someone other than myself. That's why there so good LOL I love when someone else has to edit although it reminds me how much I hate having to edit my own stuff 2x as much LOL By the way I've been listening to your stuff on SoundCloud .. Top Notch sir !! My email is Earthbul@Hotmail get in touch I'd love to exchange #'s so we can talk sometime. Later

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Jerry this is very good. I thought now that's the kind of commercial I want to hear instead of the usual garbage you get on the radio.

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Recent project for work...I did only the VO...not the production. Would like to get your opinion on the read.

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Dave --
pro voice. very nice delivery. Great project. Was this professionally produced? Is this a real spot?
I liked the transition between the "gameshow" beginning, and the sincere body of the read. I liked the music bed. very bright and cheerful. Obviously Christmas appropriate.

"If I were the director" (and believe me, you did this read way better than I could've):
You might energize the tempo a little more when you plug spiritfm.com, because this is a radio spot. perhaps tighten up the timing, it seems to go a little long.
I thought the sound effects were kinda distracting and slowed the tempo of the gameshow. Can you talk over them?
The second effects bit seemed a little bit gratuitous.

Great voice, and look forward to more of your work!
DS.

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Dave -
forgive the production comments above. I didn't read your comment section before typing. I see you didn't produce it.
cheers. time for me to have another coffee...(lol).
DS.

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DS,

Thank you so much for your kind words. I work for the radio station and this is a real spot that we are running. It was produced by one of our other employees. The SFX were dictated by the script, provided by the client. (I agree there are too many). Thanks Again.

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Dave,

I think you have a great voice and your read was really good. I can understand why this would be on the radio, it's easy to listen to and sounds professional. Great job!

Ashley D.

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Thanks Ashley :)

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This was recorded with a cheapy headset mic, working on getting a bit more fancy. I am mostly interested in critique of my read and I thank you for all your kind (and honest) words!

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I like your voice, and your production was pretty good. I liked the tight editing. I liked how the performance moved quickly.
regarding the mic -- yeah, you can hear the thinness of the sound, but I think it works for this ad. It's almost like an FM radio effect, which fits this read.
I can definitely hear your New England accent.
Nice job.
cheers,
DS.

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We like to think here in Na Hampsha we don't have an accent lol. thanks. Yes the read was professionally produced he did the best he could with that icky mic I have, I should have a better mic real soon. thanks for listening

Na Hampsha Out!

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Aye Yah, you weren't kidding about the Na Hampsha. Pretty decent read regardless of the mic.

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Very nice. So natural. You have a great voice. I can hear you doing many things. It seemed a little tight. Perhaps, that is the professional way. i am not sure.

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I'm new to VO. so if you could explain "sounds tight" thanks, just learning!

I meet next week with a professional producer who is going to show me the ropes!

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This is just a spot I recorded for work, pretty simple voice-over-music. This was recorded in a newly constructed production room and the mic settings aren't perfect yet...we are working on the...so aside from the tech...Let me know what you think.

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Hi Dave,

Very nice! You were energetic, a little humorous tone there, and conversational. Good job!

All the best,
Lenny

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Thanks for the kind words Lenny.

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SPOT.....on the mark. Nice. :-)

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Hey Dave, your recording is great, but the word EAT in "move your feet so others can eat" was drowned out by the music. Other than that, the performance and production was terrific. It had excellent excitement, and your voice came across very confident and clear.

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Loved it Dave, Great work, great enthusiasm!!

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This is a recent spot I did for a new urgent care facility. It's a multi-voice spot. The VO was directed by the ad agency creative director.

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Nice and smooth spot!

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Very Nice. Sound effects and music are bang on!

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Thanks @rmattress I appreciate the feedback. Doing this all from the home studio, it's important that the final mix works.

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Love the way this one comes across!

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This is an industrial VO for a company that designs and manufactures all of the equipment for nuclear power plants around the world. I am fortunate that their North American operation is based in my hometown. The style of the read and the pacing were directed by the video producer, to fit what is on the screen.

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As an audio piece, it feels a bit slow, but as you were directed for the video pace, it's obviously right. Nice stuff, Dave!

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I agree Tom...it's pretty boring to just listen to. I will be curious to see the final project, and how the VO works with the video.

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Just wrapped this one...let me know what you think.

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Nice balance between the music and the voice levels. You sound like an experienced sports announcer and a sports fan, too! It's as if I was actually listening to my radio.

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I can't recall ever hearing you do anything outside of the announcer thing. Maybe I've missed it. No never mind, there is plenty of that still available and you do it very well.

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Great read! Thought I was actually listening to the radio there. :)

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Sounds quite professional.

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Thanks to all of you for your kind comments. @Richurd, recently I have just been uploading actual jobs...and this has just been the type of work I have been getting. I do have some new things to upload soon. One industrial and a multi-voice spot I did for a new urgent care clinic. Thanks again for the feedback...I always appreciate it.

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I'm new to the forum and this is the first feedback I'm leaving. I've listened to a number of other recordings and thought this was one of the most professional and well done I've heard. Did you record this in a home studio? This recording sounded as if it could go right to the radio. I know this is the spot for me to leave feedback for you, but as you're someone who obviously knows what they're doing and is very talented, any tips for getting in the business? Thanks and again, great job.

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@jmcbride Thank you so much for your kind words. I did record this in my home studio, also known as my guest bedroom...LOL. This was an actual job, done for an ad agency in Alabama. As far as advice goes...practice, practice, practice....put together a demo and then get yourself out there. I have not gone the traditional way of auditioning for national agencies, etc. I generally have marketed myself to local TV stations, ad agencies and really anyone who would listen. As a result, I have picked up some pretty nice jobs. I still have a ways to go before this becomes my full-time career, but it's nice extra money when it comes in. Here's my other piece of advise...don't sell your talent cheaply. When you are ready to start doing professional work...get paid like a professional.

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Radio station promo I did tonight in my home studio. Love being able to work at home. Using an AT2020 Mic with a DBX channel strip.

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Very nice, Dave. The mix sounded just right to me and I like the clips from the live show mixed into this piece. I noticed just a slight, very slight issue with a couple plosive sounds on your delivery. Otherwise, your tone, pacing, clarity, etc. were great and, I imagine, in keeping with the other imaging you've done for the station.

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Hi friends. This is a read for a video game company, so there is some interesting lingo. Constructive criticism as well as comments are always accepted. Thank you!

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Hi Max,

Wow! I liked it...it was really GOOD. Your pacing was perfect and you have a clear, articulate, professional sounding voice, great resonance. Performance was a little monotone for me (not much inflection) but then again, I'm not an expert in this genre. Overall, I liked what I heard and thought you sounded great. Your recording quality was excellent. Your voice would be good for Promo's/Trailers.

Best of luck with your potential client.

Rhonda Duncan

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Max, I think this sounded good, I might employ a touch of de-essing though... your voice has a nice warm full sound, but your S's cut through like a knife.

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Hi Max!
You sound nice and clear to me, and you have a powerful voice.
I'm not familiar with the gaming reads, but I wanted you to know that I've listened to your work and hope our more experienced will make better critique!
All the best, Eva

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This was my first job.. I have to email it to my client and would love to hear what others think of it before I send it out. Thank you :)

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Sounds great to me!

Congrats on the job!
Shane

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Very nice, great pace and mood. Good tone,, I liked it

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Vocal performance - i hear lots of sibilance. The entire recording is about La di da. Most demos have a variety of topics.

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The Frog Prince Excerpt 2

Script:

The princess went to her room and lay down on her bed. The slimy frog jumped on the bed and said "now you must kiss me good night" "yuck" thought the princess. She didn't want to kiss an ugly old frog.

Recordings:

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Later in the book, my aim on this passage was to portray a believable princess. I used this to sell the idea of a man reading a traditionally "girls" story from the point of view of the princess. Again, great artwork etc.

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Hey Ted, sounds very good. and think you achieved what you were aiming for. Loved the frog voice.. very cool. It's not really a big deal, but "went to her room", sounded a little like you said, "went to 'er room. Not sure how critical it is to enunciate every word perfectly in children's books though. The other minor thing is "yuck" I feel could have been said in a tone that expressed more disgust. Very nice over all.

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Nice work!

You are a good storyteller!

Keep up the good work.

All the best,

Scott

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Hi Ted,
A good format for you. Nice read but Javi has a point. The
'Yuk" can be done with more disgust but I also think that it would have worked better if you had made the "k" in "Yuk" more pronounced. It got a little lost in your delivery.

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You did a great job of 'telling' the story. I think you should slow down a bit and watch your articulation. Loved the frog voice.

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recording quality - the word Yuck...I didn't hear the K sound did you cut it off during editing?

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Hey Ted,

I enjoyed this one, I wanted to hear more of the story. The only thing that stood out was the word "Yuck" could of had more emotion to it. I think that this is an excellent genre for you.

Blessings,

Carol

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The Frog Prince Excerpt 1

Script:

The princess was so happy! She picked up the ball and ran away… “Wait” shouted the frog. “You can't leave without me!” But the princess would not listen. She didn't want to be friends with an ugly old frog!

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This is the first real dialogue of the distressed frog, again an excerpt from an interactive children's book. Again, young wide eyed children the audience, there is artwork and sound effects in the final version.

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Sounds great to me. : ) Very cool, consistent frog voice.

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I really like the way you tackle this - the frog voice, the eager animation of the narrative. Definitely would keep the attention of the child who would be listening. And isn't that what we're after?

Great job!!

George T.

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The Frog Prince Exerpt

Script:

Once upon a time there was an evil witch who cast a spell on a handsome young prince, simply because he refused to marry her daughter. She waved her wand and said "you will remain a frog until a beautiful princess kisses you… Or until the end of time… Whichever comes first. Ah ha ha ha ha ha ha." And the young prince was transformed into a frog.

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I have been kind of busy, but wanted to share 3 excerpts of a recent project. It's an adaptation of "The Frog Prince" for an interactive children's book. The artwork on the project is so beautiful as well. This was the intro, again trying to attract and retain the attention of a young wide eyed audience. Thanks for listening! Nodo420 Note 1, The artwork is a mid 30's, quite attractive, yet ultimately evil witch. I was trying for that annoyed witch sound :)

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Ted, cool laugh! And the transitioning from narrator to characters is smooth and effortless. I think it sounds great!

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You sound as though you speaking to children...no, wait, you are.
;-)
NIce job. requires some acting chops, (which I have none of), so it's nice to see it done.

Cheers, Nodo. nicely done.
DS.

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Ted I listened to all 3 and I have to say if I had kids and was perusing audio books for kids and listened to this sample I would have bought. Nice acting and good production quality! On the first recording Javier was right about the word "yuck" it needed more distaste kinda like a kid trying brocholi for the first time.

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Thanks for all the feedback! You know, looking back at the "Yuck" part, I think what I was looking at is a young girl, who now faced with the realization that she is going to have to KISS this bugger... and she is thinking it.

Great suggestions all around! I'll let you know when it hits iTunes. If you want to look at the artwork... http://cartitadesign.com/

It's stunning! Thanks again for listening and taking time to comment!

Peer Feedback:

Excellent work! I am going to play it for my kids and ask their opinion.
I particularly liked "time" in "end of time" and the laugh.

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I thought this was great! You sound friendly in the beginning like Mr Rogers and children like that kind of thing. Pacing on this is excellent by the way.

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Great tone on this and wonderful laugh!

Keep up the great work.

All the best,

Scott

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Thanks BT, Stephanie and Scott... You know, when I was looking at the script for the witch, it said "You will be turned into a frog until a princess kisses you..." and I had some latitude with the script and I added the "or until the end of time..." I was thinking about Meryl Streep in Death Becomes Her, and also "The Devil Wears Prada..." she would say it like that! :) hahaha. It was fun

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This was focus group read for Duke's Mayonnaise. Please let me know what you think? Thanks!

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Hmmm...not knowing which voice is yours....the first had a real relaxed tone but a little too informal for my taste...some regionalism coming through. That can work depending on what the director is seeking so it's not a killer...just pointing it out. Second voice is clearer and more neutral. Like the music bed. Nice job overall. If you can turn off the southern sound (mah momma) I could hear you doing lots of spots.

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Thanks, TxTom! I was the first voice. And it was recorded in VA, hence the southern sound :). I'm from Brooklyn, NY and trained in Chicago. I came down to VA with a Chicago demo and everyone said it was too fast, still trying that in between pace that works for everyone. If there is such a thing.

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you're from brooklyn?? HS!!! Can you post something un-affected?

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You sound excellent to me. I like the way you give every word its due, not throwing any away...especially on "rich, creamy, man, there's." Your warm, conversation tone is just right, and I like the subtle variations in pitch and pacing. Pro quality in my opinion. Thanks for sharing.

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I thought it was very good. You had me hooked right away. And "no way I'm leaving any on my plate", and "call me a mama's boy if you want to" really sold the spot. Good job.

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I'm from the South, and you definitely sounded authentically Southern! For Dukes Mayo that's how it has to sound! Do they even eat it anywhere else? Great job!

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Thanks guys. @ TxTom, I will post some more stuff shortly. I'm in the middle of moving at the moment, and cut off my Internet. But I look forward to more feedback.

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I would buy that mayo if they sold it in NJ! It was very sincere and believable... like you really, really love that chicken salad! I think the music was just a bit loud. I look forward to more reads!

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Vocal performance - I like it sounded real professional.

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Hello friends, This is a narration for a video game company based in Silicon Valley. Think of this read as a presentation narrator with the different segments (graphics, teleporting, weaponry, etc) introducing different slides in the presentation, followed by the closing. All feedback is greatly appreciated! Thanks, Max

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Your voice tone and pacing were great! There was some extra hissing on each s.
Great job!

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Hi Max you have a relaxed, easy going tone which sits fine but you could try varying the the intonation for each item for the different segments. Otherwise each item becomes semantically too similar to the others. At least to my ear. Also the word 'platforms' sounds a bit announcer-y.

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Very nice tone for this read. Watch your S sounds, comes through with lots of hissing. Maybe a bit announcery (try adding a little smile) while reading.:)

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Sounded great...just a little sibilance.

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Thanks for your comments, I really appreciate it. Any tips for preventing sibilance?

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think it sound good but yes watch the s's

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This is a sample from my first foray into narrating audiobooks. This book published on Audible in April. I've had many years of acting experience, but am a voice over newbie. I really enjoyed the audiobook narration and want to continue in that area. ( I also want to do commercial voice over, but I think my acting skills can be beneficial in narration.) Any constructive criticism is appreciated. Thank you.

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I liked it. I could tell the difference between the characters and your voice was easy for me to listen to.

Sorry, no constructive criticism coming from this corner. I'm curious about what the experienced among us have to say, though.

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You have nice clear voice that is easy and comfortable to listen to.

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I can hardly accept that you are a "newbie." Go on with it!

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Sounds very professional to me. You might want to consider paying a coach to work with you, if you'd like to pursue this for real.

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Yes, your voice is very natural at storytelling, I also loved the voices you used for the characters. Great Job!

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Thank you for all your comments. Makes me feel pretty positive about going in this direction; but there's so much competition out there, I know I need to really work hard to be at the top of my game, so to speak.. A coach is a great idea. I'm working with a commercial voice over coach, but I don't really know who to use for audiobook coaching. Any suggestions there would be great! Thank you!!!

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If you want to work with an Edge coach, there are several who specialize in Audiobooks. Good Luck!

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I have been very pleased with Carol Monda!

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I love the slight differences between the character's voices. Some people do it too much, and many not enough, but this is fantastic. It really helps you visualize the scene and dialogue going on.

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Like it.

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This is a sample from a recent audiobook I narrated. I'm open to any feedback but looking for specific areas or techniques that I can focus in on and improve in my daily practice.

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You must be aware that sibilance is a problem. I have difficulty understanding
all the words. Pace a little slow, labored. Nice vocal sound. Appealing.

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Let me start by saying you have an excellent ability to do long documentaries. Your sound is inviting and takes me on a journey. Having said that I do hear where you dont pronounce clearly in some spots and you slur your words. Overall, great sound, great pacing. Just need to clean it up a little.

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Hi,

Nice work! Your pace is great.

At :47/48, your delivery of the line, "The girl was intrigued, puzzled, and fascinated." is exceptional. It's conversational and connected. You can work on developing these two values throughout the work. As it stands, there's a slight "reading" style that you can transform into a "telling" style.

In the following sentence, there's a bit of muddiness on "to any" ("She was not, to any particular extent..."), making it possibly understood to be "twenty". Otherwise, your enunciation is great.
The only technical issue I hear is one of sibilance. You can work on this by separating your teeth slightly when saying "s" sounds. I'd work on this mainly through tongues twisters and then put it into practice and see if there's improvement. Of course, you can also use a de-esser.

All the best,
Carol

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Peer Feedback:

Henry has a point about the sibilance, but that's an easy fix ( with a de ESSER filter and proper acoustic treatment) and you shouldn't be overly concerned with it. The important thing is that your reading skills are strong. I liked the pacing and the proper amount of emotion you used to convey the story. Another thing that stood out was your diction - which made every word perfectly clear and made following the story effortless.

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I recorded for this client a few weeks ago..and they wanted to add something. I sent in the new read last evening....he responded this morning that he wanted it to be more conversational and included the recording of a guy reading the same copy. I have been struggling to get my recording voice "conversational." This recording is pretty close to what the client requested...I'm waiting to hear from him....here we go!

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Whoops...I actually sent 2 reads in case they wanted to edit. Anxious to see what happens here.

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Okay, not sure about this but these are imperative statements but could your tone be a little too imperative? I felt my guard go up, like I was feeling chastised. Maybe he wants a little less of that and more of a friendly suggestion feel to it. Or somewhere between the two. Just my two cents.

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I'm a bit new here, so I'm certainly not one to give much of a critigue..

After reading that the guy wanted it more conversational, my immediate thought was to imagine that you're talking to a friend, face to face..

Or.. Maybe he'll like it just as it is.. :)

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Howdy Marianna,

You have a lovely voice and fine articulation! The recording is nice and clean.

Yep, conversationlality. That's a tough one (for me still anyways...).You want your character to be having a conversation with the listener, more than having your character lecture the listener. Not sure if that makes sense, but there you have it!

:)

Best of luck on this!

Regards,

Steve O'Sullivan

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Thanks guys for the feedback. The scenario is a marketing presentation...and the example that I was to listen to was pretty much the tone that I used. I have not yet heard from the client but probably will tomorrow. When most conversational reads are requested...it usually is" friend to friend". But I'm finding that there are a variety of conversational settings. Nothing simple about this career path......

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Marianna, I liked the excitement and enthusiasm a lot. But Bill does bring up a good point.

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"Nothing simple about this career path...." True, but you've got what it takes, Marianna. Keep at it!

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Guess what!!! The client loved it!! I agree with all of you that it was too intense...over the top...but I guess it was what he wanted.....strange business.......

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I loved the first take...think it's perfect, and not too intense. Sometimes we forget, as a voice talent, our audience isn't able see our facial expressions and body movements. That one notch increase in intensity helps us fully communicate our message.

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Congratulations, Marianna! Happy for you.

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Congratulations Marianna, I'm so happy for you!
You have a wonderful voice and I wish you the best in all your endeavors!
LCW.

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Recorded this on Saturday (with a head cold) in my home studio

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Very nice! I'm new so that's about all I can say, I am doing more listening than anything else!

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Nice mix there Dave. Now lysol that pop screen!

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Great production and delivery! Did you lysol the pop screen yet?

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Thanks guys...cold is slowly going away...pop screen disinfected :)

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Recording quality - at home...WOW!! Sounds nice

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Three Creeks, Ohio Introduction

Script:

Everybody comes from somewhere. The distinctive qualities which claim my heart lay in the hills and valleys of Ohio’s rugged finger along the Appalachians. In these deep, secret, hidden hollows and mountain tops, life finds its own rhythm and measure… sunrise to sunset and from season to season.
Appalachia is a land unto itself. Cut off by the mountains, our culture’s turned inward to seek its answers… From Folk remedies to folk music, we live close to the land with a certain distrust of outsiders. Appalachian folks turn inward to give comfort and to pass knowledge from generation to generation.
We love our homeplace. Our lives are filled with hard work, hard love and hard loss. The Appalachian Mountains cradle this life and all who cling mightily to the sides of the mountain. In the stories that follow, we’ll feel life, as it ebbs and flows in the town of Three Creeks, Ohio.

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I took the feedback onboard and did a little fine tuning to the final edit. This should be appearing in about a week! Thanks for having a listen and giving some feedback! Nodo420

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Hey, Ted. Nice down-home feel to it. Some mouth noise evident in a few spots...but what caught my ear was an inconsistency...Appalachia. When you speak of the mountains, you give the "chia" ending a "shuns" ending. But when you speak of the region, you gave it the "cha" sound.

Here's a snide person pronouncing it, but it gives three different acceptable samples. But in any case you'd want to be consistent.

http://www.howjsay.com/index.php?word=appalachian

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Wonderful tone; the match of music and vocal delivery was just perfect. So warm and relaxed and just a bit folksy. Tom makes a good point, worth addressing in your next take, but overall, this is a solid piece of work. Well done.

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Ted, this is great. And the music adds a good o"l country feeling to the read. You may want to increase the volume of your voice or lower the volume of the music at "mountain tops", because it seemed to get drowned out by the music a little.

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Thanks Everyone for listening and all of you who provided some feedback. Tom, dead on on the pronunciation, I'm going to look into that so as to be consistent as you said. This will hopefully go on for a great long time, consistency is critical. Great tip and thanks again!

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Hei Nodo!

Very nice feel to the read and great selection of music to match your tone. Your voice was a little overpowered by the audio level of the music. You should be able to fix that easily in your editing software.

Other than that it was very nice!

All the best,

Scott

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Nice Ted....I want to go out and skip some stones on the pond! Your delivery matched the music which was a good choice. I thought that you voice was a little low...but it may be my speakers. Great use of your voice...thanks for sharing.

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Welcome to Three Creeks, Ohio

Script:

Everybody comes from somewhere. The distinctive qualities which claim my heart lay in the hills and valleys of Ohio’s rugged finger along the Appalachians. In these deep, secret, hidden hollows and mountain tops, life finds its own rhythm and measure… sunrise to sunset and from season to season.
Appalachia is a land unto itself. Cut off by the mountains, our culture’s turned inward to seek its answers… From Folk remedies to folk music, we live close to the land with a certain distrust of outsiders. Appalachian folks turn inward to give comfort and to pass knowledge from generation to generation.
We love our homeplace. Our lives are filled with hard work, hard love and hard loss. The Appalachian Mountains cradle this life and all who cling mightily to the sides of the mountain. In the stories that follow, we’ll feel life, as it ebbs and flows in the town of Three Creeks, Ohio.

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I'm working with an author to create an audio context for about 20 short stories about a fictional town called "Three Creeks, Ohio". The place has a Facebook page and a blog. The idea is to release a story or 2 a month, telling the story of this little town and it's characters. It's a work in progress, for example, the music bed will be shortened at the beginning. Right now, nobody has heard it and I want them to identify the "Place" with the music and the stories. This is just the introduction, the first thing you would hear if someone directed you to "...The little town of Three Creeks Ohio." thanks for listening, all comments welcome and help me and everyone else to get better so FEEL FREE! :)

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Hi Nodo,

I was thinking about you today and sent you an email. That was great! The music gave it a nice effect and your delivery was excellent. Audiobooks are definitely your genre as you have a way of making the story lines come alive by the way you perform; as I'm familiar with some of your other work.

I'm really happy for you and wish you all the best!

Take Care,
LCW (Lenny)

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Hey Nodo, what a great idea for a project. I agree with LCW. You gave this read the relaxed and genuine tone it needs. And the music you chose is perfect for it, and sets the mood for the read from the start. Very nice. Looking forward to hear the first of the stories.

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Nice relaxed read......good acting!
Yeah....the music can be shortened a bit at the beginning....but it suits the story nicely!

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wow great job Nodo! Very easy to listen to. The music bed was perfect ans set the script up perfect.

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OK Ted....I just read this and get the Three Creeks thing. A really nice gig!

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The following 60 sec radio commercial was produced, written and recorded entirely by myself in my new home studio a couple of months ago for a local business here in Connecticut.

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That's cute!

Well if it made the radio....great.

At the beginning, both voices sound similar....but as it goes on I can hear the difference. Its tough doing voices!

For some reason.....I was thinking the guy with the broken air conditioner was cold and was complaining about no heat! Sounded like he was shivering! I didn't hear any "Phew...its hot out!" from him....but the sound of the wind made it seem like it was cold out!

Good...un-announcer read! Its funny how you want to listen in on the conversation...like being a fly on the wall....instead of being talked at!! Good idea.

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Recording quality - was that white noise or the sound of a fan in the background?
I heard a mouth click when you said, "Hey Frank where ya goin?"
Not enough inflection for me in each voice.
Very good

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This is a station promo I put together for work...all done in my home studio. Really a lot of fun. I rarely have time to put "bells and whistles" on my production. Let me know what you think.

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Cool piece, Dave! 37 seconds...??? But I like the production a LOT and like a lot of the bands too. Fav of the genre is Jars of Clay. Nice nice job!

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Thanks Tom! Our station promos aren't time sensitive, but a good catch...on commercial stuff we keep it right at :30.

In re-listening Shane, I do hear what you are saying...could have been tweeked a bit more. I don't use an auto-duck...do all the levels manually. Good call

Thanks again guys :)

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I like it Dave. Its exciting w/o being over the top...and still maintains a friendly style.

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Dave very nice job. Great editing and mix. The only weak spot I felt was the beginning. Your opening words seemed a bit subdued but as you got into it the enthusiasm melded with the material. Great job!

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Great warmth and energy, Dave. I like your production work a lot.

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Truly awesome. Incredibly professional work you've got here. I don't have much else to add, but you do get a little, just a little, lost or rather overpowered by the music when you introduce the bands. Take them down just a tiny bit.

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here are two paid jobs I did. Do you think the client got there monies worth?

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Joe,

I read somewhere (here) that if the Client likes what you did, you officially nailed it! :)

You sound great! Did you produce these yourself, or was post down by a studio?

High five,

SteveO

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Thanks Steve,
I did it all even the copy, and both were for video's I produced.
Joe

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If you would like to see the video's here is a link
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SOMlVYz9yZc
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CidtJLcUn_0
joe

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You really know how to use your 'radio' voice. To my ears, it works well with this copy and sound and since the clients like it, other work may soon follow. Good work!

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Sounds good Joe. I do think the mix was a little hot. I would have preferred to hear you more than the Bkgrd effects and music. Next time bring them down a touch and see if that sounds better to you. The Client was happy so that's all that matters!

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Hey Joe!

Sounds great. I do agree with Daniel, the mix was a tad bit too hot. Didn't catch where the auction was to be held. Might be just my ears.

Overall they sound very well done!

All the best,

Scott

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Another one for a local tv station. I do wish they would let me do the production, so once again I only did the voice. All post production done by the stations production department. Thanks

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I think your right, you probably could have done a better job on the production.
other than that it was good, the only thing I would say is maybe you could be more animated or punchier but I don't know what the script called for. Great work!

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Felt a little bored on your part to me...like you should have hit the enthusiasm more. Growl more or something. Their production seems kinda amateur overall, no?

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Hi Brian, I guess the one criticism I have is that you speak in a monotone...was that requested by the director? I guess I am mirroring the comments above, but I like your voice; you just might want to pump it up a bit, especially for this kind of read...?

Regards,

SteveO

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I'm shootin' for an energetic friendly read here. This is with an RE20 mic and a Simetrics 528 E Preamp at work.

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Hi! Not sure if it is the mic but the start seemed a bit off otherwise cool job!!!!!

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Thanks for the feedback. About the beginning, have you ever tried to to get a studio full of birds to tweet on cue?

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Jim, it's certainly an advantage to own the station, isn't it? LOL

Sounds great...if I had to critique one thing it might be to inject a little more variation in the list of different meats. The were all hit pretty much the same.

Love the production.

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I'll listen for that Tom. I do these spots every week, so next week for sure. Owning a station does have it's advantages. When I got married 11 years ago, I traded out the whole wedding, except for the church! Dress, rings, flowers, Tux, video production, photos, reception, band, you name it! Total cash cost, $250! I could go on..........

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Sounds great Jim! I do think the compression/gate is hitting hard at the ends of sentences, maybe increase the release to smoothen that out. Golden!

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Here's a new PSA I just finished that will be broadcast on a local radio station next week. The client loves it but I wanted to get some feedback on it from the Group. I did the entire production including editing, music and direction for this :30 spot. I look forward to your feedback. Thanks in advance. E

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Vocal performance was clear, inflection was good, very well read. Voice almost sounded to hot to me, but I am a new guy so it could be dead on. Music was a good choice and fit the read perfectly.

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Hi Elton
The magic words are "the client loves it". It sounds like they gave you about 40 seconds worth of copy to do in 30 seconds and you did what you had to do. Nothing wrong with that. Your smooth as silk baritone and production skills still shine through, you got the job done.....and....THE CLIENT LOVES IT!! Keep doing what the client loves and you'll continue to get jobs. Nice to hear from you again. BH

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Great job, Elton. I agree with the Brent and Bil-bo: your delivery was clear and lively. I'd have to listen several times to absorb all that info but that's not your issue. Well done. Love that baritone.

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Lots to deliver in 30s!! Well done!

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Hey Elton, excellent job!

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Thanks a bunch, guys. That was lot to pack into 30 seconds and that was AFTER I edited down! It was fun to do and a great learning experience. Well, onward and upward.

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Don't forget that most audio programs have the means to compress the time a bit without sounding unnatural. Just cutting the pauses might not achieve the goal.

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World Bank

Script:

Historic City Conservation and Urban Regeneration Module within the
Sustainable Cities Initiative (SCI) in Europe and Central Asia (ECA)

TEXT nº 1
Global warming and climate change are the axiomatic problems of our time.
Cities and their architecture are crucial fields for intervention since they are the future of our world.

A new urban revolution is emerging in response to the social, cultural, economic, political and environmental needs of our cities. The social growth and the serious consequences of climate change obligate us look for sustainable answers to the growth in these new urban areas.

We should all work together to create sustainable cities, factoring in the demographic growth, the strength of the global market, the economic transformation, and the green dimension which spurs energy efficiency and environmental concern.

TEXT nº 2
The Sustainable Cities Initiative promoted by the World Bank Institute offers a platform where city growth experiences are analyzed and deliberated on for cities in Eastern Europe and Central Asia: the ECA group.

In this case, we tried to show Experiences of sustainable urban growth through practical examples. These were the cases in Milan, Bergamo and Genoa which helped us to understand and promote changes in the urban development…invigorating new areas in a sustainable way.

TEXT nº 3
ECA cities in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, are transitioning from predominantly industrial based to more service-oriented economies, including sustainable tourism and creative industries. With the global financial crisis having hit ECA cities particularly hard, many cities in the region are looking to generate additional revenues from sustainable tourism and creative industries, as well as attracting new businesses and investment by branding the uniqueness and potential of their historic core and underutilized assets.

Our goal has been to enable ECA and Brazilian cities to explore, understand and apply best practices in developing strategies that promote historic city conservation and urban regeneration as vital elements of their sustainable future.

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I've been absent, but checking in from time to time. Busy with a few cool projects that I can't post yet, This is one of them. The direction for this piece was narrative style, warm voice, neutral to impart information. I had to leave some overhead for final mastering and there will be a music bed inserted.They also included "...in the style of our other videos..." So I went to the World Bank Institute on the net and YouTube to develop the "tonal color" All feedback welcome, Thanks for listening!

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Nodo, I think you nailed the direction regarding a warm voice with a neutral tone. Overall, the read was very good with a couple of exceptions. Text No.1 came off as very choppy. The pauses between sentences and paragraphs are a beat too long. In Text No.2 you seamed to increase the pace a bit which sounded better. The pace of Text No.3 was excellent as the annoying pauses were eliminated. If you match the pace of No.3 for the whole read, bingo!

Your voice quality is very pleasant and perfect for this script. Good job!

E

Peer Feedback:

Hey Nodo, sounds great. The long pauses are not really a problem since all you had to do was provide the raw vocal track. The video and audio engineer would take care of the rest. Congrats on landing this job, and keep up the excellent work!

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Thanks for the feedback, And ya, elton, I agree and this is going to be in a video, so I left some pauses so the engineer could cut up and place the different phrases and put them into the clip where he wanted. I'll post the video when The World Bank Approves it. Thanks again Javi and Elton for taking time to help me get better!

Peer Feedback:

Hei Nodo,

Congrats on getting the job! Nice overall tone to the read.

The only part that I would change would be the VERY LONG SENTENCE in the last paragraph starting with, "With the global financial...". I think you could have broken that one up a little bit more. It is hard to do that one without taking time to breathe!

Overall, a nice job!

All the best,

Scott

Peer Feedback:

Good work, man. Agree with Elton on the pacing in the third section. You're getting better and better.

Peer Feedback:

Hi Nodo,

I agree with Elton, Text 3 was the best because the delivery was natural, but also informative.

As I've said before, you have a great voice for these types of reads and I hope your projects go well. Please let me know.

Take Care,
Lenny (LCW)

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Paid Job Recording:

Click to hear Jim Babbitt's recording

Just something I did for a local body shop.

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Peer Feedback:

Great work Jim! Your someone I definitely admire and learn from every recording I set my mind to do. I have a Lawson coming, can't wait!

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Thanks, this recording was one I did at work with an RE20 Mic and a Symetrics 528E channel strip. This is the most common radio station mic/preamp setup. This type of work is the everyday work I do for the radio station. I never consider it my best. At work, I work in volume, doing 2 to 6 spots everyday and they don't get the attention that I give a commercial or imaging or a movie trailer at home.

I bet you are excited about getting the new Lawson. I was like a kid at Christmas, waiting for mine. Fed-ex showed up when I was down the street and I had to wait another day to get it. I was bummed. When I got it, I didn't hear a big difference right away but when I did some recordings, whoa! It was a game changer. I use my Lawson in my home studio. I hope you get yours soon.

Peer Feedback:

Very Professional! And, it appears that you do it with ease. I'm sure your phone is ringing constantly. The recording and performance was excellent from my perspective.

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Actually, my phone doesn't ring yet. Like you guys, this is a new venture for me and I am honing my product. I have no website yet and I am in the process of redoing all my demos. My name is out there with a few local agencies and I do 1 or 2 sessions with them a week but otherwise I'm just starting out in VO. I want to do it for a living as I get older. Right now I do a morning show on a radio station I own.

Peer Feedback:

Like the overall production there. Nice!

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Tom it sounds good. I agree that we might tighten it up since there are no visuals. We'll have to play with it. But since we stole it from Javi we'll have to concentrate on playing a supporting role on his next project.

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Ummmm....wrong thread, Rich!

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Jim this sounded great. You're a pro. still considering having you produce a demo for me. drop me a line at dfsaund@yahoo.com, if you have time.
cheers,
DS.

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Paid Job Recording:

Click to hear Brian Michaels's recording

Here is a commercial I just did for a local tv station. I dd the voice and the stations production manager did all of the mixing etc...

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Peer Feedback:

Thats well done!! Makes want to go to the races!!

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Click to hear alandrewmusic's recording

The producer asked for a relaxed " Friend " but "Corporate" sounding tone. Please no recording comments as I had nothing to do with the engineering. The client was happy but I would like to know what you guys think !

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Peer Feedback:

okay, no recording comments...

I think it's a great read, and the only issue I had was that there are some sentences in which your voice trails off downward and I can't understand the words at the end.

Other than that it was fine.

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Paid Job Recording:

Click to hear Jim Babbitt's recording

I'm still working with this new mic and I brought home some production from work.

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Peer Feedback:

As always, very nice. My only suggestion would be on the section where your listing off the various items,, I would have liked just a bit more variation in the different items. Not a ton,, just s little more distinction between them.

What software do you use? Pro Tools?

Peer Feedback:

Maybe a slight change of inflections or pacing would have been better in that area where I listed those items. Hmmmmm, maybe I'll give that a shot tomorrow. I always hate those cliche phrases like "and much more" but many times, the client or the agency is responsible for the copy.

I use Adobe Audition. I have Pro Tools and Cubase but I have never used them. It would take years to learn on Pro Tools what I already know on Adobe Audition. I have more than 12 years experience working with Audition. I used it when it was called Cool Edit and yet, not a day goes by that I don't learn more about Audition.

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I was looking on line yesterday at iZotope RX 2, any history or thoughts on it?

Peer Feedback:

Actually, I've never heard of it. I would suggest Adobe Audition or Pro Tools for VO. At least you can find tutorials for these two on YouTube. I have heard that Audition is simpler for VO but I do not have that knowledge firsthand.

Peer Feedback:

I just checked out the website of iZotope RX 2 and it looks interesting as a repair tool, maybe not as a recording software though. I can clean up many tracks on Audition with it's features but iZotope RX 2 looks simpler. Does it work as a plug-in for Audition? Can you tell exactly what it is?

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My understanding is its a stand alone program, but can also be used as a plug in. Looks pretty cool. There are two version , a $300, and a $1000 +.... I get back to working on Monday,,, so I might just put that on the list.

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It's a stand alone that can also be used as a plug-in. BIAS SoundSoap is just like that. You can open files, repair/alter them and then re-save....then go back to your editing software and re-open the file and move on. It isn't a complete solution as in recording and such. Seems really pricey for what it does....but then again SoundSoap Pro is in the middle of their two prices and I've got that.

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Paid Job Recording:

Click to hear Jim Babbitt's recording

For your entertainment. It's a radio commercial I produced last week and voiced the tail end of it. It already suffers from the copywriter adding too much copy for thirty seconds. I had to jam out many words in minimal time. It uses broadcast mics and not a good condenser mic.

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Peer Feedback:

I found Jim Babbitt recording quality to be crisp,good pacing,great voice control and the performance showed emotion and good sound effects. Keep up the good work.

Peer Feedback:

You pulled it off well. It's tough when you get too much text for too little time.

All the best,

Scott

Peer Feedback:

Very nice,, well done.

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Jim, you may have had to cram in a lot of copy, but you didn't sound rushed at all to me! Nice job.

Peer Feedback:

Getting all that text in is an art form in itself! You did a very nice job sounding not rushed.
Side Note, you mentioned you had but didn't use Pro Tools. I imagine you have the
"M Series" interface as well. If it can be licensed (Pro Tools) I'd be interested in the interface and a licenceable copy of Pro Tools if the price isn't too high. Let me know, nodo420(at)ono.com

Great skills both behind the mic and at the DAW. Nodo420

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Nodo420, You are just the person I need to talk to. I bought a New M-Audio Mobile Pre with Pro Tools SE Recording Software from Best Buy for $149.95 plus tax and then I came across a deal on a Yamaha n12 mixing board with a firewire interface to my computer and I bought that. I was going to return the M-Audio Pre but I'm not sure where I put the receipt. and now it's been 6 months. So if you are interested in it, new in the box, let me know. You can email me at intheair419@yahoo.com.

Peer Feedback:

Jim, if that was you rushed, I'm going to be blown away when I get to something you say you had the right amount of time for. Really well done.

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Operation Time Zero

Script:

This morning, after an assessment of the situation, NATO, has after some discussion, voted to start with Operation Time Zero. We can only hope and pray that the loss of lives from this operation will help prevent a greater evil. May God have mercy on their souls...

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Paid Job Recording:

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The weirdest thing happened today. I had a guy from a spanish game company call and ask me to edit and record this bit for a ww2 genre game. I am supposed to sound announcery and urgent, like radio broadcasting breaking news. as close to 15 seconds as humanly possible, in English (Spanish game I imagine), but sounding natural (you laugh!) and with a bit of gravity. They sent me the text, I recorded it dry to send, at the last minute I ran a reverb "radio" preset on it for fun. I sent it off... My friend knows him so I figured he wanted to hear what it sounded like. He called back 5 minutes later and it sounded like a party. It was the final piece for something they had been working months on and he said they laid it in and it was magic. Like I was listining to the soundtrack. I'm trying to get the final mix, don't want to push luck...Paid job, but not perfect. I ran over "...an assessment of the situation..." Tell me all the other faults. This was lucky, the next one might not be. Critique away...

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Peer Feedback:

Opening sounds like "the smorning."

Peer Feedback:

Hi Nodo,

The first one had a more natural flare with the "Announcer" type of delivery, but I prefer the second, as it has that more gaming type sound quality. Also the second has a better effect to it as it sounds like an alert.

Good luck, LCW.

Peer Feedback:

I'm sure they were planning on mixing the dry voice, but they loved the little "radio effect" I put on. Thanks for listening and taking time to comment!

Peer Feedback:

Nodo --
that's a very cool opportunity. I love the broadcast 2nd take. Clearly the compressor put the read in the right context for an "AM radio breaking news" part. don't over analyze your final take...it's done, they love it, you invoice them....
Sweet. Well done.

Peer Feedback:

Thanks for all the feedback. It's kinda nice getting "lightning struck" by luck, it's usually the other way around. Blind luck, a little being in the right place at the right time... I won't be quitting my day job or anything... But maybe a new mic? :) naaaa.... soundproofing and practice! Thanks again, Nodo420

Peer Feedback:

Cool,, if it get a check , it passes the test. If you ever need it again,, here is a cool site with sound clips from old WWII news briefs http://www.archive.org/details/WWII_News_1944

Peer Feedback:

Nodo, very clever to add that effect; it totally changed the read. I liked it much better that second way. The read is more natural than the stereotypical news-reel voice so I can see how they might have liked it. I agree that it's money-worthy. Nicely done. David

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Click to hear MarkBoudreaux's recording

Here's a new character 1 minute demo. Please let me know how it comes off to you folks!

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Peer Feedback:

Hi MarkBoudreaux
I was sure this was more than person,Let me push you on, but that was great!

Peer Feedback:

HA HA HA HA!!!! Some great characters. There were a few words in the beginning that I couldn't understand....but this is a terrific demo!!! Thanks for sharing.

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Really good stuff there, Mark! Your range is really impressive.

Peer Feedback:

Range sounds fabulous, Get an Agent and pester Warner Bros for cartoon work.

Peer Feedback:

Very nice,, great range and creativity. My only question, it sounds as if your mix, cut out a good bit of the high and low end,, thus deadening some of your inflection, and subtleties,, or so it sounds. Was this on purpose? I think you have a much fuller sounds, than this leads one to believe.

Peer Feedback:

I liked the variety but as stated some of the verbiage was not clear. try some different presets for each character and apply a noise gate after recording, not during. It may help retain some of whats cutting out.If it's not that, it may be a compressor setting. Good luck!

Peer Feedback:

Definitely need to work on making all of the dialogue understandable - maybe slow down a bit?

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Click to hear jgarrettvoicetalent's recording

I submitted my Commercial Demo earlier, now this is my Movie Trailer demo. Please keep in mind I am new to this so hopefully it sounds good? I would really appreciate any comments! Thanks!!!

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Peer Feedback:

Superb! When I had my demo produced I was very impressed not with myself but with what a pro could do with my voice. Then came the hard part. Being able to replicate the quality of that studio sound. It took quite some time before my skill and equipment could reach that level of production. What I'd like to hear is your voice produced in your home studio. Your sound and delivery is unquestionably marketable. My only question is can you reproduce that same level of quality at home? Anxious to hear your home grown stuff. Ciao

Peer Feedback:

Another well produced, great sounding demo. Congrats!

Sounds like the real thing to me.

All the best,

Scott

Peer Feedback:

What's up my friend,That was great.I have my work cut out for myself when i hear you.Hear you at the top.Great job.

Peer Feedback:

How can "jgarrettvoicetalent" not already be a paid (possibly highly) professional with the obvious professional editing going on this accomplished (sounding) voice delivery. Is this a test using a "ringer"? Not to sound negative about such a polished sounding read but I can't believe we are not being taken, I for one, WISH I could Ever sound This Good. Mike

Peer Feedback:

@ Mike Martin: Not knowing the specifics, Jgarrett might have gone though some training before submitting first post. He might be a real natural, but sounds to me like someone who has practiced and trained some. Being 'new' doesn't mean they haven't trained.

Edit: Which doesn't take away from the fact that this is a good read.

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Appologies all and mostly to "jgarrettvoicetalent". After thinking my "ringer" accusation last night I'd like to make this a more positive comment. Could we hear a little about how "jgarrettvoicetalent" is able to acheive such a polished delivery? Equipment used, hardware and software. Were you able to mix this yourself? What training would you recommend, quite possibly here at Edge Studio.

Thanks so much for any responses,

Mike Martin

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@ Mike Martin: I truly have limited experience. I hooked up with a voice coach near wear I live. I took 5 sessions with him just to get the basic techniques down and let me tell you they were very minimal at that! We both produced my demos together. This way I kind of learned the fine art of production. If this experience makes me a "ringer" then I guess I am your man! As far as hardware goes, I replicated the same stuff the voice coach had. Adobe Audition, Harlan Hogan MXL mic, and I have a closet that I made sound proof. Nothing to fancy. I appreciate the fact that all of you think that I am good! It means a lot. I am hoping this takes me somewhere!

Peer Feedback:

Great job! keep up the good work!

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Click to hear jgarrettvoicetalent's recording

New to the business just curious to hear how people think I sound and what is my niche? Any feedback is much appreciated!!! Thank you!!

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Peer Feedback:

Wow! Are you really new to the business?

The demo sounds great. Can't imagine you will have any problem getting work.

In my opinion your voice and presentation work great for commercial.

All the best,

Scott

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You're kidding! Right?

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A great demo, commercial all the way. Will look forward to hearing your scripts. Nodo420

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My compliments to the you, and the engineer that produced your demo.

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Get you a agent,and you go man!Perfect,Get Rich

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Click to hear scottstoked's recording

A first draft of a character demo I'm planning to send to a video game developer here in Canada. I have done some work for them in the past, but would like to give them something new to listen to so I can remain on their radar. Recorded in my own home with a CAD E100S, Safe Sound P1 and Delta 1010LT sound card. Mixed in Adobe Audition. Thanks!

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Sounds like a perfect video game demo to me, I couldn't find any opportunities there. Great job.

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Nice one, Scott!! Great variety of tones and characters. Really good.

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Awesome!! Absolutely awesome!! Great sound quality, incredible characters, kickin' mixin'!! Hope you get the gig!

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Scot This is something to be proud of. I've played a lot of casual games and believe me this was better than most I've heard. Posting this here is important. I can't tell you how many times I've posted a new script here and then started getting auditions for the same character on the pay to play sites. If they don't call you don't think it a waste circulate it to other companies.

Peer Feedback:

Great Job Scott !! I really enjoyed listening to this. What is your recording space like ? Great sound you have. Loved the characters as well. Very believable !!

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Thank you for the kind words everyone. I've submitted this to one of the coaches on here for review (using my free feedback review contest prize), so I'm preparing myself for a good dose of reality. Some of the characters run on a bit long and there aren't as many voices as a finished character demo would have, but the game studio I'm submitting to doesn't use cartoony voices, so I tried to limit those. Definitely a work in progress.

@ Jerry: I record in a room in my basement in which I've made a little diamond shape vocal enclosure with DIY rockwool acoustic panels on stands. I also hung two panels from the ceiling for a makeshift acoustic "cloud". It's not very slick looking or sound-proof by any means, but does a good job at killing reflections without making me sound like I am talking inside box or a coffin. :)

Peer Feedback:

Really terrific Scott!!! Certainly shows off versatility and acting ability.

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Hi Scott!

Wow, I am very impressed with the acting, variety, and quality of this demo. I have nothing critical to say. I think it perfectly fulfills the industry convention, gives a taste of each character/voice without dragging and really just shows how amazingly versatile and professional you are. I love that you are being so proactive and sending this to a company you've done work for-- what a great way to keep on their radar.

I think what you said in your comments is accurate. Video games are not going to use the amount of cartoony voices that exist in the animation world, so to me, this is good marketing. If pressed, the only thing I could think to add to this demo is some action noise, i.e., a character running, or fighting with appropriate exertion noises and grunts. But really, I think this is a great demo and perfectly customized to the work you are going after.

Good luck!

Best,
Noelle Romano

Professional Feedback by Edge Studio Coach February 13, 2012 at 7:52PM

Peer Feedback:

Thank you, Marianna! I appreciate the kind words.

And thank you very much for the feedback, Noelle! I hadn't even considered a segment with action-noise, but it makes complete sense (I should have thought of it). I will trim a little and make the addition. Thanks for pointing that out!

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Update: Made a few edits, added a "physical" character segment as suggested by Noelle and sent it off to the game company's VA director. She really liked it and wants to talk to me about future projects! :)

Peer Feedback:

So VERY cool, scott!

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Scott this was amazing! I could see the characters as if I was already playing the game. It was such an inspiration to read your update that you got positive feedback from the game company.
Thanks for describing your studio space as well. I'm putting together my home space and equipment now, so all the information I can find is appreciated.

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Well first. I need a "go, no go". Second, I am a very good students, I do not get offended when told I need to improve as long as the criticism is constructive and contains viable suggestions. "You suck canal water!", funny, but not really helpful. "Don't quit you day job", ok, I'll take that.....

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As a DEMO, I would hope for a couple more samples within the demo. Your voice is pretty good. The pace of the samples felt very uniform and slightly rushed to my ears. I also hear a slight regional thing, though I cannot place it. It's very very very slight.

So for my suggestion?...Don't quit your day job sucking canal water.

I'm sorry...I couldn't resist that...

I seriously think you have something to offer. Good luck.

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Thanks! Very helpful. I was born in GA and raised in FL by an Alabama woman, but neither she nor I have "accents" (she went to Northwestern and was chastised for ordering "miy-yalk" for breakfast.) It comes out when I'm tired.

These are all sort of corporate/business demos - good for a business demo, but not for a general, I know. Working on that.

These always sound better in my mind, but kinda come out bland. I am a life long musician (masters in Music), classically trained, so I try to approach from intonation, cadence, articulation. Would you suggest a deeper tone, lighter? change it up more?

Believe it or not, I have got better on the rushing thing, but I need to slow it down a bit more?

GREAT SUGGESTIONS! The mare the morrier, I always say..... sorry.... side effect from all that canal water....

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Bridoc, it's a GO. I'd use it. I'm hoping my demo will be this caliber when I get there - still in training. I like the length of each; 3 longer pieces instead of 5 or so shorter ones. The 3 choices allowed you to express different tones. I think it's a keeper. I do not picture you with a deeper tone; I'd say this mix is a good mix in the range, deeper might be too artificial. Pace is good as it is for the material you used - it adds to the energy. Good job. David

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If you have good control over your tone, you might work on putting some deep stuff on the demo, something light just to show a range. As for the rushed feel, it just felt so even...and quick. If you have something that slows it up in a couple of samples to give a variety there as well, I think that would be helpful.

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I didn't have any problem with an accent, or with your pace, nor being limited in tone.
You have impressed me as much as anyone I have heard on the forum. I couldn't
work with your light touch anymore.

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This was really good....although I agree that you might consider adding another clip - a bit more thoughtful or serious - to demonstrate your range. As a former music teacher myself, I applaud your choices....viva l'art!!!!!

Peer Feedback:

WOW! Thanks to all that have contributed! I appreciate the words of encouragement and helpful suggestions. Personally, I feel like I could use a little more variety and range. I actually had a chance to chat with Marc Cashman the other day! You can easily tell who has the heart of a teacher, and he does!

Since I haven't booked gigs, I really don't know what my "niche" is, so I figure I need to cast a slightly wider net. I'm not going to kid myself into thinking that I am all things to all people, no one can do that in the VO business, but nor do I want to become too target-fixated and miss an opportunity.

In other words, I am a student who wishes but to learn, making me a disciple. I appreciate all of your words of discipleship!

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I put this together, more or less, as something to do. After it was finished, I thought, "not too shabby". Of course, I'm a little biased. So let me have it! Performance, quality, the whole enchilada is up for your review. Tear it apart! Thanks in advance!

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Peer Feedback:

Nice work! I think that you've got some variety in your reads, I like your enunciation, quality is excellent both on VO and your choice of SFx.

I think that you've got too many spots in there, maybe try to redo with 5 instead of 8, also not crazy about the fade-out with the music at the end. I wouldn't go more than a bout a half second on that.

Overall, very well done!

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Hi Spudcln,
Nice Job on the demo. You might want to trim it down to a minute and leave room for your name at the end with a "Thanks for listening". Otherwise nice variety and editing.

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Nice pro demo, with a great deal of variety, very well done. I agree with Richurd about the name tag.

Peer Feedback:

Really great demo...can I borrow it? I agree with Scott on the music fade other than that you've got a winner.

Peer Feedback:

Excellent work! That being said, I'm with Scott and Richurd regarding the ending. Keep up the great work!

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Paid Job Recording:

Click to hear robtschmidt's recording

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Peer Feedback:

A really great example of what you can do. My only comment would be that the transition from the first clip to the 2nd is a little awkward, doesn't' blend as it cuts. It drew my attention away from the flow. Great clip line up too. Who did this for ya, or did you do it? Great job in any case Nodo420

Peer Feedback:

Very nice sounding demo, Rob!

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I love professionally produced demos. they sound so rich, and studio mics are awesome.

regarding your performance -- I detected a midwest accent (I'm from Joliet, so I recognize it immediately) -- but it's pretty attenuated...can't really pick out the origin.

Nice job.

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Sometimes it's a bit distressing to hear professional demos, because it reminds me of the incredible climb I have ahead of me. Real, real nice, Rob. I liked the variety, the energy, and the flow. Yeah...the transition into that second cut was a bit jarring, but by the time it was over, the good most certainly outweighed the bad.
Mike.

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Click to hear SandwichTone's recording

Character Demo, Tried to use the characters I thought would be most useful for gaming and played to my strengths

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Peer Feedback:

Hi Sandwich Tone,

I am laughing like crazy right now! That was outstanding! My favorite were the Southern characters. In hearing this, you could easily be a Character VO Talent as I imagined your voice for character on a Nickelodeon, Pixar, or DreamWorks animated production. Great performance, looking forward to hearing your next script. Best of luck, LCW.

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Hi LCW,
"character on a Nickelodeon, Pixar, or DreamWorks animated production" Yes please! Thank you for your ear and your feedback!

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very nice! very well done

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Quality of recording was just fine. Excellent use of background sounds to evoke genres. Loved the voice variations, loved the ending. The demo has a really nice journey to it. You really do have a wonderful capacity for character voices. Looking forward to working with you on cartoons and video games. :)

I would be interested in hearing something more "hook"y toward the beginning of the demo. The voices that really captivated me didn't start until about 15 seconds in. The first few seem like they aren't refined all the way. I'm not sure if it's the copy or the performance.