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VO Disasters:  Half Deaf With Partial Facial Paralysis

VO Disasters: Half Deaf With Partial Facial Paralysis

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.

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Introducing ipDTL,  Recording Evolved

Introducing ipDTL, Recording Evolved

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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.

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SoundStreak: The Next Generation of Remote Recording

SoundStreak: The Next Generation of Remote Recording

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!

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Random Watercooler Thoughts & Stuff

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.

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How Not To Be An Idiot

How Not To Be An Idiot

So Its been almost 6 months since I’ve written anything for The Voice Emporium and for my regular readers I apologize. The truth is that in some cases there was not much to report about and in others I was extremely busy.

As most of you have already forgotten I am not a full time Voiceover artist, though that is the goal, the dream, the target, which means that for around 8 hours everyday for 5 days a week I am not available to record or write for my blog or do much in the voiceover-verse. I was given a promotion and handed 23 people and a company to manage and that has meant longer hours at work and many sleepless nights trying to figure out solutions for problems that I never knew I would ever be involved in.

A few weeks back I did something pretty stupid and though it didn’t hurt anyone but myself… I guess.

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Bastion - The Next Step in VG VO

Bastion – The Next Step in VG VO

Bastion is not a new game, it’s been around for maybe a year now. I bought it off Valve’s STEAM marketplace during a sale and I haven’t finished it yet. So don’t spoil it for me.

The game’s controls took me a bit of getting used to because of the weird…

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Hacked

Hacked

It came out of no where of course. Completely unexpected.

I got an email from one of my subscribers at the Voiceover Pavilion telling me that something was terribly wrong with the VOP.

When he searched for his name on google his profile on the VOP is listed… but then when he clicks it, the browser doesn’t go to The Voiceover Pavilion…. it goes to some weird Cialis / Viagra sales portal.

I confirmed this… then sat down infront of my PC in shock. How could this happen? Is it a virus? How do I fix this?

I gave myself 5 minutes to feel sorry for myself … then started the search to figure out what happened?

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Quiet on the Set! Say hello to QuietGlue

Quiet on the Set! Say hello to QuietGlue

Back in January of 2010 I wrote an article about a sound absorption product called Green Glue. The point of the article was to bring the product to the attention of my readers (who are mostly voiceover artists or audiophiles) Since many of you are either building yourselves (or others) home studios and / or constantly trying to improve your studio’s sound quality. I figure Taji’s Voice Emporium is the perfect place to showcase some sound isolation products.

Today’s article is not a review since I don’t have access to the product itself … but I thought it only fair that I would write an article about Green Glue’s direct competitor Quiet Glue, especially since many of the people who read the Green Glue article mentioned that there is (in their opinion) a better (and cheaper) product out there that can help with sound isolation / absorption / dampening.

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The Art of Creating Art

The Art of Creating Art

Almost every man I know wants to drive like a pro. Its a strange thing this fascination the male members of the human species have with moving vehicles. Not so much tractors and heavy machinery…  with those we would like to think of ourselves as instinctively intuitive, as in, you can operate this behemoth of a machine instinctively without instruction or prior training. But the truth of the matter is that there are good drivers, and bad drivers… and everyone in between is the norm… the moderately good drivers. The truth is that if I decide to drive a Caterpillar Earth Mover without instruction… I wouldn’t be able to make it move.

In the Acting world there are those who are called character actors. People like Heath Ledger, Danial Day Lewis and Johnny Depp. Those people are well known for their chameleon like versatility. Almost like they have multiple personalities. On the other side of the spectrum you have actors that play themselves over and over in movies. Seth Rogan (I still like his work… but seriously lets face it … its the same guy over and over) Adam Sandler and David Spade is another.

Then you have some of those dedicated actors… who are good, well liked, prepare like crazy… and have talent. Christian Bale, Robert De Niro, Gary Oldman.

I’m sure every actor out there wants to be known as versatile. That would mean he gets more work doesn’t it? If they can play the Good guy and the Bad guy with equal conviction …. then the doors of possibility are endless.

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