Joe Van Riper
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Joe Van Riper May 19, 2009. 4 Replies


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Joe Van Riper joined Roger Leopardi's group

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Sep 9, 2011
Joe Van Riper replied to Howard Ellison's discussion 'Dental decibels set teeth on edge'
"Ah... the best thing a voice actor can do; put your money where your mouth is!   ¦~$"
Dec 10, 2010
Joe Van Riper replied to Howard Ellison's discussion 'Dental decibels set teeth on edge'
"Did these audiologists say that each amalgam caused an additional 2.4 dB decline @ 14 kHz? That would mean that, with your 12 fillings, you should have a 28.8 dB hole in the 14 kHz range! Of course, you might not even notice it if you did.  Its…"
Dec 10, 2010
Joe Van Riper replied to Barry Trussell's discussion 'Recording from Inside the Booth Using Mac' in the group Tech Notes for Voice Talent
"Just saw this thread... It's what I've done with my studio, and the set up is perfect! I use a dual core Mac Pro tower in my office, on the other side of the wall from my studio. I sound-proofed the wall, ran 2" pvc through the wall,…"
Dec 9, 2010
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Dec 9, 2010
Joe Van Riper replied to Howard Ellison's discussion 'Dental decibels set teeth on edge'
"It shouldn't present any problems for voice talent... just for the engineer's who do the final mix. Those frequencies are in the upper register and aren't going to affect one's hearing to the degree that it would interfere with…"
Dec 9, 2010
Joe Van Riper might attend Erik Sheppard - "Today's Voice"'s event

2010 New York Voiceover Mixer at Tonic in Times Square NY

December 4, 2010 from 6pm to 10pm
The 3rd annual New York Mixer. Come have a drink and network with talent and industry professionals from around the world in Times Square, NY. Food! Fun! Business cards! Raffles! Free admission with your RSVP. Indicating that you are attending on VU will not secure your admission, please email LindZ to reserve your space and be added to the official guest list before we are at capacity:
Nov 3, 2010
Joe Van Riper commented on VU - Founder - Zurek's blog post 'VOICE OVER RATES: Is your voice only worth a happy meal?'
"Jennifer, if you have skills beyond doing VOs you should be paid a separate fee for them. I have a client who always wrote spots that were much too long and expected me to "put 'em on a diet" so they'd hit the target time. Once I…"
Oct 15, 2010
Joe Van Riper commented on VU - Founder - Zurek's blog post 'VOICE OVER RATES: Is your voice only worth a happy meal?'
"I have to consider the market as a determining factor in the rate I charge for a local VO. I can't realistically expect to get LA rates for a spot running in Bat Cave, NC! So my single spot rate (10 - 60 sec.) varies from as low as $115 to as…"
Oct 13, 2010
Joe Van Riper commented on Voiceover Universe's blog post 'Studio Tricks and Tips Lesson 2: Recording Vocals'
"Garbage in... garbage out. For VOs, keep it simple: the best mic you can afford, ditto the pre-amp, keep the original recording "flat" with peaks at -10 db (digital... you can pound analog harder), and leave the processing to whoever is…"
Aug 21, 2010
Joe Van Riper commented on VU - Founder - Zurek's blog post 'Could this replace ISDN?'
"The day of no ISDN may be coming quicker than we think! I just moved from North Carolina to New York's Hudson Valley, I anticipated no problem getting ISDN in an area so close to the Big Apple. But I didn't factor in Verizon's…"
Jul 15, 2010
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Mar 15, 2009
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Mar 10, 2009

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Voice Actor, Copy Writer, Studio Engineer
I did my first paid VO in 1969, and have been entirely freelance since 1981. Experience includes everything from "live" on-stage, to radio, TV, industrial video, internet, phone messages, sales presentations, etc. I was the voice of "America's Castles" for nearly 70 episodes on A&E, intro'd Superbowl XXL for NFL Films, and much more. Check my web site... for details.
Pappa John's NFL games national TV spot VO
Price Chopper stores... upstate New York network TV VO (still in production)
Richmond Raiders arena football season's commercials
Milwaukee Tools online video VOs for Red Lithium products
English, Pig Latin, Foul...
Deep, authoritative, resonant, capable of extreme hard sell or "VOG" as well as sensitive soft sell. Rather wide range without getting into vocal caricatures. Straight, generic announcer with an excellent grasp of vocal nuance and script interpretation.
DIALECTS, Character voices and vocal impressions
Big city cabby, Southern redneck, crusty old curmudgeon, God.
Senior Male, Middle Age Male
Union Affiliation
Aftra, Financial Core
ISDN, Source Connect, FTP, AIF, MP3, WAV
ProTools / MBox2 Pro
Telos Zehyr XStream
Neumann U87 / TLM 103
Joe Meeks / Pre Sonus pre-amps
MacPro dual core/8gig Ram/1ter. hard drives
Gentner Digital Hybrid phone patch
outboard mixers by Roland (digital) & Behringer (analog)
Tannoy Reveal monitors
redundant backups: Macs, mics, MBoxes

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At 1:54pm on February 25, 2011, John Causby said…
Wow...thanks Mary.  Aw shucks.
At 1:53pm on February 25, 2011, John Causby said…
Thanks Joe.  We miss you! Come home.
At 9:36am on November 9, 2010, Mary London said…
Thanks for the welcome Joe!
Miss not seeing you around the studios here in Charlotte and the area...still hear your voice (of course) everywhere...
Yup: Charlotte is loaded with talent. John Causby has turned into one of the best while still managing to be the nicest guy in the world...He is so versatile. I still think his abilities as a director are amazing...his instincts are good and he can really capture a performance out of anyone.
You need to hear him & Ed doing Barney & Andy. Scary spot-on!
Stay in touch good man!
At 10:31am on July 16, 2010, Mike Coon said…
Dear Joe:
I agree with your comment that making it in this business is more than just having a nice voice! As with anything worth having, it takes time, effort and persistence....I've been doing vo for about 8 years and enjoy the "hunt" for my next client and/or opportunity. Frustrating? You bet...and the thrill of finding that new client or project is worth every bit of the frustration!
Best wishes for a great day!
At 1:34pm on July 16, 2009, Jon Carter said…
Ha ha! Good one, Joe. Very nice meeting you, bud. Please keep in touch.
At 10:48pm on April 21, 2009, Steven Mane said…
My comment can be taken two ways. The first: you're bad, you need more training. Obviously, this isn't your case, because you've been in it for thirty years and you are seeing work. The other is less of my jackassery and involves soul-searching.

What do you have that other talents don't? How do you describe yourself as a talent? Are you a versatile character actor? Are you a strong narrator? Or is your brand/voice too common? If the last is your case, you will have trouble finding an agent because they have plenty of people who sound like you.

On the other hand, I have found trouble finding work EVEN WITH AN AGENT. The reason? 95% of my projects are through Voicebank, and most of the projects I receive through them are LA-based, which means I'm S.O.L. Whatever they tell you about Chicago being a major market is a lie. Everything is based out of LA and to a certain extent New York. Voice-over work is scant. You'll probably have better luck in Toronto, of all places!

What Joe Cipriano once said on his blog a few years back was that you'll have a better chance staying near your hometown if you want to see work. My suggestion? With credits like yours, I'd move to LA.

At 1:01am on March 18, 2009, Dan (Daniel Eduardo) Hurst said…
Hi Joe!

Welcome to Voiceover Universe! You'll meet some old friends and make some new ones around here!

I hope you'll check out and join a group that we started not too long ago called MARKETING FOR FUN AND PROFIT. It's a group dedicated to discussing ways we can market ourselves - what works; what doesn't. With your experience, you would be a tremendous resource! Click here for the link: MARKETING FOR FUN AND PROFIT!

Thanks for your time! I trust our paths will cross soon!

Best to ya!

dan (daniel eduardo) hurst
At 11:26am on March 10, 2009, Penny Abshire said…
Hi Joe!

I’m delighted to be the first to welcome you to the UNIVERSE! You've joined a terrific group of very talented and generous people. You’ll love it here!

I'd also like to invite you to join my VoiceOver Universe Group, Positive Thinkers UNITE!

We can always use another creative, positive voice among us. Come join the fun!

Best wishes for your continued success!

Penny Abshire
The VoiceActing Academy




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