Friday, May 29, 2009

The Price Is The Price

One of the most frustrating things about growing my voice over business has been all the potential clients who try to lowball the price. Do they do that in other aspects of their life? This video imagines what it would be like if they did!

Sunday, May 24, 2009

A Memorial Day Thank You

Take a few moments to remember the cost of insuring our way of life.
As has been oft said, "Freedom is not free". My heartfelt thanks to all the men and women warriors who are willing to stand up to those who threaten the American way of life.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Big Investment for Bigger Voice?

Well, I finally did it.
I finally decided to quit being cheap and upgrade to a better microphone.
While my trusty Rode NT1a is perfect for so many things including Commercials, Narration, Elearning and more, I really wanted/needed something to help my voice cut through the clutter.

So, a Sennheiser MKH 416 short shotgun mic is now on its way to BV World HQ in beautiful downtown IRB!
The 416 is called "The LA mic" because of it's used so much there for anything audio, ESPECIALLY Movie Trailers and Promos.

My Rode, along with many classic voice over mics (Neumann, Telefunken, AKG, etc) are Large Diaphragm Condensors with a cardiod pick up pattern...about the size of my generously-sized head. (Think basketball size) They are very versatile and provide excellent audio.

But the 416 is HYPER-cardiod, which means it's pickup pattern is more the size of a softball..(or so). When aimed/addressed properly, it will pick up more voice and less side sound which is what helps it cut through the clutter that is music, sound effects, etc.
Look at the pic and you can see how it could funnel/focus the sound

If I can ever figure out how to add mp3 audio to this site, I'll do some comparison tracks.

Friday, May 1, 2009

Stop the Texting/Twittering Madness!

Driving lesson #1 - When driving, FOCUS on driving.
I'm sure this bus driver wishes he had....