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Script Genres > English Adult > Narration > Non-Profit

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    AEC Foundation narration

    Script:

    AEC Foundation narration

    Every child deserves to grow up with opportunities to learn and thrive. With his skills, her talents, each is a potential leader, a contributor, a productive citizen. How kids grow up will determine their success as adults. But sadly, more than one in five children in America are growing up in poor families and poor neighborhoods, where the chance to thrive is anything but a given. The Annie E. Casey Foundation is dedicated to changing that.

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear chrissy45's recording

    Looking for honest opinions, suggestions. Now using an Audio Technica mic and Scarlett 2i2 preamp so wondering if it sounds OK. Thanks in advance for comments.

    /sites/default/files/script-recordings/Christine_Stevens_EdgePractise.mp3

    Peer Feedback:

    I thought that your overall vocal performance was very good. It was clear and the emotion in your voice was very convincing. I thought at times, especially in the middle, it sounded a bit choppy which took away from the emotion. Great Job!

    Peer Feedback:

    You have good emotion and a good voice as well as a pleasant accent. I felt like you were reading though. Try picturing a friend you are convincing, each time you stop at the end of a sentence start anew, persuasively, conversationally

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear gheilweil66's recording

    At the very end I found a neat trick to edit down plosives on audacity. But I only used it on "Potential leader" and "Productive citizen" Let me know if it worked or if those two particular lines still have noticeable plosives. Other than that recording quality-wise I want to make sure the hum of my cpu isn't sticking out. It didn't stick out in my last recording so if it doesn't stick out in this one that would be something consistent and it'd make me happy! I haven't treated anything so echo will persist. I wanted to sound like I was having a serious, but informative conversation. Not somber, but certainly lending a bit of gravity to the stats and the situation. Thanks, Graham

    /sites/default/files/script-recordings/user-113914/script-recording-90505.mp3

    Peer Feedback:

    That was a good read. Volume and cadence was good!

    Peer Feedback:

    Low-noise, no CPU or fan sounds that I could detect using headphones. There is a slight echo though. Are you using any sound treatment within your recording space? The presentation was fine, but slow - sounded like it could have been 20% faster without sacrificing the seriousness of the message. Good diction, clear speech - all that was fine.

    Peer Feedback:

    Agree with TomJ. The pacing is ponderous.

    This is probably a 30 second PSA (if indeed it is a PSA), so it needs to be tightened up.

    If it's just for a presentation of some sort, it's still a little slow and somewhat somber. As a spokesman for The Annie E. Casey Foundation, the message has to be uplifting and hopeful. There's only one negative-is sentence in here, but it's the "problem" that The Annie E. Casey Foundation is out to solve. It's just a fact of life that doesn't have to be a downer because we can do something about it.

    The P's are the obvious plosive problem (lessened here, but still noticeable), but the TH's (on "thrive" both times) are also a bit of a plosive problem. Here's a link to a pop screen that I have found to be very effective.

    https://www.editorskeys.com/products/recording-equipment/dual-layer-pop-...

    Peer Feedback:

    I didn't hear any CPU noise. I'd concur with James and TomJ that the pacing seemed a little slow. Granted you want to maintain a serious demeanor, but you also want to be upbeat.

    Peer Feedback:

    As to delivery, I concur that it was a bit slow. But rather than speeding up the entire read, I think some variation in pacing would help with the interpretation. You might try re-recording the copy working the microphone quite a bit closer. That usually adds some bass and some more intimacy to the delivery. It also has the side benefit of reducing the effect of a lively acoustic environment. I didn't find the plosive levels really objectionable, but working the mic closer could make them more prominent. A pop screen always helps, but try placing your mouth directly in front of the mic, but turning your head slightly so that the air explosions from "p"s and "b"s are directed to the side rather directly into the microphone. After some experimentation, that technique has helped me reduce that problem greatly.

    Be encouraged and keep up the good work.

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    Announcement/Promo for non-profit organization

    Script:

    Welcome to the information line for the BIIIIIGGGGGG ASSSSSKKKKKK (give) campaign, you probably are really excited to get started, and the only major contribution that we need are your best ideas, and an hour of your time once a year.

    If you heard the radio program or saw the interview on broadcast TV you know we need your help so please complete the follow-up questionnaire and volunteer information, it only takes about 5 min of your committed one hour this year. It goes a long way to connection our mission to helping others.

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    Audition Recording:

    Click to hear kenbond's recording

    Outgoing announcement played on non-profit group's phone system. Going for upbeat and also playful, when saying "BIIIIIGGGGGG ASSSSSKKKKKK"

    /sites/default/files/script-recordings/user-113659/script-recording-94996.mp3

    Peer Feedback:

    Excuse, but when you enunciate "Big Ask" it sounds almost like the "k" is missing at the end of "ask"! A clearer diction would help, too, as right now the voice over sounds a bit nasally. Try to go for a more conversational tone, instead of inserting pregnant pauses where they make less sense.

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear marysboy1's recording

    I'm trying to hone my skills , that I have learned from the v/o classes. I need to know what to improve on , and what faults I may have to work on to eliminate. Thanks

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    Peer Feedback:

    I am no expert but there is a noise. As soon as your recording comes on it is there. As for the recording you sound good but like you are unsure of yourself. I think I would practice the script and become more confident with the words

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    I think you are SO close to convincing me that Autism is serious, and that I should pay attention - but not quite. Your timing and phrasing are good, but I believe that if you worked a bit more on the emotion in your delivery, it would represent the magical difference between hearing you, and really listening to the message. I hope this helps. Again, just my humble opinion. All the best!

    Peer Feedback:

    There's some noise in background and the message could be presented with a little more authority. That said, I like your voice and your diction.

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear sundance kid's recording

    I've been slacking off... 2 weeks without posting. Was there a holiday in there or something? Actually, it's been bloody hot here - so much so that I just couldn't bring myself to do much of anything...

    /sites/default/files/script-recordings/Pier.mp3

    Peer Feedback:

    Hello there: I like your voice. Perhaps a little slower read would have been better, seemed just a tad rushed but good otherwise.

    Peer Feedback:

    I just listened without following the script. I do think it could be just a hair slower. I was able to follow along and understand, but not a lot of time to absorb the words. Very smooth and calming voice. Would more variation be good for something like this? It pattern seemed to sound the same to my ears, but I know it's narration.

    Peer Feedback:

    Sundance - the second time through, I listened with my eyes closed. I don't want to stomp on CLCoop's critique, but I didn't have a problem following or understanding the content whatsoever.

    There were two spots, however, that I will pick a nit. Mostly, of the read is very colloquial in tone, so "maintenance" might be softened, without hitting the "t". And to the other extreme "130" got too lax, "ah hunerd 'n' thirdy".

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    College Female Recruitment Video

    Script:

    VO: Welcome to [[Liberty University]], located in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Lynchburg, Virginia.
    VO: [[LU]] is more than just a private, Christian university.
    VO: It’s a place of growth, a place of innovation and a place where lives are changed.
    VO: That’s why we’ve taken on the challenge of creating not just a college campus, but a new wave of education, social life, athletics and spirituality.
    Academics
    VO: At [[Liberty University]], our faith-based class structure lends itself to open conversations about Christian life and what it means to live out our faith in school, our jobs or our social life.
    VO: We allow our students to become visionaries in their major and in their future career by challenging the way they think, process and create.
    VO: We’ve dedicated our resources to expanding our 6500 acre campus to include more technology, facility upgrades and expanded or new programs.
    VO: Currently, [[LU]] hosts more than 12,000 residential students throughout our 165 degree programs and that number will continue to grow as we look to the future and maintain our mission of training champions for Christ.
    VO: While on campus, you’ll notice growth and expansion everywhere.
    VO: We’ve recently completed the expansion of our visitor’s center and our football stadium and have made plans to build a state-of-the-art library to accommodate our students’ study and research needs.
    VO: Of course, with an increasing number of students comes an increasing number of degree offerings.
    VO: [[Liberty University]] is proud to add a school of osteopathic medicine to our campus. As the only medical school in the area, this expansion not only adds to our school and our community—it gives students the opportunity to impact our region and gain valuable experience in service-oriented medical practice.
    VO: Additionally, our nursing department recently received a sizable grant to add to their already state-of-the-art facilities—which include mock treatment rooms, life-like patient models and the industry’s top technology.
    VO: Our newly developed campus plan involves the expansion of our aviation department as well as the addition of a Cinematic Arts program, which will provide a creative outlet and an unmatched learning experience for our students interested in cinematography.
    VO: At [[Liberty University]] , our law program boasts exceptionally high bar passage rates—a success rate that speaks to the quality of not only our program, but our educators.
    VO: It’s these awards and distinctions that motivate us to do more for our students—both academically and socially.
    VO: We believe that what we can imagine, we can create. We can create cures, we can create pathways and we can create something that the world has never seen before.
    Spirituality
    VO: Our students’ belief goes far beyond spirituality—but in deep rooted faith and a perseverance towards enlightenment and growth.
    VO: [[Liberty University]] has deeply sown roots in our faith and spirituality and it’s a belief that is the cornerstone of our class structure, our athletics and our student life.
    VO: Our students participate in weekly convocation, which has hosted some of the country’s top speakers and politicians, and involves them in a consistent time of worship.
    VO: In addition to convocation, each residence hall has a designated prayer leader who keeps our students accountable, encouraged and provides an unmatched support that can only be found through friendship.
    VO: Our campus church gives our students the opportunity to attend church within walking distance of their hall and with the students they grow to call friends. But we also encourage our students to find a church that they can call home, that fit their specific needs, denomination and worship styles.
    VO: Our professors are not only educators at Liberty University—they’re also prayer partners, mentors and someone our students can look to for wisdom away from home.
    VO: When Founder [[Dr. Jerry Falwell]] said that if it’s Christian, it should be better, he meant it. That’s why we’ve dedicated our efforts to building up a Christ-centered university that’s focused on not only developing future generations of leaders, but leaders who have a solid, Biblical foundation.
    Student Life
    VO: The college experience is all about making friendships and even more memories.
    VO: Because our students work so diligently all year on their education, we’ve rewarded them with some of the best recreation in the city—right on campus.
    VO: We realize that the college experience is all about making friendships and even more memories—so we’ve built up our campus with ATV trails, paint ball courses and Snow-Flex—the only ski-slope of its kind in the nation.
    VO: From theater performances and intramural sports to rock climbing and dozens of activities in and around our Tilley Center, we’ve made it our mission to provide a unique and memorable experience for our students.
    VO: At [[Liberty]], friendships don’t just last a semester—they last a lifetime.
    VO: Our students are forging friendships everywhere you look.
    VO: From coffeehouse performances and study sessions to coordinating a group to hike to the monogram, our students are constantly together and constantly building strong relationships.
    Athletics
    VO: Spirit means more than just encouragement and positivity—it’s a way of life. Our students’ strength, courage and teamwork is their witness and it’s an attitude that is contagious and life changing.
    VO: Twenty NCAA, Division 1 teams proudly wear the Flames uniform.
    VO: From football and basketball to tennis and swimming to every men and women’s sport in between, LU is home to some of the country’s top talents.
    VO: What’s more, our club sports such as lacrosse, figure skating, hockey and more, give our students the chance to participate in something they’re passionate about, while building Flames spirit and earning national titles and awards.
    VO: We thrive on the support of our students and our community. As we face off against the country’s top tier teams, we focus on creating an atmosphere for our athletes and students that is positive, energetic and also gives our opponents a unique experience.
    Close
    VO: As we look towards this new chapter of growth at [[Liberty University]], we’re excited to discover the possibilities.
    VO: We wouldn’t be able to expand our campus or offer one-of-a-kind experiences if it weren’t for our students.
    VO: As our campus continues to expand and grow, our students will be on the forefront of positive change and will be leading the way towards impacting our community and our country.
    VO: Our students are the cornerstone of our school and we can’t wait for you to be a part of it

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    Audition Recording:

    Click to hear SandwichTone's recording

    Trying out my Young Adult sound, and first time auditioning reading, editing and cleaning up the audio with a script this large. Specs were "Client is looking for excitement - energy - fun - confident. " I flubbed the editing and have a space needed in one sentence and have a mistake that I left in. Would greatly appreciate your impressions on how I matched the specs. Thanks in advance! Bella-Lisa

    /sites/default/files/script-recordings/user-9054/script-recording-26599.mp3

    Peer Feedback:

    Hi Sandwich Tone,

    Very nice, pleasant voice. Had a lot of energy and professional sounding. Best of luck.

    Peer Feedback:

    Thank you! Really appreciate your taking the time to listen LCW

    Peer Feedback:

    You have a very pleasant sound. However, I didn't hear the excitement you state was in the spec for the read. I hear smile in some of it and not all of it. Also @ "but a new wave of education, social life, athletics and spirituality." you stopped at each comma and read each word as if it were a one-word sentence. In other words, you paused too hard on each comma. As I listened to the script being read, I could 'see' video of students on campus and in the classes...athletes on these new fields etc...put more energy into matching dynamic video (as much as this could be dynamic ha ha) and SELL the idea of this school. It just needed more enthusiasm.

    You shouldn't leave mistakes in your submissions. Take the time to edit them out to clean up the read a little. It just comes across more professional. We all make mistakes, so learn how to cut the mistake and edit to the re-read and make it sound as if it were all one shot.

    Like I said, you have a really nice voice. I hope you keep practicing and submitting. Pretty much everyone here listens to help out. They've helped me tremendously!

    Good luck!!

    Peer Feedback:

    Whoo hoo! College Life! Thank you TxTom! It means a lot that you listened and provided your feedback.

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    Habitat for Humanity Restore

    Script:

    Here we have, a ceiling fan. If you asked this fan an accusing question like;

    “What have you done with your life?”

    Its response would sound like this......cause its an object.....not a person.

    But that’s why I’m here. You see, this ceiling fan’s done quite a bit to save people money, help the planet and build homes.

    It works like this. Its previous owners the Smith’s were at a point in there lives when they no longer needed the cool breeze this fan provided. So, instead of throwing it out. They gave it to the ReStore. The ReStore gave the Smiths a tax deduction, sold the fan and funneled the money into Habitat For Humanity.

    The Smiths saved money through the deduction
    Another family buys a fan for half the price.
    Habitat for Humanity continues to build homes.

    Every body's in a good mood.

    The Smiths are pumped about saving money.
    The customer’s ecstatic about a great deal.
    Habitat For Humanity.
    And obviously, the new home owners love getting a brand new house.
    And the ceiling fan, its chillin’.

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear MHeyden's recording

    Hi - love any feedback on performance and recording quality. One of my objectives here is to eliminate any Chicago regionalisms. There are lots of breaths which I did not bother taking out for this. Thank you!

    /sites/default/files/script-recordings/user-10833/script-recording-50124.mp3

    Peer Feedback:

    I didn't detect any obvious regionalism, although since you mentioned Chicago, I was predisposed to want to hear it. Bravo on all of the "Smiths". One heck of a word to say over and over again.

    Peer Feedback:

    The only two obvious regionalisms were "homes" and "cool."

    Peer Feedback:

    Thanks very much James and Nick. Very helpful to have objective ears helping me!

    Marianne

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    Habitat for Humanity Restore

    Script:

    Habitat for Humanity Restore
    Here we have, a ceiling fan. If you asked this fan an accusing question like;

    “What have you done with your life?”

    Its response would sound like this......cause its an object.....not a person.

    But that’s why I’m here. You see, this ceiling fan’s done quite a bit to save people money, help the planet and build homes.

    It works like this. Its previous owners the Smith’s were at a point in there lives when they no longer needed the cool breeze this fan provided. So, instead of throwing it out. They gave it to the ReStore. The ReStore gave the Smiths a tax deduction, sold the fan and funneled the money into Habitat For Humanity.

    The Smiths saved money through the deduction
    Another family buys a fan for half the price.
    Habitat for Humanity continues to build homes.

    Every body's in a good mood.

    The Smiths are pumped about saving money.
    The customer’s ecstatic about a great deal.
    Habitat For Humanity.
    And obviously, the new home owners love getting a brand new house.
    And the ceiling fan, its chillin’.

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear MelanieMurphyVO's recording

    In addition to the critique on the read, I used sound effects for the first time. Probably not the best mix job but I'm learning. :) I have a new computer and set up... and I'm trying something new with my mic - does it sound clear? Thanks!!! ~Melanie

    /sites/default/files/script-recordings/Habitat-2.mp3

    Peer Feedback:

    I love this! I'd tweak a couple spots ("It's previous owners the Smiths" got pretty fast and I might try to steal some time from a spot or two to add a smidge more time before a couple of punchlines. "through the deduction" got muddled on you.), but easy pick-ups and could just be my mood of the moment. :)

    I love your comic delivery, the clarity, your voice, the tone. I thought your choices were spot on.

    Peer Feedback:

    Really nice. Heard you get a little tongue-tied on "The Smiths saved money through the deduction." Rough sentence to spit out.

    Peer Feedback:

    Got a soft spot for Habitat as a regular volunteer... the Restore deserves a read like yours... it says "come on in and buy something" and that's what it's all about. James pointed out the tongue tied line. Try it again, you'll get it. The recording quality is pretty good. A little more work with the FX and you'll have it down.

    Peer Feedback:

    Thanks Guys. That stupid line just wouldn't come out of my mouth right. :) I'll try again.
    ~Melanie

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    MIT Hacks

    Script:

    MIT has a long tradition of "hacks," or clever and elegant pranks showcasing the playful and inventive spirit of MIT. Hacks are performed by hackers, MIT students who safely and stealthily execute the pranks according to an informal code of ethics. These ethics, loosely stated, assert that hacks must do no damage to property or any person, must be safe, and must provide joy or amusement to those who experience the hack.

    Harvard University, known to MIT students as "the little liberal arts school up Chuck river" or "the red brick school up the street," has always been a popular target of MIT hacks. The fact that Harvard takes itself so much more seriously than MIT, as well as the fact that Harvard has a lot of "sacred" traditions (while MIT has almost none) give MIT hackers a lot of ammunition to work with.

    The most memorable of these hacks took place at the 1982 Harvard-Yale football game.

    During a timeout after a touchdown in the second quarter, an enormous weather balloon emerged from underneath the turf at the 46-yard line. The balloon had MIT printed on it in large letters, and eventually exploded in a burst of powder.

    An ingenious deployment mechanism had been designed by the MIT hackers and buried beneath the field prior to the game. A remote trigger allowed the deployment of the hack to occur during a break in play.

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear sundance kid's recording

    Sometimes I think I'm going backwards in my training... Recorded an entry for the current script contest and it came out sounding like Walter Cronkite. I submitted it anyway for peoples' amusement. But then I neede3d to do something to get out of Wally mode. So here it is. Just two takes (I'm trying to force/train myself to get it right without a lot of retakes), so I know it's a bit sloppy in spots...

    /sites/default/files/script-recordings/MIT.mp3

    Peer Feedback:

    Hi, Sundance. Overall, this sounds pretty good to me, if just a tad rough in timing here and there (which you already know, judging by your last comment). Things I notice, and which you can take with a grain of salt are:

    Your voice sounds a little nasal throughout (no longer in Wally territory).
    The pauses after the Harvard nicknames struck me as just a shade longer than necessary.
    The energy level comes down a bit in the last paragraph.

    I admire the spirit of "one take and done". I can't even come close.

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    The Foundation for Shamanic Studies

    Script:

    Founded in 1979 by anthropologist Michael Harner, The Foundation for Shamanic Studies is dedicated to the preservation, study, and teaching of shamanic knowledge for the welfare of the planet and its inhabitants. All of our work is based on the concept of core shamanism, a system designed for Westerners to apply shamanism and shamanic healing successfully to their daily lives. This system is based upon the universal features of all brands of shamanism, rather than upon variations specific to certain cultures and regions of the world.

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear deerhawk9's recording

    I am considering using this script for my narration demo - I'd like some feedback on how it sounds. Thanks!

    /sites/default/files/script-recordings/user-23942/script-recording-47437.mp3

    Peer Feedback:

    The one word that comes to mind with this read is "run-on" because it's too quick and lacking in vocal punctuation. It's very flat in delivery. Slow down a bit and TALK to your friend and don't READ to them. Listen to this and close your eyes and imagine you're hearing it for the first time. Would this keep you engaged?

    Good luck. I know you're just getting started. Keep at it.

    Peer Feedback:

    Hi! Deerhawk. This reading sounded to me like you were reading to yourself. Very soft and with little variety of pitch. Although you seemed to know the subject pretty well, your conviction did not come across too well. Best.

    Peer Feedback:

    I have to agree with the two previous critiques. The only thing I would offer is not to rush your demo. It should reflect you at your best. This read as it stands is not ready for prime time. The previous suggestions are valid observations. Just take the advice and perfect the read. You want to create something of value to your listeners. Don't worry you'll get there.

    Peer Feedback:

    As Richurd mentions, the first two critiques pretty much cover it. You've done another read of this so you've apparently took some of this to heart.

    Peer Feedback:

    Nice read. I think some changes in inflection through out the read would help it come to life a little more. Good job though.

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear Skmigs's recording

    /sites/default/files/script-recordings/user-94626/script-recording-91504.mp3

    Peer Feedback:

    Sorry. That was sent before I coul add the info!

    Not looking for performance -- just recording quality. Last time, folks said recording sounded very hollow. Sound blankets, carpet, and ceiling foam were added to see if that helped.

    Yes, I know I am very clicky (and feel free to give advice on that!) but right now, I'm really focusing on getting this recording environment up to snuff.

    Thanks in advance.

    Peer Feedback:

    recording quality sounded clean to me, in the headphones. I didn't hear a lot of clicks, but if it's a big problem, I've found a declicker to be more useful than biting green apples, etc.
    Coffee and a declicker is my magic formula.

    cheers,
    DS

    Peer Feedback:

    Thanks Dave! Hopefully that means some of the room changes worked.

    I did actually usually a declicker, but set it very low. (Last time, folks heard a distortion). Good to know what was left wasn't obvious.

    If coffee made me less clicky, I'd be the happiest gal around. ;)

    Thanks again!

    Peer Feedback:

    Recording environment sounds pretty good - no reflection, echo or obtrusive noise. Do you know what your noise floor is?

    De-clickers help, but, like anything other plugin, they're not a cure-all. Every now and then they'll either miss one or take something out of a word that it interprets as a click, mostly like the beginning of a hard K sound or a sharp ST sound. They can be tricky little buggers to fine tune.

    What is your mic placement like?

    I've been working with an engineer at the SAG Foundation VO Lab in NYC. The placement that is recommended (for me at least) is upside-down with the mic head tilted away slightly at that "hang five" distance at about eye level or slightly above. I have my mic on a boom in my booth, but it can also be done with a floor stand with an extension boom.

    Most of the time, hydration is recommended - drink lots of water starting about an hour before you intend to record. But I have the exact opposite problem. I have a "wet" mouth, and that causes mouth noises of a different kind. And I spit - a lot. You should see my tablet after a long audiobook session. It's gross. I actually keep paper towels in the booth to dab out my mouth on occasion.

    Coffee is a diuretic. Even though it is liquid, it actually can dry you out. Lite coffee (lots of cream or milk) can also cause a lot of mucus and phlegm to accumulate. I'm a coffee addict, and I like mine with 1/2 & 1/2 (no sugar). But, unless it's absolutely necessary to knock something out very early in the morning, I give myself about a half an hour after my last cup before I record.

    Here's a link to a video on how to lessen a certain type of mouth noise:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ihx8XgB7jE&list=PLY0Go-GytLK4FDQnoTgqtO...

    Peer Feedback:

    I think you sounded great. I am a newbie to this field, so I agree with the other comments. You are very professional sounding!!

    Peer Feedback:

    Hi James, I was hoping you'd chime in, since I used your recommendations to fix the space. (And thanks!!). No, I didn't even know what a noise floor is... just looked it up, but I have no idea where to find such info?

    Interesting about your mic placement, because that's exactly what I've switched to: upside down on boom at about eye level (though that video made me wonder if getting my chin down a bit would stop some of the clicks...)

    I do hydrate, and would happily trade my clicks for your spit issue. ;) I am tempted to try the lemon on top of the chin position trick tomorrow, thanks for the vid -- and all the help!

    Peer Feedback:

    Thanks Drake, I appreciate that!

    Peer Feedback:

    I thought the recording sounded great!

    Peer Feedback:

    Thank you. :)

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    AEC Foundation narration

    Script:

    Every child deserves to grow up with opportunities to learn and thrive. With his skills, her talents, each is a potential leader, a contributor, a productive citizen. How kids grow up will determine their success as adults. But sadly, more than one in five children in America are growing up in poor families and poor neighborhoods, where the chance to thrive is anything but a given. The Annie E. Casey Foundation is dedicated to changing that.

    Recordings:

    Hear and comment on 5 recordings of this script that your peers recorded.

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    ARF

    Script:

    Berea Animal Rescue Friends (or ARF as we’re known) finds adoptive homes for almost a thousand stray or unwanted dogs and cats each year.
    We’re a no-time-limit facility, which means that our small staff and 300-plus volunteers care for animals for as long as it takes to find them a loving home. We provide shelter, food, medical care and love 365 days a year.
    And we do so exclusively through donations and fundraising events.
    ARF is grateful for all your support over the past 25 years. Yet now we need your help more than ever…

    Recent years have been record-breaking for ARF. Maybe it’s because of the economic downturn. Or maybe it’s just that more people know about us and our services…
    Whatever the reason, ARF’s operating costs and the number of animals we serve continue to climb.
    And while these numbers have gotten bigger and bigger, our small 1500 square-foot facility has remained the same.
    It’s overcrowded (pause), outdated (pause), and desperately in need of structural repair.
    That’s where you come in…

    ARF performs an essential role in our community by taking care of some of the area’s most helpless creatures. This community needs ARF – and ARF needs our help.

    ARF needs a larger dedicated facility… a more spacious home for our area’s unwanted and abandoned animals.

    It would be a home for the entire community, too. A place where you could get everything from pet training to low-cost spay/neuter programs.

    A larger, more efficient facility will provide a healthy and humane space for abandoned animals, a family-friendly environment for adoption, and a valuable resource for the entire community.

    With our current facility facing double capacity, our animals need your help now!
    Please go to the Berea Animal Rescue Friends Building Happy Beginnings Capital Campaign website to find out how you can support our cause.
    And get us one paw closer to our $5 million goal.

    
Donate now at
ARFhappybeginnings.org

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    Autism Awareness

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    As a parent, you can’t help but look at your child and dream about what the future holds. But while you’re dreaming, consider this - the odds that your child will be diagnosed with autism are 1 in 88. Knowing the signs of autism and catching it early can make a world of difference. To learn the signs visit autismspeaks.org. Brought to you by Autism Speaks and the Ad Council.

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    Brevard College Admissions Video

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    Welcome to the Admissions Video for Brevard College.
    Nestled in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, Brevard College is a four-year comprehensive liberal arts college affiliated with the United Methodist Church. Caring faculty and staff and small class size allow students to be known, their interests and activities to be supported and their voices heard. U.S. News and World Report ranks Brevard College second in the nation for its First Year Experience program for first year students, among the best comprehensive colleges in the southern United States and a “Best Value."

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    Chapbooks and Broadsides

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    Because Chapbooks and Broadsides are quick and inexpensive to produce, they are a great medium for experimentation & personal expression. And unlike blogs (which are also quick and inexpensive to produce), you can hold them in your hand, caress them, read them on an airplane, hand them out to random strangers on street corners, take them in the bathtub, sleep with them under your pillow, scent them with perfume, and let your cat or dog chew them into little bits.

    So why letterpress? In this post-industrial age of plastic and virtual realities, we all crave the pleasures of the tactile/the real. What is more satisfying to touch and to look at than a gorgeous inked impression on a zaftig sheet of paper? You know this to be true, what are you waiting for?

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    College Park Scholars International Studies Program

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    Welcome to College Park Scholars International Studies program at the University of Maryland! This spring, International Studies Scholars are exploring one of our nation’s richest resources as they take part in College Park Scholars’ Library of Congress Discovery research course.

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    Fairfax Public Access

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    Fairfax Public Access is an independent non-profit organization that provides to members the training and tools to create non-commercial television and radio programming.
    FPA members work collaboratively to create programs which are then aired on FPA channels through cable providers Cox Communications of Northern Virginia, Verizon Virginia, Inc., and in Reston only, Comcast. FPA currently airs over 2,000 hours of original programming annually, including programs in over 14 different languages that speak directly to the rich diversity of the population of Fairfax County.
    As a vital community catalyst and forum for the exchange of ideas, FPA’s goal is to facilitate community engagement through volunteerism where individuals , non-profit organizations, government and educational partners can provide diversity of information and opinions for the benefit of all.

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    I'm using a Samson Meteor Mic and pop filter. Please let me know how it sounds.

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    Over all, it sounds like the mic, and Pop screen are doing fair,,, the bigger issue I would is the "room" . It sounds like a "big" ( meaning open "live" ) room,, with hard reflective surfaces. ( reflective as in hard flat surfaces that bounce sound waves back at the mic,, not sparkly shiny ,, but they could be both) Even a desktop, wall, window,, you might take a look on youtube under cheap ways to sound proof a room. There are a ton of videos there. Once you kill some of the room noise, then when be a better chance to really see how youre mic and pop screen are working. Right now it sounds a little heavy on the “s's” but once all the echo is out,, that could calm down as well. Later you'll want to look under audacity , on noise reduction, equalization, and compression,, stuff like that. There are a ton of people on here that are all willing to help ( well most of them at least)

    So I went out on the web and looked up your mic. Its a cute little bugger and gets ok reviews , specially for its price point. But I would imagine with the design that its very easy to want to just set it on a desk top. If that's what your doing, I'd get ( and I've done this with one of my mic's, ) a small bath mat like you find at walmart,, rubber backing, and the longest shag you can find. Place that on the desktop , then set your mic in the middle. That should help,, You can throw another mat on the back wall , if your at a desk facing a wall,, and your well on your way to “treating” your room. This still leavs the issues of,, for the most part,, people will urge you to stand while doing voice work,, more breath,, more emotion,, and so . You'll have to play with it and see what works for you.

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    Thanks so much knm for the tips. I really appreciate them. Good luck to you with your voice over career. I'll check out some of your recordings.
    Rose

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    Habitat for Humanity Restore

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    Here we have, a ceiling fan. If you asked this fan an accusing question like;

    “What have you done with your life?”   

    Its response would sound like this......cause its an object.....not a person.

    But that’s why I’m here. You see, this ceiling fan’s done quite a bit to save people money, help the planet and build homes.

    It works like this. Its previous owners the Smith’s were at a point in there lives when they no longer needed the cool breeze this fan provided. So, instead of throwing it out. They gave it to the ReStore. The ReStore gave the Smiths a tax deduction, sold the fan and funneled the money into Habitat For Humanity.

    The Smiths saved money through the deduction
    Another family buys a fan for half the price.
    Habitat for Humanity continues to build homes.

    Every body's in a good mood.

    The Smiths are pumped about saving money.
    The customer’s ecstatic about a great deal.
    Habitat For Humanity.
    And obviously, the new home owners love getting a brand new house.
    And the ceiling fan, its chillin’.

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    105 people have played this

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    trying to refine technique.

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    Nice voice, and this is a good piece for you! Try to avoid slowing down too much. There are some places where your read drags (you have a long pause on the first comma and the pause after you should be shorter). That should get you closer to the original run time, and it will make the spot sound more natural.

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    Still playing with the sound of new mic. No compression on this file. I did process the noise floor down (wasn't much there at all) and DID apply some parametric EQ at 96k going down about 4db in the bass range. I'm lovin' the mic.

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    Hi TXTom,

    I thought you did a good job and your mic sounds nice and smooth to me.

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    Sounds awesome to me. I'd just ditch the pause at the first comma.

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    Hey Tom,
    I think you found your mic. Suits your voice beautifully: warm and quiet. This will be the second summer in a row I suffer with mic envy. Happy for you.

    Peer Feedback:

    Hey Tom, I, too, think your new Neumann TLM 103 is awesome. Perhaps a little bassy. But for a raw recording, it doesn't get much better than this. Nice read too. Congrats!

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    The Foundation for Shamanic Studies with drumming

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    Founded in 1979 by anthropologist Michael Harner, The Foundation for Shamanic Studies is dedicated to the preservation, study, and teaching of shamanic knowledge for the welfare of the planet and its inhabitants. All of our work is based on the concept of core shamanism, a system designed for Westerners to apply shamanism and shamanic healing successfully to their daily lives. This system is based upon the universal features of all brands of shamanism, rather than upon variations specific to certain cultures and regions of the world.

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    United Way Mission: Impossible

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    Good morning Mr. Phelps:

    The agencies and programs you are looking at are facing critical challenges. With federal and state budget cuts, many do not have the funds they need to tackle specific projects. Video surveillance has captured a few agencies recruiting undercover volunteers.

    Never before have your services been needed by so many.

    This will be a tough assignment; you can not do it alone.

    To accomplish your mission, you will need to align yourself with an elite team.

    Your team must be willing to donate their time, roll up their sleeves, and exhibit an abundance of caring power to complete 64 specialized projects.

    Your mission, Jim, should you decide to accept it, is to increase awareness of local nonprofits and show what a team of top-notch volunteers can accomplish.

    As always, should you or any member of your DOC Team be caught or photographed, United Way will divulge all your actions in their 2011 Day of Caring Volunteer Salute.

    This tape will self-destruct in five seconds.

    Good luck, Jim

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    USO- Make a Difference

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    For America’s wounded warriors, coming home can be a battle in itself. The USO provides ways for all of us to support our wounded warriors. Join us. Visit USO.org to learn how you can make a difference in their lives.

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    Words. They can do anything.

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    Words. They can do anything. They can call in a dog at night. They can bring comfort to an old friend. They can say happy birthday to a girl whose balloons are slowly sinking. But sometimes, words can get you into trouble. Like the human rights activist who was kidnapped for standing up to Government corruption. Or the journalist sentenced to 10 years in prison for sending an email. Or the 1000s of men and women who are arrested and tortured, just for demanding fair election. Now we need your words, to demand justice; To take a stand. To offer hope, to people around the world, who are silenced for simply speaking their minds. Write a letter or speak out today. Your words can lead to their freedom. Words. They can do anything.

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