With the new season about to drop, let’s reflect on the production masterpiece that is Game of Thrones. Sure, amazing story. Brilliant characters. Stunning scenes. But as an audio nerd, I’m living for the GOT SFX.
If you’ve ever produced a singer or voice actor with a sibilant S, here’s a quick fix you need in your extra essie life right now.
And so you can keep it on hand for your next run in with surplus ssssss, there’s a nifty downloadable at the end of this post.
Podcasting. Everyone’s doing it. Not everyone is doing it well—especially when it comes to podcast audio.
Nothing will make me hit those two vertical lines quicker than dodgy audio. Shit mics, hiss, hum, echoey guests, generally sounding like it was recorded in a bucket.
Studio equipment is hella expensive. Mics, preamps, acoustic treatments, headphones. You don’t want to take shortcuts with that stuff.
So it’s a feel-good time when you stumble across some nice-to-haves that cost next to nothing but will make #studiolife a bit more comfortable and productive.
There’s nothing worse than a sneaky anonymous noise bomb exploding its bits all over your recording session. Gross.
All the buttons. All the gear. All the tech. All the more reason to mind your manners when entering the studio.
I remember my first voice over demo. It was Y2K, astonishingly the world hadn’t ended, Justin and Britney were a thing, the shouty, over-excited announcer was the ‘it’ voice and being a radio announcer meant, by default, I was a qualified voice actor.
‘We love your Australian accent’. This was the start of a beautiful VO-ship that brought this explainer to life. I love that I get to work with people all over the globe. Also loved the brief of ‘casual engagingness’. Brilliant!
You’ve got a big voice over studio session. You head into the booth. You notice there’s a cast of thousands in the control room. What happens next is beautifully articulated by Tom Hanks in this Graham Norton interview. Oh yes, we feel you Tom.