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    Demo Recording:

    Click to hear David Cook's recording

    Added this to my demo...let me know what you think.

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    Antonia, 2 versions

    Script:

    Why did I touch that gem? I must rid of this to restore my sight, then at last I will see her once again, my lovely Antonia

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear Superluke's recording

    While my coach is on vacation, I'm practicing more of my characters that may end up on my demo soon. I'm going to read two takes of this script, one is performed with an English accent and another is performed with a Russian accent. Please tell me what you think of the performance(s), which accent sounds better, and the recording quality. All feedback is welcome!

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    Mopey The Donkey

    Script:

    (children's interactive game wizard)

    Hi kids, I'm Mopey the donkey, and I'm here to help guide you through this program.

    Any time that you have a question, just place your cursor on the "help me" button, and click the mouse. If you want me to repeat something, click the "go back" button.

    Now, to begin, click "start," and me and my pals will show you around!

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear IMIS89's recording

    I recorded Mopey the Dokey with three different attitudes/personalities 1. Dopey and Sleepy 2. Thinks he's cool and all that 3. Very Excited All of them should sound enthusiastic to teach children how to use the program. I'm also thinking of keeping breaths, especially for the first and third voices. Makes them both sound a bit goofy and fun. What do you think? Thanks!

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    Peer Feedback:

    Good recording quality and performances. As a critique, your first performance as a dopey/ sleepy donkey does sound goofy, like you wanted. But he doesn't sound like he's very sleepy.
    In the second recording, I really enjoy the, "Oh yeah!" because it emphasizes that the character persona is cool and going with the flow.
    The third take does sound like the character is excited.
    All in all, you did create a very nice character voice for a children's computer game. Good job
    hope this helps,
    -SL

    Peer Feedback:

    Thanks very much, Superluke for the feedback!

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    E-learning web-series for Business Builders

    Script:

    Welcome to episode 8 -- Executing Your Idea. So, have you ever wondered how some people just get it all done? Well in this episode, we'll talk about the 4 steps that make it happen. When you're ready to begin, click "episode 8" on your screen. Ready?

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear IMIS89's recording

    Looking for feedback on my performance please. Unfortunately, I'm still dealing with some reflection when I increase the gain. It was suggested that I don't use noise reduction on Audacity. But I did de-amplify mouth clicking and breaths. Please let me know if you still hear any or it still needs to be fixed. Thanks!

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    Peer Feedback:

    That was a great performance and there was great recording quality, no problems in the background. I enjoyed the enthusiasm in your voice as you performed for the e-learning episode, it actually made me want to hear the entire episode.

    Peer Feedback:

    Thanks, Superluke, for your feedback!

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    Helen Keller

    Script:

    Helen Keller had an ageless quality about her ... inherent even in her looks ... in keeping with her amazing life story. Blind, deaf, and mute from early childhood, she rose above her triple handicap to become one of the best known characters in the modern world, and an inspiration to both the blind and seeing everywhere. When she visited Japan after World War II, boys and girls in remote villages ran to greet her, crying “Helen Keller, Helen Keller!” Her name had penetrated jungles even before the days of radio or motion pictures. Although warmed by this human reaction, she had no wish to be set aside from the rest of mankind.

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear dianetlehman's recording

    New student of David Goldberg. He suggested submitting recordings to the Peer Review and the Pro review! How cool! Hoping to get feedback! thanks, diane

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    Peer Feedback:

    Hi Diane,
    Welcome to the Feedback Forum! Such a pleasure to hear you!!

    I think this is a great read, so I'm just nitpicking at this point because that's all there is left to do:

    I think that you could slow down this read just a hair, in my opinion. What first made me think it could slow down was that "about her" wasn't as articulate as it could be.

    Be sure to watch out for over-dramatic consonants, like "ammazing"--try elongating the vowel in "maz" instead of hanging out on the "m".

    "Blind, deaf...and seeing everywhere" didn't sound quite like it was one sentence, but rather two. Lifting up "and" as the main link between the two phrases will help create the through-line.

    I heard a few glottal stops that could be smoothed out:
    an 'ageless
    from 'early
    rose 'above

    You sound really great and like I said, these are little things. You have a wonderful voice and I look forward to hearing more of you on the Feedback Forum!

    Peer Feedback:

    Thank you so much! I will work on it, and I do appreciate your comments! diane

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    Appalachian Trail

    Script:

    There's a bumper sticker on my Toyota with the words "My other car is a pair of boots." I smiled when I bought it long ago, because I've always felt most at home with a carpet of green at my feet and a canopy of branches and sky above. Now when I see that sticker I still smile, but I also feel pride and wonder at the astonishing reality of those words. For just over five months in 2008, my other car was actually four pairs of boots. That's how many I wore out walking the 2,175-mile Appalachian Trail. I'm told that's about 5 million steps.
    Quite possibly the world's most famous footpath, the Appalachian Trail wanders through 14 states, from Georgia to Maine. It is within a day's drive of two-thirds of the United State's population, and every year an average of 2 to 3 million people will walk some section of it. Most will be day hikers. But according to the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, some 1,500 intrepid souls will set out to walk - or "thru-hike," as it's called - the entire trail. Of those, only about one in four will succeed.

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear dianetlehman's recording

    New student of David Goldberg. He suggested submitting recordings to this Peer Review! How cool! Hoping to get feedback! thanks, diane

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    Peer Feedback:

    Great performance, I enjoyed the consistency in your voice. You were doing great with the recording quality and I thought it was clear, concise, well-paced.
    hope this was a helpful critique

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    Eleanor Roosevelt

    Script:

    Eleanor Roosevelt brought a breezy informality and bustle of activity to the White House. At the inaugural buffet, the President waited his turn to be served like anyone else, and Mrs. Roosevelt helped with the serving. She also horrified chief usher “Ike” Hoover by insisting immediately on operating the elevator herself. “That just isn’t done, Mrs. Roosevelt,” he protested. “It is now,” she said, slipping in alone and closing the door. During Mrs. Roosevelt’s first day at the White House, a woman reporter telephoned and asked for Mrs. Roosevelt’s secretary Malvina Thompson. “Miss Thompson isn’t in,” a voice replied. “May I help?” “Who is this?” asked the reporter. “Mrs. Roosevelt,” was the reply.

    7 people have played this

    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear dianetlehman's recording

    New student of David Goldberg. He suggested submitting recordings to this Peer Review! How cool! Hoping to get feedback! thanks, diane

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    Peer Feedback:

    Hi Dianelehman,

    Another great recording! You sound really comfortable in this genre.

    Incredible job voicing Ike and Eleanor. I thought you found just the right change to make it sound like dialog without abandoning your narrator voice. Really well done.

    The first thing that jumped out at me was the first word: Eleanor started with a really hard glottal stop. So did "At ...buffet". I'm a recovering glottal-stop user myself, so I am good at hearing them because I've had to catch every single one of my own. Here's a tip that helped me reduce the hard glottal sound on words that begin with a vowel:

    Say Eleanor with an "H" on the front of the word a few times and then gradually reduce the H-sound to nothing---HH-eleanor, h-eleanor, eleanor. It may even feel like you are inhaling the "eh" sound at the beginning of her name by the end of this exercise.

    I don't know if that will help you, but I just thought I'd share. I speak German too, which is a very glottally language, so I know how hard it is to undo this aspect of our speech for VO.

    You sound great! Thanks so much for sharing!

    Peer Feedback:

    Thank you again! I really appreciate you comments and I will use your really good advice! Thanks so much! diane

    Peer Feedback:

    Great job with your recording. You do seem very comfortable with narration, performing voices of characters and, like me, you do enjoy doing voice over work. This was a great read of the script and it has great recording quality to it.
    Keep it up,

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    Jack Daniel's

    Script:

    In Lynchburg, Tennessee, you can park in the middle of the road to talk with a neighbor about taxes or the weather. You can pick enough wild blackberries to fill a tin bucket. And you can see a distillery where Jack Daniel made whiskey way back in 1866. We still make it in a slow, deliberate fashion, much as he did. One sip, and you’ll be glad to know we don’t ever plan to stop. Jack Daniel’s ... smooth sippin’ Tennessee whiskey.

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    Practice Recording:

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

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    Peer Feedback:

    Hi there, what a great recording..to my ears anyway! I'd totally go out and get me some whiskey after hearing your pitch! I don't know anything about a Tennessee accent, but it sure sounded reassuring and nicely paced for the south.

    Peer Feedback:

    Great commercial read! You pulled off the Tennessee, southern accent and I enjoyed the consistency between the music and your performance. It sounded just like a radio or TV commercial for Jack Daniels.
    Keep up the good work!

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    Cats

    Script:

    They are hunters, with muscles taut, and eyes fixed on their intended prey. They are gentle, with fluid movement and a sensitive touch. They are regal, with a lineage that goes back to worshiped ancestors during the time of the Pharaohs. They are introspective, aloof, unpredictable, affectionate, comical and mischievous. They are cats.

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear asafos's recording

    I've recorded two different takes and would greatly appreciate your feedback on the suitability of both. Please let me know if the audio quality is of home studio caliber. Thank you!

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    Peer Feedback:

    Hi asafos,

    Nothing jumped out at me about the quality of the sound recording, but I'm not an audio engineer. Sounded good to me.

    Were the two takes intended to be different reads or just different settings on the recording equipment. If they were different takes on the read, I heard no difference between the two.

    There is so much good about your interpretation: clarity, articulation, pacing all spot on.

    I think the challenge of this script is that is has so much SAMENESS about it. "They are... with...." three times in a row requires 10 times more attention to differentiation of inflection, pitch and tempo, than if the script had been written with more variety in the first place. And that list at the end, soooo long! This is like a doctorate-level VO script.

    It's evident that you have variation of inflection within each phrase, however, when the 3 phrases are said right next to each other, they sound more similar than different. You may find that if you practice these phrases faster (more like normal speech), they come out having more variety just naturally. You can always go back to your slower tempo for the final recording, but sometimes we need to remind ourselves of what we sound like if when we're not narrating a documentary.

    If the phrases still sound too much the same after playing around with tempo, do another pass thinking about pitch. You could start each phrase at a different pitch level. Also, the phrase with the Pharaohs could benefit from a game of word uplift, where you speak through the phrase and inflect different words every pass, until you find something that really works. You could do the same game with the final long list.

    Thanks so much for sharing! You have a great voice for this kind of educational/documentary work. Can't wait to hear more.

    Peer Feedback:

    EricaB, thank you for this valuable direction! I appreciate all the detail and will incorporate your advice when I do another take. The first take was, I thought, more dramatic (perhaps read as a promo?), and I tried to tone it down the second take to sound more natural. I obviously need to naturalize the delivery even more...thanks again!

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    Anaconda

    Script:

    Giant snakes have a reputation of being aggressive. The anaconda measures over 16 feet and weighs 180 pounds. Its mouth is like a clamp and an animal struggling to get free only sets the grip tighter. At the same time it sets its bite, the anaconda loops its powerful coils around its victim and begins to squeeze. The process takes little more than a second, hardly enough time to react.

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear NicD's recording

    All comments welcome, particularly on sound quality. Thanks

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    Peer Feedback:

    Hi NicD,

    Great choice of script for your voice. What a great voice.

    Sound quality on the recording wasn't great. I'm not an audio guy, so I unfortunately can't diagnose the issue. It just didn't sound clear and clean. I wish I knew more to be able to help you with this, but I don't, so I'm not going to try.

    Great read. Great inflection. I loved how you did "and begins to squeeze".

    "180" could be clearer and more enunciated.
    "Struggling to get free" -- "to" needs more "oo"-sound to keep it from slipping into "tuh", also the sentences start rushing some here. "At the same time it sets its bite" also seemed a bit rushed--this phrase sets up all that is to come, so it needs some time to settle into our minds.

    Great voice, great read. Now all you need is a great recording set-up to match your level of talent.

    Looking forward to hearing more of you!

    Peer Feedback:

    Great voice performance. I liked the way you paced everything, reading it clearly, not rushed etc. As for sound and recording quality, something is absorbing your voice, making it sound distorted in the background. Maybe try something to absorb sounds as you read, or edit your recordings?
    All in all great job!
    hope this is helpful

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    L’eggs Silken Mist

    Script:

    Sexy. Sheer. Luminous. Illuminate your legs and be beautiful, irresistibly sheer. Irresistibly you. SILKEN MIST. Nothing beats a great pair of L’EGGS.

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear LisaHVO's recording

    I'm working on enunciating my T's better. What do you think? Do you hear beauTiful and greaT? How about overall? TIA!

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    Peer Feedback:

    My ears don't hear a problem with the T's. I don't find them at all harsh or unpleasant. I like the tone and the energy of the read!

    Peer Feedback:

    Hi LisaHVO,

    What an interesting exercise! I think Ts are some of the weirdest letters we have in spoken American English because they are pronounced differently depending on context.

    Here's my 2 cents:
    Illuminate -- I couldn't hear the T, but it also didn't sound strange or like it was missing.
    Beautiful -- T in the this word is always pronounced as a "D" in American English. So you shouldn't make it a "T". That being said, it sounded good the way you recorded it.
    Irresistibly -- all great Ts in every one
    Mist -- awesome T
    Great -- that's a hard T to fit in before "Pair" and you did a great job -- we normally wouldn't say the T, right? "she's got a gray-ee' pair of legs" is how we normally say that word with a catch in the back of the throat like a glottal stop instead of a T. Same with "illuminate" -- we almost always leave off the "T" in these words, so putting them back in for VO can feel fussy. So you did an amazing job.

    If you want to keep up with the exercise, I'd try documentary or e-learning for ESL or something that really demands measured and articulate enunciation and then go back to commercial copy and see what happens.

    You sound amazing, by the way. My wife asked if I was listening to a real commercial because she thought it sounded so "right on". So, I wanted to share that with you! Kudos!

    Peer Feedback:

    I thought it was a great copy as is, I didn't hear any problems with your T's in the read. I thought it was a nice and interesting practice commercial with a great voice

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    Grand Canyon University

    Script:

    Pencil pushers, number crunchers, that’s what you’re thinking, but you’d be mistaken. Serena use to help one patient at a time, but then she went to Grand Canyon University and earned her master’s in nursing degree online. Now she’s trusted with staff development, patient care, and outcomes at her hospital. What do you think making a difference in health care looks like? GCU offers over 175 high quality online programs like this one. Find your purpose at Grand Canyon University. Visit gcu.edu.

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear egarcia3569's recording

    This is my first time posting to this forum and was wondering how my delivery and audio quality sound. Thanks for listening!

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    Peer Feedback:

    I'm kinda new to feedback myself. I heard the popped-P on "Pencil" right off the bat and there were a few clicks around "nursing degree online", really Nice inflection on "Now she’s trusted "

    The pacing seems really quick but if this is 30 second spot, there's not much room for extra pauses in this 29 seconds but maybe a bit larger pause after "but you'd be mistaken." and again after "What do you think making a difference in health care looks like?" would give the listener time to consider... hmm, I'm wrong? and Well, what Do I think making a difference look like?

    Best wishes!
    Lisa

    Peer Feedback:

    Thanks Lisa! Yeah it was a 30 second commercial and a lot of words to fit in but I definitely could have tried to work that last second in lol thanks again

    Peer Feedback:

    Great performance and recording quality overall.
    My only critique is that you may need to slow down the read a little bit because if you read that as a commercial on the air, for example, it sounds too quick and the audience might not hear everything you're saying or talking about, unless they hear it enough times on the radio etc.

    Yes, 30 seconds is a short time for commercial reads, but there are ways to kill time by inserting necessary pauses in between words or placing more emphasis on the important words.
    hope this was a helpful critique

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    Beringer Wine

    Script:

    Beringer Wine
    Beringer Wine
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 lies 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 laurakatemarshall's recording

    Hello! This is for practice. I used my phone to record so it will reflect that quality. Thank you for listening and commenting.

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    Peer Feedback:

    I like the calm and pleasant tone, and the overall pace of this read very much. My main suggestion is to give your presentation of the brand name "Beringer" a bit more of a boost in both places where you use it. Approach the read with the sense that "Beringer" is a unique name of honor, and present that name like a precious gift on a satin pillow!

    Peer Feedback:

    I agree with Marc Briggs. You have a great voice talent and the read was performed very good. All you need is a little more emphasis on the brand name at the end and you will be all set.
    Hope this critique helps you out

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    Alacola Valley

    Script:

    Alacola Valley
    Water. Clear, fresh and life-giving to the crops of the Alacola Valley. Rushing ever onward to the sea. The waters of the Minset River visit this lush valley to replenish the soil and color the land. Yellow citrus, green vegetables, blueberries and ruby-red fruit checkerboard the landscape in brilliant hues. Farmers, who have tended this land for generations move from field to field inspecting the size, calculating weight and measuring progress. Progress is slow. But only with time can the flavors of the Alacola Valley reach perfection. And it's perfection that's what the Valley is all about. The possibility of an early frost and the consequence of even three extra days of rain weighs heavily on the minds of the caretakers. But today is glorious and worry will wait until tomorrow.

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear laurakatemarshall's recording

    Hello Everyone, this is my first recording up. I used my phone so the recording will be phone-like. Thank you for listening and commenting.

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    Peer Feedback:

    Hi Laura Kate Marshall,

    Congratulations on your first script on the feedback forum!! Woohoo!

    You have a lovely voice and really nice flow. I would totally listen to you for hours on Audible.

    This is not an easy script, so kudos to you for taking on a challenge!

    I think to wrap your head around this script, you need to think of it as having a documentary film element. Because this script is definitely going to be accompanying some choice lush/juicy images, your read needs to have time for each of those images to make an impact. That's especially important at commas and periods. The tempo you chose was actually really good for the text delivery, so what I am talking about is timing--the expanse between ideas when the picture will do some talking.

    The second half of the script beginning at "Farmers" gives a lot of opportunity to play around with inflection. The sentences are long, so you can do more to guide the listeners' ears toward the important message contained in each phrase. Play around with word uplift--both individual words like "time" and "flavors", or whole ideas, like "tended this land", "three extra days of rain" can steer the listener to hear what is most important.

    You sound really good! Can't wait to hear more of your recordings!

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    Chevrolet Tahoe

    Script:

    How do you improve an iconic SUV like Chevrolet Tahoe? You make it the most versatile and advanced Tahoe ever – with a bigger, more spacious cabin, better ride and handling, and a commanding presence that’s impossible to ignore. Chevrolet Tahoe. Bigger. Better. Bolder.

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear marcosr76's recording

    Would like general feedback on recording quality and performance. Thanks.

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    Peer Feedback:

    I can readily hear this read set to a driving beat with percussion. Well done! I thought you nailed the ending too. Right words were hit, excellent pacing. Just some vocal clicks to eliminate and it will sound even better!

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    Church's Chicken

    Script:

    Church's Chicken

    Here’s the deal. At this time of year, you’re probably craving seafood. And if you are, you’re probably not thinking about Church’s Chicken, right?
    Well, think again, because Church’s has it covered. Try our Butterfly Shrimp Platter. That’s Eight tender butterfly prawns, fried until golden, your choice of ANY TWO sides - YEAH, that’s right - TWO sides, and a honey butter cookie for only 5 dollars.
    Think twice when you think seafood, better yet, think Church’s.
    The Butterfly Shrimp Platter, 5 dollars for a limited time.
    Here’s the deal. Only at Church’s Chicken.

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear marcosr76's recording

    Would like general feedback on recording quality and performance. Thanks.

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    Peer Feedback:

    The performance was conversational, well paced, and I liked your inflection on those "ALL CAP" words.

    The recording quality sounded good, as in no echos or anything noticeable in the background to me. You had a few clicks and mouth noises, especially around "honey butter cookie" and "5 dollars for a limited time."

    I'm still new to giving feedback so I hope this helps!
    Lisa

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    American Tire Supply

    Script:

    Free. Now when’s the last time ya’ heard that? A while...right? Well at American Tire Supply, when you buy one all-weather radial tire, you get another one free! Plus, get a free alignment! Hey, with a deal like this, how can you NOT afford to visit. So hurry on down to your local American Tire Supply, where you can still hear the word free. Subject to dealer participation.

    29 people have played this

    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear Vhelena22's recording

    Focused on inflection in voice and not reading too fast, but not too slow.

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    Peer Feedback:

    I hear the inflection you're going for, I really liked " how can you NOT afford to visit."

    I felt like the pause after "Free." was a beat too long, it may have been the click I heard that threw off my timing though. I would've liked to hear "you get another one free!" without the noticeable pause between One and Free.

    In the "not too fast or too slow" part of your description:
    "So hurry on down to your local American Tire Supply" was kinda both. "So hurry on down" was quick and "to your local American Tire Supply" slowed down - for emphasis on the company name, I understand. That one line's pacing just jumped out at me, when "where you can still hear the word free." went back to your regular pacing.

    I'm still new at giving feedback, I really hope it's helpful!
    Lisa

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    Sesame Place Theme Park

    Script:

    Sesame Place is the theme park where Sesame Street comes to life! New in 2018 is our biggest, most exciting roller coaster ever – Oscar’s Wacky Taxi™! Bring the entire family to whirl on rides, splash down slides and hug everyone’s favorite furry friends. So before little kids become big kids, bring them to meet their Sesame Street friends at Sesame Place® theme park!

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear Vhelena22's recording

    Not using any good recording equipment yet. I'd like feedback on my vocal and inflection. Target audience is kids and families.

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    Peer Feedback:

    You have an great energy which is appropriate for the ad, but there doesn't seem to be much change in inflection, but in volume. Something told me something that sticks with me, though its hard to do sometimes, do not mistake volume for enthusiasm. One small other note, the phrase "Oscar's wacky taxi" sort of sounds like Oscars wocky toxi. Good luck!

    Peer Feedback:

    Thanks! I’ll work on it! And I did notice the wacky taxi pronouciation, but didn’t know if it was just in my head! Thanks! :)

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    Bose Home Theater Systems (Edge script, as edited)

    Script:

    Bose home theater systems customize their sound to fit your room.

    Choosing anything less just doesn't make sense.

    BOSE ... better sound through research.

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear captech19's recording

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    Peer Feedback:

    Most of the recording was crisp, though you may have edited out too much in the intro as it almost sounds like the recording begins after/right on the 'B' sound in Bose. The tagline at the end could use a little more emphasis ie "BETTER SOUND thru research". I hope this helps!

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    Abraham Lincoln's Second Inaugural (Edge script, as edited)

    Script:

    Abraham Lincoln's Second Inaugural

    Abraham Lincoln rose from his chair and advanced toward the podium. He was now at the height of his power, with the Civil War nearly won. In one hand he held a single sheet of paper, typeset and printed in double column. Overhead, the foreboding clouds threatened another downpour. 

    Then, reported Noah Brooks – journalist and friend of the president – the strangest thing happened: 

    “Just at that moment the sun – which had been obscured all day – burst forth in unclouded meridian splendor and flooded the spectacle with glory and light. Every heart beat quicker at the unexpected omen… So might the darkness – which had obscured the past four years – be now dissipated.” 

    The president’s text was brief – just 701 words.

    “Fondly do we hope – fervently do we pray – that this mighty scourge of war may steadily speed away… With malice toward none; with charity for all; with firmness in the right – as God gives us to see the right – let us strive on to finish the work we are in; to bind up the nation’s wounds; to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan – to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace, among ourselves, and with all nations."

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear captech19's recording

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    Peer Feedback:

    Vocal Performance was good. Your voice was very fitting for this type of narration.
    Watch for your head position as you speak into the mic. Especially in the beginning, I can hear a difference in volume and depth of your voice in certain parts, as if you turned away slightly from the mic.
    I also thought that it was more captivating to me after the first sentence. That one sentence (which is super important!) seemed slightly dull. Your quotes and other parts of the narrative, however, were great.

    Peer Feedback:

    I agree with Vhelena22 that your delivery was very good--especially your interpretation of the quotes. Intro maybe a tad monotonous. My major critique was with the audio quality as your voice frequently sounded muddled/under water--and this detracted from your performance. If you can improve the recording quality, your read will shine all the more!

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    Sagan Intro to Hawkings' Brief History of Time

    Script:

    Carl Sagan's introduction to Steven Hawkings' Brief History of Time (extended version)

    We go about our daily lives understanding almost nothing of the world. We give little thought to the machinery that generates the sunlight that makes life possible, to the gravity that glues us to an Earth that would otherwise send us spinning off into space, or to the atoms of which we are made and on whose stability we fundamentally depend.

    Except for the children (who don’t know enough not to ask the important questions), few of us spend much time wondering why nature is the way it is; where the cosmos came from, or whether it is always here; if time will one day flow backward and effects precede causes; or whether there are ultimate limits to what humans can know.

    37 people have played this

    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear captech19's recording

    /sites/default/files/script-recordings/user-120689/script-recording-111922.mp3

    Peer Feedback:

    Very good recording quality and a decent performance. I felt like I was listening to an audio book or a documentary

    Peer Feedback:

    I felt like I was listening to David McCullough! It seemed a little uneven in a few places, and the quality of the recording could use a little expertise to clean it up. Loved the pacing and the way you understood what you were talking about!

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    Handome Jack, Borderlands 2

    Script:

    "You see, this is what I don't get about you bad guys: You know the hero's gonna win, but you don't just die quickly. Example: This one guy in New Haven, right? City's burning, people are dying left and right, yadda, yadda, yadda... This jackhole rushes me with a spoon, A FRICKIN' SPOON! And I'm dying laughing, right? So I scoop out his stupid little eyeballs with it and his kids are all, 'WAAAAAAH!' And-ahahaha... I can't even... ahahahahah! He can't see where he's going, he's bumping into stuff and... I dunno, maybe you had to be there. The moral is: you're a total bitch".

    39 people have played this

    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear Timberwulff's recording

    working on new stuff for auditions and am starting out, so any feedback is helpful.

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    Peer Feedback:

    My, wasn't that a disturbing image, which I suppose reflects on how well you "became" the character.

    Minor point regarding the recording: there was a drone in the background. You could filter this out in Audacity, using Effect > Filter Curve. You'd have to identify the frequency of the drone, then you can use this feature to filter it out.

    First two sentences are the protagonist speaking, but the voicing doesn't really get into character until after "Example:" Once you get into character, quite believable, disturbingly so.

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    Cool Scientist Character

    Script:

    Sample Script

    “Ah, hello there. How are you? We here at the Squid Research Lab are doing wonderful, as it's our job to present research on the ecological curiosities of this fascinating squid creature.
    This particular squid can in fact transform into a humanoid! In squid form, they can dive into and become one with their ink, while in humanoid form... they can utilize various tools to cover turf with it. "While we have officially named this breed of squid the "Inkling," we prefer to just call them squids.
    Like more common squids, they can alter their appearance at will, including skin tone and eye color.
    For some reason, though, their hair-like tentacles seem to change color automatically in combat situations. Science tells us that the squids' natural nemesis is the octopus, or in this case, the Octarians. But "octopi" will do. It seems that one “Cap'n Cuttlefish” has ordered the inklings to take back a Zapfish stolen by the Octarians. With Cap'n Cuttlefish's expert advice, they may just take back that Zapfish.”

    38 people have played this

    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear Timberwulff's recording

    I am starting voice work and would like some input please

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    Peer Feedback:

    I happened to review another of yours earlier this evening. I admire the versatility of your voice. Your really nailed the hippy-dippy marine biologist with this one!

    Still hearing that hum in the background.

    "Skin tone" came out as "skid tone."

    Overall, nicely done!

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    Special K Red Berries

    Script:

    Putting strawberries in cereal wasn’t our idea. Putting them in the box was. With slices of real strawberries and crunchy sweet flakes, looking good never tasted so good. Special K Red Berries.

    39 people have played this

    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear NicD's recording

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    Peer Feedback:

    Your voice sounded real good, however the was a lot of reverb as if the mic was in a can and the voice was echoing from everywhere.
    Other than that it was good.

    Peer Feedback:

    Aside from the recording problem (echo) as mentioned, I would suggest smoothing out your phrasing a bit to make it less choppy especially the first couple of sentences. Also, perhaps you might savor or stress "real strawberries" (the "s" was dropped) and "crunchy sweet flakes" a little more as if you're actually tasting them. Good energy in your read.

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    Honest Tea

    Script:

    Open a bottle of Honest Tea and discover an honest world. Filled with real brewed organic tea leaves and delicious organic honey. Or, you could just take a look at the label. Honest Tea. Refreshingly honest.

    41 people have played this

    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear NicD's recording

    /sites/default/files/script-recordings/user-181778/script-recording-111915.mp3

    Peer Feedback:

    Overall, I like the flow. There are a few things you might want to work on.

    Due to the extreme echo, I wonder whether it is intentional or intentionally edited in. Not sure that this contributes to the reading.

    You might want to edit out the pauses where there are no commas; for example, in the first sentence after "and" and elsewhere.

    The word "delicious" seems over-emphasized.

    Again, I liked the flow. Once you remedy the echo, the natural depth of your voice will be a real asset.

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    4H

    Script:

    4H
    4H
    It began with the seed of an idea.
    In 1902, the heartland needed folks to embrace new advances in agriculture.
    But leaders with open minds, strong hearts and willing hands weren’t in abundance.
    Luckily, kids were.
    By empowering the next generation to lead, 4/H took root.
    And grew.
    Grew kids who are confident and strong.
    Who are curious enough to question
    And capable enough to find the answer.
    Who stick to a job until the job gets done.
    Who know how to work with others
    And how to lead.
    4/H has kept right on growing.
    Out of the farms and into the towns
    From the suburbs to the cities
    Anywhere curiosity roams
    And confidence thrives.
    Anywhere technology can be advanced
    And achievement is valued.
    Anywhere positive change is possible
    And giving back moves entire communities forward.
    When you think about it, it makes sense that we began with farming.
    After all,
    True leaders aren’t born.
    They’re grown.
    4/H GROWS HERE

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear danielmarrin's recording

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    Peer Feedback:

    Clear, clean read. I hear a small slapback sound on your voice but its still clear.
    I might put a little more emphasis on the final few lines. "TRUE leaders aren't BORN, they're GROWN.... etc

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    Nature's Recyclers

    Script:

    Did you know that mold and bacteria and higher level organisms like beetles, centipedes and, of course, earthworms are all busy recyclers? By breaking down organic matter -- stuff like dead plants, poop, and decaying animals -- they create valuable nutrients necessary for rich and fertile soil. Take it from me, a worm who knows, we are doing you a big favor.

    59 people have played this

    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear Christinesachsnyc's recording

    This is a practice VO for our 10 year old. We're practicing clarity and differentiation. Any feedback is welcome. (We were super lazy and didn't record in our studio. This is a podcast mic so we know the technical stuff is lacking.)

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    Peer Feedback:

    The clarity was great, the differentiation could have been stronger. Overall great job! I thought he could maybe hit "a worm who knows" with more emphasis.

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    Kids Activity TV

    Script:

    Every day is an adventure with Activity TV. It’s the place to be for hundreds of Awesome activities in dozens of categories! Cartooning to magic to cooking and more – ready for you day or night. This month learn some gross out magic. Watch closely as Ryan teaches you to perform the severed finger trick!

    33 people have played this

    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear Christinesachsnyc's recording

    This is a practice VO for our 10 year old. We know she changed tone for the end line. Just practicing clarity and differentiation. Any feedback is welcome. (We were super lazy and didn't record in our studio. This is a podcast mic so we know the technical stuff is lacking.)

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    Peer Feedback:

    Honestly:
    Sounded really good , that is a good podcast mic.
    Only real criticism is the cartooning to magic part seemed a bit run on.
    Her tone was good and she seemed genuine in her interest of activity t.v.

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    Bot Character Audition

    Script:

    1. (angry) "Those jerks camped our spot again! C'mon, let's PK 'em!"
    2. (enthused) "You're a freaking genius, Ryan! There's no way we'll lose!"
    3. (denial, fear, facing real danger) "No, no, no! This can't be happening right now!"

    33 people have played this

    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear Christinesachsnyc's recording

    This is a practice VO for our 10 year old. We were focusing on the acting part of this. Any feedback is helpful. (We were super lazy and didn't record in our studio. This is a podcast mic so we know the technical stuff is lacking.)

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    Peer Feedback:

    Another very good read. The difference between anger and enthusiasm was subtle, but noticeable. If anything, I'd work on giving "enthused" more energy. Denial etc definitely stood apart. Well done!

    Peer Feedback:

    The difference between the first two is very sublte. The type of inflection on "ryan" can make a huge difference--go up on inflection instead of down. (Personal opinion of how it should sound.)
    It also sounds like those lines are being read. Pretending to be in the moment when those things are happening really helps acting them out.
    I like the overall tone of the last sentence. Sounds desperate. Good job!

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    Early Childhood Brain Development

    Script:

    Early Childhood Brain Development

    The first three years of life are a period of incredible growth in all areas of a baby's development. A newborn's brain is about 25 percent of its approximate adult weight. But by age 3, it has grown dramatically by producing billions of cells and hundreds of trillions of connections, or synapses, between these cells. In this section you will learn about the many ways parents and caregivers can help children get off to a good start and establish healthy patterns for life-long learning.

    38 people have played this

    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear beth.harrison's recording

    Hello, new mic/home studio - how is sound quality? Any thoughts on the read? Thank you!

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    Peer Feedback:

    Good sound quality, as far as the home studio microphone. I liked your performance very much.

    Peer Feedback:

    Hi! The sound when I was listening seemed very quiet. I could barely hear you with the volume turned way up. (Of course, I'm listening on a laptop...so please take with a grain of salt.) The read was very professional! You might consider playing with emphasis and/or differentiation for expanding your range.

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    Beyond (Demo Option)

    Script:

    Feedback on recording quality and performance would be much appreciated!

    42 people have played this

    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear fleishman619's recording

    recording quality and performance

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    Peer Feedback:

    Wonderful tone and brightness to your voice. You really captured the copy and owned it. Record quality was terrific but a little heavy on the gain. Try normalizing to -3.0. but tat is a minimal thing.

    Peer Feedback:

    Great recording quality and performance. I listened several times and wouldn't change a thing.

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    46 people have played this

    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear fleishman619's recording

    performance and recording quality

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    Peer Feedback:

    Your voice and read were really nice. I like the pitch and tone of your voice. I'm no expert on recording quality, but to me it sounded like your s's and t's could be softened. They were a little sibilent or sharp/high pitched, if you know what I mean. Otherwise, great job!

    Peer Feedback:

    Hi! I would echo beth.harrison's comments above. Very professional read but the sibliants were a little blown.

    Peer Feedback:

    What a nice voice! I liked it immediately and wanted to listen. The quality of the recording was an issue because of the s's etc. Maybe a better mic? or tweaking your final recording?

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    Hello Fresh - Demo Practice

    Script:

    Hoping to get some feedback on performance and recording quality, thanks!

    39 people have played this

    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear fleishman619's recording

    performance and quality

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    Peer Feedback:

    Nice!! I would suggest watching out that you don't slip into 'vocal' or glottal 'fry' at the very ends of words as the pitch drops. It produces a rougher, creaky effect. Specifically the words: convenience, enjoy (very mild), together, and more. You have a naturally smooth voice, so maybe try to come up just a touch in pitch and smooth out those endings. Make sure you have enough breath support. Sometimes if you're about to run out of air, glottal fry is what occurs. That said, it can be an effect that is perceived as positive by certain demographics, so take what I'm saying w/ a grain of salt. :) Overall, great read!

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    Air

    Script:

    Air
    It’s much better fresh ... cold ... or warm. If it’s not clear, it can make you sick. Animals, trees, insects, and plants use it too. What is it? It’s air. That substance that none of us can live without. THE NATIONAL WILDLIFE FEDERATION is doing its part in America’s quest for a healthy environment. You can too. Don’t pollute the environment. Our survival is at stake.

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear IMIS89's recording

    Please let me know what you think of my performance. Thanks!

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    Peer Feedback:

    You did a great job with the performance. I liked the different vocal inflections you used to shift the mood around.
    hope this helps

    Peer Feedback:

    I like how you were elongating the vowels for emphasis on key words. I felt you smiling through the read, and I perceived that you were interested in what you were saying. I think the flow could be a little smoother, less choppy in some places. See if you can tie the phrases together more, if that makes any sense. Nice job!

    Peer Feedback:

    Hi. Thank you for sharing. Great work. The one piece of feedback I would offer is that I can't tell what this is -- is a PSA or a commercial or something else? Selecting an intention and then playing with the sounds might be something to explore. Hope this helps!

    Peer Feedback:

    Hi Superluke, beth.harrison, and Christinesachsnyc,

    Thanks so much for all of your feedback!

    Peer Feedback:

    I've listened to several of your recordings and I notice huge improvements in each day you post something new! Awesome job.
    To piggyback off of what christineasachsnyc, the target audience seems slightly off, which may have been intentional. This would be perfect if it were a PSA for kids. You have a good range and inflection that speaks to that younger population. Even changing the inflection on the last word can make a huge difference.
    Hope that is helpful.

    Peer Feedback:

    Hi Vhelena22,

    Wow, thank you very much for listening to my recordings and providing feedback!

    I will definitely practice this one again and try to improve on my inflection based on the target audience.

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    General Mills

    Script:

    Thank you for calling General Mills. While we connect you with someone who can help, let's talk about Cheerios and fruit!... Yeah you heard that right!, fruit, REAL fruit! It's Berry Burst Cheerios. Wish you had some while on-hold?

    49 people have played this

    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear ilana612's recording

    I have my own ideas as to what needs to be improved, most of it technical, but I am eager to get feedback!

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    Peer Feedback:

    It was a good performance; telephone call turns into a cheerio commercial. Very interesting. It was a little loud though. Other than that, you did a good job engaging with the audience

    Peer Feedback:

    Hi! Thanks for sharing. This was very entertaining. I enjoyed listening to it. If I were actually on hold, I might want the message to go a little bit faster. haha

    Peer Feedback:

    Hi there! You sounded like you were having fun! But a more measure delivery would also convey the sentiment...it's a bit up and down and all over the place. Maybe more consistent with a children's whiteboard presentation. It didn't feel like an answering machine message-more like a narration. You may want to work on the highs and lows in your final recordings.

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    Dos Equis- Most Interesting Man

    Script:

    When he holds a lady’s purse, he looks manly.
    He once won the Tour-de-France, but was disqualified for riding a unicycle.
    Once a rattlesnake bit him, after 5 days of excruciating pain, the snake finally died.
    He never says something tastes like chicken.. not even chicken.
    If he were to punch you in the face you would have to fight off a strong urge to thank him.
    He is.. the most interesting man in the world!

    54 people have played this

    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear NicD's recording

    All comments welcome

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    Peer Feedback:

    Aside from the background noise, I thought your performance was really good. Just fix the technical stuff and you'll be better off next time

    Peer Feedback:

    You may want to step back from the mic, or test out a few recordings and listen back. With the right technical fixes, you may like the way you sound even more than you do now!

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    A Voice Actor's Voice

    Script:

    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)

    -------------

    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 Vhelena22's recording

    First recording. Any feedback welcome. I decided to go with my natural voice and demeanor. Target audience is my closest friends and family.

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    Peer Feedback:

    Great job! I really enjoyed your performance and the recording quality was great. Your natural voice is very beautiful and I could feel the friendliness feel towards the audience too.
    Hope this critique helps

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    Match.com Demo Option

    Script:

    Feedback appreciated on performance / recording quality!

    51 people have played this

    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear fleishman619's recording

    performance and quality

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    Peer Feedback:

    Good job with the performance and recording quality

    Peer Feedback:

    Good, clear, quality recording and I like your voice. I could hear your smile at the end, but not as much before. Did you start smiling halfway in? It almost sounds like you go from bummed out to happy as you read the script. Was that intentional?

    Peer Feedback:

    Was intentional because I was trying to separate the problem from the solution. Did it sound weird?

    Peer Feedback:

    Hi! Thanks for sharing. This sounded great. The read felt very real and also trustworthy. There's a bit of technical stuff -- your sibilants blowing out the recording a bit. Otherwise, really great!

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    Tree Naturals

    Script:

    Tree Naturals understands that all hair needs love, but curls demand to be pampered.
    Our kits are filled with the good stuff: like butters, milks and oils your curls will drink up.
    Give your curls the nutrients they need to slay, with Tree Naturals .

    53 people have played this

    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear fleishman619's recording

    recording quality and performance

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    Peer Feedback:

    I just realized it's "the good stuff" instead of "good stuff" so my bad!

    Peer Feedback:

    Copy wasn't read in it's entirety you had missed the word the in between with and good stuff. Other than that I really liked the recording I thought you sounded convincing and the quality appeared to be decent as well and I liked how you ended witht he product name I thought it really stood out.

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    History Channel Documentary

    Script:

    In the North Sea, on the tiny island of Fedja in Norway, a German scientist
    tracts local rumors about a mysterious, underwater wreckage. Wolfgang
    Lowenstein is intrigued by the story of the U8-64 that disappeared in
    February 1945

    57 people have played this

    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear osiah78's recording

    I know my computer fan is very loud and I'm in the process of getting that corrected. However I'm definitely open to any suggestions.

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    Peer Feedback:

    Your voice is very unique in the narration mode, I was hoping to hear more of the documentary! Great recording quality and performance

    Peer Feedback:

    You have a unique voice, it might work well for narration. I think the recording volume should be higher as it was still soft at 100% on my headphones. Maybe that's just on my end. I can hear you take breaths before a few consecutive sentences toward the end, maybe try to edit that?

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