July 2008 Blog Posts (46)

Terry and I interview Voiceover Universe's creator Rick Party this Friday on Voiceovers On Demand!

For episode 19 of our Voicey award-nominated podcast, "Voice Overs On Demand", Terry Daniel and I will be interviewing our fearless leader and the creator of VU, Rick Party! We will be recording the show sometime early Friday and posting it for your downloading pleasure late Friday afternoon. You can listen right here on the site, either on the home page just below the audio box in the left column, or on our "VOD" group page. We're also on ITunes, Talkshoe, and a few other podcast sites so take… Continue

Added by Trish Basanyi on July 17, 2008 at 1:06am — 4 Comments

Voices.com Sponsors Midwest Voice Conference

Hi Friends,

I thought I would share some excellent news with you! Voices.com is providing promotional sponsorship for the Midwest Voice Conference in Chicago, IL. The conference takes place on Saturday August 9, 2008 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Here's some more information about what you'll get out of the conference.

The objectives of the conference are:

Principles of Speaking Voice Restorative…


Added by Stephanie Ciccarelli on July 16, 2008 at 7:30pm — No Comments

A Great VO Day for the Tim-Man!

Milestone day for the The Timster!

Today marks the first time that a voice seeker on Voices.com has sent me a personal request to audition ...for a job that had not even been posted. I know better than to get too excited ...It's not as if I have the job yet. I thought the audition went well, but we'll see.

Also, I recorded a piece for Wayne Henderson's Voice Over Journey Podcast today. I had so much fun making this MP3! To kick off the "niche" marketing champaign of… Continue

Added by Tim Rice on July 15, 2008 at 9:30pm — 3 Comments


So.. not much has happened since my blog last week..I've still been researching equipment to set up a home studio and plodding along at my dodgy boring (but bill paying..) 'day job'....BUT the strangest things have been happening...all of a sudden things have just been 'falling into place' for me..my stars must FINALLY be in alignment to help start the ball rolling for me again! THANK GOODNESS!! LOL.....ANYWAY....a person who I see every so often happened to be viewing my facebook page out of… Continue

Added by Kathryn McClean on July 14, 2008 at 2:00am — 1 Comment

Noise Reduction plugin shoot out!

Hey all!
Finally got around to posting this. I had the chance to compare 6 different methods of noise removal: Sound Forge, iZotope, Audacity, Audition, Waves, and doin it by hand!


I'd love to hear your thoughts!

Added by SomeAudioGuy on July 13, 2008 at 2:00am — 2 Comments

Blog here? Blog there? Blog everywhere?

I just started trying to update a blog on a regular basis and have been using the Nextcat site to do so? What do you think - keep it there - move it here - or start up my own on my website? Hmmm. It's not all about voiceovers - like right now it's about my trip to New York to help my mom after her knee replacement - and the struggles with understanding how much "help" she is actually going to need after I leave.

And the voiceover news...in between trips to the rehabilitation place… Continue

Added by Connie Terwilliger on July 12, 2008 at 11:43am — 7 Comments

Ask The Speech Doc: Want to (wanuh) speak naturally? Use reduced forms!


You might be wondering what reduced forms are even though we use them every day. According to Jane Morley of the English Language Institute at Ann Arbor, these words make up nearly 60% of the spoken English in daily use. When said in isolation, most of these words have stronger forms but weaker forms are used in the context of a phrase or sentence spoken in the natural rhythm of conversation.

The words we typically “reduce” can be grouped into grammatical categories.… Continue

Added by Bonnie Engel Lee on July 11, 2008 at 6:06pm — No Comments

An interview, with me

John Florian has published an interview with me on the VoiceOverXtra site.

Added by Bob Souer on July 10, 2008 at 11:33pm — 2 Comments


So, I'm sitting on my deck with an ice cold Stella on a beautiful summer night in Minneapolis. I started to reflect upon my childhood and all the fun things we did. Kick the can! Hide and seek! Hell, even lawn jarts! Remember those? Once in a while I think about my childhood friends and what they may be up to these days. What does this have to do with anything? Absolutely nothing. Just thinking out loud :) As the sun starts to dip behind the trees, I begin to appreciate how lucky I really am. I… Continue

Added by Terry Daniel on July 9, 2008 at 8:30pm — 6 Comments

New radio spot running on Pulse 87.7 in NYC

WNYZ - SCANDALS - 063008 d.mp3

I don't do a lot of these types of spots, but this one was a lot of fun.....

Added by Trish Basanyi on July 8, 2008 at 12:17pm — 3 Comments

To Blog or Not To Blog

Hmmmm online blogging hey, well this WILL be a new experience!

Being the creative lil' button that I am..no doubt my mind will be flicking between a million things and I might only remember to write here every so often..but oh well..here goes......

SO....Very excited to have found a site like this a few short weeks ago & have since spent nearly every waking hour combing through the site soaking up all the amazing info..the benefit of my desire to read the site until the wee… Continue

Added by Kathryn McClean on July 7, 2008 at 2:54am — No Comments

I have now completed voice tracks on two Narration projects...

I am currently working two narration projects.

The first is a documentary narration on the grim ecology of the Louisiana Bayous.

I am about halfway through the painstaking narration tracks for this project, working to match my reads to the producer's vision. So far, so good. But pronouncing those Cajun names is an acquired skill. Not exactly like French.

The second project is a narration of a documentary for "Angel Faces", a non-profit organization that "Brings out the inner… Continue

Added by Michael Schoen on July 6, 2008 at 5:00pm — 3 Comments

Hi everybody!

I've had a chance to poke around the VO Universe a bit and this seems like a pretty cool place! I want to thank all the members who have left me nice messages welcoming me to your professional-social-networking site thingee. It's great to be here among my own kind!

For 25 years I've been a radio person - but I also spent a few years away from transmitters and request lines working on the 'other side' of the glass as a Producer/Engineer. It's amazing how much our business has changed… Continue

Added by Ken Slobodkin on July 6, 2008 at 2:44pm — 1 Comment

Five Questions for AFTRA National VP Holter Graham about the AFTRA - AMPTP Negotiations

I had a chance to trade some emails with Holter Graham (national AFTRA VP), and he had some very thoughtful answers to my questions regarding the current contract negotiations, AMPTP, and the SAG "Vote No" campaign.

Five Questions for AFTRA National VP Holter Graham about the AFTRA - AMPTP Negotiations

Added by SomeAudioGuy on July 5, 2008 at 8:10pm — No Comments

Training - what do YOU expect?

After 13 years of writing and performing on the mic, I will be leading my first official VO artist workshop series beginning this coming Monday. I have a bunch of material and ideas on exactly what I want my students to walk away with at the end of our time together, but I would be VERY curious to get some feedback from VO artists here in VU about the high- and lowlights of any formal training YOU have had, so that I might better prepare my own students for the rigors and fun of this… Continue

Added by STEPHANIE RENEE on July 5, 2008 at 11:46am — 1 Comment


Wow, lots and lots of online auditions. No rest for the wicked I guess! My neighbors must think I'm nuts! (Got plans for a booth on the way, should put that to bed.) I'm looking at a couple of new mics, (Sennheiser 416 and Neumann TLM-103), seeking that magic tone!

Best of luck to everyone, book lots of jobs. (Just not the ones I'm up for!;) Happy Fourth!


Added by TJ Jones on July 4, 2008 at 2:24pm — No Comments

It's so nice to be with friends

It's the Fourth of July and I'm having my morning coffee. Just joined Voice Over Universe and am beginning to set up my page, etc...but most of all, I'm thinking over a long career as a Writer/Director/Producer and... once again, Radio Babe. So grateful fo it all and so excited about the future. Thanks to those of you who welcomed me when I joined. Let's make beautiful music together!

Added by Cirina Catania on July 4, 2008 at 12:13pm — No Comments

I'm naming names

There are so many voice actors on this site who have been extremely generous to me.....

So I'm naming names! The people listed below have helped me move my game forward, both personally and professionally Without them, I wouldn't have a career.

Bob Bergen-thanks for the class.... thanks for reccommending me to Bernadette....for the August opportunity....vox on the rox and so much more. You're like a big brother to me in voice acting (even though you look like a younger… Continue

Added by John Taylor on July 3, 2008 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Week of July 1-6, 2008

Well here is my first ever blog of anything. First off let me tell any who read this that I detest the word blog. It's just so...whatever, I just hate it. So let me blog on. Sitting here in my studio writing this I am thinking about this last week and my joining the group here at Voiceover Universe. I am humbled that I have put myself in the midst of so many friends and fantastic voices. I'm not sure I even deserve a spot in amongst the tall trees of voicedom. Well thanks anyway for letting… Continue

Added by Craig Koepke on July 3, 2008 at 11:00am — No Comments

First Post! The Excitement never ends...

So I dunno, I figured I should have some sort of blog post in here as a sort of inauguration into this world of Online Social Networking all those kids are talking about now-a-days (Ok who am I kidding I'm still a kid).

My new website is up and fully functional finally, with the great new demos and everything!


Same address, totally new everything else. I'm really pleased with how it turned out. Now I'm just waiting for the hard copies of… Continue

Added by Laura Post on July 2, 2008 at 8:30pm — No Comments

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