I stumbled on this and thought it was pretty fun and brings up a very important question. Do you have a regional accent? If so, what have you done about erasing it?
Lot’s of voice-over talent myself included, have had coaching just to get rid of that regional accent and get that neutral American English that is most widely accepted in professional voice work. True, there is that occasional job that prefers the regional accent of a given area. One of the hardest things to do is to switch between a regional accent and neutral English when needed.
For fun I invite you to take this test linked below, share your results in the comments below. What training have you done or tricks do you use to control your regional accent?
For the past year there has been an excellent resource available for those that are wanting to learn more on the technical side of operating a home recording studio. EWABS otherwise known as East West Audio Body Shop is broadcast on the internet most Sunday nights at 9 p.m. ET. You can find the live stream along with past recorded shows on their Ustream channel here http://www.ustream.tv/channel/ewabs . The co-hosts are Dan Lenard “from the East” and George Whittam “from the West” both are experts in audio engineering and specialize in helping people that seek solutions for their home studio problems.
Dan is from the Buffalo New York area and you can visit his website here http://www.homestudiomaster.com/Home_studio_Home_Page.php. George is based in the greater Los Angeles California area, he is Virginia Tech graduate and was the personal studio engineer for the late Don LaFontaine who was the voice-over guy that starred in the Geico TV commercials and one of the most famous movie trailer voices of all time. George’s website can be found here http://eldorec.com/.
Both offer services to those that need help troubleshooting and properly setting up their home studios. They both offer free evaluations of your current audio from your home studio that can be uploaded to their websites. From this sample they can make suggestions of changes that can be made to improve your audio quality. Both are very reasonably priced and very efficient. I have personally used George’s services setting up my own voice-over studio and through Skype and remote software he was able to help customize the settings that I needed specifically for my recording space environment.
The voice-over industry has changed greatly in just the past few years and now most voice-talents not only have to deliver superior reads, but also have to be able to produce professional quality audio from their home studios. EWABS is one very important resource that can help us all provide the quality audio necessary to be competitive in todays voice-over marketplace.
What are you currently doing to ensure you’re delivering the best audio possible from your own home studio?
It has been a while since my last blog post and there is a good reason, I have reevaluated my blog presence and have decided to make major changes for 2012! I mean who wants to hear our behind the scenes stories anyways? People want to read something containing useful information. Content that they can use to improve their life or the way they do business, so my blogs from now on are going to do just that. I will be covering a wide spectrum of topics from rodeo production, voice-over, audio, and business that can help a wide diversity of folks. If you happen to stumble on this blog with its new informational format please subscribe, and add me to your blogroll. So here is to a great 2012 for everyone out there!
Update on 2/25: Since I posted this blog on Jan 22 not only have I upgraded this website, but I have built a dedicated web presence for voice-over at http://www.voiceoversbydavie.com. The new voice-over site will not only be a hub for getting my demos out and generate voice-over business, but will also host a blog that will be dedicated to voice-over, recording and production. All blogs related to those subjects will be moved over there in time.
This blog site will concentrate on rodeo business, production, and an occasional return to our behind the scenes adventures.