EWABS Episode 163 October 27, 2014 with Chris Heward



Show Log

Episode 163, October 27, 2014

Guest: Chris Heward, comedian

0:02:00  They’re on, George, Dan, and Chris.

0:02:46  Thanks to our sponsors, Harlan Hogan, Edge Studios.

0:03:57  The news (bumper needed!)

0:04:07  George talks about Yosemite, the latest Apple operating system.  See the EWABS Facebook group to see how it’s working for people.

0:05:46  Harry Schearer is now teaching VO.  http://harryshearer.com/  He’s the artist in residence at Loyola University.

0:06:57  George talks about the new Acon Digital app for getting rid of clicks.  It’s called the “Restoration Suite” for getting rid of clicks, clips and a de-noiser, all for $99.  http://acondigital.com/products/restoration-suite/

0:07:59  World Voices Organization (WoVO) held it’s annual meeting online last week.  This year’s accomplishments: 501c status, first conference, meetup groups worldwide, new slogan (“We speak for those who speak for a living”), new logo, new job search site, new organization website, reference materials, and membership doubled in the last year.  Coming soon: Tech certification of personal studios.  

0:10:49  George takes care of a question from last week about the Avalon mic pre-amp.  It’s complicated, and George sorts through it.   “If it sounds good it is good.”  One option: The Behringer UCA 202 http://www.behringer.com/EN/Products/UCA202.aspx or you have spend a lot more money.  The Apogee duet analog to digital converter is in the middle, about $600.

0:13:42  Dan shows the iTrack Solo.  The high-end gear is for rock musicians.  

0:14:31  Jerry Reed asks how to record while Skyping in Linux.  George replies.  He uses Call Recorder by Ecamm (http://www.ecamm.com/mac/callrecorder/), which is for Mac.  On Windows, George likes Pamela for Skype: http://www.pamela.biz/en/  

0:16:11  Break.  Home Studio Master.  SpongeBob.  

0:17:42  Dan is back-k-k-k.  Discussion of Halloween in Hollywood.

0:18:40  Q: Considering no rumble, hum or buzz, isn’t -60 dB an acceptable noise floor.  A: Yes and no.  -60 Peak vs. -60 RMS are quite different.

0:19:44  George’s video may answer this question.  

0:20:15  The Whittam’s World episode (Ep. 4) on reducing noise floor.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3F2Qm0h2VZo

0:24:42  After the video, George continues the discussion.  

0:25:22  George talks about how he takes an audio sample of a studio.  

0:25:53  George tells how to record room tone.  Hit record, leave the room, and when you return, trim off the part where you were leaving.

0:27:08  Break.  VO Studio Tech, Spongebob again, and then Uncle Roy in his restored car.

0:29:20  Dan recovers from the curve ball.  

0:29:47  Chris Heward, from Edmunton, Alberta, Canada.  He talks about his work in stand up comedy.  

0:34:02  Dan asks what it’s like hanging out with other comedians.  Chris tells the tale.

0:37:33  Chris realizes he wanted to try acting and started taking lessons.  He hit voice-over and got a job from his very first audition.  Chris tells some fun stories about his work.

0:40:28  Chris tells the story about working for a filmmaker who turned out to be a serial killer.  Chris spent 3 weeks knowing the police were gathering information and having a deadline for him to come up with money for the film.

0:44:59  Chris was on some US TV shows about the incident.

0:46:19  George asked how this whole experience influenced Chris’ VO career.  Chris contacted George and asked him about gear.  Chris decided to go online to find out what Don Lafontaine had in his studio.  Chris finally found George who told him not to buy expensive gear.  

0:48:57  Dan asks what Chris has in his studio.  Gear talk ensues.  Chris geared up before he thought about having a studio.

0:51:38  And the moral of the story…followed by more gear talk.

0:52:52  Chris talks about finding a VO coach.  He ended up doing a show at the Laugh Factory and now it’s his “home club.”  He met MJ Lallo who coached him a real short notice.  

0:55:42  Break.  VoiceOverXtra.com.   A bumper for Studio Suit.  

0:57:07  The radiant, celestial brothers …

0:57:22  They’re back.

0:57:47   The Harlan Hogan moment.  VoiceOverEssentials.com.  Chris is wearing Harlan Hogan headphones tonight.  “If you’re not using them, you’re just not listening.”

1:00:48  Questions start coming in, moderated by Anthony Gettig.

1:01:10  Q: Has Bill Holmes coaching helped?  A: Chris answered, talking about DJ work he’d done.  It was work to get back to his natural voice.  

1:02:58  Chris’ website comes up.  But it’s under construction.  Plus, he hasn’t done his demo yet!  He doesn’t have an agent either.  George refers to the EWABS Demo Demo Derby (EWABS Ep. 151, July 21, 2014: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PmaRYhThdpg)

1:06:04  Q: Anne Ganguzza asks who does his hair (Chris was a hair dresser) now?  A: He does, in a mirror.

1:07:07  Q What do you use the Manly mic for compared to the U87?  A: Chris explains.

1:08:07  Q: I’m pursuing on-camera work and VO, how do you manage the time?  A: he’s always on the go.  He’s got 3 careers, and he’s had lucky timing.   

1:09:48  George talks about a new VO actor who has started out with a too simple a mic.  Chris agrees with not spending a lot of money before you get work, but he values quality and saves to get it.

1:11:29  Q: How did you finance yourself before you got to LA?  A: as a hairdresser and a comedian, and now acting and VO.  

1:12:10  George talks about getting into synch with Chris for haircuts…and periods.  

1:12:45  George talks about what happens to VO actors after 10 years, and how careers take off.  Being an overnight success is hard to maintain.  

1:14:38  Thanks to donors.  See the donation button at the EWABS website, ewabs.net  Donate once, donate regularly.  

1:16:05  Chris is about to release his first video.  

1:16:53  Check out the show on the YouTube channel and other means.

1:17:13  Narrator Helper, NarratorHelper.com.  

1:17:45  Chris asks how important a VO actor website is.  George and Dan discuss.

1:19:44  Next week, no guest set yet.  

1:20:08  Chris comments on how nice the VO community is.  

1:21:04  Thanks to sponsors, like us on Facebook, subscribe on YouTube.  Thanks to the staff of volunteers.  

1:23:04  Sign off.

1:23:27  End of show.

EWABS Episode 162 October 20, 2014 Audio Masters Roundtable



Show Log

Episode 162, October 20, 2014

Audio Masters Roundtable

0:02:05 Here they are!

0:02:30  Thanks to our sponsors, VoiceOver Essentials, VoiceOverXtra, and Edge Studios.

0:03:45  Introductions for the AudioMasters Roundtable, all folks to help with audio and technical issues.

0:04:01  Steve Sisk, from Vancouver.  siskstudio.com

0:04:41  Cliff Zellman, DallasVO.com

0:05:19  Jordan Reynolds, jordanreynolds.com

0:06:31  Juan Carlos Bagnell, http://someaudioguy.blogspot.com/

0:07:20  Uncle Roy Yokelson, antlandproductions.com

0:09:03  Dan starts with the questions.  1.  What’s the hottest thing in VO technology today?

0:09:34  Juan Carlos begins with newest version of Android supporting mobile recording.  Discussion ensues.

0:10:57  Jordon likes the Apogee mic (http://www.apogeedigital.com/products/mic) and how portable it is, and the Kayotica Eyeball, http://kaoticaeyeball.com/  

0:12:43  Cliff jumps in about the Eyeball.  It works in some situations and not in others.

0:13:36  Juan Carlos adds and back and forth follows.

0:14:14  Uncle Roy joins in about the Eyeball and the PortaBooth Plus and a little EQ.

0:15:10  George joins in.  

0:16:22  Cliff talks about Audio Evolution Mobil, a recording app for Android.  http://www.audio-evolution.com/  Discussion follows.

0:17:32  Dan asks Steve about cutting edge stuff.  What he’s finding cool is Apogree 1, Version 2, for iOS and Mac: http://www.apogeedigital.com/products/one.  He clamps it onto the auto theft prevention device, the Club.

0:19:30  ipDTL discussion.  Then George brings up Apogee and Avid’s partnership.  

0:20:40  Discussion about new microphones showing up at AES.

0:21:12  Mike Varela joins the group. http://nuancetone.com/

0:21:40  Mike’s first reply about new, cool stuff: NOT Yosemite, the new OS for Mac.  There’s an issue with ProTools 10.  

0:23:37  Break.  VO Studio Tech and a bunch of bumpers.  

0:25:58   They’re back.  Mike had another item: Time Warner is updating modems in L.A.

0:27:14  Dan suggests they talk about whether personal studio audio is improving.  We go around the horn, starting with Uncle Roy.  His concern is pacing of audiobooks.  Juan talks about tools improving vs. education for commercials.  Part of the issue is finding out what your sound should be.  

0:30:32  George talks about US setting trends.

0:30:45  Uncle Roy on fads, followed by Juan Carlos on too many plug-ins.  

0:31:25  Cliff jumps in.  He likes that VO talent is understanding it’s the environment where they record.  

0:32:32  Steve finds older more established VO tend not to be open to learning how to use their gear.  George chimes in about established talent attitude about gear knowledge.

0:34:24  Mike wonders about folks not understanding basic tech processes.  Uncle Roy joins in.  

0:36:00  Juan Carlos talks about how setups work and then when a major upgrade comes along, they have trouble.

0:36:40  Jordan adds his thoughts about gear, where some learn too much and others resist.  But he thinks acoustics are improving.  George and Juan Carlos add to the discussion about microphones.

0:40:09  Dan asks what the group thinks is the most important thing to do technically, for auditions, what would they do?  

0:40:45  Uncle Roy talks about normalizing and having high enough volume.

0:41:51  George talks about how casting people listen for audio quality first, then acting.  Juan Carlos talks about casting.  Mike reinforces the idea.  

0:44:03  Steve talks about getting the best sound out of your gear.  Common errors, using the laptop mic or having a mic turned around.  

0:46:00  Dan asks Cliff how long it takes to figure out a VO actor doesn’t know what they’re doing.  Consensus: 5 seconds.  A discussion about editing, breaths, and processing follows.  

0:47:53  Dan says a personal studio is to make you sound like you, not something else.

0:48:18  Q: Has anyone heard a recording “stacked” by George Whittam.  A: If you’re doing your job well, nobody should hear it.  

0:50:34  Jordan likes George’s stacks because they’re subtle.  The risk is if the room changes and the downward expander can clip off ends of words.  

0:52:00  Jordan talks about what he hears at auditions with deep-voiced guys, you don’t need to boost their deep voices deeper.  

0:53:25  Jordan says cutting low end is more favorable than boosts and makes top end sound brighter.  

0:54:30  Uncle Roy talks about adding music and how this processing affects sound.

0:55:10  Michelangelo and VO, by Cliff.

0:56:00  Dan says the chat room has maxed out for the first time ever!

0:56:22  Break.  Home Studio Master.  

0:57:34  Whence came these two radiant celestial brothers… and bumpers.

0:58:16  They’re back.  Harlan Hogan time.  His gear doesn’t suck!  His products are designed specially for voice-over.  Use the EWABS webpage to link to Harlan’s page, http://www.ewabs.net/

1:01:06  Time now for audience questions.  Q: How do I remove those slight peaks before normalizing?  Is there a way to automate this work?  Mike says use a limiter in post production.  Keep threshold and ceiling the same.  Jordan likes the Tone Boosters Barricade, a plug-in.  http://www.toneboosters.com/tb-barricade/  It costs €19.95 (euros).  Another is the Fab Filter Pro L (http://www.fabfilter.com/products/pro-l-brickwall-limiter-plug-in).  

1:05:36  Cliff says ProTools now has a “clip gain” tool.  He’s afraid to have something doing everything for him.  

1:07:25  Q: Is there a way in Twisted Wave to edit out breaths and replace with silence?  A: George says you have to do it by hand.  Uncle Roy says breaths are part of the performance.  George says use the Amplify tool (F).  Don’t silence.

1:09:24  Mike says to record 10-15 of room tone at the top of the recording.  Wear headphones and listen to it.  Zoom in to see wave forms.

1:10:40  Juan Carlos says to choose breaths that fit the piece.  One size can’t fit all.

1:11:33  Q: Can you create batches in Twisted Wave?  A: Dan talks about markers.  See EWABS Essentials: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eTBrctqrB0c&list=PLDHBaemlTK_T7X-gGnPiTq9zcc7YcVuZH&index=7

1:12:07  Uncle Roy talks about Word to Wave software for doing e-learning files.  

1:12:47  Q: What do you believe if all the engineers don’t agree.  A: Cliff, pick what you want to eat for dinner.  Mike adds that a professional will add to another professional’s opinion, not run them down.  Juan Carlos adds that this a technical art.  

1:16:25  Steve says ultimately there’s no one way to do anything in recording.  George adds that asking someone whose opinion you trust is a way to solve confusion.  

1:17:34  Dan says it’s a matter of perspective, depending on what you do in the business.  Does it sound good?

1:18:14  Juan Carlos talks about tech are another aspect of artistic expression.

1:18:48   Q: I’ve worked with video producers who muck up the audio.  Should I mention something or walk away?  A: Uncle Roy comments.  Juan Carlos says it depends on your role—just VO?—walk away.  

1:21:37   Jordan comments: not worth it.  Dan says, it’s all about relationships.  Steve says your job is to deliver good, clean audio.  “Seize the check!”  Carpe cheque!

1:23:30  Q: Where should I record my demos, personal studio or other?  A: Cliff says the quality of your demo should reflect the quality you offer day to day.  

1:24:46  Juan Carlos is torn.  Ad agencies in LA expect you to record the job away from your personal studio.  Cliff adds that most of his contact is with non-LA talent.  Jordan talks about building a demo remote.  

1:27:30  Uncle Roy says you’re not demoing that you can do production.  They’re theoretically your clean audio that someone else engineered.

1:28:43  Around the horn one more time:

-Steve — don’t be afraid of the tools, the worst that can happen is that you have to re-record.  Get in there and get your hands dirty.  Have fun.

-Cliff — learn and practice as much as you can, give us audio that needs to least amount of work.  Follow file label requirements to the letter.

-Mike — spend the time, it’s a career choice.  Things come with time.  Be humble.  Listen with open ears.  Analyze.  Ask questions.  Weigh the advice you get.  Check out linda.com on EQ compression, tutorials on Audacity and other programs.  

-Jordan — Motto: Acoustics Always Trump Gear.  Take the time to learn, but don’t fall for “must have” gear.  If you don’t know what it is, you probably don’t need it.

-Roy — If it’s not broken don’t fix it.  There’s more to life than plug-ins.  Leave some breaths in!  A discussion of air follows.  Remember your settings and experiment.  Ask questions.

-Juan — Avoid buying stuff to just buy stuff.  Gear won’t make you competitive.  Don’t throw money at problems that aren’t there.  

-George — At AES Focal Press was there with books.  One title that might help: Recording Secrets for the Small Studio, by Mike Senior. It’s more than you need to know.  It’s for “project studios” like VO actors use.  


-Dan — The author is with Sound on Sound Studio, another good resource: http://www.soundonsound.com/

1:41:30  Thanks to donors.  You keep the show commercial free.

1:42:17  EWABS is on a podcast, on Stitcher, iTunes, http://ewabs.podbean.com/

1:42:45  Oct. 27: Chris Heward will be the guest.  He’s a standup comic.  https://www.rooftopcomedy.com/comics/ChrisHeward

1:43:24  Thanks to sponsors, Harlan Hogan, VoiceOverXtra, Edge Studio.

1:44:04  Group sign off…shop, shop, shop….

1:44:23  End of show.

EWABS Episode 161 October 13, 2014 with Randy Thomas



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Episode 161, October 13, 2014

Guest: Randy Thomas

George will have highlights from the AES Show

Dan’s tip of the week: normalization

0:02:03  There they are, on the only live VO webcast in the universe.

0:03:37  Thanks to the sponsors, Harlan Hogan at http://voiceoveressentials.com/, Edge Studio http://www.edgestudio.com/, and Voice Over 30 http://www.voiceoverxtra.com/

0:03:53  News: EWABS got nominated for a Voice Arts Award.  Neither Dan nor George can go if they win, so they’re looking for a NYC VO person to go.

0:04:58  Acon Digital has a new app called the Restoration Suite for getting rid of clicks, clips and a de-noiser, all for $99.  http://acondigital.com/products/restoration-suite/

0:05:54  Mackey is announcing a budget line of mixers.  http://www.mackie.com/products/mixers/index.html

0:06:57  Source Elements is announced Source Net, their own managed internet connection to replace ISDN for Source-Connect Now users.

0:08:56  George shows a video from the AES show.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PDdZVnJJMF0.  

0:20:36  Break.  HomeStudioMaster.com, plus Sponge Bob.

0:22:05  They back.  Dan has a webinar this week on VoiceOverXtra on audio quality for auditions.  Go to http://bit.ly/AuditionAudioWebinar to sign up.

0:23:30  Dan’s tip of the week on normalizing.  

0:23:56  Tip of the Week: Normalization

0:29:42  Discussion follows.  Write to us at ewabshop@gmail.com with questions.

0:30:42   Break.  VO Studio Tech.  And a bumper.

0:32:49   They’re back with Randy Thomas.

0:33:50   Dan asks for her background.  Randy tells the story of being a kid who loved radio who got into radio as a career.  That led to her booking voice-over for the Oscars, being the first woman to do this.

0:37:28  Randy describes her recording space and mixing paper and computer screens to read copy.

0:38:37  She talks about Entertainment Tonight and how her copy was taller than she is.  

0:39:35  Dan asks Randy how she made the transition from broadcasting to voice-over.  Randy does the Emmys, AFI, Oscars, SAG, Tonys.  She kicked the door open for women.  Other women now get the bookings.  

0:42:01  Dan asks what they’re looking for in these auditions.  They mostly wanted to know how she’d handle “live” before a huge audience.

0:43:09  Dan asks about subtleties of reading live for the Oscars.  Randy comments about how pre-recorded energy isn’t the same as live.

0:44:50  George talks about what it’s like in the control room during a live show.

0:45:18  Randy tells about a year she did the Oscars when Cuba Gooding Jr. pumped up the whole show with his energy.  She’s been at the Tonys the last 16 years and how that show has won Emmys for a live show.  

0:47:17  George asks what she hears in her headphones during the show.  Randy talks about hearing all the show cues from the director.  She gets the live feed in one side, and the other has the director.  Then, once she was cued, she swaps so she can hear herself enunciate.   

0:50:00  George talks about his first season doing tech for Eagles football games and how intense it was.

0:50:37  Randy adds that it’s a job staying focused and in the zone.

0:51:30  What about being on-camera while announcing live?

0:52:20  Dan asks what other work Randy does.  She describes her imaging work.

0:52:48  George asks Randy to explain “affiliate” work.  Discussion follows about intensity and deadlines.

0:54:20  Randy talks about long-form narration and how much work it is.  She likes working in a 15 or 30 second format.  But also likes exploring different forms of VO.

0:55:37  Dan talks about Randy’s teaching.  Randy talks about her daughter growing up and that led to her think about what’s next…She’s started doing public speaking and on her first big conference, “The VO Mastery Event,” Nov. 14-16.  http://www.randythomaspresents.com/

1:01:10  Edge and EWABS listeners there’s an extra $50 off the conference.  

1:02:05  Harlan Hogan time!  Hear about the great gear Harlan has for VO, including the signature headphones.

1:04:00  Randy tells about the sponsors of her conference and specials they’re offering, including audition opportunities and gear giveaways.

1:06:50  Q: What job has Randy done that she giggles about?  A: Oscars…and more.

1:07:57  Q: Did  you have trouble getting an agent at first?  A: Definitely.  She was a disc jockey.  That all changed when she booked the Oscars.  Today, there are many ways to go.  If you’re not union, you don’t really need an agent.  

1:09:12  Q: How do auditions work for live-announce gigs.  A: Different ways.  Any show from a particular city, belongs there.  E.g., Kennedy Center Honors, is done by D.C. area talent.  She originally got the Tonys while living in L.A.  An agent is key, BUT—a few years ago, the MTV awards were cast off an online site.  

1:11:22  Q: What’s your favorite chapter in Voice For Hire?  A: Randy explains.

1:12:19  Q: Are women better reading live with a voice in their ear?  A: Randy talks about Hooked on Phonics.  

1:14:40  Q: Is there one gig that stands out more than others?  A: Randy talks about being in the moment and working for Entertainment Tonight.  

1:18:20  Q: How do you prepare for a big live event?  A: Randy shows the book for this year’s Tonys.  She uses essential oils by Young Living Essential Oils, http://living-essential-oils.com/?gclid=COWAy8zCrMECFQqQaQodvGIAqg on her tongue or on her skin to relax her and keep her throat comfortable.  

1:23:00  Q: What’s your advice for women moving into promo?  A: She describes the options, especially looking locally at high-end hotels and conferences.  

1:26:57  Break.  Voice Over Xtra.  Bumper.

1:28:05  Thanks to the sponsors!  

1:29:42  EWABS Essentials is at the YouTube Channel.  https://www.youtube.com/user/ewabsshow

1:30:20  The EWABS Podcast is on iTunes, Stitcher Radio, and from the EWABS website.  http://www.ewabs.net/

1:30:50   NarratorHelper.com, a great service for audiobook production.

1:31:24   Next week: Audio Masters Roundtable.  Send questions to ewabshop@gmail.com

1:32:24  This just in: Chris Heward will be on the show.  He’s a stand-up comedian who is getting into VO.  

1:33:04  Thanks to the sponsors for bandwidth.

1:33:39  Thanks to the wives and staff.  

1:35:00  Sign off from East and West.

1:35:41  End of show.

EWABS Episode 160



Published on Oct 6, 2014

New York City based voice actor Anthony Mendez shares his tail of success in VO, and takes a HUGE number of questions from the audience. Dan and George answer fan questions from the email bag, and George has a Whittam's World on Shotgun microphones. Plus a bit of VO Tech News to kick off the show...

EWABS Episode 159 September 29, 2014 with Marc Cashman



Episode 159, September 29, 2014

Guest: Marc Cashman and his new book V-Oh!

George answers fan questions

Dan shows his clicker editing

0:01:49  They begin!

0:03:35  If you have questions for George or Dan, write to ewabshop@gmail.com

0:04:20  Q: What’s the best material for a VO floor?  A: Carpeting.  

0:05:16  Dan adds that wooden flooring will absorb sound some, George adds that floor reflection generally go back into your mic.  

0:06:25  Joe Cipriano is looking for better internet connection.  George helped him and found California Internet http://cainternet.net/.  They provide “the last mile” to Joe’s house with microwave.  The downside is you need line of sight from the tower with the signal.  Another vendor: Towerstream (http://www.towerstream.com/)

0:09:06  Satellite is another option, but latency (delay) may be an issue.  Microwave has very low latency.  Satellite can add 2 sec. of latency.  This could be an issue with Skype and ipDTL.

0:10:32  Q: What are your opinions on ipDTL?  A: Dan discusses.  A common question is how do you record at your end?  Dan mentions SoundFlower.  http://soundflower.en.softonic.com/mac.  Others: Audio Hijack https://www.rogueamoeba.com/audiohijackpro/

0:12:40  This will be a year of transition, George predicts.

0:13:20  Q: Resources for newbies.  

0:13:50  George plays the question.  

0:14:58  George and Dan answer. (The question came via Speakpipe.  To send in a spoken question, go to http://www.ewabs.net/, scroll down to the SEND QUESTION sideways tab you’ll see.)  First, great audio quality!  But, if you don’t have a budget for training, you may not be able to start a VO business.  Lots of coaches work remotely.  

0:16:23  Start at Episode 1 of EWABS.  Or, google “EWABS coach” and you’ll see every issue of EWABS where a coach was on.

0:17:19  Break.  VO Studio Tech.  Larry Davis bumper.

0:18:45  Dan has a webinar coming up on October 15 on VoiceOverXtra (http://archive.constantcontact.com/fs110/1102478472127/archive/1118561011103.html)

Dan will talk about audio quality for auditions.

0:20:13  Tip of the Week: Using sound codes for audio recording and editing.

0:26:22   George tries out another sound!

0:27:01  Write to Dan if you have a Tip of the Week topic at ewabshop@gmail.com.

0:27:47  Break.  Home Studio Master and Sponge Bob.

0:29:12  They’re back with Marc Cashman.  http://www.cashmancommercials.com/  Dan recalls the last time Marc was on, giving Dan directions for a read.  See Episode 139, April 7, 2014. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HGfhFMIT_wY

0:29:55 Marc shows his new book, V-Oh!, 35 years in the making.  http://www.amazon.com/V-Oh-Tricks-Techniques-Sustain-Voiceover/dp/0990395804/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1412091907&sr=8-2&keywords=V-Oh!

0:30:40  The book is a compilation of 15 years’ worth of writing, plus 25 percent more.  

0:34:39  Dan asks for an example of a tidbit from the book.  Marc talks about the chapter called “The Sounds of Punctuation.”  Punctuation has sounds!  Marc explains.

0:36:45  We are voice actors and our audience is “blind.”  They can’t see us.  We have to compensate.  Sometimes it comes down to the “sound” of a punctuation mark.

0:37:55 Dan recounts his favorite tip, that the script isn’t in stone.  Marc says you just have to know when it’s appropriate to know where the script IS in stone.  

0:38:50  Audiobooks and plays are in stone.  Legal copy is set.  E-learning modules have to be right to the letter.  

0:39:53  You can change advertising copy, if you’re judicious about it.  Don’t be a VO lemming.  Correct obvious mistakes.  

0:41:08  Q: Is there an audiobook version of the book?  A: That’s his last big project of the year.  

0:42:26  Dan asks how much voice work Marc does himself.  Marc says it varies month to month.  Every day is different.

0:43:42  Dan talks about taking classes.  What is teaching a class like?  

0:44:07  Marc is going on 15 years of teaching.  He recounts how he got into it.  Through substituting for another teacher, he began developing a curriculum and syllabus.  

0:45:45  Now his classes are in a professional, commercial studio with an engineer to record the work and direction.  Classes are on Saturdays and include mid week homework, and other material like scripts and articles.

0:49:00  Commercials are your Bachelor’s degree in VO.  Specific genres like audiobooks and promo are advanced degrees.

0:49:30  The best actors never stop learning, never.

0:50:07  Example: Al Pacino wants to go back to stage acting, to be on the wire without a net.  Marc knows VO actors who are in workout groups that meet regularly to keep honed.  He brings the tough scripts he has trouble with to those groups.

0:52:15  It’s Harlan Hogan’s birthday.  To help EWABS, use the banner ad at www.ewabs.net to reach Voiceover Essentials.  There’s now a lot of video content at Harlan’s site.  See the Digital Media library at http://voiceoveressentials.com/

0:55:06  They’re back with questions for Marc.  Q: Discuss the process of taking eyes off the script.  A:  Marc discusses.  As an aside, he’s developed techniques to help actors with dyslexia.  Marc asks his students to take eyes off the script for cut lines and key phrases.  

0:57:12  Marc describes stage actors learning to “throw” or “lift” lines without reading the script.  Get off the script whenever you can.  The last line is one natural place to do that.  To not sound like you’re reading, don’t read!  

0:58:58  Keep your eyes on the script when the copy is dense.  But for short lines, there’s no need to read them.  Anytime you can get your eyes off the page without losing your place, you’ll sound sincere.

1:00:08  Q: What are you thoughts about ad libbing?  A: Be judicious.  When they say “be conversational,” you can ADD (not change what’s on the page)—enhance rather than change.  You’re not an editor or copywriter, you’re an actor whose job is to bring copy to life.  “You know,” “you see,” and so on, can be added when appropriate and be judicious.  Pick your places.  And make it better.  

1:02:52  Q: Please talk about things to keep in mind when you self direct?  A: Marc talks about working in a vacuum, as we do when we’re in our booths.   

1:04:05  How many takes is too many?  When it starts sounding studied.  Sometimes you won’t know until you listen back during editing.  Other times, you may need to take a break.

1:06:45  Q: Can Marc read a passage from the book?  A: Marc reads from page 162:

1:07:22  A 21st Century Rant.  How to say the year we’re in.  

1:10:07  Q: What is “tough stuff” for you?  A: Marc discusses how really short copy is really hard for him.  

1:11:46  Also, poorly written copy is hard and he refuses to audition for it.  

1:12:42  Marc’s book is at Amazon and his website, cashmancommercials.com.  Coming soon: the ebook on Kindle.  The audiobook is coming.

1:14:18  Break.  VoiceoverXtra.  And several bumpers.

1:15:33  They’re back with announcements.  

1:59:59  George’s mom and Ella are in the studio.  

1:16:51  New sponsor: Narratorhelper.com, which can help audiobook narrators with post production work, proofing, and pre-reading.  Amy Whittam does this.

1:17:55  October 6: Anthony Mendez will be the guest.  

1:18:30  October 13: Randi Thomas will be the guest.  

1:18:55  October 20: Audio Masters Roundtable for personal studio technology.  Send questions to ewabshop@gmail.com.

1:20:07  Thanks to sponsors Edge Studio, VoiceOver Essentials, VoiceOverXtra, VO Peeps, Home Studio Master, and more!

1:20:42  Thanks to wives and families.  

1:21:00  Tune into the podcast!  ewabs.podbean.com

1:21:53  Good bye from the Whittams

1:22:44  End of show.

EWABS Episode 158 September 22, 2014 with John Bailey



Episode 158, September 22, 2014

Guest: Jon Bailey

Whittam’s World on “gain staging”

Dan shows some FaffCon video

0:01:10  Intro audio begins.

0:01:52  They appear, both in George’s studio.  Together we’re worse!  

0:02:40  Dan tells his story about buying a house in So. California and not sleeping for days.

0:05:25  Dan shows FaffCon footage.

0:08:27  They’re back and talk more about FaffCon.

0:10:41  Break.  Home Studio Master video and SpongeBob.

0:12:02  They’re back.  George talks about gain staging.

0:13:06  Dan talks about why do I need a mixer?  Set it, forget it, move on.  You need a mixer when you have multiple sources, not just one mic.  

0:14:43  Whittam’s World, episode 43: Gain Staging.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bvBJnVH7ZVM

0:26:23  They’re back.  George recaps.  Keep it simple.  

0:28:07  Break.  VO Studio Tech.  

0:29:34  They’re back with Jon Bailey, from Memphis, Tennessee.  http://www.jonbaileyvo.com/Pages/default.aspx

0:30:50  Dan asks Jon how he got started in VO.  

0:33:30  Dan asks Jon what genres he works in.

0:35:22  Jon talks about doing ADR (Automated dialogue replacement).  He and Dan and George discuss.

0:36:49  Jon much of his work from Memphis.  

0:37:32  Dan asks Jon about his favorite voices.  Jon likes Optimus Prime.  

0:38:30  Jon talks about “reverse engineering” to get to his character voices.

0:40:18  Dan says Jon did “W” a lot at FaffCon.  

0:41:00  George asks Jon about improv has helped his VO work.  

0:42:27   Dan talked about “ad libbing” your auditions.  Jon comments.  He does three takes: the first just like he thinks the client wants, second—goes with gut, third he just improvs and maybe not even what’s in the script.

0:43:34  Jon has a YouTube channel.  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGCMI16WgJejAfG60N4Nhyg  He’s gotten work from it.  And he has free tutorials there.  His first manager found him through it.  

0:47:06  Harlan Hogan VO Essentials time.  http://voiceoveressentials.com/.  New: MixerFace, a preamp, coming soon.

0:51:16  “What’s the longest voice match you’ve had to do?”  George asks Jon.  

0:52:34  What do you use in your studio?  Jon describes and lists his gear.  It’s a simple setup.

0:54:05  Dan tries to introduce questions from the chat room.

Q: Do people do voice-match demos?  

0:54:30  Jon answers.

0:55:42  Q Would you do Carl?  A: Jon does two!

0:56:57  Q Do you do Jess Parnell?  A: Yes and more…

0:57:55  Q What do you do to warm up and prepare.  Jon answers.  He’s got a music background that’s key to voice matching.

1:00:05  Dan asks if Jon coaches or teaches.  Jon describes his work.  

1:02:03  Q Do you do Steve Corell?  

1:02:30  Can you come to Nashville to do a class?  Yes!  He also coaches online.

1:03:39  Break.  Voice Over Xtra plus a bumper.

1:05:00  They’re back.  Jon improvs a drop.  

1:05:45  Thanks to the donors.  There’s improv on what it’s like to call Dan’s cell phone only to reach his wife.

1:07:45  Clickers!  A few are left…they’re phasing out.  

1:08:12  Sept. 29 Marc Cashman will be on the show.  He’ll talk about his new book, “V-Oh!”


1:08:56  Oct. 6: Anthony Mendez.

1:09:25  Please, please like us on Facebook, follow EWABS on Twitter and on YouTube. Jon does his thing.  YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/ewabsshow.   The podcast, http://ewabs.podbean.com/

1:11:33  George talks like the Trailer Guy.  He then tells stories until Jon derails him.  Hilarity ensues.

1:14:20  Thanks to Jon.  On to VO Buzz Weekly!  Check out Jon’s YouTube channel at youtube.com/jon3pnt0

1:15:44  Happy birthday to VO actor June Foray on her 97th birthday.  

1:16:00  Sign off follow by

1:16:12  oops by the Smoothenator.

1:16:21 Previous EWABS clip with June.  She describes how she comes up with a character voices and describes her career.

1:19:20  Dan asks June what she’d like her legacy to be in voice-over.

1:20:37  End of show