RE: Text Aloud and Voice Narration Recommendations Requested?

Subject: RE: Text Aloud and Voice Narration Recommendations Requested?
From: "Nuckols, Kenneth M" <Kenneth -dot- Nuckols -at- mybrighthouse -dot- com>
To: "Milan Davidovic" <shl_ctf -at- yahoo -dot- ca>, "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 9 May 2006 07:39:34 -0400

Milan Davidovic said...

> If you really wanted to splurge you could go to a
> small recording studio; I'd guess you'd spend roughly
> $50/hour (less in some cities, more in others) for
> studio time, including a recording
> engineer/technician. In smaller centres, the local
> radio station would probably do it for you. If the
> recordings are pretty simple, i.e. just reading text
> off a page, you can pump out a lot of material in an
> hour or two.
> Using students is definitely an option, but whether
> you're using students or pros, it's a good idea to do
> at least a simple audition process (even if it's just
> having a conversation with a few potentials, or
> asking them to read a paragraph for you) to make sure
> you get someone who sounds right.

Depending on the city you're in and your time constraints, you might
even be able to get a more professional touch. In my area there's a
large entertainment-focused trade school called "Full Sail." Many of
their degrees are in sound engineering and broadcasting, and one of the
things they've done for about 20 years is allow local artists to use
their studios free of charge or at a very reduced rate to record demo
tapes, EPs, and even self-produced albums. The catch is, of course, that
students in the studio's education programs are running the controls.

If you have a similar "teaching studio" in your area, I don't see why
they wouldn't open the studio for voice-over work. The thing is, you'd
be forced to do the recording on their schedule and hope for someone who
is sensitive to spoken word recordings in addition to music recording.

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