By Stephanie Ciccarelli
May 22, 2008
Noticed anything different lately when taking a bus ride in London, Ontario Canada?
According to some people I've spoken with, riding the bus in London has never been so exciting, or for that matter, sensationally sonorous.
Who's calling the stops?
VOX: How many prompts did you need to record for London Transit's voice overs?
LIZ RAPHAEL HELGESEN: We recorded about 1,000 prompts, mostly street names and monuments that define various stops.
VOX: Did you have a favorite prompt when recording? Any street names that stuck out to you as unique?
LIZ: I liked 1st Hussars Museum. While researching its pronunciation, I became fascinated with the museumâ€™s collection of military history. Also interesting is that it is located in the Old Middlesex County Jail, another historic London Landmark.
VOX: How long did it take you to complete the project?
LIZ: We recorded several lists of prompts over a couple of months.
VOX: Where did you record the voice overs?
LIZ: My own recording studios, Passion Fruit Productions in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
VOX: You are a voice on the move, literally, recording VO for mobile technology (T-Mobile to name one), automobile navigation and now public transit. Is there anything you find particularly satisfying about this kind of voice over?
LIZ: In our mobile, time-pressed society, people are constantly rushing around to get where they need to go. I am grateful that my voice can give people all over the world peace of mind and point them in the right direction.
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