The art of voice over sits uniquely at the crossroads of audio expertise and performance. In the past, these jobs were traditionally always independent from each other, with a voice actor on one side of the glass and the engineer on the other. While this still certainly exists and likely will for quite some time, these days you can’t understate the importance of a voice actor who can deliver both a quality performance and the best possible quality audio with years of professional audio expertise.
As a voice actor and audio engineer myself, I actually began my voice over career on the engineering side of things. After graduating with an associates degree in audio production almost a decade ago, I started working at a local voice-over and audio post-production studio in downtown Minneapolis.
Soon after, I moved to Los Angeles and got into mixing trailers for major titles such as “The Hunger Games”, “Ant Man”, and “Nerve” for companies like Disney, Lionsgate, Marvel, and many more. On top of this, I worked as a freelance engineer at “The Legendary Marc Graue Studios” in Hollywood, CA for about a year – running voice over sessions for major commercials, tv shows, and video games.
All the while, I spent this entire time training, practicing, and building incredibly valued relationships with my cherished clients, many of whom I still work with to this day. Eventually, I moved back to Minneapolis to work a few more years at the studio where I started, only to eventually go full-time with my own voice over endeavor – solidifying myself as an audio engineer turned voice actor with robust experience on both sides of the glass.
Because of this, my own voice over shines through an ever-evolving world-class recording chain. At the time of writing, consists of a Townsend Labs Sphere L22 microphone (usually dialed into the U47 model, as my voice tends to shine on this), going into a pair of API 512v mic preamps, and then into my AD/DA converter; a Universal Audio Apollo x8p. To finish things off, I might run my signal through an IGS Audio RB500 Mastering EQ and/or the highly versatile Distressor from Empirical Labs. On top of this, I also apply my experience and know-how from years of mixing trailers and commercials in making sure my audio levels are nominal depending on the final media destination, as well as by being able to clean up and edit out any imperfections with an extensive and very comfortable working knowledge of Pro Tools, iZotope RX, and my suite of software processing tools (Vertigo VSC-2 compressor from Plugin Alliance, FabFilter EQ2, and iZotope Insight for level monitoring).
Just as audio expertise is harnessed in the computer and hardware, it’s also exercised in the realm of acoustic treatment and soundproofing. My recording space is properly treated to deliver a well-balanced tone without sounding too closed-off or boxy, or too reverberant.
I’m also well adept in the realm of studio connectivity solutions, such as SourceConnect, Phone Patch, and Cleanfeed, and have the capability for all of the above (and then some).
All-in-all, having a voice actor audio engineer for hire who can manage both ends of the spectrum will be sure to create a seamless and simple experience for you in your mission to put together the best quality final video, video game, eLearning course, animation, phone system voice over, and much more.