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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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Aston Element microphone close up Photo by Louis Radley

Voiceovers – what’s room tone?

 January 14, 2022
When I began my voice over journey it seemed like having a “nice voice” would take you quite a long way. You also didn’t need to know much about marketing or to have the skills of an audio producer or recording engineer. Back then I did not have my own studio so when I did directed sessions I either went to the studio of the client or the one they read more

podcaster mic and laptop

Voice artists need to build a client base

 December 21, 2021
Right from the first Covid lockdown there has been a massive influx of people into the voice industry: setting themselves up as voice over artists.   Actors with no work because of Covid. Former radio presenters let go due to increased radio networking. Plus those who have been told they have a “nice voice” and who seem to think that with a laptop and a USB podcaster mic they are good read more

AT4033 microphone with pop shield. Photo by Louis Radley

Voice overs – don’t forget the basics

 November 22, 2021
During a recent voice over recording session something happened  that served to remind me that even experienced people sometimes forget basic stuff that they really should not. I was in my voice over booth for a Source Connect directed session with a production studio in Leeds to record an on-line commercial.  So far so straight forward.  I think it was because this kind of scenario is so routine and familiar read more

Bells

A niche radio feature

 October 25, 2021
One feature on BBC Radio 4 that has intrigued me for a while is Bells on Sunday  It’s one of those public service broadcast things the BBC do that are – to my mind – incredibly niche in terms of their interest but, I imagine, somehow help to fulfil a remit of providing something for everybody.  Basically its a weekly broadcast of church bell changes being rung from locations across the read more

DAB Radio

RAJARs are back

 October 20, 2021
When you work in radio, as I did for a couple of decades, you get used to the quarterly rhythm – with all its attendant stress and concern – of the publication of RAJARs (Radio Joint Audience Research) – or listening figures. The future careers of on-air colleagues could be riding on them especially if a presenter had a couple of “bad books”. Traditionally the figures are compiled from “field read more

On-line video voice over narration

 October 11, 2021
I like to display lots of examples of my work on my website. From time to time I spend a few hours researching on-line to find new examples that I can use to update my demo page. So here is a video I’ve just come across that I recorded the voice over narration for a short while ago and which I did not have access to until now. The video read more

Aston Element microphone and pop shield Photo by Louis Radley

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

Neumann U87 microphone and shockmount close up Photo by Louis Radley

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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