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Voice Actor, Studio Engineer, Voiceover Coach
I've been one of the top male voice-over talents in the Midwest since 1989. I started my studio “Voices On” in 2001, and have since voiced hundreds of projects from web-based Flash animation to regional TV spots to college-level textbook narrations to Corporate Video narrations. I've voiced quite a few Telly (and other) award-winning spots in my career, and have had dozens of Fortune 500 clients. I've also been a much-in-demand voice-over coach and demo producer.
Al Anon Family Groups - national TV PSA
Q-Ray sunglasses - national TV - national cable TV VO
Time-Warner Cable Business Class - national TV VO
Novalis Shaped Beam Surgery - regional TV and radio
Harley-Davidson - regional radio
Abbott Labs, Wrigley/Mars, Country Insurance, Enesco, Molex, etc - Industrial Narrations
English - US
Trustworthy, warm yet authoritative, energetic, smooth, real (yes, I really can act!), cool, whimsical, ironic, friendly, conversational, mid-ranged, 30-50 age range. NOT a radio DJ!
DIALECTS, Character voices and vocal impressions
Middle Age Male, Young Adult Male
Neumann TLM-103, Rode NTK w Amperex NOS tube, Shure SM-7B; Speck 5.0 solid-state preamp, ART MPA Gold w Mullard NOS and TungSol tubes; FMR RNC: Mogami cabling, Echo Mia sound card, custom-built PC using Sound Forge 9.0, isolation booth

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At 10:21am on November 12, 2009, Mike Bratton said…
Hiya Tom,

I have no doubt that the talent on there says the 416 "cuts through" better than the NTG-3. I think that the NTG-3 will also "cut through" a mix quite well. There's a TINY little bit of difference between the natural eq curve of the 416 and the NTG...but I have no reason to believe that it doesn't make the NTG cut through better or worse. If you look at the technical specs of each...the pattern on the 416 is a touch tighter than that of the NTG. THAT makes it a smidge punchier, but, when all is said and done, I just don't think there's that much difference.

And honestly, if you're doing voice on a spot, it'll be the engineer who is putting the spot together that will make the voice "cut through" on the mix.
At 8:50am on November 12, 2009, Mike Bratton said…
Tom...I'm SO sorry. I haven't checked my comment section in a VERY long time, and just noticed that you had asked my opinion on the NTG-3 vs., in May or something. I don't know if you ever picked one up, but the NTG-3, in my opinion, is very, VERY similar in most ways to the 416. For my ear, and so far, my clients' ears, it seems that the only difference is about $600. : )

Hope that helps. There's a great shootout of the two mics on youtube actually

This shows the way the two mics work as far as sonic quality and their rejection capabilities.
At 3:54pm on March 30, 2009, Gregory Houser said…
Thanks for the advice Tom,

LOL! if only I had as much time as I used to. I've been promising folks to get a page on VU for months, but only today had the free time and wherewithal to actually do it.

Busy is a good thing, but does make life more complicated...
At 7:15pm on January 25, 2009, Dan (Daniel Eduardo) Hurst said…
Hi Tom!

I trust the Voiceover Universe experience has been good for you!

Also, I hope you'll check out and join a new group that we just started 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! The link is:

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

Best to ya!

dan (daniel eduardo) hurst
At 1:09am on December 1, 2008, joi said…
Tom Test,
thought i should stop by and introduce myself....Joi and invite you to my new group Newbie News,looks like you might have a lot to contribute,stop by,join,share yourself,put your 2 cents in.hope to talk to you soon.
At 2:24pm on October 15, 2008, Penny Abshire said…
Hi Tom!

Let me to be one of the first to welcome you to the UNIVERSE! You’ve joined a terrific group of creative and generous people. You’re going to love it here!

And 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!

Best wishes for continued success!

Penny Abshire
At 9:47pm on October 10, 2008, Craig Koepke said…
Were you the other guy from Loris that worked on that spot. I heard there was someone else from the agency. I've just been with them since late June 2008. Felt good to book a gig with them rather quickly. I've have one other agent that dang for all the parts I thought I nailed...well the nail bent before it went all the way in.
At 9:09pm on October 10, 2008, Craig Koepke said…

Thanks for the input. The agent I'm talking about is Lori Lins LTD in Milwaukee.

I may try and contact the engineer since I recorded on spot in Minneapolis and see if he has anything. We hit it off fairly well.

Thanks for the tip,
At 7:59pm on October 10, 2008, Craig Koepke said…
Hey Tom,

I saw it in print somewhere on this site. I don't remember now though. I talked with my agent and they said they did not want me contacting the creative or the agency directly, so I guess I will have to wait.

Nice demo and very unique website. Well done! Keep in touch.
At 3:11pm on October 9, 2008, Stephanie Ciccarelli said…
Hi Tom!

Very good to run into you here. Hope all is well :)

Best wishes,

Stephanie from



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