2011 New York Voiceover Mixer Press Release

Voiceover Talent to Converge On New York

New York, NY  October 17, 2011 –  Over 500 top voiceover actors, agents and coaches from around the world are set to attend the 2011 New York Voiceover Mixer this December third beginning at 6:00 pm at Arena Event Space near Times Square.  The industry networking event is being billed as the largest gathering of voiceover professionals in the world.

Past mixers have seen hundreds of talent and related industry people swapping business cards, forging new business relationships and posing for the occasional photo-op in between cocktails.  Attendees travel from all parts of the globe to see the faces behind some of the most successful and recognizable voices in animation, commercials, documentaries, movie trailers and promos.

Event organizer Erik Sheppard of Voice Talent Productions says, “This is the fourth year we are hosting the mixer and it keeps getting bigger and better every time.  We all look forward to getting out of our sound booths and offices and enjoying each other’s company.”  He adds, “We have incredible guests and giveaways this year and once again it is a free event thanks to the Legendary Marc Graue Voiceover Studio and our absolutely amazing and generous sponsors.”  Corporate sponsors include Edge Studio, Voicebank, VOICE 2012 and Sam Ash Music.  Says Sheppard, “We don’t offer any classes or long presentations so while there is a lot of shop talk and business dealings, it’s primarily an excuse to get dressed up, be seen and enjoy some drinks and conversation with our friends and colleagues.  Plus, you get to hear some amazing voices.”

Voice Talent Productions is a talent agency representing an elite roster of union and non-union voiceover talent from their New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta and Florida offices.  Those hoping to attend the event are instructed to visit http://voicetalentproductions.com for more information.  Press are invited to contact owner Erik Sheppard at erik@voicetalentproductions.com or 631.332.9550.

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The iAudioInterface2: New A/D for iPod, iPad and iPhone

Holy crap, I think I might have broken the “i” on my keyboard typing that headline.

As recording voiceovers on our iDevices becomes more common there have been a multitude of doodads released for us to choose from to just plug a dang mic into the iThing and get a clean signal.  Most of the test recordings iHave heard with them sound pretty lackluster though.  Perhaps this will be an iMprovement, it certainly seems iMpressive:

Announcing the all-new iAudioInterface2. Designed from the ground up to work with all of the current Apple iOS products, iAI2 is the perfect companion to AudioTools, and the perfect stereo audio interface for all your iOS apps.

Compatible with iPhone 4, iPod touch 4, and iPad, iAudioInterface has these major features:

* 48V Phantom-powered XLR microphone input, with up to 50dB of gain**

* Balanced line input for transfer function measurements

* Balanced line output for signal generation

* Toslink digital audio output, mirrors line out at full level, also supports Dolby Digital 5.1 AC3 test signals (optional in AudioTools)

* Internal li-ion battery, draws no power from your device

* When charging with the included external adapter, also charges your attached iOS device, including iPad.

* Digital audio link to iOS device for lowest noise, and best quality. Uses our own A/D converters and DAC with precision USB audio clock recovery

iAI2 is the perfect companion for AudioTools, and also works with many iOS audio Apps, including Garageband, Skype, SignalScope, Mulit-Track Recorder, and more. Note that Apple does not support dock mics with the phone app.

Roxanna?

iT goes for about 400 clams.

Geeky specs HERE.

Purchase info HERE.

 

Bill DeWees Makes Sense

Fellow voiceover coach Bill DeWees shares the story of an unnamed “successful” talent and talks some sense into those who think that just having a good agent and some talent will make you rich and successful:

How is Bill qualified to know what the hell he’s talking about? Because he is amazing, that’s why1: http://voicetalentproductions.com/voiceover/Bill-DeWees

 

1. Seriously though dude, you look like you just came out of the clothes dryer in that headshot.

The “Alice In Wonderland” Test Footage Is Awesome

Way back in the day, as they often do now, voiceover sessions or just the actors going through the paces were filmed for the benefit of the animators who would go to work afterward.  It’s interesting to note how similar some animated characters look to the actors who voiced them after the artists use their expressions and mannerisms from the footage.

Apparently the audio picked up during this test scene was so spot-on that they wound up using it in the final cut.  Very cool:

Voiceover Studio Decor: Custom Waveform Canvas Prints

Martha here with another installment of Home Studio Decor.  There are a few companies who offer this kind of thing but these are the nicest I have seen.  Record your phrase, upload the audio, choose your canvas size and color scheme then pay through the nose.

 

Purchase information here: Vapor Sky

Voiceover Studio Decor: The 10 Ton Lamp Shade

Perfect for the character/animation voice actor or just big Looney Tunes fans:

Purchase information here: Meninos

 

(Goes well with the TNT Candle Holder for the full Roadrunner experience!)

VOICE 2012 Drops A Bombshell

Oh man, James Alburger and Penny Abshire just blew all our minds when they recently announced that VOICE would be held in Disneyland in June of next year.  “I’m going to Disneyland!” remarked a million unfunny people referencing pop culture jokes from a few years back.  Regardless, I am going to Disneyland.

We have been to VOICE the past few years and I was a huge fan of their last venue1 but this is just amazing.  Huge, huge kudos to them for pulling this off.  The amount of work that must go into securing a deal like this must be phenomenal.

There are a few more voiceover events to choose from the past few years (ours included), and you should certainly go to them all if you can, but this is the grandaddy of them all.  Days of classes, amazing events, an incredible variety of things to learn and do and apparently, um, rides!2  All of this for a reasonable price as well considering what is offered.

Wanna go?  Of course you do, you’re no idiot.  Clickety click on the banner up top there and get all the rich creamy details.3

 

1. There was a huge bar.  Right in the middle of the lobby.  It was beautiful.
2. Plus me.  Don’t miss out on your chance to meet me!
3. Sorry, I was looking at that Kudos bar picture.