Random Watercooler Thoughts & Stuff
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.
A few years back I went on Pilgrimage to Mecca, as a muslim that’s one of those important once in a lifetime things (except if you decide to go another time) and while I was there I contracted some kind of illness (from one or a few of the 4 million other souls also performing their pilgrimage) and this flu or infection or whatever was so bad that it turned my phlegm orange. Now I don’t know if you are aware of the different stages of phlegm discoloration. But for me I’ve never gone past green… and all of a sudden I’m in orange country. It was very disconcerting, and in any case it left me with a nasty cough that lasted way after the pilgrimage was over.
Turns out that after that incident I developed a chest allergy that flairs up during winter every few years. Very annoying and in some cases gives you Asthma like symptoms.
Very difficult to record with a cough sneaking up on you sporadically.
So There’s that!
A service free for voice artists that provides a similar service as does Source Connect. Currently only works with Mac computers and the windows beta is about to be released.
This thing has the potential to be Legend (wait for it) you know the rest!
Seriously I think I might contact these nice folks and see if they’ll be interested in giving us some insight into this seemingly amazing service.
Has any of you folks used the service? can we get some kind of comparison between ISDN, Sourceconnect and the Soundstreak Service?
It seems that the rant against mouth noise for vo artists isn’t a new one, its one of those things that might eventually cause you to punch yourself in the mouth from frustration. I’ve been reading some blog posts here and there and it seems that there are a number of remedies for this issue, From green apples before recording to using something to spray water into your mouth (like one of those breath freshner sprays but with water instead of that nasty halitosis killing concoction.
Are there other remedies? Do you have any suggestions? practices you would like to share to minimize that annoying clicking / smacking sound your teeth / mouth make while you record?
Voiceover Marketplace Subscriptions
The other day I got an email from something called Voicebunny. I read through the site, registered but never completed the profile. Its some kind of fixed price voiceover market place brought to you by the nice people at Voice123. I don’t think I’ll ever be completing that profile. The idea of having my rates standardized with every other vo actor is not to my liking.
So voicebunny people? Would you like to explain your strategy in this? Leave a comment and if the topic takes off I can wrote an article on your site… or not.
In my last article I mentioned that I was going to go full time with my voiceover career. So I figured I should take a look at the voiceover marketplace sites and the first one that I had successfully used back in 2008 was voices.com
So I checked the site and found out that the old subscription paradigm has been shifted. They no longer have 2 tiers of annual subscriptions… rather a free guess membership (have a little honey so you can get hooked) then you have the monthly “Lite” account that in the long run is about $100+ more expensive then you have the yearly $300 usd Premium subscription.
Its been almost 4 years since I got my voices.com account so I can’t really complain that they changed their account subscription system. Still now I have to rethink whether I should rejoin them or not… We’ll see
Reviewing Voiceover Gear & Products
For folks who wish to promote their voiceover related products, be they books, microphones, recording accessories. I would gladly write an unboxing and review article about your product. You’ll need to send me this product so I can test for a few weeks before I can review it. Then you’ll have to take whatever praise or critique I gave as something constructive.
So Far I’ve only reviewed my own gear which I have purchased with my own money. If you think your product is strong and can withstand being put through its paces then send it on over. Email me with your request and I can provide you with a shipping address.
That is all… carry on.