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    Platero

    Script:

    Platero es pequeño, peludo, suave; tan blando por fuera, que se diría todo de algodón, que no lleva huesos. Sólo los espejos de azabache de sus ojos son duros cual dos escarabajos de cristal negro.

    Lo dejo suelto, y se va al prado, y acaricia tibiamente con su hocico, rozándolas apenas, las florecillas rosas, celestes y gualdas... Lo llamo dulcemente: —¿Platero?, y viene á mí con un trotecillo alegre que parece que se ríe, en no sé qué cascabeleo ideal...

    Come cuanto le doy. Le gustan las naranjas mandarinas, las uvas moscateles, todas de ámbar, los higos morados, con su cristalina gotita de miel...

    Es tierno y mimoso igual que un niño, que una niña...; pero fuerte y seco como de piedra. Cuando paso, sobre él, los domingos, por las últimas callejas del pueblo, los hombres del campo, vestidos de limpio y despaciosos, se quedan mirándolo:

    —Tien' asero...

    Tiene acero. Acero y plata de luna, al mismo tiempo.

    26 people have played this

    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear Benigno's recording

    This is my first voice recording, I am Spanish, so I wanted to start with my mother's tongue. I see some points that I don't quite like in my performance and I would like to get your take to see if I am assessing myself correctly, as well as learn what other points you see worth mentioning. Also, with regards to the recording quality, if there is any point that needs to be improved, please let me know. The recording has just gone through a bit of compression and normalisation.

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    Legos

    Script:

    My child has quite an imagination. His teachers say that some day he’ll be doing great things. Right now, he’s already an architect, a designer, an engineer ... I think he’s a creative genius ... and thanks to Legos, the creative building toy, there’s just no limit to what he can do. LEGOS ... the creative diversion that helps develop a child’s potential.

    31 people have played this

    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear talentedmarshay's recording

    Would live your feedback on my performance and recording quality. Thanks

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    Peer Feedback:

    With regards to the recording:
    Fade in and fade out sound weird, Was there a specific requirement asking for this ?.

    Reverb gets things too muddy, I think you may have over done it. Also, the mixing is annoying, acoustic guitars to the right have much too much presence, and are not compensated by the electric guitars to the left, it feels unbalanced.

    Interpretation:
    I am just starting so I'll just keep this to what I am fairly sure about and not about things that I might do differently, for I may well be wrong.
    So... keeping things to that, the one obvious thing I'd change is your last sentence, "...that helps develop a child’s potential". It sounds hurried as if you were running out of recording time, it really takes all the punch and brings it all down to sales speech... you start being a mother, and finish being a salesman, I think you need to keep the mother all through.

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    Evil Speech

    Script:

    You Fool! The power contained within these orbs is enough to turn one into a living god..All I have to do now, is kill you and take back what is rightfully mine!

    35 people have played this

    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear AlphaGing12's recording

    This is my first demo for an evil villain. Let me know what you think.

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    Awaken Mental Freedom

    Script:

    Sit still with a straight spine. Cover up your fidgety eyeballs with the sheets of your eyelids. Hold them still. Then loosen your mind from the consciousness of body-weight. Relax the nerve strings that are attached to the heavy muscles and bones of your body. Forget the consciousness of carrying a heavy bundle of bones tied in the thick cloth of flesh. Rest. Free your mind from the consciousness of a beast of burden. Do not think of your body-load, but feel your soul untied from the constant material quality of heaviness. Feel and meditate on this, your mental freedom from your body.

    36 people have played this

    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear cathicol's recording

    Trying out some new effects. Just used spitfish de-esser but I'm not sure I hear the dif. Any and all feedback on whole recording welcomed and appreciated.

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    Peer Feedback:

    Nicely picked music, and good levels on it.

    Your voice and the tone you give it works very well with this kind of recordings, and I have listened to many of them through many meditation apps, so, that works well...

    In my opinion, in these kind of recordings you need to give time... lots of time to the listener, not only to get, understand, and process what you are saying, but also to act on it. So, think it would need longer pauses and perhaps a slower pacing within the sentences, it is one type of recording, where I think comas, can take a longer time.

    Anyway, not an expert, I hope that helps some.

    Peer Feedback:

    Thank you Benigno! That helps a lot. I really appreciate the feedback.

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    Baileys Caramel and Mint Chocolate

    Script:

    Until now, the major flaw in favoritism was that you could only have one favorite in any category. But the introduction of two delicious new flavors from Baileys - tempting Caramel and classic Mint Chocolate - proves having one favorite quite insufficient. Thus you may, as of now, be partial to romance movies, sci-fi flicks, and documentaries, and keep a dog, a cat and a fish, as your favorite pet. You may have three favorite songs, three favorite uncles, and three best friends, who naturally enjoy your three favorite drinks: Original and new Caramel and Mint Chocolate Baileys. Two more smooth, creamy favorites, from your favorite. Baileys reminds you to please drink responsibly.

    23 people have played this

    Practice Recording:

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

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    Peer Feedback:

    I like the relaxed feel of this read! The deep, rich voice is similar to the rich Baileys the commercial is all about. It felt a little slow overall, even though you were able to fit so much text into a minute. I would vary the pace a bit, perhaps when reading off the trios of favorites (three favorite this, three favorite that, etc) make those trios a bit faster to connect them as separate bundles from the rest of the text, and it will add variety in pacing to make the whole piece more interesting. Nicely done!

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    Ace

    Script:

    Ace Brand lawn and garden supplies are made with a satisfaction guarantee. Because all the talk in the world doesn’t matter if you can’t back it up. Ace Brand.

    56 people have played this

    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear QuiceStraughter's recording

    Did one take this time.

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    Peer Feedback:

    Great job, very Genuine,friendly and warm.

    Peer Feedback:

    Thanks.

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    Grumpier Old Men

    Script:

    Grumpier Old Men is the funniest movie of the year. Better, funnier, even grumpier than the original. Delirious, fun, and even screwball zany. Grumpier Old Men. Rated PG-13. Now playing at a theater near you.

    75 people have played this

    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear mikeanthoni's recording

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    Peer Feedback:

    Nice and clear. Since this text is about a funny movie, I might suggest adding as much smile as you can, maybe even a small laugh, to the word "funniest" in the first sentence. Also consider adding more smile to the sentence "Delirious, fun, and even screwball zany." A bit more pause between "PG-13" and "Now playing..." would also be useful. I remember this movie. It WAS funny!

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    Toyota Matrix 2

    Script:

    Rise up and flee your cubicle. Matrix. It was sent here to free you. Adrenaline-charged performance and up to 53 cubic feet for cargo. The freedom to leave it all behind. The freedom to bring it all with. (Toyota...Moving forward.)

    60 people have played this

    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear mikeanthoni's recording

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    Peer Feedback:

    Text was spoken clearly. About 2/3 of the way into the text you started emphasizing "freedom." If that's one of the overarching themes you were trying to convey in this text, then I think additional emphasis of that concept (particularly on "rise up" and "flee") would be helpful in the first sentence. When I listened to the first sentence by itself I wasn't certain what emotion(s) you were trying to convey. Keep at it!

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    Toyota Matrix 2

    Script:

    Rise up and flee your cubicle. Matrix. It was sent here to free you. Adrenaline-charged performance and up to 53 cubic feet for cargo. The freedom to leave it all behind. The freedom to bring it all with. (Toyota...Moving forward.)

    68 people have played this

    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear mikeanthoni's recording

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    Peer Feedback:

    Mike,

    Great Pipes! A little on the speedy side, but not bad.

    Peer Feedback:

    That was awesome! You sounded totally professional. It had kind of edgy, coolness to it. Great job.

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    Benjamin Moore

    Script:

    Benjamin Moore calls it Mellow Yellow. I call it exactly what I wanted. I knew a wanted a warm, comfortable color for my bedroom, but I wasn’t sure which one. A single trip to my Benjamin Moore dealer made it easy to choose.

    70 people have played this

    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear marysboy1's recording

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    Peer Feedback:

    Marysboy1's,

    Great read and I thought the sound quality was really good. However, I thought you could have added more variance. I thought on that last line you should have said, "easy to choose" but on the word choose allow the intonation of your voice to drop as in ending a statement. I hope you can understand what I am trying to communicate here. The last part of the read came across as a continuation not like you were coming to an end of a sentence. But good work.

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    Adopt-A-Horse

    Script:

    If there's a place in your heart for a wild mustang or burro…and you're ready to adopt… come to Ingalls Park in Norco this Saturday and Sunday.

    The Bureau of Land Management will offer 80 wild horses and 20 wild burros to qualified adopters through its Adopt-A-Horse or Burro Program.

    These beautiful mustangs and burros were gathered from public lands in California, and they're in excellent health. They arrive at the park around noon on Friday and will be available for public viewing.

    Mustangs are renowned for their strength, speed and endurance. Burros make excellent pets, companion animals and guard animals.

    The minimum bid is only $125 dollars per animal. Fees may be paid by cash, check, or credit card.

    Don't miss this opportunity to adopt a wild mustang or burro this weekend at Ingalls Park in Norco.

    For more information call eight hundred, nine five one, eight seven two zero. That's eight hundred, nine five one, eight seven two zero.

    56 people have played this

    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear cathicol's recording

    Still trying to dial this in. Hit me with any feedback, please. Thanks in advance for your time.

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    Peer Feedback:

    Great read! I think you nailed that script. Btw I like the music to...nice work!

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    Allstate

    Script:

    Some insurance companies seem to think that 15 minutes is all it takes. But not Allstate. We'll take as long as you want to help you make sure your insurance coverage is right. You deserve more than just 15 minutes of fame. Are you in Good Hands?

    47 people have played this

    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear QuiceStraughter's recording

    Did one take this time.

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    Peer Feedback:

    Good read...I thought you got into the script..Great job!

    Peer Feedback:

    Thanks.

    Peer Feedback:

    Good read, but I might want to hear it a little more upbeat. Less monotone. Insurance is boring so maybe make it more interesting with you delivery.

    Peer Feedback:

    Thanks for the feedback, cathicol.

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    White Fang

    Script:

    White Fang
    by Jack London
    First Paragraph

    Dark spruce forest frowned on either side the frozen waterway. The trees had been stripped by a recent wind of their white covering of frost, and they seemed to lean toward each other, black and ominous, in the fading light. A vast silence reigned over the land. The land itself was a desolation, lifeless, without movement, so lone and cold that the spirit of it was not even that of sadness. There was a hint in it of laughter, but of a laughter more terrible than any sadness - a laughter that was mirthless as the smile of the Sphinx, a laughter cold as the frost and partaking of the grimness of infallibility. It was the masterful and incommunicable wisdom of eternity laughing at the futility of life and the effort of life. It was the Wild, the savage, frozenhearted Northland Wild.

    55 people have played this

    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear BradBeadleJr's recording

    How's the general sound? Pacing? Air control? I'm new and looking for some honest feedback

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    Peer Feedback:

    That was really good. I would listen to that audio book...Great job!

    Peer Feedback:

    Really good read. Your timing and tempo were spot on. Not a lot of noise. Great job!

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    Lifetime - Deadly Matrimony

    Script:

    We now return to "Deadly Matrimony" on Lifetime.

    61 people have played this

    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear That Voiceover Guy's recording

    Just getting into the whole voice acting thing. Does this sound ok?

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    Peer Feedback:

    I have no idea what that is :-) But the voice is stylized in a cool way. Background noise is a little distracting, and I think with a little more support that gravelly voice would be more effective. I see what you're going for, I just think you shouldn't jeopardize clarity or sound to do it.

    Peer Feedback:

    Thanks, I need a better microphone to cut some of that noise out, thanks for the comment!

    Peer Feedback:

    Since you want feedback on recording quality, while the mic is good for practice, I don't think it's up to par if you were to audition for projects. The background noise can be distracting.

    As for the performance, I think it the energy in this is very low. I think you need to go all out JUST a tiny bit and sound more excited than that. Try to smile a lot more when reading this copy.

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear peterlerman's recording

    Do you like it? Was it fun to listen to?

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    Peer Feedback:

    LOL sounded great and I got a good laugh out of it. Nice script and performance

    Peer Feedback:

    How come I wound up with only 4 people listening to this recording? Did I do something wrong? Was I supposed to have promoted it somehow? Put in in a different category? I notice that the other recordings were listened to by 40, 50, 70 people and I only had 4? Please tell me what I could have done? I do appreciate the note from the host! But, that's the only note I got.

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    A Diamond is forever

    Script:

    Design the perfect diamond engagement ring in just minutes. You'll have the rest of your life to design the perfect husband. Visit a diamond is forever.com

    49 people have played this

    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear erikdotg's recording

    I am training for a narration reel, but I wanted to practice some commercial scripts as well. Please let me know what you think!

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    Peer Feedback:

    Recording sounds clear. The tone is too flat, add some humor, or sass... needs more zing!!

    Peer Feedback:

    I am in agreement with the above comment. Sounds too flat. The recording needs more enthusiasm. Try re-recording the script but also smile when you are doing it. Trust me it will convey to the audience a more happy cheerful tone. Needs some emotion to it. Recording quality is good just needs a little more vocal work.

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    Audition for Video Game

    Script:

    ANNA
    Good job Ben. You've landed outside radar cover and the security team hasn't detected you yet.

    ANNA
    Ben, there's a communications antenna ahead. If you plant the transmission device I'll be able to hack into Zaphire's security grid.

    ANNA
    Great, tapping in now... There's a... secured door ahead, and the pass code is... 0119. Do you read? 0119.

    ANNA
    There's some heavy security on this door. I can't help you unless you plant the transmission device.

    ANNA
    You're entering the helipad control room. Security expected you to land here, so you should be able to catch them with their pants down.

    53 people have played this

    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear Alexisn85's recording

    This is my very first recording and very first demo. Im really interested in the video-game genre but I'm not sure how to approach it or what I'm listening for when critiquing myself. Please all constructive criticism would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

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    Peer Feedback:

    Hi Alexis,

    This is a really fun recording. You keep the excitement that's appropriate for a video game in your voice, while being clear enough to help the player understand what's going on.

    I heard to stumble over the word 'into' when yous say "hack into Zaphire's," and for some reason I can't describe technically, it sounds like you're reading "You've landed outside radar cover and the security" rather than just telling Ben. The rest of the lines sounds authentic and spontaneous, but this line in particular sounds read. I wonder what you did differently for this one.

    The recording quality sounds great to me, and you sound like a fun and exciting video game character!

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    Breast Cancer Research

    Script:

    Remember your best friend from childhood? Remember swearing you’d be best friends forever. Well she just found a lump in her breast. One out of every eight women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime. With your help, we will change that statistic. So join the fight. If not for yourself, for someone you love.

    62 people have played this

    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear sizzlinsarahall's recording

    i did it again better?

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    Peer Feedback:

    Try it with a positive, upbeat tone to begin with when talking about your great friend, then drop down to a serious, sensitive, troubling tone to show the severity of her diagnosis, then finish up with a hopeful tone to create positive thoughts in dealing with this very upsetting topic. Also, Mark the script and plan ahead for breaths

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    Automated Phone Voice System

    Script:

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

    58 people have played this

    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear sizzlinsarahall's recording

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    Peer Feedback:

    Love your voice for this type of read. I also liked the obnoxious beep at the end, how many time does that happen to you :). My choice with this read would have been to read it from start to finish without any breaks but either way.The last line also seemed a bit choppy but as I said I very much like your voice for this.

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    Track slider

    Script:

    Track slider

    The track slider is on top of the control buttons. It shows the progress of playing of the media file. You can drag the track slider left to rewind or right to forward the track being played.
    Two timers at the left and right ends of the track slider show the current playing position (left) and the total time (right) of the current track.
    Note: When a media file is streamed (live), the position indicator of the track slider does not move because the total duration of the streaming is not known until it finishes.

    61 people have played this

    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear keith.nelson's recording

    Any input would be appreciated. Thanks.

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    Peer Feedback:

    nice work. take some breaths between sentences otherwise it sounds as it can run on

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    Tax Fundamentals

    Script:

    On this episode, we’re talking about: Deductions

    So let’s say you’re single with a job as a lion tamer. You live alone, have no dependents, and your yearly income is eighty eight thousand dollars.

    You have two choices when it comes to deductions: You can itemize your deductions, or take the standard deduction.

    The lion food is an example of an itemized deduction. You can claim multiple itemized deductions but there are limits for each tax bracket and rules around each deduction.

    The standard deduction is a fixed amount associated with your filing status and tax bracket. If you don’t want to add up all your expenses, the IRS allows you to just take the standard deduction. If your itemized deductions don’t add up to a lot, taking the standard deduction instead can often save you more money on your taxes.

    So that’s the skinny of Tax Deductions. Want to learn more, CTA. Thanks for watching Tax Fundamentals.

    63 people have played this

    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear keith.nelson's recording

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    Peer Feedback:

    Recording quality sounds good to me. Enunciation of words, very good and I like the pacing! Careful on reading the exact script "the lion food is an example," you added the word good which was not listed above in the script. Also, smooth out glottal stops. Smooth out the delivery on the whole, but the consistency sounds good, maybe for an alternate read, a slightly faster pace? Just to compare

    Peer Feedback:

    Thank you Renée I appreciate the input. I am however trying to listen to any glottal stops. Can someone point them out to me? Thanks.

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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.

    62 people have played this

    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear keith.nelson's recording

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    Peer Feedback:

    Hi Keith
    I think your timing is very good. I like the cadence of the recording. It felt like there was a little trouble with the enunciation on a few lines, like " Insert the capsule in the cap until the tabs catch the cap". Maybe slow that down just a touch. Overall, good recording.

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    Photoshop: The beginners guide to Photoshop, Editing Photos, Photo Editing Tips, and How to Improve your Photography with Photoshop!

    Script:

    Using Photoshop can be an intimidating task for many beginners. However, the application has many vital features that can benefit many novice photographers and graphic artists in particular; therefore, despite the added challenge, they should learn to utilize the photo editing tool if they wish to become better at their chosen craft. If you are one of the many interested Photoshop users who have long wanted to use the application but don’t know where to start, then this book will help equip you with all the Photoshop basics you need.

    68 people have played this

    Audition Recording:

    Click to hear wseegers's recording

    I am brand new to the current VO/voice acting industry. I have radio experience from years ago, but through research have found that to be the scarlet "R" these days. I currently teach audio/video production and am an independent/freelance video producer. Most times, I do my own VOs for projects, but recently started using online VO sites to get fresh (more fitting) voices for specialized projects. I want to improve my VO technique for my own projects and add VO to my list of services to branch out. I think I need a VO make over to compete with todays pros. I may be an old dog, but I can learn new tricks. Let me know the good, bad and the ugly. Both technically and with talent. Lol. Its the only way to improve. Thanks in advance.

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    Peer Feedback:

    the pace was right on I think. could use a little more inflection to make it not so mono tone sounding. I heard a crack of a smile when doing this piece, smile on your face puts a smile in your voice. overall pretty dang good.5

    Peer Feedback:

    Very nice read. Only thing I heard was a pause after "better" in the line " if they wish to become better at their chosen craft." I wouldn't have pause. and after "you" in the next line. Makes it sound a bit choppy and read. Good job.

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    Ratatouille (2007)

    Script:

    In many ways, the work of a critic is easy. We risk very little yet enjoy a position over those who offer up their work and their selves to our judgment. We thrive on negative criticism, which is fun to write and to read. But the bitter truth we critics must face, is that in the grand scheme of things, the average piece of junk is probably more meaningful than our criticism designating it so. But there are times when a critic truly risks something, and that is in the discovery and defense of the new. The world is often unkind to new talent, new creations. The new needs friends.

    Last night, I experienced something new, an extra-ordinary meal from a singularly unexpected source. To say that both the meal and its maker have challenged my preconceptions about fine cooking is a gross understatement. They have rocked me to my core. In the past, I have made no secret of my disdain for Chef Gusteau's famous motto: 'Anyone can cook.' But I realize, only now do I truly understand what he meant. Not everyone can become a great artist, but a great artist can come from anywhere. It is difficult to imagine more humble origins than those of the genius now cooking at Gusteau's, who is, in this critic's opinion, nothing less than the finest chef in France. I will be returning to Gusteau's soon, hungry for more.

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear Eric Gooch's recording

    I'm paranoid about my breathing. Is it too loud? Too noticeable?

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    Peer Feedback:

    Hi Eric -
    your breathing is fine.
    regarding the performance, a couple things pop out at me. First, you seem comfortable in your performing and mic presence. I like your voice. it reminds me of Sterling Holloway or Roy Brocksmith. Very marketable in my opinion.

    But the read was somewhat stiff - maybe tighter editing would fix the flow.

    The sound quality wasn't competitive, IMHO. It sounds like you could use a mic upgrade, and you might benefit from backing away a bit - plenty of pops, and sounded like the mic buzzed a few times (overdriven).

    nice read, you have acting skills in my unlearned opinion.
    There's an Eric Gooch in IMDB - is that you?
    Dave Saunders.

    Peer Feedback:

    Thanks for the feedback Dave. When you say "tighter editing" what do you mean specifically? I'm pretty new to the editing side of things.

    The mic is definately mid-level, (an AT2020USB+) and I do think I'm too close. Probably only 5" or so with a windscreen between me and the mic. Is there a standard distance that's best? I've found if I'm further away it's hard to get the volume I need. I will back off though and experiment. I'm assuming the closer I am to the mic the more obvious the popping.

    Yes, that's me at IMDB. I've done VO work for a few games, but this is the first time I'm trying to set things up and do the recording myself. A lot to learn.

    Peer Feedback:

    by tighter editing, I mean taking out some of the spacing between phrases to make the sentence or paragraph flow better. I felt like your read was sort of halting, but editing might cure most of that.

    Standard distance from mic? not really. experiment with it. keep an ear open for mic "buzzing" when you overdriven it's dynamic range. I suggest minimum of 6". I record at a relative low level (maybe -15dB) then bring the level up in the DAW.

    I feel like p-pops are more of a problem related to speaking right down the axis of the mic. position it a little off axis - like above, aiming downward. if you set it up correctly, you may not need a pop filter. I don't use one with my Sennheiser 416.

    cheers,
    DS

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    Heros of the Imperium

    Script:

    In the grim darkness of the 41st millennium, there is only war and mankind teeters on the brink of extinction.

    There are many enemies of the Imperium.

    The Alien… The Heretic… and The Demon.

    Power and Corruption has turned Battle Brother against Battle Brother.
    .
    Who can save Mankind from annihilation?

    The Space Marines… With Bolter and Chainsaw we’ll cleanse the galaxy, sector by sector.
    Burn … Kill … Purge ...
    LET NONE SURVIVE!
    The battle lines have been drawn, and the time to make a stand is now. What side will you be on?

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear Eric Gooch's recording

    Just getting set up, interested in critique of mic and performance. Any advice appreciated.

    /sites/default/files/script-recordings/user-137164/script-recording-99978.mp3

    Peer Feedback:

    I think the sound quality I mentioned in the last read might just be a dryness due to lack of post processing. The buzzing and pops are there.
    ex: "there is only WAR"; "the ALIEN"; the SPACE marines", "burn, kill, PURGE", etc.

    great performance, IMHO.
    again, perhaps you've done this before?
    DS

    Peer Feedback:

    Thanks again Dave.

    The only processing I've done is a slight limiting to reduce the highest peaks, and a normalize to -.3db.

    Is there something else I should be doing?

    Peer Feedback:

    You should normalize to -3dB, not -0.3dB.....maybe that's what you meant.
    Be gentle with your limiter. depending on the plug-in, you can soften the limiting curve of the output, so it's not a hard clip at -3dB (or whatever you set the limit to be).

    Actually, a hard clip could be causing the mic-buzz sound too.

    In terms of post-processing, I really like touches of compression and sweetening to give it a pro-engineered sound. I'm not saying I'm some post guru, but I can identify what I like and then try to emulate those sounds.

    If you are in the market for some really cool plugins, check out:
    http://www.stillwellaudio.com
    some really nice plugins that are very affordable, and work with most DAWS.

    I also like the Disto plugin from http://www.sknoteaudio.com/
    it's an emulation of the Imperial Labs Distressor - which gives a really cool pro output.

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    LL Bean.com

    Script:

    Fast. Easy. Secure. Discover thousands of products and helpful selection guides online at LLBean.com. You can also place an order online with our easy-to-use L.L.Bean Catalog Quickshop.

    59 people have played this

    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear QuiceStraughter's recording

    Did one take this time. Probably should have used more energy at the end of the take.

    /sites/default/files/script-recordings/user-105875/script-recording-99977.mp3

    Peer Feedback:

    Sounds good overall. The pronunciation of "Secure" seemed a bit off. Agree that there could be a little more energy at the end, and it seems like there's a popping P at the end of "quickshop". No background noise at all though!

    Peer Feedback:

    Thanks.

    Peer Feedback:

    Nice job. You have the same issue with mouth noise I have. Not to give you TMI on the cause of mine :) but I do have to spend a little extra time zooming into the recording and deleting the peaks from saliva sounds. You'll be able to spot them with the peaks in the db levels. It will make a world of difference. Nice read.

    Peer Feedback:

    Thanks, Keith.

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    Sailboat Horizon

    Script:

    I liked the sail boats. I woke up one day and there they were. Lot's of 'em. Dozens and dozens.

    They come from somewhere far, far away. Somewhere over the horizon. They make me smile.

    Every morning I see them. I get up and there they are.
    Coming from far away.

    When the sun goes down, I see them again. They head back to the horizon.

    I don't know where they go, or where they come from, but they always make me smile.

    57 people have played this

    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear FSXpilotChris's recording

    Tried to make a "chill," soothing voice.

    /sites/default/files/script-recordings/user-136520/script-recording-99976.mp3

    Peer Feedback:

    Nice tone of voice and good pace. maybe a little more inflection and it will sound great. good sounding recording.

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    Demo Recording:

    Click to hear ernest's recording

    This file is of 3 possibles for a demo. Thanks all.

    /sites/default/files/script-recordings/user-136833/script-recording-99970.mp3

    Peer Feedback:

    Sounds like you're doing this yourself.

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    Beauty and the Beast

    Script:

    Once upon a time in a far away land a young prince lived in a shining castle. Although he had everything his heart desired, the prince was spoiled, selfish and unkind. But then one winter’s night an old beggar woman came to the castle and offered him a single rose in return for shelter from the bitter cold. Repulsed by her haggard appearance, the prince sneered at the gift and turned the old woman away but she warned him not to be deceived by appearances, for beauty is found within. And when he dismissed her again, the old woman’s ugliness melted away to reveal a beautiful enchantress. The prince tried to apologize but it was too late for she had seen that there was no love in his heart. And as punishment she transformed him into a hideous beast and placed a powerful spell on the castle and all who lived there.
    Ashamed of his monstrous form, the beast concealed himself inside his castle with a magic mirror as his only window to the outside world. The rose she had offered was truly an enchanted rose which would bloom until his 21st year. If he could learn to love another and earn her love in return, by the time the last petal fell, then the spell would be broken. If not he would be doomed to remain a beast for all time. As the years passed, he fell into despair and lost all hope. For who could ever learn to love a beast!

    62 people have played this

    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear cathicol's recording

    /sites/default/files/script-recordings/user-137127/script-recording-99967.mp3

    Peer Feedback:

    I liked the performance, but there's a lot of background noise. (Something I struggle with too.)

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    Heros of the Imperium

    Script:

    In the grim darkness of the 41st millennium, there is only war and mankind teeters on the brink of extinction.

    There are many enemies of the Imperium.

    The Alien… The Heretic… and The Demon.

    Power and Corruption has turned Battle Brother against Battle Brother.
    .
    Who can save Mankind from annihilation?

    The Space Marines… With Bolter and Chainsaw we’ll cleanse the galaxy, sector by sector.
    Burn … Kill … Purge ...
    LET NONE SURVIVE!
    The battle lines have been drawn, and the time to make a stand is now. What side will you be on?

    63 people have played this

    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear cathicol's recording

    I have never done this before and would very much like to give it a go. I like to act, but don't feel comfortable in front of the camera. Thanks for any feedback.

    /sites/default/files/script-recordings/user-137127/script-recording-99966.mp3

    Peer Feedback:

    Not bad for your first time (if you're really new to this). I think your voice and accent go very well with this script. The read was pretty good in my opinion.

    Now as for the recording quality, since you also want feedback on that, I think you need to work on your recording space. If you can, try acoustically treat it with acoustic foam panels, blankets, anything you can find. Or maybe it's your mic. I can hear some artifacts and it can be hard to hear your voice at times. Maybe a better mic will help. If you really want to take this more seriously, then you should invest in a better mic.

    Keep it up!

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    Breast Cancer Research

    Script:

    Remember your best friend from childhood? Remember swearing you’d be best friends forever. Well she just found a lump in her breast. One out of every eight women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime. With your help, we will change that statistic. So join the fight. If not for yourself, for someone you love.

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear sizzlinsarahall's recording

    hope you like

    /sites/default/files/script-recordings/user-136733/script-recording-99960.mp3

    Peer Feedback:

    HI Sarah
    I loved the music in the background! I think you portrayed really good emotion. I think the pacing was a little inconsistent. The recording quality seemed good.

    Peer Feedback:

    This is WAY too long for a PSA. Standard lengths depending on venue or format (TV, Radio) is 10, 15, 20 or 30 seconds. This is way too long because you are trying to make it dramatic and such. Part of breaking down a script is learning how to fit a timeframe. First....don't slate. We see your name under and above the player. Second, keep to the standard time slots. And lastly...get a pop filter. That's a biggie on this sample.

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    Product Demo

    Script:

    This is a demo Voiceover. In this demo we will take you through a step by step process to show you how to use this product. Start at home page and pick a circle. Start with sign up and move quickly through registration. Continue with account setup, proof of certification, pricing, patient catalog and payment or bank setup. This concludes our demo Voiceover.

    61 people have played this

    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear QuiceStraughter's recording

    Did one take this time.

    /sites/default/files/script-recordings/user-105875/script-recording-99950.mp3

    Peer Feedback:

    I think it sounded professional. your voice has nice inflection. very nice tone. overall good production.

    Peer Feedback:

    Thanks.

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    Words. They can do anything.

    Script:

    Words. They can do anything. They can call in a dog at night. They can bring comfort to an old friend. They can say happy birthday to a girl whose balloons are slowly sinking. But sometimes, words can get you into trouble. Like the human rights activist who was kidnapped for standing up to Government corruption. Or the journalist sentenced to 10 years in prison for sending an email. Or the thousands of men and women who are arrested and tortured just for demanding fair election. Now we need your words, to demand justice; to take a stand. To offer hope, to people around the world, who are silenced for simply speaking their minds. Write a letter or speak out today. Your words can lead to their freedom. Words. They can do anything.

    60 people have played this

    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear clj899's recording

    /sites/default/files/script-recordings/user-97241/script-recording-99940.mp3

    Peer Feedback:

    There a bit too much echoes in your recording. I don't know if you're using a built-in mic in your laptop or not, but either way, try acoustically treating the room with foams, blankets, and such and such. Also, I can hear background noise so try using a noise removal plugin in your DAW software.

    As for the performance, I think it needs a bit more energy. It need more sympathy and compassion. Show the audience that you actually care about their well-being. Be a therapist or a counselor to them. Also, I think you need to fully pronounce your words (i.e. friend, sometimes, minds, etc.).

    I hope this helps.

    Peer Feedback:

    Thanks so much, it certainly does help!
    I noticed the background noise too after I uploaded it. Initially I didn't, so will definitely always keep the volume up high when I playback to catch it. Good call with word pronunciation.

    Peer Feedback:

    Hi
    I think the tone of your voice beautiful. It is very rich. Maybe think to articulate the words a little more clearly. Also, you fade out at the end of some sentences that might be better with some added emphasis. Hope that's helpful.

    Peer Feedback:

    I agree with the other comments here about a little more pronunciation on some words, but I think you have a good voice. I'm having issues with the same kind of background noise I'm hearing here. It's tough to get rid of!

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    7up

    Script:

    7UP Plus with Calcium. Introducing a whole new kind of soft drink. With real fruit juice, 10% of your daily calcium and only 10 calories in every 8 oz. serving, it tastes so good you can feel it in your bones. For great taste with calcium, the only way to go is UP.

    61 people have played this

    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear mrgmrgjr09's recording

    Hey there! I'm new to the VO business. This is my very first recording ever. I'm still a little shy on the mic so I need honest feedback from my peers. Thanks

    /sites/default/files/script-recordings/user-137038/script-recording-99936.mp3

    Peer Feedback:

    Hey, great job! Good volume, good job making the script your own and making it sound fairly natural. I'd watch the pace and pronunciation on some of the fast parts, but that's getting picky. There's a liiiiiiiitle hiss in the background, but that's an easy fix. Generally, a good read.

    Peer Feedback:

    Hi
    I loved the quality of your voice. The recording sounded good. I could definitely imagine hearing you in a commercial. It felt like your accent got heavier as the reading went on. Maybe just more consistency there. Overall, it sounded good to me.

    Peer Feedback:

    @BradBeadleJr. Thanks so much for the feedback. How can I get rid of that hiss?

    @Cathicol. I greatly appreciate your honesty. I'm from Texas so yes I'm having accent issues at the moment....lol Thanks again.

    Peer Feedback:

    I like the authenticity of your voice - very honest/down home. An accent can definitely be a plus, but even more so if you can turn it on and off.

    Quality-wise I hearing a lot of breaths (at 0:07 and 0:29) and some definite pings and room noise, especially at the end. The can be fixed with noise reduction or a noise gate, but the best way to "fix" room noise is to avoid it during recording :) Maybe a smaller space, closet, etc?

    Overall though, nice read. You're definitely connected to the script from start to finish!

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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 BradBeadleJr's recording

    First time on the new mic, still trying to get a feel for it. No editing, raw audio, be kind but honest.

    /sites/default/files/script-recordings/user-133293/script-recording-99934.mp3

    Peer Feedback:

    Hey Brad I thought it was a good read. I my opinion that is a challenging script. However, I loved the character and personality you added to the read. Nice! I thought the volume was a bit low but I loved the angle you chose.

    Peer Feedback:

    I also thought it was a good read. I would say try and remember the punctuations. Example being after 'week' at the end, honor the period a little bit more. This was something I was told not too long ago, and am still working on myself, but watch out for upward inflections. Like when you say 'day' and 'week,' it almost sounds like a question instead of a statement.

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    Army's Ultimate Angus Philly

    Script:

    Arby's Ultimate Angus Philly
    Introducing Arby’s new ultimate angus philly. Thinly sliced, premium angus beef, oven roasted and piled high. With hot melted swiss, it could be the best philly outside Philly.

    Arbys. It’s good mood food.

    63 people have played this

    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear mikeanthoni's recording

    I have a new mic how does it sound? What do you think about the read?

    /sites/default/files/script-recordings/user-136347/script-recording-99933.mp3

    Peer Feedback:

    Wow, what a voice! Great read. The file could benefit from a little noise filtering, but you have great support and energy!

    Peer Feedback:

    Good read and definitely good energy. I would say have more fun with the descriptive sentence. The first three kind of sound the same but you can hear a difference on 'piled high.' And honor the period after the first sentence a little more.

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    Meditation

    Script:

    Make yourself comfortable, sitting upright, with a straight spine. With your eyes closed, look at the point midway between the eyebrows on your forehead. Inhale slowly, counting to eight. Hold the breath for the same eight counts while concentrating your attention at the point between the eyebrows. Now exhale slowly to the same count of eight. Repeat three to six times.

    Be as attentive as possible. If you have difficulty feeling the breath, you can concentrate on the breathing process itself, feeling your diaphragm and chest expanding and contracting.

    Gradually as you become more calm, try to feel the breath higher and higher in the nose. Be sure that your gaze is kept steady at the point between the eyebrows throughout your practice. Don't allow your eyes to follow the movement of the breath. If you find that your mind has wandered, simply bring it back to an awareness of the breath and the mantra.

    By concentration on the breath, the breath actually diminishes; its gradual refinement leads naturally to an interiorized meditative state.

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear LivingColor's recording

    Experimenting with using my voice in different types of copy, like this one for meditation. Please let me know what you think and I hope it puts you in a relaxed state of mind! :)

    /sites/default/files/script-recordings/user-135751/script-recording-99931.mp3

    Peer Feedback:

    First of all, great choice of background music. All-in all, great sound, great use of pauses, and your tone inspires relaxation pretty easily. Really, the only comment I would say is maybe back up off the mic and use more air. I think the proximity effect is a little jarring on certain words, and the voice gets slightly gravelly at times. I think if you used more air you could ride right through and finish each sentence strong.(while still keeping the same timbre and tone.)

    I really am nit-picking here, very well done. Keep up the good work.

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    Virgin Airways

    Script:

    We know how frustrating air travel can be. That's why we offer comforts that bring out the best in business passengers, like our on-board massage therapy. With five amazing treatments to choose from, it's no wonder why more of our passengers arrive rested, relaxed, and dare we say...smiling. So go on, fly Virgin Atlantic Airways and see why Upper Class is rubbing everyone the right way.

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear QuiceStraughter's recording

    Did one take this time.

    /sites/default/files/script-recordings/user-105875/script-recording-99926.mp3

    Peer Feedback:

    Hey QuiceStraughter,

    Great sound quality! I liked the read and that was a challenging script there. However, I thought it was a bit slow in some areas and some of your words like when you said, "be" I thought you held on to it just a little to long. But over all I thought it was a good read.

    Peer Feedback:

    Thanks for the feedback, mikeanthoni.

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    Atlanta Bread

    Script:

    When you think of Atlanta Bread Company, don’t just think “bread.” Think of an entire breakfast menu - fresh-baked pastries, hot breakfast sandwiches and specialty coffees. Think of our Café with savory sandwiches, daily soups and crisp salads. And don’t forget…we can cater your next special event or meeting! Atlanta Bread Company - more than just bread.

    50 people have played this

    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear thall1906's recording

    /sites/default/files/script-recordings/user-978/script-recording-99917.mp3

    Peer Feedback:

    The recording quality leaves a lot to be desired. I can hear slight echoes and background noises. While the mic you used is good for practice, you need to invest in a better mic, especially if you want to start looking for work.

    As for the performance, I think it was a tad rushed. Also, it needs more energy and life. Sound way more friendly, especially when you're listing the food on the menu. Try smiling more when doing this read.

    I hope this helps.

    Peer Feedback:

    I'm pretty new, but I agree, you need to work on you recording location, or run some noise cancellation in your DAW. The background noise is distracting.

    I can hear your smiling though, and your speech is upbeat! Watch your speed, remember, the listeners are hearing this for the first time and their brain needs time to take it in. (this is something I have trouble with, too).

    Try imagining each food item as you speak it, work on enticing them, they're hungry!

    Keep it up! Never stop getting better.

    Peer Feedback:

    Thanks everyone. That attempt was just my very first attempt this. Will keep working.

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    Baked Veggie Crisps

    Script:

    Baked Veggie Crisps
    Why is it that the stuff that’s nutritious never seems to taste as good as the stuff that isn’t? Well, that’s about to change. Our Veggie Crisps are made with a wholesome blend of rice, potato and real vegetables. And here’s the humdinger. They’re super tasty too. That’s right - we made the impossible, impossibly good. New Flat Earth Baked Veggie Crisps.

    69 people have played this

    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear marysboy1's recording

    /sites/default/files/script-recordings/user-100612/script-recording-99911.mp3

    Peer Feedback:

    Wow, what a great pairing of voice with copy! Love it. I would suggest you linker a bit more on the sponsor product name, and draw it out a bit lovingly, with that great twang in your country voice which is as fresh as a mountain breeze! Great job!

    Peer Feedback:

    I wasn't feeling it at first, but boy, you won me over. You really had me at humdinger. Really, very good read - solid and thought out. Thanks for posting! I would highlight the tag line more, but otherwise, you taught me things, sir. Nicely done.

    Peer Feedback:

    gosh that was great, good overall sound. your tone and inflection is superb. good match of voice and background music

    Peer Feedback:

    Yes, good combination of music and voice. Sounded good overall!

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