Getting Technical with Andy: Intel compact PC for recording Voice Overs

Intel NUC PC with 10th Generation core i3 Processor – Powerful and Quiet!

Ok, time to geek out a litte with some technical talk. I’ll start out with a reminder that the whole technical side of recording voices overs, that is conversations about what Microphone to buy, how to treat a room for recording and certainly how you’ll go about recording shouldn’t be the start of your voice over journey…but it’s going to be important when you’re ready.

Something that’s been very handy over the past few months of lockdown has been my home studio. I’m fortunate enough to have a dedicated space – in fact a whole standalone room, seperate from the main house ,when I can record voice overs and connect in live with studios and clients.

For me it’s been a journey of constant improvement, from painting over bright orange walls to treating those walls with acoutic tiles, adding in other soft furnishings and then the actual recording equipment.

Just a few years ago when i needed to record something in my own studio I had a portable Zoom H4N recorder which i could quickly plug my microphone into for recording. I’d then have to take the Zoom recorder back to my office in the main house, take out the SD card and intert it into my PC to access the recording for editing / sending.

Moving on from the Zoom recorder I bought a USB audio interface which resided in the studio and connected this to my Laptop when i needed to record, using Adobe Audition. The laptop was a Microsoft Surface Pro. It’s compact, light, powerful and quiet so it did the job very well.

More recently as I was using the studio even more for voice over recording I thought it would be great if I could just walk into the studio and everything would be there ready for me to record. No plugging things in and taking equipment in or out…just ready to record when i am.

This is where the tiny Intel NUC PC comes in.

Intel NUC PCs have been around for a while now but they’re not something you’ll generally find sitting in the computer section at Harvey Norman. In a nutshell the NUC PC is a palm sized computer with the power of a full size desktop AND they run very quiet.

How small? 4 inches x 4 inches (that’s about 10.1cm x 10.1cm) so it also takes up a very small space. Actually you can mount the NUC PC on the back of a computer monitor to effectively create an “all in one” PC.

I set up a new NUC mini PC in the studio a few weeks ago and it’s been a game changer for me. Walk in, turn the NUC on and I’m ready to start recording in less than a minute. I save the files directly to my OneDrive cloud storage and then either share this link immediately or access the recording for further production work in my editing space back in the house. Take a look.

Up and running, ready to record a VO in 60 seconds.
A closer look at how the NUC mini PC is connected to everything

So that’s how I’m currently setup for recording in my home studio.

If you’re interested in having a similar setup, the good news is that I have a 2nd NUC Mini PC that I’ve just built which is ready to go..and it’s for sale.

Here’s what’s included:

Intel NUC with 10th Generation Core i3 Processor
8GB RAM
480GB SSD Hard Drive
Windows 10 Home
Ocenaudio software for recording

Cost: $750 inc GST and delivery.

What you need already have or buy:

A Monitor (Can be supplied for approx $150)
Keyboard and Mouse (Can be supplied for approx $50)
USB Audio Interface (Happy to recommend)
Microphone, headphones etc (Happy to recommend)

If you’re interested or would like to know more, drop a line by phone or use the contact form.

Cecelia & Andy talk Voice Over – Listen now

This week the Voice Over Coaches decided to catch up for a chat. Afterall, well haven’t been in the same room for a few months so a bit of a catchup conversation was in order.

Listen in as we talk about what Cecelia has been doing with Skype coaching and how 1 on 1 studio sessions have been going with Andy. We also discuss the ultimate question “Is my voice good enough?”

Listen below and enjoy!

Listen to the latest VO Demos from Voices of Tomorrow

Over the past couple of Months we’ve had the opportunity to create voice over demos for a few people after they’ve completed some 1 on 1 coaching or attended a workshop.

In the last blog post we talked about ‘when is the right time’ to get a demo done, but not so much about what’s involved and what the outcome is, so here we go!

For starters it’s helpful if you have either done some coaching or a workshop with us as we’ll be familiar with your voice and your abilities, however if you’ve done coaching or have some experience and have copies of recordings that’s also useful. We use this information to find the right scripts for you to record. Specifically we’ll find scripts that are best suited to your style of voice keeing in mind current casting trends.

All up you can expect to record around 10 scripts with a mix of Radio/TV and corporate narration covering different styles and energy levels so you don’t end up with a bunch of recordings that all sound the same.

Each of those recordings is then produced (editing, adding music/fx, mixing) so you have completed standalone samples and then we take moments from each to create a compilation that starts with you introducing it.

What does that sound like? Here are 3 recent examples of VO demos we’ve done.

Melanie

Ayden

Charlee

The whole process takes about half a day, however the actual recording process with you is 2 hours – the rest is in post production to create the finished demo.

If you feel you’re ready to jump into the voice over booth and create your first voice over demo like Melanie, Ayden and Charlee, feel free to get in touch.

Are you ready to make a Voice Over Demo?

Charlee working on her first VO Demo with Andy at Voices Of Tomorrow this week

A question we get asked quite a bit is “When should I create my first Voice Over demo”?

Now, you’ll find if you ask different people in the industry or other voice over coaches this question you’re likley to get a bunch of different answers.

If you have some experience doing some voice over work (pair or unpaid) or have undertaken some coaching then that’s a great start, as you’ll perhaps have an undersanding of the industry and the skills you’ll need to master.

Now part of the Voice Over journey is getting more experience…more time in front of the Microphone, so it’s going to be helpful if you can put your voice out there to be heard by others. A Voice Over demo (or voice reel as some call it) is the perfect tool for the job.

So when should you do this?

The Simple answer: Whenever you feel you are ready for others to hear your voice.

Remember, your voice over demo a refletion of your current abilities, so it’s ok if you sould like a beginner as it’s part of your journey. If someone hires you for a voice over job as a result of hearing your demo, you just need to be confident that you can perform to the same standard.
As you get more experience and improve you’ll want to update your demo with new material…and the cycle continues as long as you want to keep at it!

If you have questions about voice over demos or want one made, feel free to reach out anytime.

Voice Over FAQ Session – Watch the Video Replay

On Thursday night we held our first online session, inviting people to come along and ask any questions that have about what we do or just Voice Over in general.

We also spent some time talking about what’s been happening in the world of Voice Over during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Plus previos attendees of the Introduction to Voice Over Workshop also dropped in to share their experiences.

You can view the full conversation in the video below – enjoy!

Voice Over FAQ – Free Online Session – 8pm Thursday June 4

It’s so great to see many of the current COVID-19 restrictions beginning to ease, and white it’s important that we continue to follow government regulations that are designed to help avoid the spread of the virus we can now look forward to getting back to ‘normal’.

For us that means looking towards August and September where we will be holding our very popular Introduction to Voice Over weekend workshops. We have 8 places available for August and 9 available for September – See the booking page for further details.

That’s still a couple of months away, so what can you do right now?

Virtual Coaching – 1 on 1 Skype sessions (1hour) with Cecelia have been very popular over the past couple of months, and are a great way to get started.

1 on 1 in-studio coaching – Andy is running 2-hour voice over coaching sessions that focus on recording from his private studio in outer SE Melbourne. Additionaly if you want to get a Voice Over Demo made this can also happen right now.

For more info on these 1 on 1 sessions, click HERE.

Finally, perhaps you have a few questions around Voice Over that you’d like answered before you undertake any coaching or workshops. Here’s your chance to spend some time with the voice over coaches (virtually) to get some answers.

At 8pm on Thursday June 4 we’ll be holding a Voice Over FAQ online session via Google Meet where you’ll have the opportunity to ask anyhing you like about Voice Overs.

You’ll need to register to take part. Simply use the Contact Form and we’ll send you an invite. Places are limited to just 25 active participants, plus we’ll have a live stream for those who just want to sit back and watch.

Hope to see you there!

Voice Over Workshops & Coaching Update – COVID-19 Edition

We hope you are staying safe and well during the Cononavirus pandemic and want to give you an update on how this is impacting our activities.

Firstly, the Introduction to Voice Over Workshop for the weekend of May 2 & 3 has now been cancelled in the interest of health and safety during this time.

The great news is that not only are we planning for future group workshops but we also still have some options for anyone wanting to take part in voice over coaching.

Over the past month we’ve been doing even more Skype 1 on 1 Coaching sessions – which will continue at the reduced price of $66 until the end of May.

Additionally you can still participate in a 1 on 1 Coaching session in studio (2 hours) with Andy where social distancing measures can be observed.

What about the group workshops?

We’re happy to announce that we are looking forward to the light at the end of the tunnel so are announcing two new workshop dates for August and September when we hope to see restrictions lifted and the ability to provide a safe and healthy envronment.

Bookings are now open for Workshops on the weekends of August 8 & 9 and September 12 &13 2020. As part of opening up bookings this far in advance we can also offer the option of paying the cost of atteding the workshop with montly installments – feel free to get in touch if you’d like to take up this option.

Webinar – Coming soon!

Finally we’ll be running a free webinar in the next couple of weeks as an info session about the voice over industry in general and the workshops and coaching services we offer, plus we’ll have a few special guests. If you are subscribed to website updates, watch you email inbox for more information or follow us on Facebook.

Bonus offer for 1 on 1 Studio Voice Over Coaching sessions

The current global situation means that many people are now working from home and putting into place additional hygene and social distancing measures…all while trying to maintain some sense of normallity.

We’re watching the updates on the Cononavirus situaiton daily and following advice and directives from the Victorian and Federal Government, however at the moment it’s mostly business as usual for Voice Over Coaching.

Voice Over Coaching Via Skype

If you are self isolating right now, or are not based in Melborne you can take advantage of 1 on 1 Skype sessions with us. These sessions are designed to cover your needs, so if you’re a beginner we’ll get you started with basic techniques and material to practise with. If you have some experience but want feedback on your work or are looking to find ways to improve we’ll spend time working through scripts and finding out what areas you need to work on. Perhaps you just want to spend some time talking out how to find your first opportunities or how to set up to be able to record yourself better – we can help with that too. Book at https://www.voicesoftomorrow.com.au/voice-over-services/

1 on 1 Voice Over Coaching or Demo Making – In Studio

If you’re keen to step up to the Microphone for some 1 on 1 coaching, this option is still available with Andy running these 2 hour sessions in the outer SE Suburbs of Melbourne at a time that suits you. Again, these are available for any skill level.

As a Bonus Offer – Anyone bookig a 1 on 1 In Studio Coaching session will have of their recordings fully produced (full editing and post production with music)
Book at https://www.voicesoftomorrow.com.au/voice-over-services/

Introduction to Voice Over Workshop – Weekend of May 2/3

We also have our Introduction to Voice Over weekend workshop coming up on May 2/3. This is a group activity for 10 parcipants which as this stage will still go ahead as planned. We’ll be making some changes to ensure social distancing standards are in place for this workshop plus we know Bang Bang studios have put in place additional cleaning practises to disinfect surfaces and equipement.
Book at https://www.voicesoftomorrow.com.au/course-dates/

Skype Coaching Special for March & April

If you’re not in Melbourne…or if you are and would prefer to get the benefit of a Voice Over Coaching session from the convenience of your own home, here’s a great deal just for you – just until the end of April.

You can now do a Skype Voice Over Coaching session with Cecelia Ramsdale for just $66! (Normally $88).

Yes, it’s a little different from working with us in the studio however these sessions are great if you’re completely new to voice over or if you have some experience and want to up-skill.

Each Skype session is tailored to suit your needs. Simply book via the website and we’ll get in touch to find out more about your needs and the best time for the session.

Book here – https://www.voicesoftomorrow.com.au/voice-over-services/

Oh and YES you can still book 1 on 1 Voice Over Coaching sessions (2 hours) or book into our weekend workshop in May.

Voice Over for Video Games – March Workshop – SOLD OUT

Aimee Smith is returning to Melbourne next month with her workshop on voice over for video games.

Following the sold out workshops in October and November last year, Aimee Smith is coming back to Melbourne in March run another workshop for those interested in knowing more about how to break into the world of voice over for video games.

The March 7 Workshop is now full – no places available

Voice Over for Video Games – March 7 (6pm – 10pm) $199

In this 4-hour workshop you’ll get a great overview of the video games industry, specifically who’s making games, who’s casting voices for them AND how to find opportunities to audition for roles.

Aimee will take you through her own personal journey from being a full-time school teacher to full-time voice actor…and what the steps are to start your own journey. the start of your own journey.

The workshop, held at Bang Bang Studios in Southbank will also includes some time in front of the Microphone recording some character voices and you’ll receive a copy of your short recordings from the day.

If you’re interested in hearing about future workshops be sure to sign up to our email list on the workshop dates page.