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How Can You Provide Live Direction Remotely?

By Lin Parkin

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Remote Director.jpgDid you know that you can connect to a voice-over talent's recording studio no matter where in the world your studio is located?

If you're one of our clients who prefer giving live-direction during a recording session, there are many options available to you.

At Voices.com there are thousands of talent equipped with studios that allow you to be 'present' during the recording session, no matter where you live.

Not only is that good for you, but live-direction {well, good live-direction} is helpful for the voice talent as well. If you tap into their studio they can get a clearer understanding of the read you're looking for and give you your vision in fewer takes.

Join VOX Daily as we take a look at some of the ways this can be accomplished whether you live in different cities or across continents.


 

Need Royalty-free Music? Check out YouTube's Latest Offering

By Lin Parkin

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YouTube logoAre you looking for Royalty-free music?

Are you looking for a new place to source your music bed library?

While Voices.com offers a range of free sound effects and some royalty-free music you might be on the lookout for new places to build your library of royalty-free music. Thanks to a LinkedIn post from Bobbi Owens, I was tipped off about YouTube's most recent addition to their tool box for video creators.

The YouTube team has created an Audio Library that brings together a compilation of high-quality, free-to-download music that consists of every genre from classical pieces to original modern tracks including hip hop, rock music, country, and more. You can even select your track by mood, duration or a specific instrument.


 

Saying Goodbye to an Audio Pioneer

By Lin Parkin

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Ray DolbyRay Dolby, one of the most prolific ambassadors of sound, passed away at his home on September 12, 2013 at the age of 80, ending his struggle with acute Leukemia and Alzheimer's.

An American engineer, Ray became famous for inventing Dolby NR, the noise reduction system that took the "hiss" out of audio recordings.

Born in Portland Oregon he was raised in San Francisco and went on to receive a B.S. in electrical engineering from Stanford University, where he won a Marshall Scholarship for a Ph.D. in physics from Cambridge University.

After studying at Cambridge, Ray became a technical advisor to the United Nations in India. In 1965 he returned to England and officially launched his namesake company, Dolby Laboratories. In the same year he invented the Dolby Sound System in the UK. His first U.S. patent was not filed until four years later. In 1975 he moved back to San Francisco where he established his company headquarters.


 

8 Audio Production Tips for Voice Actors

By Lin Parkin

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Audio Production.jpgAre you thinking about offering audio production services in addition to providing voice-overs?

Some voice-over artists have as much talent for the technical side of the business as they do for the creative, while others have to work hard on developing those skills.

If audio production just isn't your thing you could consider outsourcing that part of the job.

However, especially for freelance voice talent, having production skills adds a great deal of value to the services you can offer by saving clients time and money. Those are beautiful words to all potential buyers!

We reached out to the community through our social media channels to get some sound advice for those thinking of branching into production services. Hear what they had to say in today's VOX Daily.


 

A Voice for Those Who Don't Have One

By Lin Parkin

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MyVoice app.jpgHave you ever heard of the TalkRocket Go app?

Do you know someone who would benefit from a communication aid?

If someone you know is unable to speak due to illness or injury the good folks at MyVoice Inc., makers of the TalkRocket Go app, just shared some good news that might be of interest to you, particularly if you are a resident of Ontario, Canada.

The Ontario government will now cover 75% of the price of an iPad or iPod Touch when installed with the TalkRocket Go app, in either the English or French versions.


 

Google Glass Demo for Paul Shaffer of the Late Show

By Lin Parkin

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Paul Shaffer and David Ciccarelli.jpgWhile visiting Toronto on a media blitz last week about being the first Canadian to receive Google Glass for the Explorer program, David Ciccarelli, the CEO of Voices.com, ran into a familiar face from late night television.

In the lobby of his hotel he ran into Paul Shaffer of the Late Show With David Letterman. Immediately recognizing Shaffer, David introduced himself.

Of course, he was wearing the signature Glass at the time which caused an impromptu demonstration for Shaffer.

Though their encounter was brief, the two were able to relate given their Thunder Bay connection and common musical background. There must be something in that Lake Superior drinking water!


 

First Look! Responsive Web Design Coming to Voices.com

By David Ciccarelli

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Responsive Web Design Splash

One of the challenges of modern web development is designing a website that looks great on a myriad of Internet-enabled devices. Just think of all the ways you access the web today; your mobile phone, a tablet, e-reader, netbook, laptop, desktop and maybe even an HD-TV.

In Voices.com's pursuit of innovation, we have embarked on a web redesign project that will allow our customers to have a consistent experience using Voices.com regardless of which device they are using.

Today, we're going to show you screen shots of an all-new Voices.com that auto-magically reformats the content on page to the dimensions of the web browser. Let's see some responsive web design layouts!


 

Voice-Over Scripts: Screens VS Paper

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Screens versus paper debate for voice actors reading scriptsWhen you audition or record a voice-over project, do you print your scripts off or do you choose to read them off a screen such as your computer, smartphone or tablet?

There are many different ways that voice talent choose to read their scripts depending on the situation.

Find out more in today's VOX Daily!


 

How "Green" Is Your Home Recording Studio

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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The earth sitting on the grass, bright sky overhead.Are you concerned at all about the environment?

If you're trying to minimize your carbon footprint or save trees, there are many things you can do working from a home-based recording studio to make as little an impact on the earth as possible.

What can you do? Find out more 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 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.


 

5 iPhone Microphones Reviewed

By Ashley Davidson

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Blue Spark DigitalWant to know which microphones are compatible with the Voices.com iPhone App?

Who better to ask than an audio engineer, music producer and voice-over actor?

Ken Theriot, co-owner and co-founder of Home Brew Audio, reviews compatible microphones for the iPhone so you don't have to pass on voice-over gigs when you're on the road in today's VOX Daily!


 

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.


 

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!


 

Sources Of Royalty-Free Music and Sound Effects

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Smiling woman listening to music coming through her headphonesWhere do you get your royalty-free music?

More than ever before, voice talent are seeking safe sources of material to include on their demos from scripts to music beds.

We've compiled a list of great royalty-free music and sound effects sites that are sure to help you.

Be sure to check these out and let us know what you think!


 

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.


 

The Endangered Sounds List

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Florida Manatee Sea Cow swimming in clear, blue water.What sounds heard today are getting closer to the realm of archival recordings and the domain of the Foley Artist?

Should we be focused on sampling more of these sounds that may never be captured in the wild (both literally and figuratively) again?

Find out what made our community list of Endangered Sounds and share some of your own in today's VOX Daily.


 

Getting Started in the Recording Booth Featuring Dan Friedman

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Sound Advice Voiceover book by Dan FriedmanAre you just starting out in voice over and looking for tips on building your home recording studio?

Need some ideas?

I hope that this posting gives you at least one aha moment or a takeaway you can put into practice today.

Author, audio recording engineer and voice over talent Dan Friedman joined Voices.com for a webinar recently and shared tips that are taught in audio recording schools from his book, "Sound Advice Voiceover From an Audio Engineer's Perspective."

Continue reading to access the webinar recording and be sure to comment on Vox Daily with your thoughts.


 

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.


 

Voice Acting in Video Games Workshop at Voices.com

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Two men playing video games, holding controllersDuring the month of November, Londoners will have the opportunity to experience digital interactive gaming as never before!

With a Voice Over London workshop on voice acting in video games and DIG London coming up, things are going to get pretty exciting for gamers and talent alike.

I hope you can join us at our upcoming Voice Over London workshop featuring guest speaker George Spanos, a sound designer from Digital Extremes.


 

Harlan Hogan's Porta-Booth Pro Up For an Award

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Harlan Hogan Porta-Booth ProAre you a fan of Harlan Hogan's Porta-Booth Pro?

I just received word that the product is named as a Top 75 Nominee for the 10th annual Chicago Innovation Awards!

Learn more about this achievement and show your support for Harlan Hogan in today's VOX Daily.


 

The Winner of the Audio Recording Gear Review Contest

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Mogami Gold CableAfter receiving and reading nearly 90 entries for the contest calling for reviews of audio recording equipment and software, we've finally found a winner!

Suffice to say, you're hearing from one very tired yet informed blogger! I don't think I've ever seen so many reviews on so many different pieces of equipment and it's no secret that our peeps love their gear.

Who won the contest?

Find out who it is and why they love their gear in today's VOX Daily.


 

The Winner of the Audio Recording Gear Review Contest

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Mogami Gold CableAfter receiving and reading nearly 90 entries for the contest calling for reviews of audio recording equipment and software, we've finally found a winner!

Suffice to say, you're hearing from one very tired yet informed blogger! I don't think I've ever seen so many reviews on so many different pieces of equipment and it's no secret that our peeps love their gear.

Who won the contest?

Find out who it is and why they love their gear in today's VOX Daily.


 

Reaching The On-Demand Generation Through Advertising

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Dad holding his two young sons on the couch using a laptopHave you noticed just how easy it is for young people to dismiss advertisements?

Just this morning I heard my kids say "There are too many advertisements!" when they were waiting for a feature film to start playing. Who's to fault them? As young parents who remember using the Internet for the first time as teenagers, we even skip ads if and when we can.

While previous generations were able to tolerate advertisements in exchange for quality entertainment, the consumers of tomorrow are growing up online where selection is huge and mainly free with immediate gratification often achieved by the power of a click.

Just how can advertisers and those they work with reach and engage digital natives?

Find out in today's VOX Daily.


 

Two Skype Clinics Offered by Edge Studio

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Woman doing a Skype conversation, video conferencingHave you ever been directed or completed a voiceover job via Skype?

New technologies can be intimidating but there are classes being offered on how to record and deliver voice over work via Skype.

Learn more about two upcoming webinars that you can participate in taught by trainers at Edge Studio.


 

Outsourcing Audio Editing

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Audio editing, two tracks, wave formsAre you finding that audio editing is becoming a hindrance to marketing yourself and recording work for your clients?

Many voice talent are outsourcing audio editing to capable audio engineers who can get the job done for a reasonable price and in a timely fashion working half a world away.

To learn more, check out today's VOX Daily!


 

How Do You Amplify Your Voice?

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Large fake ear resting on a man's real ear.  The man has his hand placed on the ear in a listening fashion.There are many ways to make your voice sound louder whether it be through vocal acrobatics and projection or use of technology.

What's your favorite way to get loud?

Be sure to comment with your signal chain and projection tips!


 

How To Soundproof Your Home Recording Studio

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Purple soundproofing acoustic foam in studio with microphoneNot sure about your where your studio stands in terms of soundproofing?

From time to time, we'll receive emails from members who are concerned with the quality of their recordings due to noise, echoes or slap-back.

Today's VOX Daily will give you some tips for what you can do as well as point you in the direction of coaches and consultants who are versed in this area of treating your home recording studio and then some.


 

How Text-To-Speech Gave Roger Ebert His Voice Back

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Roger Ebert using TTSAfter losing the use of his voice following surgery for jaw cancer several years ago, media personality and film critic Roger Ebert has found new ways to communicate and be heard.

Through journal entries online and a TED Talk, Roger Ebert has been able to share more about what happened to him and how he has embraced technological advances to regain his 'voice.'

Learn more in today's VOX Daily.


 

How Text-To-Speech Gave Roger Ebert His Voice Back

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Roger Ebert using TTSAfter losing the use of his voice following surgery for jaw cancer several years ago, media personality and film critic Roger Ebert has found new ways to communicate and be heard.

Through journal entries online and a TED Talk, Roger Ebert has been able to share more about what happened to him and how he has embraced technological advances to regain his 'voice.'

Learn more in today's VOX Daily.


 

How Much Does Your IVR Know?

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Man holding a mobile phone, texting or reviewing informationHave you ever considered how complicated scripting for a telephone tree can be?

What about the intricacies involved in making your IVR smarter?

I recently read an article written by Leonard Klie in a magazine called CRM (Customer Relationship Management) that explored how far technology has come in terms of personalizing an experience for a caller. Based upon what I read, it may be that this brand of personalization, while well-intentioned, has gone too far!

How does a phone system know what your name is before they've asked? Might an IVR also be able to anticipate the reason why someone a customer who phones in might be calling?

Just how much should an IVR system know and say to a customer prior to the person speaking with a live representative?

Find out more in today's VOX Daily!


 

Winter 2011 Release With New Features

By David Ciccarelli

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Winter 2011 Release at Voices.com

We've been working hard to develop some amazing new features that encourage better communication between clients and talents as well as some nifty project management tools for clients.

Today, we'll explore the new "Like" button, Action Menu, Notes, Ask a Question and Send Thank You features. Plus, I'll introduce the Enterprise Edition, a new account type for large businesses who require legal documents to be signed when hiring a voice talent at Voices.com.


 

How To Pick the Right Microphone For Your Voice

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Brunette singing into a microphone vintage styleWhen it comes to buying a microphone, you want to be sure that whatever you purchase does justice to your voice and brings your talent to the fore.

In today's VOX Daily, you'll learn about some factors you'll want to consider when going about determining if a microphone is suited to your voice.

After you've read the article, be sure to comment with your thoughts!


 

To Pop or Not? Are Pop Filters Necessary?

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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A black pop filter beside a silver microphone.Nearly every photograph I've seen of a voice over talent at the mic during a studio session has been accompanied by a pop filter.

Recently, I heard someone say that a pop filter was not necessary if you could position yourself in such a way to speak across and or over the microphone and not directly into it.

What do you think?

Share your thoughts in response to today's VOX Daily.


 

Getting Started With Garageband

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Apple Garageband guitar iconHave you been wondering about how you can record your voice with Apple's Garageband?

This tutorial by James T. Dawson shows you how to do everything from creating the initial project to ensuring that you have the right settings for your microphone in preparation to record!

James has contributed before (audio recording on a Mac) and I think you'll enjoy this installment.

Learn more about how to get started with Garageband in today's VOX Daily.


 

How Voice Overs Are Used In Digital Media

By Lin Parkin

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Woman extending her arm to touch a display screen with digital imagesHave you ever considered the vast amount of voice over work that has been created because of advances in technology and the embracing of digital media?

From Internet to mobile devices, there's an abundance of work for everyone in this new space.

Join us in today's VOX Daily article where we'll explore the many different ways that voice can be used in digital media and supporting devices.


 

Voices.com to Present at SMArts London

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Graphic designer at her computerSocial Media for the Arts is an unconference being held in London, Ontario Canada on Saturday November 27th, 2010.

SMArts incorporates all elements of the arts including visual arts, the performing arts and more.

One of the sessions will be about how audio, specifically voice over, is used on the web and through mobile applications.

Find out more about this presentation and how you can attend 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.


 

What Will it Take for ISDN to Die?

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Blue cables, ISDNIn the opinion of many, a technology called Integrated Services Digital Network (ISDN) is living on borrowed time.

Although ISDN is still the preference of many producers and studios, the writing is on the wall and it's only a matter of time before everyone is forced to look at alternative methods to replace it.

What do you think?

Join in the conversation here on VOX Daily and have your say!


 

What Will it Take for ISDN to Die?

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Blue cables, ISDNIn the opinion of many, a technology called Integrated Services Digital Network (ISDN) is living on borrowed time.

Although ISDN is still the preference of many producers and studios, the writing is on the wall and it's only a matter of time before everyone is forced to look at alternative methods to replace it.

What do you think?

Join in the conversation here on VOX Daily and have your say!


 

How Your Voice Over Career Can Benefit From GPS

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Woman looking at her GPS in the carAre you someone who uses GPS to get around?

Global Positioning Systems are very popular. They can be purchased as standalone items. Some newer cars also come with a GPS installed.

In today's VOX Daily, we're going to explore how a GPS can help, how you can use them for your business and the kind of voice over opportunities for talent in this market.


 

Do You Love Voice Over Experts? Write a Review in iTunes!

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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iTunes review

Do you enjoy listening to the Voice Over Experts podcast?

If you do, how about letting people know via iTunes and spreading the good cheer?!

Help others to discover the #1 educational podcast featuring renowned voice over coaches from US, Canada and abroad by leaving a review on iTunes for Voice Over Experts.

Find out how you can do this in today's VOX Daily.


 

Harlan Hogan's Porta-Booth Pro in Pictures!

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Harlan Hogan with his Porta-Booth ProThere's nothing quite like finding out what makes things work, and when that something is a piece of studio equipment that could make your voice over recordings sound better when on the road or away from home, it's an absolute must!

Get a behind the scenes look at the newly released Harlan Hogan Porta-Booth Pro in today's VOX Daily.


 

Harlan Hogan's Porta-Booth Pro in Pictures!

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Harlan Hogan with his Porta-Booth ProThere's nothing quite like finding out what makes things work, and when that something is a piece of studio equipment that could make your voice over recordings sound better when on the road or away from home, it's an absolute must!

Get a behind the scenes look at the newly released Harlan Hogan Porta-Booth Pro in today's VOX Daily.


 

Recording Voice Overs for Mobile Applications

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Apple App StoreThe market opportunities for voice over have expanded since the launch of destinations such as Apple's iTunes App Store.

With more work out there than you can shake a stick at, voice over narration and character voiceover work for mobile applications is an exciting avenue to pursue as a voice actor.

Hear about some of the work being done for the iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and more in today's VOX Daily.


 

Home Recording Studios: Big or Small, We Love Them All!

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Karen Commins recording studio

From time to time I am asked to post a question via my Facebook status to gain feedback or advice on behalf of one of my friends.

Today's posting is the fruit of one such effort.

Is there an average size for home recording studios? Find out in today's VOX Daily.


 

Invasion of the Headphone Snatchers!

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Trash headphonesTo use or not to use headphones?

That is the question:

Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous decibels or to take arms against a sea of sound waves and by opposing thine headphones, end them.

Dan Roberts joins us today to share his reflections on whether or not you should put the cans on while performing a voice over as inspired by sessions at VOICE 2010.


 

Awesome Voice Over Videos: Acoustics 101

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Need some help treating your audio recording studio?

In this awesome video, RØDE Microphones founder and company president Peter Freedman gives you a quick DIY class on improving room acoustics!


 

Testing, Testing! Do Pets Spend Time in Your Recording Studio?

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Belgian Malinois Dog microphoneHave any pictures of your pets recording in the studio?

Do your furry friends love to hear your voice through headphones?

Many voice over professionals have pets that make appearances in the studio. Perhaps you can identify with this!

In today's VOX Daily, you'll get to meet a number of critters and learn more about how these pets interact with their owners while in studio.

Do you have a story to share?

Be sure to comment!


 

Want to Build a Home Recording Studio?

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Curt PalmerOver the course of last summer, voice over talent Curt Palmer completed his first professional-grade home recording studio, going from nothing to something that is serving him very well.

Building a home recording studio takes a lot of thought, planning and the implementation of good advice. If you've gone through the process already, you know what I mean!

Learn more about how Curt chose a location in his home, how he constructed the studio and how you can too in today's VOX Daily.


 

How To Get an ISDN Line

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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ISDN phoneWhat's the best source to acquire ISDN service?

If you are someone who wants to get an ISDN line and are curious about how to go about it, a number of pro voice talent with ISDN equipped home studios have shared their insight with you!

Thoughts regarding Source-Connect and other technologies are also expressed.

Read more now in today's VOX Daily.


 

How To Find The Sweet Spot on a Microphone

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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cupcake with pink and white icingDo you know what the sweet spot is?

How can you find it?

Every voice over talent should know where their voice sounds best on a microphone. This skill is particularly useful when you go into a studio and are unfamiliar with the studio mic they have in the booth.

Hear from some pros who know how to work the microphone... and if you're happy to share your tips on how to find the sweet spot, add your own thoughts to the conversation!


 

How Familiar Are You With The Audio Signal Chain?

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Audio recording engineer in sessionWhen you first get into voice over, you'll quickly learn that something expected of you (to work independently) is an audio home recording studio.

Voices.com CEO David Ciccarelli is an honours graduate of the Ontario Institute of Audio Recording Technology (OIART). On his blog, The Biz, he took time to outline the basics of the audio signal chain, comprising of three elements that every voice over professional should be aware of and understand.

We'll briefly discuss these elements today on VOX Daily!


 

Old School Radio Pictures

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Larry Wayne Radio Days 1968

Look familiar to you?

About a month ago, I asked people via social networks to send in their pictures from back in the day at broadcast radio stations.

Do you know who is pictured above?

Find out who this gent is and see more retro radio pictures from voice over artists in today's VOX Daily.


 

When Voice Acting for Video Games Improves, Gamers (and Actors) Rejoice

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Man and woman playing video gamesRemember the first video games featuring voice over?

Do you recall the quality of the voice acting?

Suffice to say audio, specifically the voice acting aspect, has come a long way in gaming since the early 1980s.

Hear what professional voice actors have to say about this blessed phenomenon here at VOX Daily!


 

More Variety in GPS Voices?

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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GPS voice oversDo you have a GPS (global positioning satellite) in your car?

Perhaps you've taken a special interest in the voice of your GPS.

Maybe you're even the voice talent behind a GPS!

Today we're going to take a closer look at voices and how they are used to help us navigate the open road.


 

Home Studio Recording Using a Macintosh Computer: Part 1

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Do you own a Mac or wish that you did?

Perhaps you've been curious about making the leap from a PC to a Mac and would appreciate an insider's look at how the Mac operates and what using a Macintosh computer could do for you and your voice over business.

James T. Dawson joins us today as a new contributor to VOX Daily, and as a Macintosh Technical Support Specialist, is writing from the perspective of someone who knows more than the average Mac enthusiast about how they work.

In his debut article, James discusses some basics and gives you a lovely introduction to working with Macs to make audio recordings.


 

Domain Names For Sale

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Man hand wwwTo complement your Voices.com profile, we've always recommended having your personal website to both showcase your demos and provide another channel for prospective clients to get in touch with you.

Today, we'll explore a few different ways to acquire domain names, even if you think all the good ones have already been taken.


 

Selling Homes Online with Voice Over Narration in Virtual Tours

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Real Estate for sale onlineHow can a remote destination shown through a virtual tour evoke feelings of warmth, comfort and desire?

Whenever you list something for sale on the Internet, you have to humanize the experience for potential buyers to make what you are selling seem more accessible, meaningful and attractive.

Find out how voice over can add that lovin' feeling and also how voice talent can make selling homes online even easier.


 

Disney World Monorail Voices

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Walt Disney World Monorail at EpcotHave you ever been on the Walt Disney World or on the Disneyland Monorail System?

When David was away on business presenting at a conference in January, he happened to stay at a Walt Disney World resort and ride on the famous "Monorail". His experience inspired me to dig a bit deeper into the voices, past and present, of Disney's Monorail.

There's a lot of good information here but what I'm missing are your memories!

If you have anything you'd like to share about the monorails at Disney or are simply curious to learn more, read on!


 

Ben Burtt and Sound Design for Wall-E

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Ben Burtt Wall-EWall-E, while short on dialogue, is filled with incredible sound design courtesy of 4-time Academy award winner Ben Burtt, also known as "The Father of Modern Sound Design."

Learn more about how the movie was built from the "sound" up and how the voices of Wall-E and Eve were created here on VOX Daily.


 

Voices.com Partners With VoodooVox In-Call Media

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We're pleased to announce that Voices.com has partnered with VoodooVox to bring even more opportunities to the voice over marketplace.

While any Voices.com member may be contacted for these jobs, an invitation has been extended to Voices.com paid members to be included in a special program and presented as preferred vendors.


 

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.


 

Hi Fi for Wi Fi: How to Achieve High Fidelity When Podcasting

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Victoria FennerPodCamp Toronto played host to a number of interesting and relevant sessions for audio producers, including this presentation given by former CBC producer Victoria Fenner, owner of Sound Out Media based in Hamilton, Canada.

Join me now as we delve into Victoria Fenner's Hi Fi for Wi Fi and discover what the differences are between dynamic, condenser and USB microphones.

Is there truly one mic to rule them all? Find out!


 

Hi Fi for Wi Fi: How to Achieve High Fidelity When Podcasting

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Victoria FennerPodCamp Toronto played host to a number of interesting and relevant sessions for audio producers, including this presentation given by former CBC producer Victoria Fenner, owner of Sound Out Media based in Hamilton, Canada.

Join me now as we delve into Victoria Fenner's Hi Fi for Wi Fi and discover what the differences are between dynamic, condenser and USB microphones.

Is there truly one mic to rule them all? Find out!


 

Coverage of PodCamp Toronto 2009 / #pcto09

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PodCamp Toronto 2009For the next several days, I'll be writing about what went on at PodCamp Toronto over the weekend.

David, Erica and I attended on behalf of Voices.com and split up, taking in as much as possible from the five track unconference over the course of two days.

This first article is meant to introduce you to the concept of PodCamp, its significance and what it is meant to achieve.


 

Voices.com Sponsors PodCamp Toronto 2009

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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PodCamp Toronto 2009Are you into podcasting?

Do you live in or around Toronto, ON Canada?

Make plans to show up at PodCamp Toronto on February 21 and 22, 2009 at the Rogers Communications Centre at Ryerson University.


 

Report on the Voice Over Industry : 2009

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Voice talent, agents, casting directors and unions face a changed environment. The convergence of media and technology, combined with the fragmentation and personalization of media, is affecting all industry players in unprecedented ways.

This report aims to identify the key players who participate in the industry, describe behavior and trends, but most importantly, highlights areas of opportunity that should be capitalized upon in 2009.


 

How To Make Sure You're Getting Job Notifications at the All-New Voices.com

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Not Getting Job Notifications?

There have been a lot of improvements made to the site, and along the way, these improvements have also given rise to some changes that you should know about in order to fully maximize your experience at Voices.com.

You'll want to log in to your account and take a good look around.

To learn more about how you can set yourself up for success, read this article and make some additions to your profile that will go a long way!


 

Known Issues : Working Through The Transition

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Stethoscope with a heartIf you've been having any difficulty using the site since it launched earlier today (Monday), I have some updates to share with you that will explain any inconveniences you may have experienced.

To learn more about "Known Issues", that is, bugs that we're aware of at Voices.com that are being investigated and solved, keep reading.


 

Ever Had An Out-Of-Voice Experience?

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Voices, Voices Everywhere!

Does an ISDN session ever leave you feeling like you're having an Out-Of-Voice Experience? Speaking to and hearing disembodied voices can be a rather interesting way to spend your time. Can you relate?


 

What's Your Favorite Voice Over Video on YouTube?

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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It's time for some fun!

There are so many wonderful videos out there on YouTube that celebrate voice acting and voice overs.

What are your favorites?

Comment with the video URL (the web page the video is hosted on) and let me know why you chose to submit it :)


 

First Look : Community : Read, Listen and Contribute!

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Voices.com Community

Want to take a closer look at the New Community area at Voices.com?

I'm pleased to share some information on how you can get involved and be an active part of the vibrant community that all voice over talent can call "home" online at Voices.com.


 

First Look : Approval of Files and Release of Payment

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To wrap up this First Look series and glimpse into the all-new Voices.com, we're going to talk a bit about two new features that you'll be able to make use of when you are working for clients.

These features include the ability to request Approval of Files and Release of Payment.

Learn more now!


 

First Look : New Profiles at Voices.com

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Continuing our "First Look" theme, let's take a look and the new Profiles.

Profiles Now Have Four (4) Unique Sections:

๏ The main Profile page
๏ Demos
๏ Store
๏ Feedback

Since many of you have such impressive resumes and also a growing portfolio of demos, separating the two only makes sense and gives you more room to shine.

Learn more about the new Profiles now!


 

Vital Signs : Voice Over At The Speed of Ad Copy

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Ready, set, go!

When reading copy for advertising, a voice over artist encounters more than their fair share of acrobatics, especially when there's too much copy crammed into a designated time slot that doesn't take to accommodating natural phrasing.

Has technology helped you to beat the clock?


 

Vital Signs : Analog VS Digital And The Implications Therein

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Audio cable

Newer and emerging technologies have changed the way audio is recorded, edited and archived.

From archaic wax cylinders to reels to MP3s, and from analog to digital, we've come a long way in a matter of decades.

With the simplification and notably more "hands off" production process, has the work of people behind the scenes (and behind the mic) been overlooked because of perceived ease when it comes to producing audio or visual content as propagated by the Digital Revolution?


 

Vital Signs : Analog VS Digital And The Implications Therein

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Audio cable

Newer and emerging technologies have changed the way audio is recorded, edited and archived.

From archaic wax cylinders to reels to MP3s, and from analog to digital, we've come a long way in a matter of decades.

With the simplification and notably more "hands off" production process, has the work of people behind the scenes (and behind the mic) been overlooked because of perceived ease when it comes to producing audio or visual content as propagated by the Digital Revolution?


 

Vital Signs : Has The Internet Changed The Way You Interpret Copy?

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Today, we're going to start engaging in a series of articles called "Vital Signs", an innovative and thought-provoking tour that explores and questions how technology has affected the voice over industry and those within it.

These posts were inspired by an article in The Atlantic written by Nicholas Carr titled "Is Google Making Us Stupid?"

First up to bat is interpreting copy.

Does reading a script on your computer screen as opposed to a printed copy make a difference in your preparation, interpretation, and performance?


 

Beau Weaver Gives You a Tour of His Studio ~ Video

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What's life like working as a professional voice over talent in LA?

In this 9 minute video, one of world's most in-demand voices, Beau Weaver, shows how he works as a voice over talent from home studios in Los Angeles and Ojai, CA.


 

New Facebook Design

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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facebook_app_logo.jpgDo you have a Facebook account?

Facebook makes it easy to stay connected and share information with friends. You can started a conversation with Facebook Chat, check your friends' latest photos and status updates, look up a phone number, or upload your own mobile photos to Facebook on the go.

The new Facebook design is about highlighting new content relevant to the user and fostering conversations about that content. Today, we'll do a crash course on what's new, and what's changed to help you get the most of Facebook, with a special spin for voice actors.


 

Dueling Narrators!

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Audible.com has a really neat competition going on that pits narrator against narrator, pairing two different interpretations of the same audio book in a duel of feudal proportions.

Which narrators will win?


 

Know of any Talking Toys With Great Voice Overs?

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Rescue Heroes ToysThe world of talking toys is big business.

Everywhere you look, there are toys that talk, whether they be stuffed animals, plastic action figurines, dolls, racing cars or otherwise.

You can walk into literally any department store and find an assortment of talking toys that represent an exciting and entertaining aspect of this industry in the realm of character voice acting.

Have you and your voice over business been sharing in those profits?


 

How To Use "Templates" To Save Time

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Did you know that when you audition at Voices.com, you don't need to type in a new proposal message from scratch each and every time?

If you haven't discovered and made use of this feature, Templates is the private storage area of your account that can be used to create and store text templates used for audition purposes.

It's really easy to use! Learn more about Templates and how they can speed up the auditioning process here at VOX Daily.


 

Voices.com Developer Program & Web Service API

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We're pleased to announce the launch of the Voices.com Developer Program and Web Services API.

Software developers will be able to build more sophisticated applications around Voices.com’s services and content.

We're confident that you'll see a massive increase in activity at Voices.com and you'll also see an increase in work opportunities as well as the diversity of voice over requests.


 

Voices.com Developer Program & Web Service API

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We're pleased to announce the launch of the Voices.com Developer Program and Web Services API.

Software developers will be able to build more sophisticated applications around Voices.com’s services and content.

We're confident that you'll see a massive increase in activity at Voices.com and you'll also see an increase in work opportunities as well as the diversity of voice over requests.


 

IVONA : Text-to-Speech Making Headway?

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IVONA is the leading text-to-speech software program in Europe and its notoriety is spreading quickly.

Watch this video and let me know what you think.


 

Blogging and Citizen Journalism Etiquette : Images

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Blogging has become easier and more attractive in recent years to a number of people who run their own businesses.

While many use blogging as a tool for self-promotion, it is also a fantastic way to comment on things that are happening of interest to you on other blogs or websites, creating community and bonds through niceties I'd like to call blogging and citizen journalism etiquette.

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80+ Online Marketing Resources for Voice Over Talent

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What if you could instantly increase your visibility online in a matter of clicks?

Today, you'll discover links on how to select a domain name, how to register your domain, online advertising, ad management tools, press release distribution services, search engine marketing, online directories and lastly blog search engines and blog directories.


 

10+ Podcasting Resources, Tools and Services

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Podcasting continues to grow at an incredible rate. The listening audience is increasing in size, and along that comes growth in advertising spending tied to podcasts.

If you haven't taken a moment to get caught up on one of the fastest growing areas of technology, now's your chance.

Today, you'll find a list of hand-picked podcasting resources, software tools, tutorials and services to help you create a podcast of your very own or be prepared when a client approaches you with a podcasting project.


 

100+ eBusiness Resources for Voice Over Talent

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When you are doing business online, there are a whole different set of challenges and opportunities to consider than when operating a brick and mortar business in the physical world.

From getting your business up and running to sealing the deal, the web offers a fantastic variety of resources that will help you manage your business, connect with other people and make a profit.

These are just 100 eBusiness resources -- but they're among the best!


 

How You Can Help Shape the Future of Voices.com

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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If there's one thing that has guided us when making decisions in terms of functionality, design and overall business direction, it's been the fundamental principle of listening to our customers.

That being said, we're reaching out to you again to ask for your feedback regarding a number of areas pertaining to Voices.com through an online survey.

Learn more about the survey and how you can participate here.

Website Usability Survey Voices.com


 

LOST "Via Domus" Videogame

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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LOST Via DomusDo you watch the ABC show "Lost"?

I hadn't started watching the series until earlier this February, and last night, we completed our LOST marathon ending with last episode of season three.

Today when I read that the LOST videogame entitled "LOST Via Domus" was released a few days ago on the XBox 360, Playstation 3, and the PC, I thought it very timely to write about the series and also get your take on the game and the voices used in it.


 

Voice Coaches Network at Voices.com

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Voice Coaches NetworkLooking for a voice over coach?

We have recently developed a network that connects voice acting instructors with students seeking voice over training.

Check out more information here at VOX Daily!


 

If you want to do voice acting for video games, PLAY THE GAMES

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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For whatever reason, voice acting for video games has become a fixation for me as of late and I can't seem to stop talking about it.

Maybe you know where I'm coming from!

At any rate, I thought an article about voice acting for video games was in order and invited DB Cooper, queen of video game voice acting, to join me today for your reading pleasure.

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Do Voice Actors Play the Video Games they Star in?

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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BioShock CharacterI was chatting with one of the voice actors from the game "BioShock" recently and happened to ask him if he had played the game.

The answer may astound you!

Do voice actors play the games (video games or PC games) that their voices are featured in?


 

CBC Radio One - Tech New Year's Resolutions on Spark! January 2nd, 2008

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Nora YoungListen to the CBC?

Whether on CBC Radio One, Sirius 137 or online at cbc.ca, be sure to catch Nora Young's show "Spark" at 11:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. EST on January 2nd, 2008 to hear some interesting technological New Year's Resolutions!

You might be surprised who you hear from...


 

Voice Casting How-To ~ New Podcast!

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Voice CastingTrying to find a voice to brand your company or hire for your project online?

Voices.com's newest podcast “Voice Casting” is now at your service.

Learn how to find a voice actor, what to look for in a voice, how to work with voice actors, and most importantly, how to brand your company using the power of the human voice.


 

My Voices.com Profile App at Facebook

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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My Voices.com ProfileWant to make better use of your Facebook profile?

If you've got too many applications that don't do much for your voice acting career, you'll want to consider the newest app to hit Facebook created specifically for you to take your social networking to the next level.

Discover "My Voices.com Profile" at Facebook and turn some of your "social networking" friends into business clients.


 

Dan Aykroyd Winery Brands With Microphone

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Dan AykroydAccording to WineSpectator.com, Canadian comedian and film actor of Blues Brothers fame Dan Aykroyd now has a winery named after him slated to be opened in 2008 in the Beamsville Bench area on the Niagara Peninsula located in Ontario, Canada.

What interests me at present, however, is the image and branding the firm has decided to go with...


 

What's Your Favorite Audiobook?

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Innocent TraitorBeen listening to any audiobooks lately?

Over the next four years, there will be 24,000 audiobooks recorded...

the audiobook market is booming!

Share your favorites and hear about some other great audiobooks from your friends at VOX Daily.


 

British Animation Awards : Best Character Voice Performance - New Category!

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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British Animation Awards LogoWhile awards season is a wee bit off, the nomination season has just begun!

Learn more about a new category announced this year for the British Animation Awards.


 

Defiant Digital Productions Blogcast

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Do you listen to VOX Talk?

If so, you'll be pleased to hear that Adam Fox, the host of the Tech Talk segment, has just started his own blog at Defiant Digital Productions!

Check out Adam's Tech Talk segments and leave comments about what you've heard on the Defiant Digital Productions Blogcast.

Defiant Digital Productions Blogcast


 

How to Blog

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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RSSMany moons ago, we did a round up voice actors who write blogs relating to voice over and since then, there have been many more blogs added to the community!

Just how are these people starting blogs and why is it important?

Find out!


 

iTunes Customer Reviews

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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If you've found our podcasts and bonus material helpful, we'd appreciate you taking a couple minutes to submit a positive review of the shows in iTunes.


 

The Hottest Microphones on the Planet

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Vintage MicrophoneWhich microphones bring the most sizzle to your recording sessions?

When you think of microphones what's the first brand that pops into your head as being desirable and functional?

Maybe it's a particular model - let us know!

Add your pick here at VOX Daily.


 

Fall '07 Release from Voices.com - Beta Testers Wanted

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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We're gearing up for our Voices.com Fall '07 Release and are looking for beta testers to provide some feedback and ideas on how the polished release can be even better!

If you want to be part of this, keep reading...

Fall 07 Release of Voices.com


 

Vox Studio Software - Do you dig it?

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Xentec Vox StudioA story idea from one of our readers!

What do you think of Vox Studio Software? Ever heard of it? Need it, love it, use it, or what?

Share your thoughts on this piece of software by adding a comment here on the VOX Daily Blog.


 

Transformers @ BotCon

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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TransformersWhat do you get when you combine crazy fans, Hasbro figurines, The Transformers, and voice actors Daniel Ross, David Kaye and Peter Cullen?

An awesome video segment on GameOne, that's what!

Want to see some Transformers coverage at BotCon 2007?


 

Jesse Springer Interview with Joe Cipriano on VOX Talk

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Joe CiprianoHad a cup of Joe yet today?

Jesse Springer, a VOX Talk correspondent, recently interviewed Joe Cipriano, famed promo voice, Apple spokesperson for podcasting with GarageBand, and one of the PrimeTimeVoices.com crew.

Tune in to VOX Talk to listen to part 1 of 3 in an interview series produced by Jesse Springer with the one and only Joe Cipriano!


 

Review : Walking the Labyrinth

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Peter CavellThe 2007 London Fringe, a festival that features new and upcoming actors, is now in full swing in London, Ontario Canada.

One play in particular, Walking the Labyrinth is a one man show written and performed by Peter Cavell, jam packed with voice overs and well worth attending.


 

Meet the Industry : Voice Over Marketplaces

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Voice Over MarketplacesWhat is a voice over marketplace?

How have voice over marketplaces impacted the voice over industry and what does the future hold?

As more and more people take their businesses online, the paradigm is shifting from traditional offline scouting to online recruiting.


 

Review : The Gypsy's Guide to Professional Home Recording

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Do you want to learn the basics of recording from home quickly with the minimum amount of time and expense?

Check out this review on Pat Fraley's book / CD combo, "The Gypsy's Guide to Professional Home Recording" to learn the rudiments of producing professional audio at home on your PC or Mac.


 

Audio Production Schools

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Silver EarJust learning the business of how to set up your home recording studio?

Do you need some assistance learning how to use the software or equipment?

Consider acquiring an education in audio production and audio engineering and find out where people with the proverbial "golden ears" go to school.


 

Contest to Win Podcasting Gear Worth $335

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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RSSRemember when we talked about Podcasting last week?

There's a contest out now put on by the Create Business Growth gang where they are giving away $335 worth of podcasting gear and books.

Sounds good, doesn't it?

Want to learn more?


 

What's in Your iTunes?

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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iTunesIf you ask Apple, iTunes is defined as the entertainment center of your world.

To bring Podcasting Week 2007 to a close, we'd like to ask one question of you...

What's in your iTunes?


 

Interview : Darbi Worley of the Everything Acting Podcast

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Everything Acting PodcastEver heard of The Everything Acting Podcast?

Recently, I had the opportunity to interview Darbi Worley, host of the Everything Acting Podcast as part of Podcasting Week 2007 at Voices.com.

Find out more about this awesome podcast and how you can listen in.


 

24 Sources of Podcast Statistics, Podcasting Market Research and Broadcasting Industry Analysis

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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24 Sources of Podcast Statistics, Podcasting Market Research and Broadcasting Industry AnalysisWhat percentage of the general public has even heard of "podcasting"? Out of those that have, do more men or women listen to podcasts? Find the answers and a whole lot more in this extensive post on podcast statistics.



 

Free Small Business Podcasting Kit

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Want to make your own podcast?

Follow this recipe, being sure to account for all of the ingredients ahead of time.

If there is anything that most podcasters will tell you, it pays to be prepared!

Learn how to make your own podcast at VOX Daily with our Small Business Podcasting Kit.

Small Business Podcasting Kit eBook - FREE Download

Small Business Podcasting Kit

 

Why Start Podcasting?

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Podcasting as MarketingWhy are people Podcasting?

What's going on out there that inspires so many people to book time at professional recording studios, build their own home studio, or carry portable devices to record their thoughts and those of others and make them public?

Find out why people are Podcasting and why Podcasting is a frontier that no Marketer should ignore.


 

Voice Casting : Host of Voice Over Experts

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Julie-Ann DeanWhose voice hosts the Voice Over Experts Podcast?

We had very specific voice casting requirements in mind when we set out to find the perfect voice to host Voice Over Experts, and this charming voice actress from the UK met and exceeded all of our expectations.

Want to meet her?


 

New Podcast : Voice Over Experts

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Voice Over ExpertsLooking for advice from the best in the business of voice acting?

A brand new podcast christened “Voice Over Experts” has just entered into the world of podcasting, offering a unique perspective on the art of voice acting and the business of voice overs from a variety of acclaimed instructors hailing from North America and abroad.


 

How To Browse, Listen, and Subscribe to Podcasts

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Podcast IconNeed a helping hand finding a podcast you like, listening to it and then subscribing to receive it on a regular basis?

This article will help you do just that!

Learn more about how to browse, listen and subscribe to podcasts at VOX Daily.


 

Podcasting Week 2007

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Podcasting WeekHey Hey, it's Podcasting Week!

At Voices.com, we're covering the ins and outs of podcasting including how to find, listen to and subscribe to podcasts as well as the business side of podcast production and making some dough as a podcaster or as the voice of an independent or corporate podcast.


 

Technorati : The Blog Search Engine

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Technorati LogoLooking for specific articles or themed blogs online?

Ever thought of searching for content on blogs using a tool other than the Google Blog Search?

Try Technorati, your gateway to tens of millions of blogs and the stories they tell.


 

del.icio.us : Let the World Know Your Tastes

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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del.icio.us LogoIf you think something is "delicious", you can share that fact with everyone by bookmarking the page or website using a service aptly named...

del.icio.us !

Learn more about the social bookmarking tool del.icio.us at VOX Daily.


 

Facebook : Get Connected

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Facebook LogoWhere can you meet up with old friends, make connections, and join countless groups that align with your hobbies or career?

Why, Facebook.com of course!

If you haven't yet checked out this free Social Networking site, it's well worth the time.


 

MySpace : Get Friends and Build Links

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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MySpace Original LogoHas anyone ever referred you to their MySpace page?

What is MySpace, what does Rupert Murdoch have to do with it and why should you care?

Learn more about this social networking site, the first giant in the field.


 

StumbleUpon : Stumble Your Way to New Websites!

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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StumbleUpon LogoHey, does the word StumbleUpon mean anything to you?

Our next article in our mini series on Social Media gives you the power to virtually StumbleUpon websites or web pages that you like and give them a Thumbs Up to show your appreciation and approval of content on the web!

So, how does StumbleUpon work?


 

Digg : How to Digg a Page

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Digg LogoWhat is Digg?

Why are there so many Diggs on a given article at Voices.com?

Find out how you can leverage the power of Digg and help the most relevant content get to the top of the charts!


 

Voices.com on CNN.com

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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CNN International LogoIt seems like everybody is talking about getting started in voice acting!

While that may be true having a trusted news source such as CNN.com validate the market by covering the opportunities therein confirms to the rest of the world that voice acting has hit the mainstream and is now officially a part of pop culture.

Catch a link to a fascinating article on the state of the biz from industry leader Voices.com and voice actors Kara Edwards, Moe Egan and Michiru Yabu at VOX Daily.


 

Voices.com Webinars Are Here!

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Voices.com and WebExWe're pleased to announce our new relationship with WebEx and are excited about what that bridge we've built means for you!

Starting this coming week, you'll be able to enjoy world class webinars from your friends at Voices.com.

Want to know more?


 

Voice Coaches Marketing Expo : Voices.com

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Voice Over in the Google EraDavid and Stephanie Ciccarelli presented on the topic of Voice Over in the Google Era.

With so many ways to promote your voice using the monolithic conglomerate that is Google, there's no stopping the voice over industry online!

Discover ways that you can improve and increase your presence on the Internet as a voice over talent regardless of your location.


 

Hillary Huber Nominated for Audie Award

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Hillary HuberHave you read “A Field of Darkness” by Cornelia Read?

Ever listened to it?

If you have and it’s among one of your favorite audiobooks, you’ll be happy to know that Hillary Huber, narrator of “A Field of Darkness” has been nominated to win an Audie Award!


 

New Video from Voices.com

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Voices.com New VideoJust how does the new Voices.com work?

Watch this new video produced by the team at Voices.com, including a thorough explanation of SurePay.

It's on YouTube as well, so you can share it with your friends easily. Check it out!


 

Official Voices.com User Guide Now Available!

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Official Voices.com User GuideThe new Official Voices.com User Guide is now ready for download!

With anything new, it helps to have a play book or guiding light - here's yours for Voices.com :)

Get your copy of the PDF User Guide here at VOX Daily.


 

Fallout 3 to Feature Liam Neeson

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Bethesda SoftworksNews in the video gaming industry spreads like greased lightning!

Totally360.com, an Xbox news and game reviews site, reported today that actor Liam Neeson will lead a cast of voice over talent in the video game Fallout 3.


 

The Difference Between Audio Engineers and VO Talent

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Recording Engineers and Voice TalentsNot all audio engineers have the vocal gifts to be voice over talent and not all voice over talent have the technical knowledge and experience to be audio engineers.

But, when you do get the desired combination of technical skill and artistic competence, something special happens...

Just how important is it to possess a mixture of the qualifications described above as a professional voice over talent working online?


 

Increased Security with VeriSign and SSL

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Verified by VeriSignMoving forward, the new generation of Voices.com will not only be equipped with VeriSign Security, but also an SSL Certificate.

Now folks, that's some heavy duty security and peace of mind.

But, just what is SSL? Find out here!


 

How Do You Deliver Digital Audio Files?

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Delivering Digital Audio FilesEmail?

FTP?

CD in the mail?

Where there is a will, there's a way!

Share how you get your finished digital audio products to clients.


 

VOICE Conference : DB Cooper

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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DB Cooper VoiceWant to be a video game voice actor?

Learn the biz of video game voice acting and secrets on how to keep Gamers happy with your performance by reading this wonderful article about DB Cooper's VOICE 2007 lecture "Infinite Ammo".

Get ready to rock!


 

New Videos! Want to see them?

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Have you been following our "What if Life Had A Soundtrack" videos? Good news! We've just released two more for you (that's 6 so far, ladies and gents!).

Check them out here.


 

6 Hour Flight with iPod in Tow

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Kara Edwards Voice ActorWho got the second iPod?

A lovely lady with a long flight home!

Check out this post to find out who the winner of the second iPod Shuffle at the VOICE Conference was, sponsored by Voices.com.


 

Voice Over Blogosphere

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Voice Over BloggersJust how big is the voice over blogosphere?

Discover the who's who of voice over blogging!

Take the opportunity to meet some of your colleagues who blog about the voice industry, business, and their lives in general.

You might just find a new friend or a great blog that you can subscribe to about your craft.


 

What If Life Had a Soundtrack?

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Voices.com CommercialsRemember that campaign slogan we asked for your feedback on?

Check out our web commercials and share them on YouTube!


 

Voice Over in the Google Era

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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The ways of the past are no barrier to success for savvy voice over entrepreneurs of the new Google Era.

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Updated Your Commercial Demo Lately?

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Bobbin BeamIt's 2007... is your commercial demo out of date?

Bobbin Beam recently whipped up a new commercial demo and posted a link to it from her blog.

What are the indicators that you need to update your commercial demo? Find out here.


 

Local Search: How To Optimize Your Website

By David Ciccarelli

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With mobile technology really taking off, cheaper wireless Internet access and a host of tools such as maps and recommendation engines, local search is a hot topic and one that you should build into your marketing program.


 

Verbum Domini Joins SQPN

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Verbum Domini, a daily scripture reading podcast produced by voice talent Brian Noe, has just become part of the largest Catholic Podcasting Network, SQPN.

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Read more about the history of Verbum Domini and help us to pay tribute to a podcasting pioneer!


 

PodCamp Toronto: How to make your podcast more listenable

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Peter O'Connell PodCampPeter O'Connell of audio'connell wowed PodCamp with expert advice and hot tips on recording equipment, teaching the crew about PodPresence.


 

Which Mic Captures Your Talents?

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Joe CiprianoJoe Cipriano relies on his Neumann U87...

Which microphone helps you to make your bread and butter?

Let us know by leaving a comment!


 

Why you should be blogging

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Want to get into blogging?

Woman bloggingBlogging is not a passing fad...

it's another channel for you to use as a marketing tool and a creative outlet to get more mileage out of your voice over business!

Learn more about the benefits of blogging and how you can get started to make your mark in the blogosphere. There's no better time to get typing :)


 

Podcasting Advertising to hit $400 Million in 2011

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Podcasting Advertisings Shooting Star

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Is podcast advertising worthwhile?

Read these stats and then decide for yourself.


 

VOX Talk Podcast

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Vox_Talk_Logo_225.jpgLooking for the industry's hottest and most current voice over podcast?

VOX Talk is your connection to the voice industry covering news about voice overs and voice actors, hot tips on how to grow your voice over business, technology, and a little help from your friends.

Check out VOX Talk and find out how you can get involved.


 

Narrow Casters in India Break Radio Barriers

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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With radio station licenses few and far between for regular people, many in India are turning to Narrow Casting, a means of talking to their community, reaching thousands through local 'radio' stations.

Farmers in IndiaRecently, a link from IndianExpress.com was sent to me as a story idea.


 

Super Bowl Commercials on MySpace

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Did you miss the commercials yesterday during the big game? Watch them at MySpace!


 

What happened?!

By David Ciccarelli

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Voices.com upgrades servers and joins the Rackspace family.


 

DigiDesign Reel Tape Suite

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Analog recording (or a very close facsimile) is back!


 

How to make money from Podcasting

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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We've all heard how to monetize a podcast, but just what does it take to make money as a producer of one?


 

Gotta love FeedBurner

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Got a blog? A podcast? If you do, you are likely familiar with FeedBurner, King of the Feeds.


 

Radio Celebrates 100 Years

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Reginald Fessenden RadioOnce upon a time, someone had a brilliant idea.

What's older than your Granny and more important than a Birch Bark Canoe? Click here to find out.

The date was Christmas Eve, 1906, the man was Reginald Fessenden, and his idea included transmitting his voice and the singing of a Christmas carol to ships in the Atlantic and as far as the Caribbean.

By doing so, he gave what is considered to be the first radio broadcast.


 

Search Engines

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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search enginesSearch engines play a vital role in how we as a people find answers to our questions.

When you have a quick question or are researching something, what do you do and where do you do it?

If you need to know the score for a sports game, it's online. If you are digging up a recipe that turns all of your leftover turkey into a gourmet delight, you'll find it online.


 

Queen Elizabeth's Christmas Message via Podcast

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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It's 2006. The iPhone is out is so is the latest from Buckingham Palace... Queen Elizabeth's Christmas Podcast!


 

Voices.com Got TechCrunched

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Voices.com and Google Audio Ads stir up some controversy at Michael Arrington's blog TechCrunch.


 

Joe Cipriano Shares Voiceover Secrets

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Donna Papacosta exchanged a few words with voiceover star Joe Cipriano about voiceovers - 23 minutes of words to be exact! To learn more about this podcast, read on.


 

Princesses of Podcasting

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Leesa Barnes has just come out with her very own Top Ten Ladies of Podcasting list called "Top Ten Savvy Women in Podcasting" for 2006. Wanna see who made it on the list?


 

The Collaborative Nature of Animated Acting

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Help this York University Masters student score big on his thesis - it's all about voice actors and animators.


 

Happy Feet Stomps All Over Casino Royale

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Who would have ever thought that an animated feature film would beat out a James Bond flick at the box office... for several consecutive weeks?


 

Voices for Planes, Trains and Automobiles

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Do people hear your voice on their commute getting from place to place? If your pipes are featured in the transportation industry, we want to hear from you!


 

Master VO Blog

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Building a home recording studio? Got questions of a technical nature? Direct your questions to Master VO!


 

Website Completeness

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Want to know how to achieve website completeness? Check out these tips on what you can do to get ahead.


 

Some Lighter Fare: Frank and Gordon

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Need a change of pace? Take a break with us as we examine Frank and Gordon, the most talked about Beavers north of the 49th parallel, courtesy of Bell Canada and created by leading Quebec advertising agency, Cossette Communication Group.


 

Top 100 Movers and Shakers

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Discover the newest, hottest way to search for and hire voice talent... Announcing the Voices.com Top 100, powered by our new VoiceRankâ„¢ technology!


 

Avi Melman's Voice-Over Podcast

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Have you heard this voice-over podcast? Check out Avi Melman's new Voice-Over Podcast here at VOX Daily.


 

Transformers Audition Reflection - Updated

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Read our exclusive on Bryan Cox's audition experience for the highly anticipated Steven Spielberg movie, "The Transformers".


 

New Color Themes For Your Voices Website

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Did you know that you can customize your Voices.com website? Take a look at some of the cool things you can do to differentiate yourself.


 

Watermark Bank at Voices.com

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Ever wondered what a watermark is, why you need one, and where to get one? We'll chat about that and more here on the VOX Daily blog.


 

Best of the Best Web 2.0 Web Sites

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Recently, Software Development in the Real World posted their Web 2.0 cream of the crop list, recognizing Voices.com as one of the Best of the Best.


 

June Foray starring in the Radio Adventures of Doctor Floyd Podcast

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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What do you get when you combine themes from Rocky and Bullwinkle, the magic of old-time radio, and a legendary voice actress?


 

Voices.com Coming out of Web 2.0 Beta Phase

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Since our Beta Launch this September, we've been testing, retesting, and collaborating with you to make Voices.com the best that it can be. The light at the end of the tunnel is brighter than ever, and we're coming out of Beta!


 

Voice Marketer

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Find out why professional voice overs have stopped investing in search engine advertising and are doing all of their online voice marketing at Voices.com.


 

Foodfight IBM Voice Audition

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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An inside scoop on IBM's role in the animated feature film, Foodfight!


 

Podcasting for Businesses

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Corporate podcasting is growing by leaps and bounds, and so are the opportunities available to you. You could be making money by recording podcasts for businesses! Ready to dip your toes in podcasting?


 

Custom MP3 Demos Validate Studio Quality

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Wonder why clients are particularly fond of and often require custom MP3 demos for auditions?


 

Hollywood and Videogames

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Wondering where the videogame business may be going? Read this round table interview with four industry insiders conducted by The Hollywood Reporter to find out.


 

Voice Actor Blogs on the Rise

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Voice actors have started to blog, giving the public an intimate view into the lives of professional voice actors.


 

Firefox Web Browser

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Are you an Internet Explorer user? As we continue to fine-tune Voices.com to make it Internet Explorer compatible, we suggest that you use another browser for the time being... Firefox is an excellent choice! Download the Firefox Internet Browser here.


 

ISDN Debate

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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ISDN... At one point, it was celebrated as the height of recording and file delivery technology, but what is it to you now? Has ISDN gone the way of the dinosaur, or is it still alive and well?


 

LibriVox: An Audio Homage to the Written Word

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Looking for a way to build your portfolio while contributing to your community? Consider volunteering your voice talents and record audiobooks at LibriVox.org.


 

Videogame Voice Acting: Battle for Residuals

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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In 2005, the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) signed the Interactive Media Agreement, an agreement that raised the fee of videogame voice-over recording sessions. Will there be more on the table in 2008?


 

Digital Living for Grandparents

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Modern grandparents and great grandparents know a thing or two about the 'web' and have embraced the Digital Age with flying colors. Technology pioneers of the 20th century share how the Internet has affected their lives.


 

Ogg Vorbis, The Open Source File Format

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Like Open Source? Ogg Vorbis ( .ogg ) is for you.


 

AAC Format: Will it replace MP3?

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Will the AAC format take over the common MP3?


 

Women in Technology: Where are you?

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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For many ladies out there, the world of technology can be a very lonely planet. Would the female techies please stand up!


 

Audacity Recording Software

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

Comments (31)

Do you have questions about Audacity?


 

Vocal Health Clinic at the London Health Sciences Centre

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Have vocal problems and need to find help? The multi-disciplinary voice clinic at London Health Sciences Centre may be just the ticket to diagnose and treat your vocal ailments.


 

Top Ten Features to REMOVE from Voices.com

By David Ciccarelli

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Like the grapevine that needs to be pruned in order to yield a fruitful harvest, we've been exploring a few under utilized features that, well, simply put - need to go.


 

Top Ten Feature Requests for Voices.com

By David Ciccarelli

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As the imminent launch of Voices.com approaches, we thought we'd share the top 10 feature requests received in recent months. What's good, what's terrible? Let us know.

* These features are listed in the logical order of activities when using Voices.com, not by most important.


 

Podcast Commentary in Israel

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Dan Lenard, a professional voice talent, records a monthly feature called Looking Outside the Box - listen to this months feature from the heart of Israel.


 

Royalty-Free Music and Sound Effects

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

Comments (8)

Where do you find your royalty-free music and sound effects?


 

I'm a Mac. I'm a PC.

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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We've all seen the Apple Computer commercials, but which computer is better for recording and editing voice-overs?


 

Bill Nighy is Davy Jones thanks to CGI

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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The voice of Bill Nighy, thanks to Computer Generated Imagery, will star in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest coming to a cinema near you on July 7th, 2006.


 

Johnny Depp voices Jack Sparrow in Video Game

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Johnny Depp is reprising his role, Captain Jack Sparrow, in the blockbuster video game Pirates of the Caribbean: The Legend of Jack Sparrow, due for release today, June 27th 2006.


 

Welcome to Vox Daily!

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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We've just finished moving our entire blog over to Voices.com. Whew, what a journey!


 

Browser Compatibility Testing - We Need Your Help

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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How does our website look in your Browser?


 

Watermarks in Custom Demos

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Do you protect your voice demos with watermarks or sound effects?


 

Ode to the Foley Artist

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Behind the scenes in audio production.


 

Audio Book Explosion

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

Comments (1)

Get a piece of this $900 Million Dollar Industry.


 

Audio Books

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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It only took Steve Jobs one listen and he was hooked on the medium. How 'bout you?


 

Voices.com on Web 2.0 Top 200 List

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Featured on a list of the Top 200 Web 2.0 sites. What an honour!


 

Recording with Audacity

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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One of the easiest recording tools to use online.


 

Could Ad Profits Boost Video Game Budgets?

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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There is big money to be spent in the new wave of in-game advertising. Could this lead to more money for voice actors in games with in-game advertising placements?


 

#1 on Google

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Natural Listings are very different from Paid Search listings. Find out the differences here.


 

Podcasting Voices 411

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Are you looking for voice-overs to use in your podcast or are you considering adding voice-overs to your current podcast?

This blog posting will help you to learn about the many uses of voice-overs in podcasts, how to go about finding a pro to record for you, and the significant influence that a professional voice-over can have on your audience.

Learn how to find the perfect voice for your podcast.


 

What's Web 2.0?

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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There has been a lot of buzz surrounding the term "Web 2.0" online, although, the term itself hasn't quite made it to the dinner table yet.

Nowadays, any company jumping on the web likes to consider themselves "Web 2.0", with or without the prerequisites that constitute the 2nd Generation of the World Wide Web. O'Reilly Media and MediaLive International co-created the Web 2.0 concept two years ago and their theorem is still used today to define Web 2.0.


 

Podcasting VS Radio

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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When podcasting first came on the scene, there was a flurry of speculation concerning the future of radio and if podcasting would remain as a viable method of consuming audio content.

Critics were torn. Some said that podcasting would mean the death of radio, while others thought that podcasting would drop of the face of the Earth. A while ago in an interview, someone asked me what I thought about this subject. My answer to their question was that podcasting would not disappear and radio would have to adapt in order to compete with the new medium and its extraordinarily diverse content and time-shifting convenience for listeners.

It's now the end of 2005 and at least 4 months have gone by since that interview was conducted. What do you think? From my vantage point, podcasting has grown, has gained acceptance, and continues marching toward the critical adoption of the majority as a medium that can be relied upon for accessibility, variety, and most importantly, on demand podcast consumption. Mind you, Radio is catching up by podcasting some of their programs for free and an assortment of TV shows can be purchased in the iTunes store for a dollar a piece...


 

Voice-overs: What's in your Pic-a-Nic Basket?

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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I was just taking a look at our website and was inspired to write about the many applications for voice-overs. It's not hard to think of ways to use voice-over once you start to brainstorm a bit (well, this is off the cuff for me!). While you're reading, check to see how many of these voice-over goodies you are using.


 

Animated Speaking Characters and SitePal

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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We recently received a job posting for a company using a SitePal on their website. These jobs are usually exciting because not only can the voice-over content vary from company to company, but the SitePals themselves are also quite diverse.

Similar to talking heads, the animated SitePal, paired with a professional voice-over, is able to convey the website owner's message to customers and prospects visiting the website.


 

Toronto Podcasters Meetup

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

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Tod Maffin is the coolest podcasting / radio guy in Canada!

On Tuesday December 13th, we had the opportunity to attend the Great Canadian Podcasters Meetup in Toronto, Canada. There were podcasters, producers, radio, television personalities, and more, all looking to build a solid community during the early adoption phase of podcasting into the mainstream Canadian culture.


 

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