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The Sound Studio Search


By Lin Parkin

December 12, 2013

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Woman at Microphone.jpgHave you ever been curious about what it takes to secure and set up a space to record?

For those of you who have explored the option of recording outside of your home, you know the difficulties and benefits that will be faced. For those who are just starting to consider finding and creating a recording space to call your own, you will need to think about soundproofing, property regulations, and exactly what your needs are.

Today, we're joined by TheSquareFoot with tips on how to conduct a successful professional sound studio office search.


How On-Hold Recordings Help Increase Revenue


By Lin Parkin

August 14, 2013

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Couple Listening to PhoneWe've all experienced it.

Too many callers on-hold and prolonged wait times can damage your business if not handled correctly. With 94% of all marketing budgets devoted to attracting customer calls, but only 6% allocated to assisting those calls once they are received - you need to implement a marketing device that goes beyond simple on-hold music to keep customers engaged.

Why take advantage of these precious minutes?

Even though your phones may be jammed with clients "on-hold," this is not a bad problem to have. It means you're busy. At this point you can hire more people, or you can begin engaging your customers waiting on-hold with targeted content. Statistically, 16-20% of callers will make a purchase based on an offer they heard while on-hold. Join us today to learn how to utilize on-hold messages to increase your bottom line.


Preserving the Sounds of America


By Lin Parkin

July 29, 2013

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NRPF Logo 100KB.jpgHow are Americans ensuring the auditory history of their nation will survive?

What happens to the recording sounds of a Nation? Where do they go? How are they stored?

Organizations like the National Recording Preservation Foundation (NRPF), an independent, non-profit charitable corporation established by the U.S. Congress, are helping to ensure the cultural sound of their country is preserved by transferring historical and newly recorded data to digital library systems.

On July 29th, 2013 the NRPF became fully operational thanks to a generous donation from board member and musician Jack White, who donated $200,000 to the organization to help it get up and running.

The goal of the NRPF is to stop disintegration of America's radio, music and recorded sound heritage. With sound archives reaching a critical point in history it became clear to them that a new preservation method needed to be developed in digital form.


How Smartphones are Helping Audio Dramas Reach New Audiences


By Lin Parkin

July 18, 2013

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Retro Radio and Woman.jpgHave you recently been introduced to audio dramas?

Did you know that you can take-in this old art form from your Smartphone?

Once a popular form of radio entertainment throughout the 1930s to the 1960s, audio dramas have been seeing a revival these days thanks to modern technology.

No one knows this better than Executive Producer, David Farquhar, of Voices in the Wind Audio Theatre. Farquhar, who started producing audio dramas in his spare time, is reaching a new audience by making his audio dramas available for Smartphones.

After downloading Podcasting Kit, Farquhar decided to make the switch from CD's to the Internet and uses podcasting as a delivery system for his audio dramas.


Review of the Neumann TLM 103 Condenser Microphone


By Stephanie Ciccarelli

July 11, 2013

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Neumann TLM 103Since I've been working as a voice-over actor, I keep finding myself looking for new gear all the time.

New microphones, interfaces, preamplifiers - all mostly for one simple reason: to sound "better." I try to maintain a quality, which sounds good for me, and also for the client.

I believe maintaining a durable, strong reputation always has something to do with your studio background, and your gear.

Meeting all the requirements and also working with a smile on the face in a session can be challenging.

Hear more about how I do this in my review of the Neumann TLM 103.


How the vOICe Helps the Blind See with Sound


By Lin Parkin

July 10, 2013

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Futuristic Brain.jpgThere's a new device being studied that could allow the visually-impaired to see using a sophisticated form of sensory substitution. Rather than traditional invasive procedures the revolutionary new technology, being dubbed "The vOICe," uses a visual-to-auditory SSD, helping the person's brain convert sounds through synthetic vision.

In recent tests, without any prior training sighted but blindfolded participants were able to achieve 20/400 vision with the product. Not perfect but there's potential is there. While the tests were conducted with sighted individuals, when a person loses their sight their brain tends to make up for the loss by heightening the other five senses. This often gives them extremely acute hearing and would likely increase the results of the tests.

It takes time to get high level results but with practice and exceptional hearing combined this device could offer a great deal of freedom to the visually-impaired.


Favorite Audio Recording Software - for Free!


By Lin Parkin

July 3, 2013

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Download Button.jpgAre you starting to aquire your voice-over equipment?

Whether you're new to the industry or just new to freelancing, purchasing equipment can be daunting and a little hard on the old pocket book.

The best product to make a heavy investment in is your microphone, but you don't have to break the bank on your audio recording software.

In fact, you don't have to spend a dime. There are a number of free audio recording products that, while they may not have all the bells and whistles, they do have all of the functions and features needed to record auditions and even the final product.

Join us as we take a look at some of the top free products available on the net for recording, editing and mixing audio tracks.


Audio Editing: From Razor Blades To Keystrokes


By Stephanie Ciccarelli

June 17, 2013

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MixPad Software.jpgHaving come from the dark ages of radio production (audio tape, linear production, razor blades and grease pencils for editing), digital audio production has been the most significant advance to me.

The problem has been that audio recording software is mostly designed for music recording.

Most of the features and settings in audio recording software have very little or nothing to do with commercial production.

You pay a lot of money to be able to make beats, measures and select the key of your recording.

You can even add and manipulate tuba tracks. But in 30 years I've never needed a tuba track - much less a manipulated one, in a commercial.

Hear more in my article on Audio Daily.


Now You Can Pronounce Ikea Product Names Correctly Too


By Lin Parkin

June 4, 2013

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highresIkeaSwedish.jpgDo you feel a bit silly when attempting to pronounce IKEA product names?

It's okay. We do too.

Introducing "IKEA in Swedish."

A group of graphic designer and artists came together and set out on a light hearted but surprisingly useful mission to develop an audio tool to help consumers correctly pronounce the names for IKEA products.

Join us as we explore what prompted a group of friends to create this fun website.


6 Tips for Removing Breaths from Audio Recordings


By Lin Parkin

May 9, 2013

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Sergiu Bacioiu Flickr.jpgDo you struggle with editing audio tracks?

Audio Daily reached out to industry experts to get their advice on the best way to remove breaths, pops, and other unwanted noises from audio recordings.

From the technical perspective to the performance based point of view; audio engineers, musicians and voice actors offer up their professional advice on editing the breaths out of audio tracks.


3 Ways to Add Sound Absorption to a Room


By Lin Parkin

May 6, 2013

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purple-soundproofing-foam-microphone.jpgCreating a home studio doesn't have to break the bank!

Getting a room professionally soundproofed can be quite expensive. However, there are a number of solutions for getting a similar effect for less without having to completely renovate your house.

Walls, doors and windows need extra insulation to absorb noise. The ceiling needs extra insulation as well to keep noise from getting in or out, especially if your studio is in the basement of a busy household.


The RE27 Microphone - 1 Million Broadcasters Can't Be Wrong


By Stephanie Ciccarelli

October 5, 2011

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Electro-Voice RE20.jpgOkay, a million broadcasters might be stretching it, but the Electro-Voice RE20 / 27 microphones are used by radio station and broadcast facilities worldwide.


Because they truly are universal.

When it comes to selecting a microphone most voiceover talent are told to extensively test many mics. The RE line is the only exception to this rule.


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