So as calamities go, this isn’t really that big of one, overall I’m healthy, business is booming, I’m not broke and my family are doing great. So thank God for all those things.
But I figure its a good idea to talk about a few things I’ve gone through recently that can seriously mess with your VO mojo.
A while back I was walking to the Mosque next door and on my way up the mountain (I live in Jordan so there are mountains everywhere) I was thinking. How messed up would it be for a voiceover artist to lose their hearing. How long can a VO artist continue to work in this field as his/her voice starts changing and maybe some kind of accident happens that might cause some sort of muscular fatigue or deterioration that might make them slur their speech or lisp.
In retrospect I think my mind should seriously stop wondering in those directions and SHUT UP, but the questions were asked and I guess in Allah’s (God in Arabic) great wisdom it was decided that I should get the front seat experience of at least two of the issues I was wondering about.
Earlier this year I received an email from one of my voiceover agents in the UK asking me to run a test with them on a new internet based ISDN replacement technology called ipDTL. All I needed was a good microphone, a decent internet connection and a chrome browser. The session went smoothly and my agent was pleased that I was able to achieve ISDN level quality on a wireless connection on my Mac Mini.
Ever the inquisitive type I decided to read up on this ipDTL (If I could get the letters in the right order) and decided that there wasn’t enough material to sate my curiosity. On an impulse I visited the website for the company behind ipDTL (a UK startup called In:Quality) and sent them off a message. CEO and founder of In:Quality Kevin Leach was kind enough to get back in touch with me forthwith and agreed to an interview that I present to you kind folks of the Voiceover inclination.
If this is the first time you’ve been to the Emporium then let me introduce myself. My name is Mahmoud Taji, I am a voiceover artist based in Cairo, Egypt and for those that haven’t been following recent world news that basically means that all hell has broken loose around me.
I’m not Egyptian but I’ve lived here on and off for 18 years… almost half my life. I went to high school here, I graduated university here, got my first job here, got married here, and both my children were born in the land of the Pharaohs and now this is the country that I will be leaving for the sake of my family’s safety.
A month or so back I came across a posting by a member in one of my online casting groups in Linkedin. The post was about a new Remote recording service called SoundStreak. This intrigued me and upon spending a few minutes on their website I was pretty excited about both the service and the idea of talking to the team behind this service directly.
Shortly after contacting the SoundStreak folks I was pleasantly surprised to hear directly from CEO Dan Caligor who was nice enough to get in touch and answer a few questions for me. I have yet to use the Sound Streak system since my recording setup is a windows one and the Sound Streak software currently only supports Macs. But Dan assured me that they will be releasing a windows beta for their software very soon.
Also once the stars align and I am able to test the system I will be posting a detailed description of how the session went and what my thoughts were on it.
So what is Sound Streak? and how is it the Next Generation of Remote Recording? How can voiceover folk like us benefit from it? and what’s the catch… if any?
Answers to these questions after the jump!
I’m going to let you in on a little secret, its a little stupid, but hey if you’ve made it to this page and are reading these words then its not that big a deal. So yeah, the secret is that I would probably post more on my blog if I didn’t have to come up with a customized image for each posting.
See… I told you it was stupid.
Today’s post, (and so soon since your last one too taji) is a bunch of brain farts and things that I wanted to put out there and discuss with my readers.. or myself, out loud.