EWABS Episode 167 November 24, 2014 with Harlan Hogan, HH, H2!



Tonights Guest is none other than Harlan Hogan!

Show Log

Episode 167, November 24, 2014

Guest: Harlan Hogan

George on equipment upgrades

0:01:59 Here they are! Dan missed the big Buffalo snow dump.

0:03:17 Thanks to sponsors: Harlan Hogan, Edge Studio, VoiceZam, VoiceOverXtra,

HomeStudioMaster, VO Studio Tech.

0:03:45 EWABS NEWS

0:04:00 WoVO’s new website is launched! Go to http://www.worldvo.org/

0:05:00 Yosemite OS for Mac is still not quite ready. George says hold off!

0:06:15 Studio Suit is temporarily out of production. Dan may resume after he moves to


0:06:52 CBS is replacing ISDN with SourceConnect in 2015.

0:07:49 SourceConnectNow is still in beta. Coming soon SourceConnectNow 3.9.

0:08:23 EWABS NEWS

0:08:41 Questions.

0:09:00 Q: A person who works in Guatemala and wants to know about a VO kit that includes

Adobe Audition. A: George doesn’t know the mic.

0:11:32 Q: about adding plugins that don’t have .stack extensions. A: They just show up in

the flat list. George shows a screenshot. If they don’t show up, try reinstalling the plugin (like


0:13:37 Q: What’s with the Avalon pre-channel strips? A: Adding enhancements defeats the

purpose of sounding like you. You can actually make your recording noisier. Tubes can

degrade over time. Leave it to the engineers and audio geeks. Tube equipment will add

distortion that you can’t undo.

0:18:55 Write to ewabshop@gmail.com with your questions. Or call, 818-47EWABS.

0:19:34 Break. Home Studio Master.

0:20:43 Bumper on Thanksgiving.

0:21:16 They’re back.

0:22:27 George’s Whittam’s World on upgrading equipment (episode 23). https://

www.youtube.com/watch?v=b9Keu2tkQbA Does equipment degrade?

0:28:23 Back the show and discussion about equipment upgrades.

0:29:10 George asks Dan what’s the oldest thing in his studio.

0:30:00 George talks about interface lifespans.

0:31:23 Break. VO Studio Tech.

0:32:34 They’re back

0:33:10 And now, Harlan Hogan. http://voiceoveressentials.com/

0:33:40 Dan introduces Harlan’s second edition of VO Tales and Techniques of Voice. The

second edition is at http://alturl.com/gbmtw

0:35:04 Harlan tells what’s in the book. The second edition takes into account home studios

and other changes in the business, amounting to about 60 percent of the book being new.

0:37:37 Dan asks how this book is different from how-to books. This one is tales “from in the

day.” It makes a great book for people outside the business.

0:40:45 How things have changed since the 70s.

0:41:40 Harlan tells about “trades” used instead of salary.

0:42:30 Dan asks if there’s an audiobook version of the book. Not yet. It’s a long story.

0:45:35 What the publishing business knows…

0:46:05 There’s a contest. He has five autographed copies to the first 5 who can answer

the question, what did Harlan do to get his agent call him regularly? Send entries to

ewabshop@gmail.com with the subject line, “H2 Contest.” Entries must be received by

November 28. The winners to be picked at random.

0:47:50 Dan asks how Harlan got into his “retail empire,” and how he balances that with other

work. He tells the story. Several things led to an article on building the Porta Booth.

0:50:33 People wanted to know where to buy it! His IT suggested he make it and sell it. Before

he knew it, he had a store. He made 1500 of the original Porta Booth. Then he ran into the

idea of the “minimum order quantity.”

0:53:29 VoiceOver Essentials is all about voice-over.

0:54:52 Bumper … then …

0:55:20 They’re back talking about the book cover.

0:55:55 There’s a Black Friday sale! Use this code: BLKFRIVO, at midnight Thursday through


0:58:07 Questions. Q: Make sure Harlan talks about the famous diner where the owner named

a frittata for Harlan and a crepe for his wife.

0:59:48 Q What kind of discipline does it take to write a book, how do you do that as a busy VO

talent. A: Harlan talks about a time expert in Canada. This guy recommends no to-do lists. He

says pick a time and days. Set aside the time and do it. Schedule it.

1:01:45 Never finish a chapter during a writing time. Save it for the next day; this avoid writer’s


1:04:14 Q: What about the Mixer Face, the new interface? George wants to know about the

limiter. A: Harlan tells the story, and gives a tip for fixing a phone session. He describes the


1:08:10 George talks about limiters.

1:08:37 Harlan talks about the nice thing about a small company—they can move quickly. In

this case, adding the limiter after the product was announced. It’s now expected in February.

What will be out will be fully ready.

1:10:00 Q: What steps do you take to get work quickly? A: Harlan answers. You have to be

your own marketer.

1:10:54 Harlan talks about how voice actors may not see what they do as a business.

1:11:56 Q: What’s your bike? A: Harlan rides a BMW-R-1200RT.

1:12:40 Harlan asks Dan and George to guess how many miles he drove on his bike in 24

hours. They guess. The answer is 1350 miles on a round trip from Chicago to Sioux Falls, S.D.

This put him in the “Iron Butt Society.”

1:14:10 Q: If someone has the VO1-A, and wants to “mod” it, what would you do? Dan

explains the hobby of messing with mics.

1:15:00 Harlan talks about the art of making microphones and what little changes can do to the

sound. George talks about switches and how confusing they can be.

1:16:39 Harlan how slight changes can add hum or other artifacts.

1:17:25 Q: Where does Chicago fit in with studios? A: Harlan talks about the scene.

1:19:37 George asks Harlan if he recorded at “Another Country,” a studio in Chicago, the place

where SourceConnect started.

1:20:56 Harlan talks about missing audio engineers and learning from them.

1:21:30 Harlan tells about voice talent not knowing how to work side-address microphones—

because we don’t have the studio and engineers to learn from anymore.

1:22:30 He talks about talking with audio engineers.

1:22:59 Q: When will you have a signature series shotgun mic? A: Probably never. He

explains. Those “minimum order” quantities interfere.

1:24:31 Break. VoiceZam.

1:26:08 They’re back. Next week’s guest: Jodi Gottlieb, a promo writer and director. She’ll be

talking about performance.

1:27:02 Thanks to donors and sustaining members.

1:27:20 Thanks to NarratorHelper.com.

1:27:42 Movember reviewed. See bitly.com/movos-movember

1:28:45 Nita Whitaker (Don LaFontaine’s widow) has her first Christmas CD out at


1:29:10 Show logs: access at the EWABS website. Push the Show Log button.

1:29:48 Coming up: the annual/best of show from the past year, on December 29. Send the

time and date of the show. George will put a form online.

1:30:35 Next shows: not sure yet, but Christmas week no show!

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1:34:57 End of show.