I’m back….Again!

Posted in Equipment on January 21, 2015 by oneononeproductions

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Just checking out the specs on the Digi002 firewire interface. Pretty cool. I already own one of these, but I’d like to promote it a bit more than I have been. This interface is fantastic for whether you work with ProTools or with Adobe Audition. Fantastic sound card, and features out the ying yang. Definitely a good thing to look at if you are building your studio at home and need an impressive interface with way too many options. For the audio nerd in all of us.

Digi002

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The irresponsible blogger returns

Posted in Equipment with tags , , , , , , on October 16, 2011 by oneononeproductions

I know, it’s been a long time and I am NOT a responsible blogger. But nevertheless, I persist, and I treasure each and every one of you that read my posts. It’s important to me. Today, I’d like to talk about campaign ads. Since it’s coming up on local election time, I’ve seen a spike of orders for political spots. Positive and negative. While doing political ads are fun for me, I prefer to stick with positive campaign ads. Something about doing a negative attack ad just doesn’t sit well with me. However, a client is a client. I always attempt to steer the client away, as gently as I can, from doing negative attack ads. I think, in the end, it looks better for my business, as well as their campaign. But try telling that to a campaign manager who already has their mind made up. Ultimately, you cannot control a candidates campaign.

Just remember as election time nears for many local officials, that you are in the business of giving the client what they want. But you also have a reputation to  maintain as an ethical business owner. Know when over the line is over the line for you, personally. Only you can make that decision. Just my random thoughts on a Sunday morning. Good day.

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Pronunciation difficulties?

Posted in Radio and etc, Voiceovers! on March 19, 2011 by oneononeproductions

It’s been a while since I’ve posted something, so I thought I’d do that today as I recover from SXSW here in Austin. What an amazing festival. For one week a year, the world music scene concentrates itself and it’s fans in one downtown area. If you are a music fan, a party fan, a networker, and have an adventurous spirit, I highly recommend attending. If even for the free shows, which there are plenty. You don’t need a badge at $700 to have fun at SXSW.

So, with my headache and slurred speech this morning, I thought touching upon pronunciation of words in voice scripts would be a good thing. If you have a home studio, and cannot always reach your client in a decent amount of time to get clarification on pronunciation (as clients often tend to forget to spell things phonetically on scripts), there is still hope!

Say you find yourself needing to pronounce a name. Like Joe Calzaghe. Well, say you’ve never heard of Joe Calzaghe, you wouldn’t immediately know how to pronounce his name. Try the Name Engine. It’s a great way to get the pronunciation of tons of notable names. Or just refer to the dictionary. In times of challenge, in this day and age, there’s a way online to overcome.

The most fool proof way to make sure you don’t have any confusion with pronunciation is to speak on the phone with your client as soon as they send the script. So much can be left out of emails as well as scripts, and getting in touch quickly isn’t always an option. So at the beginning of a job, it’s always better to have at least a phone conversation detailing things like pronunciation and any other wishes the client may have such as pregnant pauses, etc. Be proactive before you’re off to the races and laying down the VO.

 

 

Stopping ambient noise in your studio

Posted in Equipment, Voiceovers! with tags , on January 18, 2011 by oneononeproductions

If you are building a studio on a budget, one of the most expensive things, depending on the room you are working in, can be sound dampening. You can’t send off a professional sounding voiceover with ambient noise cluttering the background. You’ve got to get rid of it.

Fortunately, there are many different possible answers for you, ranging from very expensive to virtually no cost at all. Don’t jump and buy a bunch of pricey foam squares until you have considered all the options.

You can go ahead and buy the foam if you like, and most foam comes with a way to mount it so that it is removable. If you live in an apartment, the last thing you want to do is spend alot of money on foam, glue it to your walls, lose your security deposit AND your foam when it comes time to move. Consider these alternatives:

Isolation panels:

These can range from $100 up to multiple hundreds, depending on your budget and the level of isolation you are aiming for. Guitar Center has several different kinds. You may find that one is simply not enough, if the ambient noise in your studio is above a certain level, but it will definitely help. VoxGuard makes an excellent one.  Check them out here: http://www.guitarcenter.com/Primacoustic-VoxGuard-Microphone-Isolation-Panel-105918098-i1532537.gc

 

 

The Harlan Hogan Porta-booth:

This is a clever little contraption which, while helping your home studio, also doubles as a portable sound booth! Excellent for those who are “on the go”, working from laptops and hotel rooms. It’s conservatively priced, and is an excellent answer to getting rid of unwanted ambient noise. Check it out at www.harlanhogan.com

 

Carpet:

If you are on an even tighter budget, consider carpet remnants. This is a very inexpensive way to get that quiet that your mic needs to perform it’s best. A creative mind can come up with a way to wrap a carpet remnant around the back of your microphone, which will significantly reduce ambient noise. You can also use carpet remnants hung on your walls to dampen sound.

 

All of these are great choices in getting rid of unwanted noise. Remember, if it doesn’t sound good from the beginning, no amount of processing is going to take care of it.

 

Moving update

Posted in Equipment, Radio and etc, Voiceovers! on December 20, 2010 by oneononeproductions

The blog has been silent the past couple of weeks. One on One Productions, (meaning ME)….is moving to Austin, Texas! So, needless to say, things have been hectic around here. I hope to get back to blogging on a daily basis once the move is complete. In the meantime, be sure to check out the website, www.oneononeprod.com for anything you may need in the way of voiceovers or audio services. I am, of course, still available at any time for a project.

Have a happy holiday season, and don’t drink too much eggnog!

Why get a firewire interface?

Posted in Equipment on December 6, 2010 by oneononeproductions

The day has come that you can create basically anything you want on a home computer, regardless of the limitations imposed on you by your computer. Do you believe that you’ll never use more than 16 tracks for a complicated production? You could mix down each time, but that eats up memory as well. You could mix down, save, exit, then restart to free up memory, but that’s a pain! Who wants to do that? And if you branch out into music production or aspire to, then you can count on, at times, using up to 150 tracks.

My point being that when you shop for a computer, make sure it’s Firewire ready. You’ll want that option when you see what an outboard interface can do to improve the performance of your CPU. The Firewire card contains extra signal processing chips to take the brunt of the audio effects off your CPU.  If you have a slower computer that can’t keep up, adding one of these cards and offloading the processing to it can really breathe a little life into an older system.

Check out www.oneononeprod.com for more stuff!

 

Errr…Cubase? Really?

Posted in Equipment, Voiceovers! with tags , , on November 30, 2010 by oneononeproductions

Sure, why not? Cubase is great software, if you can get past the learning curve coming from CoolEdit or Audition. It’s simple to install, simple to configure on your computer, and will work with most outboard interfaces.


But alot of software could be categorized as that. But, Cubase is compatible with both PC and Mac, and that makes it an automatic winner in my book. This is something that the cross-platform contender ProTools can’t live up to. Plus, it’s popular….lots of people use it, and it is capable of doing some pretty amazing things. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not specifically endorsing Cubase. Each situation is different. You need to figure out what will work with you because your editing system becomes your second brain.

I would take note, however,  of the add-ons available with Cubase. While not always associated with voice-overs, numerous VST plugins and new effects packages make it an exciting adventure using this platform. If you are a voice talent, consider this platform if you plan to stray into creative music production or complex multi-track productions. Audio production has truly moved entirely to the digital way. I say, take advantage.