Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Thursday, 14 July 2011

Voiceover Video - British Female Voiceover Artist Introduction Video

Take a look at my new introductory Voiceover video. Not only do I provide voiceovers for telephone system messages and greetings, but my voice is also used on Web Video, Presentations, Training Videos, Smartphone Apps and so much more. If you're looking for a voice for a Broadcast project, I also provide narrations for Documentary, Audio books, Games and Commercials. Visit the website to listen to a demo:

Email me your script and I can send you a quote and delivery time.

Looking forward to putting the Voice to your next project!

Wednesday, 11 May 2011

Voiceover Narration

Sometimes we don't mind a narrator holding our hand as the action unfolds. But how far can you trust them?

Thursday, 5 May 2011

Hands-on review: Snowball USB microphone

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Blue Microphones recently added another retro and stylish-looking microphone to its audio recording device collection: the Snowball. Here's the hands-on review.
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Wednesday, 20 April 2011

Could This Be The ONE?

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You have probably collected more than a few pieces of audio hardware as a voice actor. After all, we are always looking for that special something that will make our voices sing! Apogee is hoping the ONE is the single piece of kit you will use in your Mac-based recording studio.

The ONE is a compact USB microphone and digital audio interface. And with a 2.25” x 4.75” footprint it is actually small enough to fit in your pocket. But you probably would not want to do that with a sensitive piece of audio equipment.

A USB 2.0 cable powers and connects the ONE to your Apple computer. Other connections include a breakout port and cable that sports one balanced XLR microphone preamp input and one unbalanced ¼” instrument input for all you musicians out there. There is also an ⅛” stereo headphone jack that doubles as an output to powered monitor.

At the heart of the ONE is the encoder knob. Just like its big brother, the Duet, a simple click and twist of the knob can select and adjust most of the ONE’s features. You do have to use the included Maestro software to switch between the internal mic, external mic and instrument input.

Apogee is known for the quality of its analog to digital and digital to analog conversion. That is the process that converts sound into a digital signal on your computer and then back into an analog signal you can hear. When using an external microphone, the ONE actually lives up to the company’s stellar reputation. But there is some room for improvement.

When testing the product, the ONE worked with my power-hungry Shure SM7B dynamic mic, but the input was very low. I could not get it to record at the optimum levels even with the knob turned up to its maximum input. But when I connected a Rode NT1-A condenser mic it reached proper levels with little to no noise.

But the ONE has something that most other interfaces in its class do not, a built-in condenser microphone. The mic records some respectable audio. But as expected, it cannot stand up to a full-size condenser mic with a 1” capsule. Plus there is no real pop filter to stop the puffs of air that come from hard consonant sounds.

If you like traveling light, I could see using this neat little unit to set up a portable studio with just the ONE and a MacBook. The sound quality from the internal mic is not perfect, but it is good enough to record auditions. You get a lot of value here for the MSRP of $249.

Source: Apogee

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Wednesday, 30 March 2011

7 Superb Short Films Shot With Cellphones

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It’s not just music videos that are being shot on cellphones these days. Short films are, too. Even full-length films are being shot on mobile devices — Oldboy director Chan-wook Park’s Paranmanjang will soon be released in movie theaters, for example.

We’ve found seven superb short films — documentary, action, and even the world’s smallest stop-motion movie — that have been shot on cellphones. So, grab some popcorn and have a look through our gallery of great mobile-made clips. Let us know in the comments which ones you like best.

1. BMX

Filmed and edited by Lenaic Marechal on a Nokia N8, this bike-themed short shows off some great BMXing skills, as well as some great cell-phone cinematography.

2. Golden Harvest

Shot on the Panasonic Lumix GH1 and the iPhone 4, this is a lovely montage of harvest-time activity. The director reveals some tricks of the trade in the video description -- the time-lapse shot was snapped on the iPhone attached to a home-made tractor dolly with Legos and Blu-Tack!

3. The Commuter

Shot in four days by the McHenry Brothers, Nokia's official showcase film for the N8 stars some big names -- Pamela Anderson, Ed Westwick, Dev Patel and Charles Dance all make appearances.

4. Apple of My Eye

Director Michael Koerbel shot this entirely on the iPhone 4 and edited it in iMovie -- all within 48 hours. The $103 budget shows how much you can achieve with very little.

5. 156 Turns

Billed as the "first corporate iPhone 4 film," 156 Turns takes you inside the world of motorcycle racing at the 2010 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.

6. Dot

Another Nokia-backed project sees "the world's smallest stop-motion animation character" filmed on an N8, thanks to the addition of Professor Fletcher's "CellScope" microscope attachment.

7. Space Balloon

Luke Geissbuhler and his son Max launched an iPhone into space from the unlikely location of Newburgh, NY. They posted this incredible video once the photo made it back down to Earth.

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Tuesday, 8 March 2011

How to Write Web Content Faster

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I was hugely fortunate to develop this skill while running my former web content agency, New Arbor Enterprise. When you’ve got 100+ website articles to crank out in a week, you learn how to synthesize information quickly and
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Monday, 7 March 2011

8 Essential Web Typography Resources

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Over the last eighteen months, the world of web fonts and web typography has absolutely exploded. Modern browsers — on the desktop and on mobile devices — are embracing the WOFF standard, type foundries are adopting web type en masse, and libraries like Google Web Fonts are making it easier for designers and developers of all stripes to use web type in their projects.

The rise of web fonts has coincided with a greater cultural recognition of type in general. The hugely popular documentary Helvetica introduced a brand new audience to the power of type. For users who want to learn more about type and web fonts, the web is full of great resources that offer good examples of typography and explore the history and future of lettering and design.

Here are eight of our favorite sites to help you start or enhance your own education in type.

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Fonts In Use is a beautiful site that, in its own words, aims to "catalog and examine real-world typography."

A collaboration between Sam Berlow, Stephen Coles and Nick Sherman, the site offers insights and deep examinations of typography across various mediums.

This is a great site not just for typography fans, but also for those who want to learn more about what makes for effective typography and effective uses of type.

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First launched in 2007, I Love Typography is the brainchild of John Boardley. The blog now has a host of contributors who highlight great fonts and showcase beautiful type, while also offering the reader a basic education in typography.

Through the years ILT has remained accessible to newcomers and that's why we like it. Be sure to check out Boardley's next project, Codex Magazine, which launches soon.

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Typographica is a site that reviews typefaces and type books. It also offers commentary on fonts and various trends in typographic design.

The site isn't updated on what we would call a "regular" basis, but the content within the site is timeless, making it a great place for type lovers to visit.

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Typophile is a typographic community that has been on the web for nearly a decade. The forums are a fantastic resource for great finds in the world of type, and they're also a great way to get proper feedback from other type lovers and design professionals.

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Think of Typedia as the IMDb of typography -- it's a place where users can learn more about a typeface or font creator. Typedia also functions as a wiki, so anyone can join and add his own images, pages and information to the living, breathing typography tomb.

A must-subscribe-to section of the site is Type News, a weekly overview of the latest type news.

6." target="_blank"></a></h2>" src="" width="400" style="border: none;" /> is one of the best resources on the web for gathering information about web fonts and web font techniques.

Maintained by Ralf Hermann (whose own blog is a must read for type lovers), the site manages to be comprehensive and up-to-date. It's also a wiki, which means that others can add their own information and updates to the mix.

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Tim Brown is the type manager at Typekit. He also is responsible for the fantastic font blog and resource, Nice Web Type.

The main Nice Web Type site offers a great collection of past notes and access to Brown's blog, however, we encourage users to also visit the Nice Web Type Tumblr.

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The FontFeed is FontShop's daily feed of typographic goodness. The site is chock-full of type recommendations, font news and great examples of digital type in the real world.

One of our favorite sections of the site is Type Tips, which highlights tips and tutorials, while also showcasing interviews with big names in the type world.

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Rumor: Facebook resumes talks with Skype

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Facebook and Skype are reportedly once again discussing the possibility of integrating the VoIP service into the social network.
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Tech geeks: 2011 directory of who to follow on Twitter

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If you're interested in technology and you want to know who to follow on Twitter, here is a directory of leading tech journalists, commentators, and personalities, divided by categories and...
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Thursday, 3 March 2011

How to Ensure That Your Facebook Wall Posts are SEEN (Edgerank)

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Consider this question: If 60% of your emails went directly to the Spam folder, would you expect significant sales from your email? Of course the answer is no. So why do we expect sales to come from our Facebook Fan relationships? Consumers are not visiting fanpages with great frequency. Most of the traffic occurs when the brand promotes their Facebook page on their website, emails, blog and other vehicles.
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