Half term is here and some brave voice overs have left. Their professional voice over studio availability is nil – they’ve gone, they’ve escaped, happy holidays. Not me. With three children, two dogs, two kittens and two chickens, a holiday is a logistical nightmare. And that’s before I start assembling my portable recording kit.
However, in truth, technology is making things increasingly simple. I can grab my Focusrite Scarlett 2i2, my endlessly forgiving Audio Technica MKH-416 (a highly directional shotgun mic), and my MacBook Air. With the addition of Twisted Wave (or Adobe Audition if I need to deliver more than just raw audio), and Source Connect Now accessed via Google Chrome, I can connect to producers anywhere in the world, in broadcast quality. With ip-DTL, I can even connect via ISDN.
But recently things have become even easier. Rather than lugging about equipment, or searching Yell for a nearby studio, I can simply search voiceoverstudio.com and find a friendly welcome at a professional voice over studio anywhere in the world. And few things are more fun for a voice over than poking around another vo’s studio! Enough to (almost) tempt me out of the booth. You’ll find my studio listed here.
In truth, I suspect I will always be the voice over that can’t quite take a holiday. I hate to risk letting down a client, or missing that dream job. Plus, living in one of the most beautiful parts of the country means I don’t need to travel far to get that holiday feeling. On a warm day, my garden will more than suffice! So, if you’re holidaying in the South West, and need a studio, do pop in. We’re just off the A303, at about the point you really really need a cup of tea.