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Kurt Feldner on the All My Love (for You) Childrens App

By Lin Parkin

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Kurt Feldner - 1025 x 768.jpgOn Sunday, June 16th Fathers across the Nation will be celebrated. Often the voice of reason and authority, Fathers are also patient, kind and caring. They share their wisdom, laughter, and love with their children - young or fully grown.

A terrific way for Fathers to spend time with their families is reading with their children. In our house, my husband and I each read a story to our young son every night before he heads off to bed. It is a way for us to bond as a family with a quiet, comforting activity.

To that note, we discovered recently that one of our talent members, Kurt Feldner, worked on a lovely project for CotCotCot-apps, a Belgium based Voices.com client, narrating "All My Love (for You)," a children's story app. We wanted to find out more about it, just in time for Father's Day.

Join us as Kurt talks about the app and what it was like working on this project.


Voices.com Gets a Modern New Look, Works on Desktop, Tablet and Mobile

By David Ciccarelli

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Voices.com's Responsive Design Site

Today marks a new beginning for Voices.com. We've just launched a brand new website that's been designed taking a "mobile first" approach. That's right, the site has been carefully thought through with mobile devices in mind. That means we've also tested quite heavily on mobile devices such as the iPhone, iPad, Galaxy SIII and BlackBerry.

With all the brainstorming sessions, planning meetings, designing, coding and testing behind us, I wanted to pause to recognize our team and highlight why these improvements are so significant for you, the community of Voices.com.


The Voices.com Android App Is Coming!

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Voices.com Android app talent demo pageFor all who have been waiting for the Voices.com Android app, your wait is nearly over!

After many months of developing a special Voices.com application for Android devices, I'm pleased to announce that the Voices.com Android app will be released on Friday January 18th, 2013.

There are many exciting activities coming up around the launch of our newest app including a media blitz, a party and a fun contest!

As part of the celebration, we're giving away a Premium membership to Voices.com!

Find out what lies in store by reading today's edition of the VOX Daily blog.


Using iPads in the Classroom and Beyond

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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three-young-british-boys-looking-at-an-ipad.jpgThe iPad has proven a real game changer for creatives and businesspeople alike.

How has the iPad revolutionized the voice-over industry?

From going paperless to auditioning and digital audio recording, the iPad has changed the way business is being done.

Find out how the iPad is capturing waves (sound waves to be exact) in studios around the world in today's VOX Daily.


New Audio Player and Navigation at Voices.com

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Voices.com web app

What's in store for Voices.com members?

Cleaner, more intuitive navigation and a brand new HTML5 Audio Player!

Learn more as Voices.com CEO, David Ciccarelli, walks you through the design team's recent developments in today's VOX Daily.


Let Us Know What You Think of Voices.com's New Home Page

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Voices.com talent showcase, Alex Warner, Diane Bean, J. Michael CollinsSomething we strive toward improving on a regular basis is the overall speed of our website. We want you to be able to have the best experience possible when using Voices.com and part of that involves page load time decreasing dramatically.

Over the last couple weeks, we have been making tweaks here and there to speed up how quickly certain pages on our site load. Part of this has to do with design. Just last night, we made a move to new servers that will help us speed up the site significantly.

Today, you have the opportunity to be one of the first to preview Voices.com's new home page and do a short test (you don't have to study in advance!).

Let us know what you think of the proposed changes by taking the 5 Second Test found linked in this post!


What Is Apple Doing With Your Voiceprint?

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Apple's digital assistant, Siri, What can I help you with? microphone iconJust as each one of us has our own unique fingerprints, our voices also have their own voiceprints.

In addition to being unique, your voiceprint can also be used to positively identify you.

What does this mean, why does it matter and how might technology relate?

Find out in today's VOX Daily.


Llama Llama Red Pajama App Review

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Llama Llama Red Pajama app narrated by Rosemary WatsonHave you recorded voice-over narration for a children's storybook app?

From time to time, I scout audiobook apps for children with the purpose of downloading them to review.

I happened to learn of Llama Llama Red Pajama on Facebook when reading through status updates and am I ever glad I did!

Hear more about the app and what brought me to it in today's VOX Daily.


Write Your Review Of The Voices.com iPhone App

By Ashley Davidson

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Voices.com iPhone App - write a review in iTunes!Have you ever reviewed an app before?

Are you using Voices.com's new iPhone app and want to share your thoughts?

We'd love to receive your review!

Find out how to get a hold of the app and also learn about what goes into a great review in the Apple App Store.


7 Tips for Producing Great Audio Recordings on the iPhone

By Ashley Davidson

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Woman's hand holding a mobile device, smart phone, iphoneHave you ever recorded on your iPhone before?

With the new Voices.com app, talent are maximizing their ability to audition while out of the studio, and even while on a break at jury duty!

Find out how you can get the most out of the audio produced on your iPhone in today's VOX Daily.


How To Audition On The Voices.com iPhone App

By Ashley Davidson

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Blog promo, Voices.com iPhone app free download

Need a voice? There's an app for that and people are using it to either find a voice talent or audition for work!

Once a voice talent downloads the Voices.com app to their iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch, auditioning on the go is as easy as pie.

Check out this tutorial on how to audition using the Voices.com iPhone App!


How To Use The Voices.com iPhone App As A Voice Talent

By Ashley Davidson

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Voices.com iPhone app iconEver find yourself out of the studio when an amazing audition comes in?

Instead of waiting until you get back, you can now record on your mobile device with Voices.com's new app!

With the Voices.com app for iPhone, auditioning is faster and easier than ever before.

Want to seize the moment whenever you need to from wherever you happen to be?

Find out more about what the app can do for you and your voice-over career in today's VOX Daily.


How To Hire Voice-over Talent Using Voices.com's iPhone App

By Ashley Davidson

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Karen DeBoer listing, Voices.com iPhone appThe Voices.com iPhone app is mere days away from being released!

We've created a video to show you more of what the app can do.

Take a sneak peek at what the app can do from the perspective of someone searching for voice-over talent in today's VOX Daily.


Interview With Voices.com iPhone App Developer

By Ashley Davidson

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Jamie KlapwykOver the last week or so, we've been sharing information about the app we had been working, an app that will give you an entirely awesome mobile experience using Voices.com on the iPhone.

You've also heard about 5 microphones compatible with the Apple iPhone.

Today, Voices.com is thrilled to introduce to you Jamie Klapwyk, Voices.com's iPhone App Developer!

Hear about what it took to build the app, the technology and equipment used in the design process and what drew Jamie to his position as a developer at Voices.com!

Join us in meeting the man "behind the app," Jamie Klapwyk.


Weirdest Places Auditions Have Been Recorded

By Ashley Davidson

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A sound engineer at work during on location sound recording Slovenia with a stereo microphone on a sandy beach with dunes.Do you ever find yourself missing great auditioning opportunities because you are away from your home recording studio?

Sometimes, everyday life prevents you from being at your home recording studio when that perfect voiceover job comes in.

With the launch of the new Voices.com iPhone App, submitting auditions have never been easier. You will have the ability to audition as soon as the job comes through, right from your iPhone, wherever you happen to be!

Where is the weirdest place you've ever had to record an audition from? Share your story as a comment and join the conversation.


Voices.com for iPhone is Pending Approval

By David Ciccarelli

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iPhone app screen shot, Voices.com, talent profile, scripts for recording auditions or demos on the iPhone.

The day we had been waiting for since the beginning stages of developing the app has finally come and gone...we've submitted the Voices.com App for iPhone to Apple for approval!

In the very near future, this free app will be available to you via Apple's AppStore.

You'll be able to do some very cool things with the app and we're excited to share this news in advance of its launch with you!

Learn more about how you can get involved in making the Voices.com App launch a roaring success in today's VOX Daily.


New Voice Acting Resources at Voices.com

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Voices.com Resources, audio recording, iPhone app, royalty-free music and sfxHave you seen our new Resources section yet?

We've created a brand new area of the site featuring many topics of interest as they pertain to audio production and voicing!

Learn more about the new Voices.com Resources section now!


How We Built The iPhone App

By David Ciccarelli

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Voices.com app on iPhone, held in hand, Arielle DeLisle profileAre you curious about the Voices.com iPhone App?

Maybe you design apps and are interested in learning more about how they are made.

Find out how our team designed the Voices.com app and get on a list to be one of the first people to know once it's launched!


How Voices.com Helps Talent Navigate The Online Marketplace

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Zenith transistor radio beside an Apple iPhoneHave you ever paused to think about your journey as a voice over artist?

How technology has changed or about how you've managed to adapt and thrive in the online marketplace?

Voice talent Bill Kates shares a story full of twists and turns and highlights that although some things do change, many in a way, remain the same.


Angry Birds Interview With Sound Designer, Ari Pulkkinen

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Angry Birds Game, images of birds, pigs, castle

Do you play Angry Birds?

Ever wondered about where the voices came from or how the music came to be? If so, you'll love this post!

I hope you enjoy my interview with the sound designer and audio producer of Angry Birds, Ari Pulkkinen!


London ABCs App Voiced By Voices.com Talent

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Julie Brandl at the London Public Library using the London ABCs appDo you know your ABCs?

Looking for an app that makes learning the alphabet fun?

A new app in Apple's App Store will do more than simply teach you alphabet...it will also introduce you to the many wonderful things you can see and do in London, Ontario Canada!

Hear more about an app that got its voice at Voices.com in this review of London ABCs.


MyVoice App Helps People Overcome Speech Challenges

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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iPhone 3 MyVoice AppDo you know anyone who has lost their voice or finds it hard to communicate verbally?

Toronto-based MyVoice Inc., founded by Alexander Levy, has opened doors for thousands of people suffering from speech and language challenges through the revolutionary mobile app, MyVoice.

After doing a fair bit of reading on the subject, I took the app for a spin to see how it works and learn more about the voices used.

Want to learn more?

Hear about this wonderful app and how it is giving a voice to the voiceless in today's VOX Daily.


Apple iPhone 4S Siri Voice

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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siri-iphoneThe new Apple iPhone 4S release includes a new feature and companion...Siri!

Who couldn't do with a personal assistant at times, especially one that listens and helps to decipher what you might need in greater detail.

Hear more about what Siri is and how it works in today's VOX Daily.


Ultimate Dog Tease a Creative Take On Dubbing

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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The Ultimate Dog TeaseLast weekend I was introduced to a video called "The Ultimate Dog Tease" by someone who came by my booth at Culture Days.

After taking out my trusty iPhone and booting up the YouTube app, I could see why this video has amassed over 63 million views!

What can The Ultimate Dog Tease teach us?

Find out more in today's VOX Daily!


iAudition App Helps You Audition On The Go

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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iAudition App IconHave you heard of the new iPhone app, iAudition?

Designed by voice over artists for voice over artists, iAudition enables you to cut audio files on the go to send to your agent, casting directors and more!

There's a cool way that iAudition can be used in conjunction with your membership at Voices.com.

Learn more in today's VOX Daily.


There's an App for that! Audiobooks on your iPhone

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Green guy sitting on a stack of books with a USB port coming out of them, earbuds. Audiobook concept.Did you know that there are apps for audiobooks?

As someone who still reads paper books, at times I find myself wishing that the books I was reading could travel with me hands-free when doing chores, gardening or running errands... and after a quick search online, I discovered that most of the time, they are in fact available in audio format for mobile devices.

Learn more about how one audiobook publishing company that has taken a leap into the digital publishing realm by producing apps for a variety of Apple products.


A Chair Fit For a Narrator

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Simon Vance's chairDo you sit or stand when you record?

While most voice over talent prefer to stand to record commercials and shorter projects, what do you do when you have to sit and record an audiobook, a 75,000 word iPhone app or a training manual for a large corporation?

Standing does give you a number of benefits, however, sometimes standing for too long can be impractical and could possibly even affect your read.

Find out what some voice over professionals consider to be the makings of a perfect voice over chair in today's VOX Daily.


iPad for Audio Recording

By David Ciccarelli

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What's new on the audio recording horizon?

By this point, I'm sure most of the techies and Apple fans out there have heard of and perhaps even purchased an Apple iPad.

For the uninitiated, the iPad is a mobile device used to create and consume digital media with a gorgeous 9.7 inch display. Similar to the popular iPhone, the iPad has touch-screen technology that let's you interact with the computer without a mouse or keyword.

What makes the iPad different from others in its category are the thousands of "apps" or applications. On launch day, there were 1,000 iPad apps including ones for audio recording, audio editing and file hosting. This begs the question, did you buy an iPad and if so, will you be using it for recording auditions or even broadcast ready digital audio recordings?


Voices.com's Mobile Website

By David Ciccarelli

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Voices.com for Apple iPhone, iPod Touch and iPadThe mobile space is awash in applications, or "apps," as they are commonly called. On the heels of Apple's success with the App Store, unveiled in July 2008, other device manufacturers and operating system providers, including BlackBerry and the Android platform championed by Google, opened their own virtual storefronts.

As a result, people feel emboldened to do more with their mobile devices. eMarketer, the Internet market research firm, projects that mobile Internet access, through either traditional browsers or installed applications, will see significant gains over the next five years, reaching 134.3 million mobile Internet users in 2013 in the United States.

Today, we are proud to announce the first version of the Voices.com mobile website, located at https://www.voices.com.


iPod Shuffle That Speaks To You

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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iPod Shuffle with voiceoverApple has just announced the release of their newest version of the iPod Shuffle.

What makes this unique and why may it matter to you?

The iPod Shuffle is nearly half the size of its predecessor, holds 1,000 songs, and most notably, is programmed to announce song titles, artists names and playlists.


iPhone : Hello, Beautiful!

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Hello Nurse!

The long awaited day finally came on Friday July 11, 2008 for millions of Apple fans worldwide with the introduction of the iPhone in markets outside of the US.

Did you get one? Share your story by adding a comment!


iPhone TV Commercial Voice

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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John Krasinski Apple iPodHave you seen the new iPhone TV commercials yet?

David blogged about the iPhone Voice on The Biz and I'm also going to share a bit more with you about the actor who narrated the commercial for Apple promoting the new iPhone.