The latest from Sound Nectar Studios
Why Your Project Needs A Professional Audio Engineer
Since we spoke about Voice Over Talent last week we should chat about What we do here… Audio Engineering! Hiring a professional audio engineer for your advertising project can bring several benefits to your project.
Quality and expertise: Professional Audio Engineers have the necessary skills and experience to deliver high-quality audio recordings with excellent sound quality, professional editing, music licensing/editing, sound design and mixing.
Equipment and technology: Professional Audio Engineers have access to the latest equipment and technology, including high-quality microphones, software, and hardware, ensuring that your audio recordings sound professional and polished.
Consistency: Professional audio engineers have the ability to maintain consistent sound quality, tone, and volume throughout the recording, ensuring that your message is conveyed clearly and effectively.
Time and cost-effectiveness: Hiring a professional audio engineer can save you time and money, as they can deliver high-quality audio recordings quickly and efficiently, eliminating the need for re-recording or editing.
Branding: A professional audio engineer can help establish and reinforce your brand identity by creating a unique and recognizable sound across all of your audio content.
Overall, hiring a professional audio engineer can help you deliver high-quality audio content that engages and resonates with your target audience, while saving you time and money in the long run.
Sidenote: AI wrote most of this post and I’m using it for SEO, curious if anyone actually reads studio’s blog posts. Let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
And of course Sound Nectar Studios can ensure your audio-post project is done properly!
Why Your Project Needs An Experienced And Professional Voiceover Talent
Hiring a professional voice-over talent can bring a myriad of different benefits to your project or business. Here are some reasons why you may want to consider hiring a professional voice over artist:
Quality and expertise: Professional VO artist have the necessary skills and experience to deliver the best read for your script with the quality you desire.
Versatility: Voiceover talent can adapt their voice to match the tone and style of your project or brand, ensuring that your message is conveyed effectively to your target audience.
Consistency: Professional VO talent have the ability to maintain consistent tone, pacing, and energy throughout the recording, ensuring that your message is conveyed clearly and effectively.
Time and cost-effectiveness: Hiring a professional voiceover artist can save you time and money, as they can deliver high-quality reads quickly and efficiently, eliminating the need for added noise reduction and multiple pick up sessions.
Branding: A professional Voice Talent can help establish and reinforce your brand identity by delivering a consistent and recognizable voice across all of your audio content.
Overall, hiring a professional voiceover talent can help you deliver high-quality audio content that engages and resonates with your target audience.
Sidenote: AI wrote most of this post and I’m using it for SEO, curious if anyone actually reads studio’s blog posts. Let me know at email@example.com
Of course we can help you Cast, Record, Direct, and Edit outstanding voiceovers with the industries best VO Talent, when you’re ready!
Political Voiceover – VO School Podcast
I was asked to have a conversation with Maria Pendolino on Jamie Muffett’s VO School Podcast. We chatted a bit about Political advertising, genre tips for VO talent, things Voice Actors should be aware of before diving into Political Voiceover and then do some critiquing of listener submitted Political Reads.
What I thought would be much more interesting is if Maria and I did a mock session and ended up with a mock political ad at the end…. so we did! and Maria crushed it! At the end of the conversation you can listen in to how a Political Voiceover session may go and hear a fully produced Political Ad. Hope you enjoy!
For more information about the podcast, please visit: www.VOSchoolPodcast.com
Maria Pendolino: www.voicebymaria.com/political-democrat/
Essential Audio Post Services
Are you looking to take your audio content to the next level? Audio post-production can help you achieve professional-quality sound and enhance the impact of your message. In this blog post, we’ll explore five essential audio post-production services that every project should consider. A blog post written for SEO.
- Dialogue and VO Editing
Editing and mixing are crucial to ensuring that your audio content sounds polished and professional. A skilled audio editor can remove unwanted background noise, balance levels, and create a cohesive and engaging listening experience.
- Sound Design
Sound design is the process of creating unique and immersive soundscapes that enhance the emotional impact of your audio content. From music and sound effects to ambient noise and foley, a sound designer can help bring your project to life and create a memorable and engaging experience for your listeners.
- Voiceover Recording
If you’re creating a commercial, film or other audio content that requires a professional voiceover, working with an experienced voiceover talent can make all the difference. A professional voiceover artist can provide a clear and consistent performance that matches the tone and style of your project.
- Audio Restoration
If you have old or damaged audio recordings that you want to use in your project, audio restoration can help. An audio restoration specialist can clean up noise, remove pops and clicks, and improve the overall quality of your recordings.
- Mixing and Mastering
Mixing & Mastering is the final step in the audio post-production process and involves optimizing your audio content for playback across different platforms and devices. A qualified audio engineer can ensure that your content sounds great on headphones, speakers, and other playback devices.
In conclusion, audio post-production is an essential step in creating high-quality audio content that engages and resonates with your target audience. By working with experienced audio post-production professionals, you can enhance the impact of your message and take your audio content to the next level.
Sidenote, this was mostly AI written and curious to see if anyone even reads audio post blogs? Let me know.
Voiceover Directing Advice
I was asked by a voiceover artist to give advice to people just starting out as a VO director. Here is my attempt at keeping it short…which it is not.
The hot seat. You’re in a chair and someone has placed their trust in you to deliver a project worth putting out in the world. It’s your very first time directing a voiceover session…what do you do?
Panic?! Stay Quiet?! Fake it?!
Well, I assure you I panicked on my first recording session. And I have also messed up a lot of times sicne. I have been quiet when I shouldn’t have and over directed when I should’ve let the voice talent figure it out.
So here is what I wish someone would’ve told me before my first VO session;
My Philosophy of Common Sense Voiceover Directing…
Our VO talent are our collaborative partners NOT our sled dogs.
Maybe this one isn’t just for new directors… we should all look for a creative collaboration with our voice talent. We can have the most wonderful script, cast the most talented voice actor you’ve ever heard and add a visionary creative director and it will still crash and burn if we cannot speak to each other properly.
But what about YOU, can YOU direct? Well, yeah you can! I believe everyone can give direction. Every person has their own taste and is able to make judgement calls on how the voiceover sounds to them. These are just skills that need to be practiced. Over time you will get better and better at conveying what your preferred reads are. What inflections are pleasing; what pacing sounds best to your ears. It boils down to finding out this: why certain performances are better suited for certain stories.
Do not worry about if you can/will be a good voice-over director. The talent you are working with, in all honesty, has already experienced bad to useless directors. Don’t be so afraid of being a bad director that you don’t share your thoughts at all. Your goal is to get a good performance from an artist who wants to give a good performance. It’s that simple! This also means you shouldn’t have to get in the way too often. Keep the overview of your entire project in mind. Trust that your voice actor can create the performance where everyone will be happy. You will help guide them along the way, but you shouldn’t drag them through the finish line.
Tips on how to be prepared: read more…
Tribeca Festival Bound!
Tribeca Online will be premiering the film we mixed They’re Trying To Kill Us! It will stream during the Juneteenth programming. You can watch our handy work and this important documentary on June 19th by purchasing a Screening at Home Ticket here!
You can also see the trailer we mixed for the film They’re Trying To Kill Us – Trailer
INVINCIBLE! The animated superhero show that could help you with voice over!
Paying attention to emerging trends in Voiceover is something us sound engineers make time to do. I find it much easier when it also intercepts with my leisure interests, like comics! When something remarkable happens, our ears take notice. If you aren’t skirmish around animated gore, watch Invincible, if only for the vocal direction. It’s not your typical creative direction for epic animation!
Don’t want to waste time on a synopsis of the show since there are many people out there who do that for a living, so quickly our super family members are Mark Grayson (think Spiderman mixed with Superboy) his Mother Debbie Grayson (Not powered BUT voiced by Sandr Oh) and Father Omni-Man (think Superman or maybe Homelander). If you liked the comic, you’ll enjoy the series. If you don’t like Robert Kirkman’s style of gory over-the-top violence in a long dramatic series filled with unrelenting trauma and tragedy for his protagonists, well maybe the series was never going to work for you. However, it’s the unique-for-the-genre voice over direction is what we’re talking about here.
Remarkable actors portray every character in this show but don’t expect larger than life superhero performances. These actors are doing very little which I believe accomplishes more.
The series opens on a conversation where Steve the security guard (Jon Hamm) is explaining the struggles of his adopted teenage son. Such a quiet and thoughtful note this series decided to start on. Hamm’s vocal projection is minuscule. His vocal performance is intimate and brings a ton of emotion and humanity to this conversation. Immediately I’m wondering if this sets the stage for the show, is this to contrast this project from all other epic superhero animations? Is it just a set up for an epic fight that breaks this emotional set up? Well yeah, maybe yes to both.
A couple scenes later we see Omni Man (J.K. Simmons) hushed and gentle vocal delivery. First Jon Hamm now J.K. Simmons, both completely pulled back in their performance. These two are fantastic actors and they’re not putting a lot into these reads? Neither of these actors are just phoning it in… they were directed this way. WHY?
We have all gotten used to the non-announcer spec on voiceover projects keeping our VO performances toned down and feeling natural. We do this to create authenticity and avoid an obviously selly/announcery voice. I believe by now we are all tired of being sold to, so instead we are more interested in conversations rather than sales pitches.
Back to our show. Our protagonists seem to be taking this a step further with something I want to call the Ultra Conversational or maybe Anti-Announcer read. It doesn’t seem to matter what’s happening on the screen, voiceover performances by J.K. Simmons(Omni-Man) and Steven Yuen(Mark Grayson) are so turned down they’re just above a whisper.
Even when their characters are flying around the world or at great distances from each other, neither uses any projection. Never raising their voice; never too ‘animated’, never over acting. Which if you really wanted to argue, having super sensitive hearing could mean keeping conversations at a hushed level would be more comfortable. But even the unpowered keep it quietly ultra-conversational. read more…
Sound Nectar Studios Celebrates 1st year in business!
Today marked our 1st year as a company!
Starting a Audio Post-Production house 2 weeks before a worldwide pandemic shutdown Las Vegas & most of the country was not the launch we anticipated but we have been plugging away doing post work we are proud of!
In a major political year, we self-produced political ads that were licensed in critical swing states, wrote scripts for well-known PACs, remixed previously recorded spots and collaborated with Voice Over talent to showcase their political voice! It turns out we are more than just audio engineers around here!
Starting out in 2021 we have already spent hundreds of hours on important creative projects we are anxious to share here.
A massive THANK YOU to everyone for all the support, the encouragement, the referrals, and the trust you placed in us for your Voiceover Demos, Commercials, Videos, and Films! It is deeply rewarding and beautiful to spend our time creating meaningful projects!
We were thrilled to mix this teaser and are now anxiously anticipating the completion of Why Dinosaurs? an upcoming documentary celebrating dinosaurs and the people who love them. Which, we believe, is everyone! Hypeosaurus Yes!
They’re Trying To Kill Us – Documentary Trailer
As a company and as human beings we are dedicated to racial equity and justice. So it was truly our privilege to be able to work on this trailer for the upcoming documentary They’re Trying To Kill Us. We completed this mix a couple months ago but wanted to share the project as well as their crowd funding page.
And within a week of being on indegogo the project has exceeded it’s funding goal! If this is an issue you want to learn more about or help fund, please visit Hungry For Justice’s indiegogo page!