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Everything about sound recording and engineering, including voice over.
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5 Of Cinema's Greatest Voiceover Narrators

5 Of Cinema's Greatest Voiceover Narrators | Voice Recording Digest | Scoop.it
As far as movies go, these are 5 of the most memorable narrational voices to grace our ears with their sweet sounds.
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3 Jobs You Didn't Know You Could Do in Retirement - Forbes

3 Jobs You Didn't Know You Could Do in Retirement - Forbes | Voice Recording Digest | Scoop.it
Become a voiceover artist, life-cycle celebrant or senior move manager. It can be fun, part-time (and lucrative!) work.
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Ohhh, now that's spreading stereotypes. Sure - there are a lot of amateurs who do voice overs but the resulting quality is usually preposterous. It's like saying that anybody can be a tatooist - all you need is to buy a device and some free time. 

 

"Many voiceover artists work from home studios, using their personal computers and low-cost recording equipment purchased for as little as a few hundred dollars." - yeah, but that's not good. Professional voice over artists use equipment and studio rooms costing tens of thousands of dollars. 

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Recording: In The Studio: Defining Characteristics Of Great Vs Amateur Mixes - Pro Sound Web

Recording: In The Studio: Defining Characteristics Of Great Vs Amateur Mixes - Pro Sound Web | Voice Recording Digest | Scoop.it

"What to avoid as well as what must be in a mix to make it special."

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5 Things You Should Do In Every Recording Session » The Recording Revolution

5 Things You Should Do In Every Recording Session » The Recording Revolution | Voice Recording Digest | Scoop.it

These are kind of obvious but still... we (alright - I) often forget about the simple things. I'm usually especially reluctant to setting up the monitor mix. "I want to track alreaadyyy!!". Know what I mean?

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Chelsea WhiteOwl George's curator insight, August 11, 2015 1:21 PM

Phantom Focus systems are a combination of speaker choice and placement, subwoofer placement, and alignment, sound treatment and time alignment and EQ processing, all optimized for speaker/engineer positioning.

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Recording: The Science Of Sound Recording: Digital Recording - Pro Sound Web

Recording: The Science Of Sound Recording: Digital Recording - Pro Sound Web | Voice Recording Digest | Scoop.it

How about some science for a change?  If you don't care about the exact mechanics of your favorite hobby, at least you'll have something to show off in front of all the chicks and would-be sound engineers you'll meet in that pub you'll drink tomorrow in (friday).

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The importance of checking a reference while mixing

The importance of checking a reference while mixing | Voice Recording Digest | Scoop.it

I love evolutionary perspectives and here are some very interesting points about why we become 'used to' a mix so quickly. 

 

As to the advice on using reference mixes, I must admit I've never done that but it sounds very plausible. 

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Improve Your Recordings and Mixes, on the Cheap

Improve Your Recordings and Mixes, on the Cheap | Voice Recording Digest | Scoop.it

Good advice as to mixing is always valuable, especially when it involves the word "cheap".

 

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Don LaFontaine: The Voice

Do you remember this guy? Not the one on the YT still, the one the video is about. He would have celebrated his birthday this month. Perhaps the most recognizable voice in the VO industry. I have a special sentiment for him because of a certain favour he did for me some years ago.

 

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6 Things to Do Before Your Mix Goes to Mastering

6 Things to Do Before Your Mix Goes to Mastering | Voice Recording Digest | Scoop.it

Mixing and mastering are clever animals. Before you start your adventure with audio recording you most often don't realize they even exist. And then it turns out they can easily make or ruin a track. 

 

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The History of Music Media from Vinyl to Bitstream

The History of Music Media from Vinyl to Bitstream | Voice Recording Digest | Scoop.it
Music Media: From Vinyl To Bitstreams infographic by mostash.
 
The post The History of Music Media from Vinyl to Bitstream appeared first on Audio Issues.
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2 Ways To Produce Bad Audio On A VoiceOver

2 Ways To Produce Bad Audio On A VoiceOver | Voice Recording Digest | Scoop.it

"(...) So today, while watching the US Open Tennis Tournament, I watched in amazed dismay as a company, tennisdirect.com, who paid enough to place a commercial on The Tennis Channel during the US Open produced an ad with a truly terrible voice-over. This is not a slam on the voice-over talent (who was actually on-screen, not just a disembodied voice) at all. The problem is all about mic placement, recording space and audio processing.(...)"

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Who Wins in a Fight: Headphones or Monitors? - Audio Issues

Who Wins in a Fight: Headphones or Monitors? - Audio Issues | Voice Recording Digest | Scoop.it

Ohh, all you headphone-mixing haters, the worst thing about you is that you are probably right. 

 

I like headphones. 

 

They enable an intimate relationship with the recording. They give you privacy. Also, a top notch soundcard +  great studio headphones and you can forget about room acoustics, speaker placement and whatnot. You hear things exacly as they are. 

 

BUT there's this one little catch - mixing on headphones produces worse results than mixing on monitors, end of story. Damn. Will need to invest in some good speakers soon...

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Interesting New Audio Software from SONY

Interesting New Audio Software from SONY | Voice Recording Digest | Scoop.it

I'm usually sceptical as to any "new approaches" to audio software. The reason is simple: a waveform, a spectrogram and the usual DAW editing capabilities are more or less everything you should need in a sound processing/analysis tool. Even the most scientific of all, the famous Praat, doesn't go much farther than that. HOWEVER, this new program by SONY that enables you to visualise little nuances in the recording might still be interesting. 

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How to Produce Voice Over's that Don't Suck

How to Produce Voice Over's that Don't Suck | Voice Recording Digest | Scoop.it

For those beginning their journey into voice recording such things can be really baffling. I remember, when I was starting out several years ago, wondering what a 'compressor' was. Everyone thought it so obvious it was hard to find out a simple definition for a dummy.

 

Here is a very user friendly explanation of the basic chain of vocal processing.

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Sound recording history written anew

Sound recording history written anew | Voice Recording Digest | Scoop.it

"In February 2008, researchers unearthed a sound recording of the human voice that predates Thomas Edison’s invention of the phonograph by nearly two decades (...)"

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Do Voiceover artists need a Neumann U87?

Do Voiceover artists need a Neumann U87? | Voice Recording Digest | Scoop.it

Well, as explained in this article by Chris Radley, the short answer is no. Still, if I had some loose money to shell out on the U87, I'd probably get one. Not that I think it would make my recordings that wonderful; it's just the effect its name has on a potential client.

 

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sE Electronics Reflexion Filter Pro: The Original Portable Vocal Booth

sE Electronics Reflexion Filter Pro: The Original Portable Vocal Booth | Voice Recording Digest | Scoop.it

I'm still not convinced about these "portable vocal booths" but I do badly need to do something about reflections. I think I'll give it a try.

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