All my life, I have enjoyed doing voices.
I could have been a fabulous actor if my memory was better, and I
always hoped radio theater would make a comeback, because with a script in
my hand, I was phenomenal. Every chance I got between “real”
jobs I was looking to break into vocal work. Two years ago I stumbled into Voices
For All, an educational training group for would-be vocal talent,
and found that yes, there might be a career path into vocal work for me.
The technology has finally caught up with me, and now quality audio
recording can be done on a shoestring in your own home. With some
suggestions of some of the VFA staffers, I built an
in-house studio upstairs in our stately Cape Cod in Cincinnati.
I sub-divided the upstairs room at
our house, walled off one-third, and built a serviceable large closet
within that den, giving me ample storage for all the computer equipment
that has piled up over the years.
(I am a notorious pack-rat.)
I added ample internal lighting, and thick pile carpet, and that
part of the project was done. The rest of the conversion took some
research time and planning, but then the fun really began. I mounted shipping blankets over the
doorway and walls of the sound booth, and my humble studio was ready for
To minimize the computer noise, I
placed the recording laptop outside the booth itself using a wireless mouse and keyboard in the
booth, with a small flatscreen that duplicates the laptop display. I started out with the metal pop screen
that came with the mike, and moved to a professional nylon loop later
on. I am running a VFA template
that allows two vocal tracks and one background track.
VIA Mbox Mini
Pro Tools Express 10.3.4
24 Bit 44 Khz Wav with
Dyn3 Compressor /
I am also playing with Pro Tools First, the newer starting audio
software, running on my desk PC. If
I get a clean enough sound, I may migrate to that. It offers four vocal
tracks for editing, and a stereo background track.
I love doing characters, but I am told my regular speaking voice has
a lot to offer. I’ve posted my
For All -produced demo spots, my LORE gaming web audio, and my
LCARS47 software Borg spot on the Demo Page along with
all my faux-mercials to date.
I’m doing some character voices for The Dark Mod, a
fan-driven update of the wonderful old Thief game, and it’s been
great to contribute under real-world conditions. I hope to move into commercials,
instructional videos, and anywhere that needs my talents. Welcome to Studio
One and to Everybody and
Me! And keep me in your prayers as I
branch out into what I have always wanted to do!