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  • Tara Tyler #226723843
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    I heard this one: http://voicebunny.com/samples/63094. I am not a sound engineer, but I have a question. Are you using a USB mic? If so, which one? If not, how is the audio getting from your mic to your computer? I ask because it sounds a little "thin" like it's not getting the full range of your voice.
    Also, I would add a little more sound treatment to your recording space. It's not TOO obvious, but I could hear a little bit of echo from walls or ceiling, could even be off of any hard surface in your space. This is not that noticeable though. :)

    Have you worked with any acting or improv coaches? Let me know if you'd like some recommendations.

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  • Tara Tyler #226723843
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    Sorry it took me so long to follow up! The link expired. Could you repost and I will listen for you? Thanks!

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  • Keith Mosgrober #852300987
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    @Tara- I can't upload while at work, but if you check my profile page, i put a sample using my new recording setup.
    http://voicebunny.com/profile/keith-mosgrober-8PVF0A0#
    It should be the first sample listed.
    Thanks!

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  • Keith Mosgrober #852300987
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    It is a USB mic, a CAD U37 USB Studio Condenser. I know it's not top quality, but it was the best I can afford at the moment. I"m glad there's not much echo wise, and i can keep working on that.
    I noticed the 'thin' sound you mentioned, i'm guessing there isn't a way to tune that without new hardware.

    Thanks for the quick responses, i thought the post had gotten lost in the internet somewhere. If you want, my email is kmosgroberwork@gmail.com, i'm more able to respond at that address.

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  • Staci Anderson #684237173
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    Hi Keith,

    I listened to your audio and completely agree with Tara. I'd be curious how your audio would sound with a bit of compression.

    More importantly, though, I'd suggest you add some new demos that are more representative of what clients might need, ie. an actual commercial, a reading from a book or a sample of an auto attendant greeting. Right now, your demos just sound like you were messing around to find out how your voice sounded on a recording. The scripts don't resonate with the listener and they don't sound like they have any purpose. Does that make sense?

    You don't have to write the script yourself for the commercial or the AA. Just transcribe a commercial you like on TV and try to record it in your own style or pick one of your favorite websites and read part of the homepage script.

    For an AA, you could easily pick a company name, start with "Thank you for calling", add a little info about them and end it with something like "Thanks for holding - we'll be right with you".

    You have a nice voice. I think with some better audition scripts and a little coaching and feedback from others, you'll soon be enjoying more of the rewards of doing voice overs.

    Feel free to contact me if you'd ever like to bounce some ideas around or get some feedback. You can get in touch with me through my website AndersonMediaWorks.com.

    Take care!
    Staci
    http://voicebunny.com/profile/staci-anderson-44P79G

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  • Keith Mosgrober #852300987
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    @Staci-
    Thanks for the feedback!

    And you're absolutely right. I was just trying to get some feedback on the quality before putting up anything serious. The bottom sample is one that was actually accepted by a client for an audition, that's what they wanted.

    I actually work for a customer service call line, so i can do a couple of the scripts from there (leaving out any brand names of course), and i'll do a reading or two from a book. Just wanted to bang out the quality first without having to submit a read and potentially waste a client's time.
    Thanks for your feedback though, I'll put up something new tonight in a more serious tone, see how that turns out.
    -Keith

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  • Juan Santiago Mendoza #1067143947
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    Hi all! I got in late but I wanted to answer Staci's question which I find very important:
    How would your audio sound with a little bit of compression?

    Staci: Compression is a complex process which is easy to misuse. Nowadays everybody uses a compressor or even a limiter (which is a compressor itself but with a super strong ratio, anything from 1:20 onwards is consider limiting) to bring that "in your face" sound. Nevertheless, when you apply a compressor you are basically reducing the dynamic range between the softest and the loudest sound, so in an scenario where there is room ambiance, you would actually be making all that room and echo LOUDER! So at the end you basically end up with an audio where the voice and the room ambiance are almost at the same level, just that everything is sounding louder. But louder, not always means better.

    Anyway, I hope I've made myself clear!

    Cheers to all and keep up the good work!

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