Bein’ in the VO Know

Once again, I find a flood of VO material, and feel compelled to pass it along in a brief list form for you.  Chances are, some of you have seen this stuff already, but I can ‘t assume that, so please pick through the following list of resources gleaned from online VO resources over the Easter weekend.  There are some real gems here.

1)  Paul Strikwerda’s third installment of Building a Booth on a Budget. Paul is a wonderful writer, and great on advice.

2) Derek Chappell is a rising star in the world of VO (not to mention a really nice guy), and he reveals a wonderful resource in his Derek Chappell’s VoiceOver Blog, The Voice of Your Business on April 22: “A Tip for your VO – CMO Skills” referring to a CMO’s Guide to the Social Landscape.  (CMO=Chief Marketing Officer).

3)  Pat Fraley‘s been busy posting YouTube videos again, and two of the latest/greatest are:  “A Narrator’s Breathing Lesson“, and a listen to “Three Killer AudioBook Demos“.

4)  Julie Williams‘ always-helpful newsletter includes this paragraph about Word2Wav, a wonderful recording/editing tool for jobs requiring the creation of MANY files: Word2Wav just unveiled an update which works without MS Office and has some other improvements. He’s also offering two levels of licensing… a professional level, still $295 (and WELL worth the money!!!!) and a standard license without the audio editor and batch processor, for only $175. On top of that…he’s giving $50 for each Professional and $25 for each Standard license you purchase by the end of May if you mention the VoiceOver Insider.  Go to . Visit Julie’s VO Forum, and/or write her directly to get on her mailing list:  Thanks for all that, Julie!

5) Voice over talent  Dave Wallace posted in my FB Group “Voice Over-Friends” a link to a great site with SEO tips.  (almost as ubiquitous as social media tips!  ;-})  Link Building tips to Prevent Google Penalties.

6)  Brandon Drury of the Recording Review posts a mic shootout link in his forum.  Here’s the list of mics:  Shure SM57, Royer R121, Soundelux U99, AKG 414, MD 421, Audio Technica AT 4033, MXL V63M, Sennheiser PL-20, Shure SM7, Behringer ECM 8000, Audio Technica AT 4050, and Oktava MK012.  He says: “I did not account for the proximity effect in anyway. Each microphone is 12” from my face. It’s clear that this really thinned out a few of the microphones, but that is a lesson in and of itself.  For mics that have multiple patterns, I kept them in cardiod. I used no high pass filters on the mics, but I did have on engaged on the preamp. I used my Trident S20 preamp straight into a Mytek AD96 converter.”  Here’s the link to the comparison soundfile: Like most other forums, you have to register to join.  The Recording Review Forum URL is:

7)  Paul J. Warwick posted in “Voice Over Friends” on FaceBook a link to a recording he did using the Pocket SoundBooth.  Here’s the link for the soundfile:

I think that’s about it for today….have a great Monday!






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    Thanks for the wealth of information you pass along on a regular basis, Dave. Your blog is a one-stop-shop for voice over and business tips. Truly appreciated!

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