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    21 people have played this

    Demo Recording:

    Click to hear TKVO's recording

    Commercial demo recorded a few weeks ago at Edge. This is my first demo (I can say that here, not advertising it anywhere else!), and have always received such honest and helpful feedback on this forum so I wanted to post it. My voice has frequently been described as casual, informative, neighborly and personable. A few have said slightly gritty (in a unique way). My natural "sound" is dad and everyman. Vocal age approximately 35-55. Any and all comments welcome. Thanks as always!

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    The Great Ocean Liners

    Script:

    For almost a century, the great ships were forgotten. Then, in 1985, an underwater explorer named Robert Ballard, found the most luxurious liner of them all. And we began to remember them again. This is the story of the rise and fall of the great ocean liners, and one man's journey to encounter them again.

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear sarakspeaks's recording

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    Peer Feedback:

    I think this is a nice read - I know some people might say "pick up the pace", however, in my head I can see the visuals that would go along with this (as say, the intro to a documentary, before the title credits roll). The first sentence sounds a little tentative, but after that you settle in and create a nice mood with your voice and music, which works well here.

    The recording itself has way too much treble for my ear, it sounds "tinny". A richer bass (in the recording, not your voice) would really improve this and further enhance the mood.

    The read matches your voice. Nice job!

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    A Clean, Well-Lighted Place – By Ernest Hemingway

    Script:

    It was very late and everyone had left the cafe except an old man who sat in the shadow the leaves of the tree made against the electric light. In the day time the street was dusty, but at night the dew settled the dust and the old man liked to sit late because he was deaf and now at night it was quiet and he felt the difference. The two waiters inside the cafe knew that the old man was a little drunk, and while he was a good client they knew that if he became too drunk he would leave without paying, so they kept watch on him.

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear Ian Miller's recording

    Hi there... haven't been here for a while, but thought I would let you know I have not forgotten you. Hopefully, this small piece meets with approval...I not I expect honest appraisals.

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    Whale Wars - Opening Narration

    Script:

    There is a battle being waged in the Southern ocean.
    Antarctica.
    The Sea Shepherds , an environmental organization led by Cpt. Paul Watson are doing everything in there power to stop Japanese fishermen ...from killing whales.
    The Sea Shepherds say the whalers are violating an International ban on commercial whaling , the whalers say they are legally killing whales for scientific research. Both claim to have the law on there side.
    These are there battles.
    This is there war.

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear Fusion's recording

    Recorded with my new mic, Blue Yeti. Actually it is also my first mic.

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    Air Processor 2000

    Script:

    To install a new capsule into your air purifier, switch the unit “off.” Then remove the new capsule from it’s protective wrapping. Open the capsule cap by turning in the direction opposite to that indicated by the arrow on the cap. Insert the capsule in the cap until the tabs catch the cap. Insert the complete cap into the air purifier. Turn the cap in the direction of the arrow. And then switch the unit back “on.” Your air purifier will now release a pleasant fragrance during operation. Either choose “repeat” to watch this demonstration again, or it will automatically close.

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear bunny1742's recording

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    Peer Feedback:

    What a great voice for this type of script! The pacing was good and there were clear pronunciation and articulation. There was some mouth noise and the breathing needs to be edited out.

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    American Gothic

    Script:

    In 1930, an Iowa artist named Grant Wood asked his sister and his dentist to pose for a painting; a tribute to the tough rural stock of America.

    He dressed his sister in a simple frock: a white collar held close around her neck by a broach. The dentist he outfitted in overalls, a band collar shirt buttoned tight around the throat and a dark business jacket.

    He posed the couple, board-stiff in front of a plain house.

    The man, transformed by art into a Midwestern farmer, grips a pitchfork and stares straight ahead. The woman looks away.

    The resulting painting, called American Gothic, became one of the most enduring images of the decade, an icon of the spirit that survived the hard times of the Depression.

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear waynes7's recording

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    Peer Feedback:

    Reading tone and performance were done very well however there seemed to be a bit of a quality issue either with the recording or my headphones and at this point I am not sure which one was causing some distortion.

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    A Voice Actors Voice

    Script:

    This... is my voice.

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

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

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

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

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

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear tom@merrillwoodranch.com's recording

    I have posted this before I finished my studio and received comments on the production quality. Please comment on production and also my tone and pace. Thanks,

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    Peer Feedback:

    I honestly don't feel I am in any way qualified to critique you but it seems to be a tit 4 tat situation, so I will try. I think there was some kind of distortion of the audio just ever so slightly, possibly from editing otherwise I thought your voice was well defined and strong with a very commercial quality or maybe marketable is a better word. On a personal note for some reason I really dislike that particular script (not your problem) but you read it well. :)

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    "Who Moved My Cheese" excerpt

    Script:

    Once, long ago, in a land far away, there lived four little characters who ran through a maze looking for cheese to nourish them and make them happy. Two were mice named “Sniff” and “Scurry” and two were little people; beings who were as small as mice but who looked and acted a lot like people today. Their names were “Hem” and “Haw”. Due to their small size, it would be easy not to notice what the four of them were doing but if you looked closely enough, you could discover the most amazing things. Every day the mice and the little people spent time in the maze looking for their own special cheese. The mice, “Sniff” and “Scurry”, possessing simple brains and good instincts, searched for the hard nibbling cheese they liked, as mice often do. The little people, “Hem” and “Haw” used their complex brains filled with many beliefs and emotions to search for a very different kind of cheese, with a capital C, which they believed which they believed would make them feel happy and successful.

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear LivingColor's recording

    Trying a new genre and decided to read piece in more of a childlike, tongue in cheek kind of way. Also would love any feedback on the recording quality since I'm trying out new equipment in my studio.

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    Peer Feedback:

    The new equipment and your voice work really well for this genre. It sounds well produced, engaging and you have a very engaging voice.

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    A Tribute the Armed Forces

    Script:

    A Tribute to the Armed Forces
    This is a tribute to the heroism, loyalty and valor of our armed forces… and their families,

    author unknown.

    The night before the burial of her husband, 2nd Lt. James Cathey, United States Marine Corps, who’d been killed in Iraq, Katherine Cathey refused to leave the casket, instead, asking to sleep next to his body one final time. The Marines made a bed for her, tucking in the sheets below the flag. Before she fell asleep, she opened her laptop computer and played songs that reminded her of "Cat"… one of the Marines asked if she wanted them to continue standing watch as she slept, or to retire to just outside the door…
    "I think it would be kind of nice if you kept doing it" she said.
    "I think that's what he would have wanted".

    I’m Not sure what is more honorable: Being married to this faithful wife to the end or the Marine attentively standing next to the casket… watching over them both.

    Always remember, Freedom is not free. It’s paid for in blood
    IN HONOR OF OF OUR ARMED FORCES

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear Steven C's recording

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    Peer Feedback:

    Nice clear pronunciation and pleasant speaking voice. I liked how you started out and especially your change in pitch and tempo when speaking in Katherine's voice, however the spoken "he" was a bit too emphasized I think. My thought here is that often with the loss of a loved one, it take a while for someone to process that they have gone, and will refer to them as though they are still alive without any special intonation.

    I also think the last two paragraphs sounded a bit too forceful and hard where a special softness and sentimentality might bring the piece to a more impactful close.

    I thought the recording sounded clean free of extraneous noise but you could possibly play around a bit with recording effects to bring a bit more bass and resonance to the recording, especially considering the nature of the read and the soothing qualities of your voice.

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    7-11

    Script:

    So it’s 2:00 in the morning...and you’re starving. Nothin’ in the fridge, and nothin’ in the cupboards. You don’t even have dog biscuits hangin’ around. You think about cooking, but then you remember the 3-alarm fire you started last time you tried using the stove. Well, check out 7-11. There’s gotta be one right near ya’. They have everything from burgers to tacos...24 hours a day...7 days a week. 7-11. Think of it as your own personal walk-in kitchen.

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear Steven C's recording

    Need to know if I am too over the top or not enough over the top.

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    Peer Feedback:

    Nice reading overall with good interpretation, pace, and pronunciation faithful to the tone and written word of the script. Good job! I suggest you might want to "throw away" some of the lines in a carefree, "shoulder shrug" kinda way, cause you're a guy after all that might have gone for the dog biscuits if they were "hangin' around". You might even consider winking on the final line suggesting a local 7-11 could be considered a personal walk-in kitchen.

    Peer Feedback:

    Your tone of voice works really well for this spot. Not over the top at all. In fact it's fun. Sounds very conversational and believable. There were a couple of hesitations but overall, well paced.

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    Optimus Prime Voice Type

    Script:

    I am Optimus Prime, and I send this message to any surviving Autobots taking refuge among the stars: We are here... we are waiting.

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear mackmediaproductions's recording

    I am Optimus Prime, and I send this message to any surviving Autobots taking refuge among the stars: We are here... we are waiting.

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    Peer Feedback:

    Nice. really nice.
    Do you do other animated characters?
    Do you book jobs?

    cheers,
    DS

    Peer Feedback:

    Wow, that is really well produced. How long have you been doing VO and was this recorded in a home studio. Well done, keep it up.

    Peer Feedback:

    Thanks guys i been at this for awhile just havnt been putting l alot into it. i do get work but i get what i put into it.

    Peer Feedback:

    You sound good. One nitpick I have is that it sounds kind of sibilant to my ears.
    Did you apply any treble boost or de-essers?

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    LOVE

    Script:

    Love Actually (2003)
    Whenever I get gloomy with the state of the world, I think about the arrivals gate at Heathrow Airport. General opinion's starting to make out that we live in a world of hatred and greed, but I don't see that. It seems to me that love is everywhere. Often it's not particularly dignified or newsworthy, but it's always there - fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, husbands and wives, boyfriends, girlfriends, old friends. When the planes hit the Twin Towers, as far as I know, none of the phone calls from the people on board were messages of hate or revenge - they were all messages of love. If you look for it, I've got a sneaky feeling you'll find that love actually is all around.

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear mackmediaproductions's recording

    Have not been on in awhile

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    Peer Feedback:

    Really like your smooth, comfortable voice. The pacing was really good. I did hear quite a bit of mouth noise during the recording.

    Peer Feedback:

    This is very impressive. Your voice is unique and convincing - made me want to keep listening. At first I thought the pace was a little slow, but as it continued, I liked it. There did seem to be ambient noise in the recording which can easily be edited out using a denoise feature. Well Done.

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    Beringer Wine

    Script:

    Some might choose a lecture or a documentary film to tell the story of 125 years of winemaking. We prefer a glass. At Beringer, we are proud to be the only winery ever to win Wine Spectator’s “Number-1 Wine of the Year” for both a cabernet and a chardonnay. But our greatest achievement lives in knowing that everything we’ve learned is yours to enjoy - each time you pour a glass of our wine. Beringer…All we are in every bottle.

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear tom@merrillwoodranch.com's recording

    Looking for feedback on voice, cadence and studio quality. Just got studio set up looking for comments on how it sounds. Thanks,

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    Peer Feedback:

    Tom

    I liked it great sound and you have a nice tone to your voice. Just watch out for sounding like your reading a script. id say work on your delivery to sound more personal beside that love it!!!!!!!

    Peer Feedback:

    2 comments
    I think you should pitch up a little more - to sound more enthusiastic. In this read, it seemed to me to be a little to "serious" or have "gravitas" where you didn't really need it.

    Also, a bugaboo of mine, is don't pronounce '125' as "ah hunnert and 25". I grew up in the midwest and do the exact same thing. Get a nice clean "hun-dred" out in the performance.

    The rest - a really nice job, IMO.

    Cheers!
    DS.

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    Beringer Wine

    Script:

    Some might choose a lecture or a documentary film to tell the story of 125 years of winemaking. We prefer a glass. At Beringer, we are proud to be the only winery ever to win Wine Spectator’s “Number-1 Wine of the Year” for both a cabernet and a chardonnay. But our greatest achievement lives in knowing that everything we’ve learned is yours to enjoy - each time you pour a glass of our wine. Beringer…All we are in every bottle.

    24 people have played this

    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear tom@merrillwoodranch.com's recording

    Looking for feedback on voice, cadence and studio quality. Just got studio set up looking for comments on how it sounds. Thanks,

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    Peer Feedback:

    I really am envious of the music overlay. I like the basic technique but the sound had a little echo in it. You should also remove the breaths in between lines. I admire your voice it is a very homey, comfortable tone.

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    Betty Crocker Chocolate Chunk Brownies

    Script:

    Time flies when you're a kid. Take a minute to savor the days of swing sets and sandboxes with fudgy, homemade Betty Crocker chocolate chunk brownies. You can have them in the oven in less than 5 minutes. Her childhood won't last but her memories of the way you made it special will. Betty Crocker... what a great idea.

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear QuiceStraughter's recording

    On the first take, I think I read it too slow. So I read it faster on the second take.

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    Peer Feedback:

    Sound great just may sound like a little like your trying to read too much but great job!!

    Peer Feedback:

    Quice -
    much improved. nice job on the inflections. Much more natural sounding.

    Now work on the pace - speed it up and work on "conversational". Get comfortable with your eyes reading ahead of your mouth and make the read quick and smooth.

    hope that's helpful,
    DS

    Peer Feedback:

    Thanks for the feedback, guys.

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    A & E’s Ancient Mysteries

    Script:

    Be it endless fascination with the Bible, or chilling tales of Gothic horror, man has been compelled by the wonders of the unknown since the beginning of time. From the possible existence of Big Foot to the grips of a mummy’s curse. Uncover the truth behind “Ancient Mysteries” tonight on Channel 4...NBC.

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear Don_D's recording

    Recorded on Rode NT-1 mic. Applied high-pass filter @ 70hz after recording..

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    Peer Feedback:

    Hi Don -
    You've got some pipes, and it seems you've done this before. You sound like a radio man - you some great grit which is very marketable. To me, you sound a lot like Gary Owens.
    Obviously you're going for that "announcer" tone, which makes sense since this is an announcement. Very pro feel going on there.
    I'll offer a few suggestions. You might consider performing at a slightly higher register (is that the right musical term?) and save some of that depth in reserve for inflection, etc. A higher pitch seems more urgent, especially for an announcement.
    The pace was good, you obviously came in under :30, but it still seemed slow for an announcement. Also you seem to do a very constant up-down cadence - maybe mix that up a little.
    Lastly, I could pickup some room noise when you really projected (e.g "from the possible existence of Big Foot..."). Low frequencies aren't absorbed by foam, blankets, etc...it's more about room geometry. Bass traps might be of use. Meh, maybe Google it.

    Having said that, sound quality of the recording is really nice.
    Do you book? What is your sweet spot in terms of jobs?

    cheers,
    DS.

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    Falcon Heavy

    Script:

    The Falcon Heavy consists of 27 engines with 5 million pounds of thrust - that’s as much as 18 Boeing 747s. In fact, it’s so much thrust that there’s no need to run the engines at max capacity during the launch. Instead the thrust is throttled and optimized throughout the flight.

    So here’s the plan for the test launch mission: the Falcon Heavy rocket would take off at the Kenedy Space Center, and then release it’s payload out into space. Two of the rocket’s boosters would be programmed to return back to Cape Canaveral to be recycled, while the 3rd booster - travelling much too fast to make the Cape - would land on a floating platform 500 kilometers off shore.

    With the boosters measuring 16 stories in height, it was a tall task…

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear Dave Saunders's recording

    all comments welcome.

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    Peer Feedback:

    Nicely done. Conveyed copy well. Vocal performance was very clean and well articulated. Pacing was generally good but at some points it seemed slightly rushed. Voice tone was also generally good but, like pacing, could have been a bit more relaxed; at times it seemed almost anxious. Recording quality was quite good, with little or no apparent echo.

    Peer Feedback:

    thanks for the comment Don. useful info.

    cheers,
    DS

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    Big city hypnotist

    Script:

    We don't cotton to your kind coming around here, Mr. Big City Hypnotist! Always waving your watch in front of other people's faces, snapping your fingers, and expecting folks to be doing things you tell them to do. It just ain't right!

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear CGrazi's recording

    I'm trying to get the hang of filtering out the mouth sounds and background noises. I'm using a cheap condenser microphone. I don't know if I should get a dynamic microphone or just try to sound proof around the mic. Also, this is my first time trying an accent.

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    Peer Feedback:

    Hi Cory,
    I like the direction you are taking with the country accent. You may want to go even a little further with that as some of the works come out a little too well enunciated. The pace is good and feels appropriate for the piece.
    Good Luck.

    Peer Feedback:

    Dynamic microphones are uncommon in voice over. While they are more forgiving of poor acoustics, they do not record as much detail as condenser mics in the same price range. Plus, due to their lower sensitivity, getting good sound out of a dynamic microphone often requires more expensive pre-amps.

    You can't just soundproof around your mic because it will still pick up echoes from the room around you. You need to sound-treat your space for a more dry, usable recording.
    (Got a closet with your clothes in it? That's where many of us start)

    Couple tips on the performance:
    Work on the acting first, then worry about the accent later.
    Skip the slate so we can get to your performance faster (YMMV on this one).

    Peer Feedback:

    +1 on pscoldfire comments.
    Time is never wasted treating your recording space (just to be pedantic, it's not "sound proofing" which would eliminate the jackhammer outside, it's "acoustic treatment" which eliminates echoes in the room -- not to be confused with background noise like a fluorescent light ballast humming).
    The full clothes closet is an excellent starting point.
    Remember that echoes entering your mic are coming from behind you, especially from corners - particularly 3D corners where the walls meet the ceiling

    Keep the condenser mic. I happen to like a shotgun mic for VO (I have a Sennheiser 416).

    when you audition for work, you get 5-10 secs to make an impression. Don't slate unless specified.

    cheers,
    DS

    Peer Feedback:

    Thank you! I'm going to try the closet to prevent echoes. I'm still learning how to use software to clean it up as well. I'll focus more on getting the sound quality right for now, then I'll move onto voice and script reading. I tried building a pillow and blanket fort, but it gave a "boxed in" or muffled sound

    Peer Feedback:

    All the pillow fort does is null the brighter frequencies, which leaves the boomier bass frequencies and it muddies the recording. You should always leave a little untreated area in your recording space to prevent that muddiness.
    For example, many music studios have hard floors with area rugs on them. This leaves some brightness in the room.
    The goal is to completely eliminate room noise (echo), but maintain enough untreated surfaces to maintain as much brightness as possible, and minimize EQ post-processing.

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    Alltel's 401k Plan

    Script:

    If the concept of long-term investing is new to you, you'll profit from learning a few basics of investing. Watching this video is a start. We'll provide you with a general background on investing and specific information on the funds available in the ALLTEL 401K plan. We can't advise you which investment selections are best for you, but hope to provide information that will allow you to make sound decisions for yourself. We'll start by taking a look at how money in the 401K plan might grow over the course of 25 years, considering various levels of contributions.

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear montereichert's recording

    Im focusing on sounding conversational

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    Peer Feedback:

    You have a good voice for this type of script. I feel like you might be going from high to low tone too often during the reading. The sound quality was good, I don't know enough though to give advice about sound quality.

    Peer Feedback:

    Great voice, nice flow.
    But you're helping the listening too much by over inflecting. You don't want to come across as reading a short story to grade school kids.

    Flatten that out and assume that the listener completely understands the points in your narration. Much flatter reads seem to be in style these days.

    Having said that, your voice sounds competitive to me, and the pace of the read is under control. Nice job.

    Parting comment: there is room for improvement in the recording quality - it seemed muddy. Also, I heard some wet-mouth noises. keep the lemon water or coffee handy.

    cheers,
    DS

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    Demo Recording:

    Click to hear mr_duvall's recording

    This is a dry version of part of my Narration Demo. Any constructive criticism is greatly appreciated. Thank you.

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    Peer Feedback:

    You have a rich sounding voice. But it does sound like you're reading the script without interpretation. I'd like you sound more conversational as if you're describing it to me over coffee. I think this is the hardest technique to master in VO. We all try to sound interesting when we're story telling but making it sound real and conversational is very hard.

    Peer Feedback:

    voice is competitive in my opinion, and pacing is good enough for the Director to work with it.
    sound quality is subpar - but that can easily be fixed - there are lots of online resources to improve that.

    Is this a "demo" in a single take? you are reading 3 disparate scripts in a row.
    not a good idea. I'll let others comment on that.

    hope that's helpful,
    cheers,

    DS

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    Paquetes Promocionales

    Script:

    Situado en Playa Punta Mita, el hotel boutique Beach Hotel des Artistes está ofreciendo el paquete Simplemente Verano (Simply Summer), desde el 25 de abril hasta el 14 de noviembre, que consiste en pagar tres noches en una suite de lujo frente al mar y recibir la cuarta noche gratis, lo que incluye un desayuno continental en el lobby. También, el hotel Marival Resort Suites está ofreciendo en la temporada del 1 de mayo al 30 de junio, el paquete niños gratis, para menores de doce años que viajen con sus familias. Los huéspedes pueden aprovechar las instalaciones recreativas de la propiedad, incluyendo cuatro piscinas, bar en la piscina, cuatro canchas de tenis con iluminación nocturna, gimnasio y centro de deportes acuáticos.

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear angielocutora's recording

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    Peer Feedback:

    I don't speak Spanish, but this Royal Caribbean commercial doesn't match the Marival Resort Suites script text.
    This sounds like a fully produced commercial; sounded pro to me.
    nice work.

    DS

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    Demo Recording:

    Click to hear bpatten21's recording

    Trying a new area of voice over doing monster sounds. I want to know how this short recording sounds with the effects I used to bring it to life.

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    Peer Feedback:

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    Peer Feedback:

    Clear recording quality. Very creepy sounds Works for me!

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    Company Website Greeting

    Script:

    Meet Bob. Like 95% of car shoppers, he uses his computer, smartphone and tablet to shop for his next car.A few years ago, you could have reached Bob through traditional means such as Direct mail, TV or radio, and newspaper ads.Today, that simply isn't enough.
    According to Google - consumers visit 18 websites on average - before stepping into a dealership.

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear solin232's recording

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    Peer Feedback:

    I thought the read was very well done, the vocal performance was very clear, the pacing was good, and the energy you could feel it. The audio was clean on my end. Well done.

    Peer Feedback:

    I think you placed the appropriate emphasis in all the right places. The recording quality was nice and clean. If this were to be aired in the NY/NJ area I think it would go over well. My suggestion is to try for a more neutral accent.

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    24

    Script:

    They can attack him.They can judge him.
    But they can never break him
    The nation is under siege
    and now Jack Bauer is on his own.
    The season premier of 24 begins now.
    Viewer discretion is advised.

    Script submitted by Lonnie James

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear CGrazi's recording

    I want to train my voice to provide more emotion and less robot. Any advice to provide better sound quality is welcome as well. I've only bought a mic and pop filter so far. Corey

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    Peer Feedback:

    The read was lacking energy and also, I would not recommend pausing during the read. There are some people like myself who can get away with it, but I was advised myself not to pauses because it can ruin an audition. I would also learn to clean up the audio before you upload it because it makes all the difference. That is just my advice.

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    Woodcliff Pleasure Park

    Script:

    In 1927, a real estate developer and entrepreneur named Fred Ponty, bought a 27-acre parcel of land situated on the Hudson River, in the northern part of Poughkeepsie, NY. On this land, Ponty went on to build an amusement park known as the Woodcliff Pleasure Park. The rise and fall of this park is not well known among the most recent generations of Poughkeepsie residents, but from 1927 until 1941, it was one of the premier amusement parks of its time.

    55 people have played this

    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear montereichert's recording

    Looking for conversational read practice

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    Peer Feedback:

    I'm not sure if it's web site issue, but I'm hearing a different script from what I'm seeing. The script I'm seeing is "In 1927, a real estate developer and entrepreneur named Fred Ponty..." but the script being read on the recorded audio is "Sadly, just a couple of years after opening, the Great Depression hit..."

    Corey

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    800 Travel Systems

    Script:

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

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

    For a company directory, press 9.

    For air reservations, press 1.

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

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

    To hear these options again, press 4.

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear CGrazi's recording

    I'm having trouble with some mouth sounds. It's a little snapping sound and I'm not sure how to filter it out, or maybe some advice. I swear I'm drinking water, lol. I have a pop filter, maybe it's a distance issue.

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    Peer Feedback:

    You have a gentle soothing sounding voice which probably wasn't what intended for this script. Try to enunciate a little better as some of the word sounded a little slurred to me. It sounded a chopping towards the end so try smoothing it out with slurring those words.

    Peer Feedback:

    Corey: Your voice is pleasant to listen to and works well for the 'telephone' script. Good overall effort.

    Pronunciation needs to be more precise with some words (consultants, air reservations) Prosody would be improved toward the end by being more conversational; a little too much space between the articulating 'choices'.

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    Smaug Script

    Script:

    Well, thief! I smell you, I hear your breath, I feel your air. Where are you?

    Where are you?

    Come now, don't be shy... step into the light.

    There is something about you. Something you carry, something made of gold... but far more PRECIOUS...

    There you are, Thief in the Shadows!

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear jyates1226's recording

    Trying a new character. Please give any and all feedback.

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    Peer Feedback:

    jyates1226

    That was a good read! I felt like I could see the character. I think you might have read a bit too fast. For such a monsterous character, maybe sound heavier and slow, kinda like your exhausted.

    Corey

    Peer Feedback:

    Wow! I could feel that character as he slowly and methodically crept through the dark and peered into every corner, looking for you, the thief. And I could see his gaze as he discovers you. Very nice.

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    Woodcliff Pleasure Park

    Script:

    Sadly, just a couple of years after opening, the Great Depression hit, and the slow decline of the park began. Then, in 1941, a group of 3,000 members of a New York City social club traveled up the Hudson to stay at the inn at the park, only to find their reserved rooms occupied by 1,000 members of the Poughkeepsie Polish Club. A riot ensued when the visitors from New York were refused beer, and the park closed soon after. This was presumably to fix the damage done and clean up the park, but it would never reopen. There is nothing on the present day site of the park to even hint at the fact it ever existed.

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear danlackaye's recording

    Looking for feedback on the read, I know the sound quality needs work, I'm not entirely set up yet. Thanks! Looking for a storyteller feel on this.

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    Peer Feedback:

    danlackaye

    That was a good read. I heard the emotion in the beginning, but you started reading faster in the middle and it sounded more like a script read than being informed about the sad news. The sound quality is great by the way!

    Corey

    Peer Feedback:

    HI danlackaye,

    I thought your read was believable and consistant and I enjoyed listening to your voice !

    Peer Feedback:

    really competitive narration voice. Good pace, inflection and storytelling.
    I think you should back off on some of the post production. It sounded way over compressed, giving it that crunchy sound, which added sibilance. And it seemed that output levels were too high (can't confirm but I had to turn down my computer volume)

    If you're auditioning for a gig, your submission should be very neutral. Those listening are looking at performance and quality of your recording space.

    Having said that, the performance was nice.

    cheers,
    DS.

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    Purina

    Script:

    When you have a pet...life is better, because pets enrich our lives in immeasurable ways, Purina shares your passion for pets, it's why we continue to do all we can to help pet owners make the world a better place for pets. Purina, your pet, our passion.

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear QuiceStraughter's recording

    This read was rather difficult.

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    Peer Feedback:

    Good energy and emphasis on key words.
    I just think it was kind of choppy and forced.
    Try to be more smooth and conversational.

    It's a little hard to put into words, but try to make it sound like you're talking to someone instead of selling. Don't FORCE-FEED them the words. Just hand it to them.

    Peer Feedback:

    Thanks for the feedback, pscoldfire.

    Peer Feedback:

    no problem QuiceStraughter

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    The Dumbfounded Dialer

    Script:

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

    58 people have played this

    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear Polarqueen's recording

    Exploring some more scripts. I am confused about gain. I've heard that if you increase the gain, you get more of your voice, but the background buzz is terrible unless it's on zero gain. Any thoughts on performance and/or audio quality are appreciated.

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    Peer Feedback:

    The audio sounds fine from here, I'm catching a bit of background hum but it's not unbearable. I imagine some tweaking in addition to some effects would help. I don't know enough to suggest anything, but it definitely sounds like something you could fix with some pro help. As for the read, I feel the playful, humorous tone doesn't really come out until the end. You can tell you're having fun with it in the last couple of lines, so I would say try to bring that playfulness to the whole script. Hope this is helpful!

    Peer Feedback:

    Nice and playful. Yes I agree about feeling the playfulness during the last two sentences. But over all it was great.

    Peer Feedback:

    funny script. My take is that the voice should be the dry, normal IVR voice - and then maybe break character on "You're hearing voices again". Dunno. Director's choice.

    In the way you did the spot, you seemed to push it a little too hard.

    Having said that, I think you did the friendly, comical over-explainer character nicely. I like the pace for the character.

    DS

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    New Exercise Equipment

    Script:

    Get free. Free from limitation. Free from pain. Free from excuses.

    Finally, a way to exercise everyone will love. Introducing the Teeter FreeStep.
    Utilizing patented linkage technology, the Teeter FreeStep reduces joint strain, while combining cardio and strength conditioning for a full-body, complete solution workout.
    Free yourself and step towards better health with the FreeStep

    The FreeStep sets a new standard in home exercise equipment.
    Just step in and experience the most effective, most comfortable fitness solution yet ⎯ with the Teeter FreeStep

    66 people have played this

    Audition Recording:

    Click to hear kenbond's recording

    Going for enthusiastic and enticing in this read. Thanks in advance for your feedback.

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    Peer Feedback:

    The main thing I noticed is it's a little quick in spots, especially the beginning. The "free from" section. I think the enthusiasm comes through throughout, but it does get a little close to being "announcer" like, rather than conversational. Nice work.

    Peer Feedback:

    I like it. Smooth and relational. I think you could have read just bit slower though. But good over all.

    Peer Feedback:

    You sounded like the people selling these type of products. If you read a bit more slowly, the "P" and "T" sounds might not sound so prominent. The sound quality was great.

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    Apple iPod

    Script:

    Presenting iPod. The first MP3 player to pack a mind-blowing 1,000 songs and a 10-hour battery into a stunning 6.5-ounce package you can literally take everywhere. But iPod isn't just a revolution in portability, it's also a revolution in simplicity. Just plug into your Mac and all of your iTunes songs and playlists are automatically downloaded into iPod at blazing FireWire speed. With iPod, it's that easy to take your entire music collection with you wherever you go, in the pocket of your choice. Get your iPod at The Wiz, Circuit City, or Best Buys

    55 people have played this

    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear CGrazi's recording

    I keep experiencing a tin or "underwater" sound randomly throughout the read. It might just be my cheap equipment, I only have a mic and pop filter. It's using an audio jack instead of a USB. I also do not have a sound room available, I'm in an average living room. Corey

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    Peer Feedback:

    Not an expert on sound quality so I'll allow someone else to comment on that.

    I like the smooth, velvet-like sound of your voice. Resonates well. As for the delivery of this read, I thought it was too choppy. Needs to flow more naturally.

    Peer Feedback:

    there's a lot of room noise. and it seems like you have some kind of phase shifter turned on too. You should turn all that off for a commercial, and leave the post production to the sound engineer.
    I'm from Chicagoland, and I can really hear the midwest regional accent. I think you should try to neutralize that as much as possible too - that's harder to do. I takes a lot of practice.

    Regarding performance, it's a little choppy and a little too much inflection.
    Nice voice, and worth wrangling in the faults with practice.

    cheers,
    DS.

    Peer Feedback:

    I thought the read was a bit choppy. And like Dave said, you need to work on reducing the regionalism in your voice. I can imagine it working for Midwestern commercials instead of national commercials. I’m still working on that too so don’t feel discouraged. Good attempt.

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    Bicycling for Running

    Script:

    A bicycle can be among a runner’s most valuable tools for training the body to shift into gear, develop quicker turnover, create more power and reach peak racing shape. Begin by replacing one or two of your weekly easy runs with a 60- to 90-minute bike session. After a few weeks, replace one of your weekly fast running workouts by ramping up the intensity and adding intervals in the middle of a ride. The primary goal should be to mimic the neuromuscular cadence of quick leg turnover while running.

    57 people have played this

    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear spear2442's recording

    Recorded on an iPhone so less concerned about recording quality than I am about quality of the read. Thanks!

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    Peer Feedback:

    The read sounds a little choppy. Try to make it more conversational in that you are giving the advice to a friend. I think it would flow much better that way. Good voice tone for the script.

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    Christian Laettner -- Duke Basketball

    Script:

    Unless you’re a die-hard Blue Devils fan, you do—or have—at one time hated Christian Laettner, the Duke basketball legend whose career was capped by an impossible dream shot, most certainly the most dramatic in NCAA Tournament history. Handsome, cocky, white, playing for privileged Duke and Coach K, stomping on the chest of a downed opponent, all may be reasons you can’t stand him. But the truth is very different from reality, and some of your perceptions about Laettner—in fact most of them—may prove very wrong. He may not become your favorite player but, over the next two hours, you will see him, and your own feelings toward him, in a new light.

    57 people have played this

    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear spear2442's recording

    Recorded on an iphone so not concerned with audio quality. More interested in feedback regarding the read. Thanks!

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    Peer Feedback:

    I think overall it's a good read. Nice, approachable voice. Maybe a little more color in words like handsome, cocky, to really paint the picture of who this guy is?

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    Leadership

    Script:

    Many people quickly assume that being a good leader means you're a good manager and vice versa. The two concepts are actually quite distinct and understanding that distinction can help you understand what it means to be good at either or good at both.Leadership is setting the tone of an organization; the broad objectives and long term goals will come from the leader, and then managers need to execute on a plan to attain them. Leadership is not necessarily getting caught up in all the details but rather setting the plan and inspiring people to follow them.

    58 people have played this

    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear spear2442's recording

    My first recording -- appreciate any/all feedback. Thanks!

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    Peer Feedback:

    Hi SPear. You have a good voice. I would like to see the tone be more conversational. Talk to me. It feels like you are not as comfortable with this and are reading. It is a good read, but being able to feel like you are talking to a group of colleagues or a friend, I believe will really make this stand out.

    There seemed to be some reverb in the recording, to my ear anyway. Try dampening your recording area a little more. Hanging blankets or something like that will work.

    It was a good first recording. I look forward to seeing more from you.

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear donp's recording

    would like to know what your ears tell you. all comments are welcome. thanks

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    Peer Feedback:

    I think the recording quality and vocal strength was very good. I think the pace was a bit slow in the first half -- almost a little too dramatic.

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    A Voice Actor's Voice

    Script:

    Notes: I wrote this script kind of as a tribute to voice actors, but also to allow the person reading it to use some different intonation in his read. ** Please note: This script is meant to be read 'dry' with no music or sound effects... just use your voice, and speak naturally with a somewhat relaxed pace. :)

    - Ron Jaffe (Muddyshoes)

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    This... is my voice.

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

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

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

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

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

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear lindakutzer's recording

    I am new to this. Have just accepted an offer to VO for an e-book.

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    Peer Feedback:

    I am new to this, also, but thought this was an excellent read. A couple of minor points:
    1) a little too dramatic on the word "artist"
    2) would have continued the whisper through the 2nd half of the sentence.

    Peer Feedback:

    This is a great script... I have also recorded it. Your voice is very engaging and it flows nicely from tone to tone. You are able to capture the listener well. I may suggest a little more emphasis on the three types of voice - they are different but could show more contrast. You voice will work well for a wide variety of applications.
    Good Luck.

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    Balducci's

    Script:

    Can your food market pass a simple taste test? At Balducci’s, the food lover’s market, we put taste first. And this spring, we’re loading up our stores with fresh and chef-crafted foods that are simply bursting with flavor. Like majestic orange wild king salmon, flown in daily. And specialties like champagne ham, slow-smoked over hickory chips and glazed with pineapple juice and brown sugar…….We think stores that focus on ingredient lists are all well and good…. But now there’s a store that puts taste first. Balducci’s. The food lover’s market.

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear solin232's recording

    Hi, I'm just looking for some feedback on my performance and if there are any noticable problems with my recording. Thanks in advance, Steve

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    Peer Feedback:

    First off, thank you for your comment on my recording that you couldn't hear. There's an error with the upload but I have to wait until tomorrow to get it taken down, apparently.

    As for your recording, overall, I enjoyed the read. A couple of minor points that I heard:
    1) I would have emphasized "your" in the first sentence and made it a big lighter. Also, "taste test" seemed a bit choppy.
    2) Your "excitement" level starting with "And this Spring" was great. However, I think I would have been a bit more "passionate" about the food offerings.

    Peer Feedback:

    solin232

    That was an awesome read! The quality was alright, it did get a bit bumpy. Also, your "s" letter seemed to hiss a bit. This might be less noticeable if you were a bit further away from the mic.

    Corey

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    Allstate Insurance – Discount

    Script:

    You never know for sure, but there’s this guy in the office that swears HIS car insurance is the best, and he tells everyone what a hot negotiator he is. So you ask him. “Did you get a discount for air bags, or anti-lock brakes? What about a discount for multiple cars?” Now he’s speechless. “Oh…one last thing. You want the name of my insurance company?” To help make sure you’re getting the auto insurance discount you deserve, talk to an Allstate insurance agent in your neighborhood. You’re in good hands with Allstate.

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear Bil-Bo@hotmail.com's recording

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    Peer Feedback:

    Excellent recording both quality and performance. The vocal inflection became more varied as you went along and provided the necessary emphasis in just the right places. You might not want to start off so deep in your vocal register;a bit lighter perhaps.
    Nicely done!

    Peer Feedback:

    Agree completely with Eliz. A bit deep in the first couple of words but great read, otherwise. Really connected with the audience.

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    Discover Venice

    Script:

    (Content source: http://www.italia.it/en/discover-italy/veneto/venice.html)

    In the Veneto Region, in the waters of the Adriatic, is one of the most romantic and evocative places in the world, a priceless treasure: the Venetian Lagoon.

    At the heart of this legendary Province is the Serenissima or Most Serene Republic, with its characteristic bridges spanning the canals navigated by gondolas, its monuments, piazzas, narrow lanes and silent waters.
    Venice is actually a group of fascinating small islands, where art and history combine with old trades and the beauty of the sea.

    Sandy beaches washed by the Adriatic Sea characterize the main resorts that offer vacationers every kind of comfort. The fascinating inland is composed of many paths traversing the green scenery, along with peaceful rivers that pass through small towns rich in history and fabulous villas.

    It is an area full of the exquisite flavors of its typical dishes and a renowned “wine list."

    Many opportunities for fun abound as well: outdoor sports, nightlife in the many glamorous night spots, and shopping in the typical crafts workshops to buy souvenirs.

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear lialim@icloud.com's recording

    I am most interested in narrating documentary series. I hope you can give me your most sincere feedback, not so much about quality of the mic but more about my performance. Thanks.

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    Peer Feedback:

    Hi lialim,
    I thought your voice is very pleasant to listen to and comes through fine.
    Over all I enjoyed listening but just a minor thing or two : I believe the word "evocative"
    is mis-pronounced and although I enjoyed the piece there were a couple (not many) words that could have the ends of the words more defined like Adriatic . Over all I enjoyed your piece, great voice !

    Peer Feedback:

    Thank you

    Peer Feedback:

    first and foremost, fix the room noise. it's very reflective.
    also lots of pops. use a pop filter and/or move the mic further away from your mouth.

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