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Studio Maintenance? Don’t Forget Current Projects

Hey, there!

I recently upgraded my studio – good, and not so good – I have a warning you need to hear about this.

There were some unintended consequences of my studio maintenance…

So, I just did some much needed maintenance on my studio – some of the components have served their useful life, and needed to be replaced.

That was good, and not so good – good for my studio, but not good for the current projects I was producing.

The upgrades, replacement, cleaning, re-calibrating and so on left me with a cleaner, more potent sound. Not night and day, just…better.

But the work I’d been doing on 3 audiobooks and an IVR prompt set wasn’t finished when this all happened.

And a better sound meant a different sound.

Now, the IVR stuff was for a client that was using legacy big-iron servers, and when I converted a prompt recorded in the new environment to a very low quality (but good for IVR work) CCITT mu-law 8-8 wav file, it sounded indistinguishable from the older prompts I’d recorded and converted.

But the audiobooks? A very different story.

All three needed to be started from the beginning. No way around it.

One is requiring that I re-narrate 27 relatively short chapters.

Another, I needed to only take care of the first four chapters I’d already voiced.

And the third, well…that’s going to take a bit more work, as I’d already produced half the book.

Look, there’s no good time to do studio maintenance (unless you have nothing in the pipeline), but it’s necessary.

Just remember to also make sure that, with audiobooks in particular, you don’t give the listener a different experience from chapter to chapter. Make sure the sound is consistent.

And as all of these books are ACX projects, it is easy to replace the audio as I produce the new version of each chapter. Just use the Replace link in the chapter you’re uploading, in the PRODUCE AUDIOBOOK tab, on the project page on ACX for your book. It looks like this (click on it to enlarge it to full size if you need to):

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Clicking on that link brings up a browse button to choose the new file from your hard drive.

Thank you, ACX!

Take the time to do this, as well the time to keep your studio in the best shape it can be.

Hope this helps!

David

10 Responses to 6 Steps to a Perfect VO Demo

  1. Kelli August 18, 2011 at 2:58 am #

    I feel really good about my demo. It is a quick and fun process, even for someone like me who gets very self concious. :)

  2. David Britz September 5, 2011 at 11:25 pm #

    The demos are great. Superb quality. Why go anywhere else?

  3. David Britz October 20, 2011 at 3:51 pm #

    Can’t wait to record my Narration VO Demo!! :))

  4. Mike Brang December 31, 2013 at 9:44 am #

    Having a well-produced demo is one of the most important things in the VO business. I had a number of demos made from other producers in the past and they all had one thing in common — that manufactured, cookie cutter sound!
    What sets David apart from the rest, besides his affordable price and tremendously fast turn around time, is that all of the clips you record with him sound unique. Each spot sounds like an actual commercial you recorded for a job.
    My agent loved the quality and even asked who produced it to refer his other talent there!

    Thanks again, David for producing such a great, high quality demo for me. You made the process relaxing and enjoyable. I urge anyone reading this unsolicited reply to listen to David’s student demos to hear the difference for yourself. Anyone would be lucky to work with him

  5. Kristy Liles February 9, 2017 at 7:04 pm #

    I can not thank you enough. I worked so hard on 15 page IVR project, one day I cryed, look for answers, pull my hear (not really) but I was about until another VO send me this great tool. Thanks!

  6. Frank June 11, 2017 at 9:51 pm #

    David

    When v123 indicates the audition is for a student/ nonprofit are we to assume it is for $0. If so, why does the audition ask for an amount to be entered?

  7. shirley jordan June 12, 2017 at 5:58 pm #

    David,
    I did get this scam through Voice 123. In our discourse, they offered me the gig and they gave me the name of a legit local place to record and the same runaround with the money. I didn’t send anything, but instead, I called the studio to make sure the booking was for the day we set up, and lo and behold, the people there had no idea what I was talking about. I then tried to call back my “contact person” who was setting this up and there was a fax machine beep on the other end. I immediately contacted Voice 123 and told them what had happened. You know what they say…if it sounds togaed to be true, it probably is. Thanks for the reminder!
    Shirley

  8. shirley jordan June 12, 2017 at 5:59 pm #

    …too good…not togaed.
    The one time spell check didn’t work!

  9. Bernard Prame July 1, 2017 at 9:44 pm #

    extremely helpful demo. Thank you!

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