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I replied to your post what I could, but I’m relatively underqualified, so take as you will.
Someone more qualified please confirm if you do know.
To my understanding – For ipDTL, the client (ie; you) will always be accessible, where as the host has to worry about the program aspects such as license purchasing and such. So long as you have an ethernet connection and a solid ISP (like you did for the demo), I don’t see why you couldn’t list it in your profile.
Also, If you ask your student advisor to ask Edge’s Audio Engineer, Kevin, he can probably answer more definitively.
Personally I wouldn’t invest in source connect until you are coming across clients who need/obligate it and it’s in your range. Voice actors I know who use source connect are established enough that they’ve already invested in the superfancy $1000 Neumann mic and are taking on high profile jobs. By nature, it’s for jobs that require other ears and instant feedback. Again to my understanding, until you’re established and have enough reputation, the kinda work you book will be self directed so don’t over-prepare if your budget is a concern. I can’t say anything about the utility itself or the trial license.
That’s about all I can say, but yeah, talk to some of the edge coordinators. No offence but a lot of the people participating in our forums don’t have solid experience in the field or have even made a demo (myself included -.-) so we can’t speak from experience.
Hope that makes sense-
Trying to fine tune my believability. Let me know what you think or if you have any cool tips.
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I agree with andrea that the Alaska one needs a bit more energy; like you’re actually there breathing in the mountain/snowy air. What ‘may’ help with articulation (more in the astronomy one) is adjusting your distance to the mic as well as your speaking volume. Felt maybe like you were a little quiet and adjust your tech around that instead of the other way around. If you want a more elaborate tech dissection, let me know, but if you’re just using a non-pro studio for practice, I won’t overload you, haha.
Not half bad. The first two really sold me.
If I may be so bold as to say what I immediately picked up on (because everyone kinda does it, myself included, in the aspiring stages) : I would be cautiously aware of this general pattern as well as this instance – When you say in the 3rd ad “Tonight! Tonight You must save us from the dragon in(?) the volcano” – It kinda does this whisper-shout thing that breaks the immersion. You need to not sound as if you were afraid of waking up someone in the next room, (which means really honing your gain on your interface and talking candidly with your sound engineer). Your acting and energy is there, but the projection needs to sound like you are actually shouting at someone (which again, isn’t easy tech wise). It’s kinda like we pick up on the subconscious hesitation to the raw volume that an angry/loud person ‘would’ have. So I’d say half is actor technique (sound like you are really chewing someone out! pantomiming if nessicary) and after that it’s trial and error to see what your equipment can handle at what settings. I’d practice ‘sounding’ loud without actually being loud. be passionate like a military drill instructor who is nose-to-nose with a ensign – They are intense and intent, but controlled. Sorry if I can’t quite put it to words.
Other than that, I’m sure your coach talked to you about having a separate character and commercial demo. I recogninsed the McFatty ad from the “Voice Over – Voice actor” book (Yuri Lowenthal). In terms of character demo, I’d create a different script because it sounds like a commercial, and also it needs to be unique from what anyone else is doing.
I can definitely see you’ve improved quite bit from when you first started uploading. Casting by character demos (for major productions) is just extremely selective with very few second shots given (so I’m told). At anyrate, rather you decide to hold off or not, don’t be discouraged. You have potential, but characters are highly competitive so even amongst perfect demos, it can be luck of the draw or who do you know/network with. I’m telling myself as much as you, haha. It’s a tough road, but if it’s something you love, don’t quit.
Take care and feel free to ask for elaboration (not that this isn’t already long-winded, haha)
I was looking for some feedback for this homework I did. Specifically the ‘Freshii’ ad, I wasn’t purposefully putting my voice in a higher register, it just kinda came out that way every time I would read it. Please let me know if you think it sounds natural or if it sounds too ‘put on’.
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a little more practice. Any and all feedback (eg; technical or performance) is welcome. Thanks!
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You started out with great energy and ended with it too! but the middle sagged a bit imo. eg; ‘new’ ‘classic’ ‘chicken sandwhich’ all need a small pepper of variety from each other. Or like “100% white meat chicken with barbecue honey mustard sauce” every one of those words, should be spoken to evoke a distinct flavor. like, the mentality is that you’re not just excited that it’s a sandwich, but it’s THE sandwich with the BEST sauces! or to put it another way, every detail that you add should be more astonishing than the one before. Your enthusiasm for this VERY specific sandwich (that you can only get at 7-11 for $2) needs to be contagious (pardon the phrasing).
“Can I have a bite?” I really liked the way you read it. good work.
Also, overall, mind the plosives. You might be a little too close to the mic.
it sounded pretty choppy, and maybe a bit fast. I could hear mouth clicks and breaths very easily (though idk if that’s something you’re worried about at this point). It also sounds like you might have an after effect that fades out some of your words (‘life’ in ‘batterylife’). Maybe a noise gate problem. “Must be nature’s way…” – the ‘M’ in ‘Must’ was kinda chopped off. I think your voice is good, but slowing down and enunciating while visualizing an audience, will make it a great read.
The overall tone is good. I notice each time you say an ‘f’ sound there’s a extra spittle type sound (sorry I don’t know quite how to say). At ‘crisp, flavorful’ there’s either a lip smack or a pop. And at the end, when you last say “Corona Refresca” the mic definitely pops. These are all minor issues, and being hydrated will probably help. You’ve got the voice down good, just minor tweaks needed.