You get to find out about a amazing range of things when you record corporate voiceovers.

Non slip tennis courts; a special plastic used in photovoltaic cells; an iphone app that controls wood burning stoves; how to decommission wind turbines; a machine that measures human body resonant frequencies; a water distribution and sewerage company in the UAE and and a video explaining how to drive fancy VW cars over rocky terrain – you name it I’ve done the voice over!.

I hope these blog posts give a flavour of the more interesting voiceover stuff that sometimes comes my way – plus some of the other things I like that I’ve come across in those moments when I’m waiting for the next script to arrive!

Chris Radley – Voice Over

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Varied work in the voice-over booth

 September 21, 2021
I’ve had quite a busy time in my voice over booth since people came back from their holidays at the end of the summer – whether staycation or something more exotic.  To me September always has that “back to school start of a new term” feel . Clearly quite a lot of others have been getting back to something a bit closer to “normal” too. So it’s nice to be read more

AT4033 microphone with pop shield. Photo by Louis Radley

Good script writing for voice overs

 September 1, 2021
I’ve just come across a blog post on Linked-In from voice artist Moira Tait that deals with one of those issues that frustrate many voice artists: the content of the scripts you get sent from the client and why it’s often so hard to read. In her blog post Moira has a client sending off the script that they are pretty pleased with but then instead of getting an audio read more

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Voiceover or animated text?

 August 2, 2021
This is a topic that should be of concern to any voice over artist – whether newcomer or established voice talent. I’ve just been reading a Linked-In article by William Gadea from 2020 that looks at the choice of using voice over or animated titles in video. William is a video producer and he says that while in the past you would always use VO narration for a corporate or read more

Aston Element microphone and pop shield Photo by Louis Radley

Want to be a voice over? Read on

 June 30, 2021
This is a voice over blog post I’ve been thinking about for a while during the Covid pandemic when so many new people have come pouring into the VO world all expecting to make their fortunes while sat at home with a laptop and a USB microphone. I’ve wanted to give an idea of the reality of life as a VO so that if you are one of these enthusiastic read more

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Voice over with own studio ….and Source Connect

 June 22, 2021
I recently wrote a post about the demise of the ISDN line in my voice over studio.  For many years the line and my ISDN software codec were mainstays of my voice work and studio. Despite being based on 1980s technology I was using my line for the remote recording of voice overs for radio and TV ads right up until nearly the end of last year.  Although still deemed read more

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Aston Stealth – good for VO? Mic review

 June 9, 2021
I’ve recently been trying out the Aston Stealth microphone in my voice over studio. It’s an unusual dynamic microphone – that can be phantom powered – and is designed for a wide range of studio duties having 4 different voicings. I’ll refer to using the mic for music in a studio blog post but here I’ll just talk about the Stealth for voice over. The Aston Stealth is an end read more

Aston Element microphone and pop shield Photo by Louis Radley

Voice Over with ISDN? Not any longer…

 April 15, 2021
About a decade ago I wrote a post about the importance of having ISDN if you were serious about your voice over career. I took the view 10 years ago that the serious professional voice over artist could be differentiated from the rest in a crowded market by having their own studio with an ISDN connection. However even back then in 2011 I expressed surprise that we were still using read more

AT4033 microphone with pop shield. Photo by Louis Radley

Boom Radio – another thought

 March 29, 2021
Before becoming a full time male voice over in 2010 I used to be a radio presenter at the same time as  a VO.  I mentioned in a recent post that two of my erstwhile bosses – Phil Riley and David Lloyd had set up a new radio station which launched in February 2021: Boom Radio. I looked at the parallels between this newcomer and a radio station I was read more

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Boom Radio

 March 28, 2021
Two of my former bosses have launched a new radio station.  Boom Radio is targeted at the Boomer generation (born 1945 to 1964) and has been set up by Phil Riley and David Lloyd. They were my bosses when Mercia was part of the Orion group – prior to the Free Radio re-brand.  Boom seems to have been established for people who find BBC Radio 2 music a bit too read more

AT4033 microphone with pop shield. Photo by Louis Radley

Famous voice crosses the finish line

 March 20, 2021
A very select number of people get to be THE voice of something. For example the Geordie tones of Marcus Bentley: for very many years the sound of TV’s Big Brother. Or Dirvla Kirwan who was the original voice on the M&S “This not just food…” TV ads back in 2004 (and was brought back by M&S in 2020 when they reprised that so-called “food porn” campaign). Or voice artist read more

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