HERE'S A LITTLE ABOUT ME AND MY VOICE OVER EXPERIENCE
Signature voice on about 75 radio stations in US and around the world. Been heard on all the major US teevee networks. At this for many years...since way back when you listened to AM radio for music. Freelance voice talent since 2000. Non-union. Full-blown studio at home.
RECENTLY BOOKED PROJECTS
Usually work on annual retainer
English. Pig Latin. And I speak Radio. And Golf. And Dog. (Well, my dog thinks so.)
I sound like me. Unless I'm trying to sound like somebody else. Who else would I sound like? What do you mean "Voice Description?" It's a male voice. I talk and make noises with it. It's a voice. Smooth. Authoritative. Playful. Sincere. Angry. Sappy dad guy. Whimsical. Smarmy. Like most voice actors, I do all kinds of different things with one voice. You kinda have to hear it.. But mostly I do straight announcer stuff -- y'know, radio station voice imaging kinda stuff.
DIALECTS, Character voices and vocal impressions
I sound distinctly like I'm from Kansas City. Which is to say I don't sound like I'm from anywhere. Which I'm not. I'm from Kansas City.
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Hey Randy, thanx for the return info. Actually when I went external drive hunting, I considered Glyph, but price was an issue and the OWC drives are well received in the Mac community and they have the required Oxford chip set, 7200rpm and firewire 800. The issue(s) I experience always involve sound and never within a ProTools session. Today for example while building a short video in iMovie, I had 2x's the spinning beachball which always requires a power-off, never responding to "restart" and then again when I was up on YouTube, once. Also, I originally got the OWC to help the situation which I've experienced from the beginning.
It's maddening and I'm adjusted to reaching for the power button, but my fear is that in the middle of some client projectthe whole shebang is gonna wind up in the toilet...but maybe not! Usually, if I'm working, I'll re-boot when commin off the web, as a matter of habit. Sad thing is I envisioned having a really good xperienc w/Apple, maybe a Macbook for the road, etc, but now I'm a little leery of that. Again, thanks loads ...I may contact Apple/Digi again.
Stunning comments today re: your experience w/ProTools. I'll bet I bought my (1st ever) iMac about the same time you did. Actually I bought ProTools 7.3 and put it on our XP machine so I could begin learning the program, knowing I'd get a free update to 7.4.2 when it was released...which I did, but on-line.
You see, it's comments like yours that make me wonder why I have the conflicts I do as the only stuff on this iMac is Leopard, ProTools 7.4.2 and iWork...thats all of it. If i could figure that out I'd be a happy camper.
You know, I accused Apple of selling me a faulty machine, even sent Steve Jobs a letter which they responded to, and then they carefully, painstakingly, examined the iMac and continued to hand-hold me by phone for about 6 weeks till I was sure it wasn't the issue.
Then I dug down into the digi website and made several recommended adjustments to my file and purchased a OWC xternal firewire drive. Then re-loaded both Leopard and ProTools 2x's...actually it's called "archive & re-install" by Apple. But I did have to download the 7.4.2 update on-line and I was wondering if maybe that install is in some way incomplete...what do you think?
I've thinking about asking Digi if I could get a hard disc copy of 7.4.2, thinking it might be more stable?? Opinions on that?? Failing that, what about an update to 8.0 which is over-over-kill but....?
I've begun to work with iMovie & audio and I see that as a direction I want to pursue, so a simple audio editor may not fill the bill.
I know these ??'s are a pain...but c'mon Randy, you're on a roll, don't give up on me now. thanx, email@example.com
Randy...I would like to ask you a question regarding the sweetning of the audio right after you record it, meaning raw...I use Adobe 1.5 and I love it. I found some tutorials online and I am amazed with it. But...can you tell me the steps you go through right after recording the audio file? Like, 1. I normalize, 2. I compress, 3. I normalize, 4. put some EQ to it. 5. normalize again...Just curious how you recommend to do this. I am not going to ask you about compression or anything like that because I know that is a can of worms...just curious about the steps you take since I think you are familiar with Adobe Audition...Thx in advance. firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanx for the response Randy. I'm liking ProTools and I'm getting a handle on it but the "de-breathing" is a time-consuming pain and I windup with hundreds of cuts producing as many regions in the Region Bin. Right now I'm practicing on 5-6 minute short audio files...I can't imagine what I'll do with 30-45 minutes or more.