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Script Genres > English Adult > Commercial > Political

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear jimbobway's recording

    This is just part of a political demo I'm putting together. Any thoughts? Thanks.

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    Peer Feedback:

    I like the voice tone. Soothing, yet commanding. For the background music, maybe something "patriotic" sounding (e. g. "America the Beautiful")

    Peer Feedback:

    sounded pro to my ears. sounds like a real spot (is it?)
    nice.

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    Audition Recording:

    Click to hear jerry lino's recording

    This was a strange audition. The lines I'm reading were not the final script. They were to be read for tone. The script is the inner monologue of a child that's read in an adults voice. I ranked first along with a few others but ultimately lost out to someone else. I enjoyed playing around with this one. Oh well , next time.

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    Peer Feedback:

    I think your voice is perfect for commercials I really do but not for this type of read

    It felt like you were holding yourself back from unleashing the true character inside

    Let it all go and go all out

    Your a great voice over artist !!!

    keep sending me stuff to listen too

    Best Regards,
    Evan Whiteley AKA Taboo Joe

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear voicebykim@yahoo.com's recording

    This is my first attempt at recording and submitting to the contest. I've recorded and edited this using Audacity. I'm new to the business and would love some feedback. Positive or constructive would be welcomed!

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    Peer Feedback:

    Sounds great. Pace may be a tic slow.

    Peer Feedback:

    Hi Kimberly. Nice sound to your voice. First...didn't they ask you to slate with name and date? They are sticklers for following instructions. I liked your delivery but agree that you might pick up the pace a bit. Also, think about the message and hit the important words....I'm hearing emphasis on "will" and "back"......"Texas" seems to fall off. It is a matter of personal interpretation.....Great effort. Good luck!

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear Beverly Ann's recording

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    Peer Feedback:

    I would slow the pace down a bit. You also missed the word "of." Other than that the recording quality sounds great. Nice work...

    Peer Feedback:

    Hello Beverly!
    First of your read doesn't match the script, always review what you upload or when the time comes, what you send out to your clients. It can ruin a potential client, or work in the future.
    The first three sentences in my opinion sound very similar try to make it sound different, as stated above it also sounds a bit rushed. You do show nice variety in your read and your voice is really clear. Keep up the good work.
    Regards
    Balazs

    Peer Feedback:

    Balazs, thank you for your comments, I really take every comment to heart, it's amazing what other people hear in my reads. You pointed out a very valuable lesson to me, review, review, and review, there were two versions of this Cleaner Elections copy I recorded one but posted the other. Good call thank you so much.
    Bev

    Peer Feedback:

    It's not a biggie since we are training and learning here. But it's good to get used to the habit at early stages.
    Regards
    Balazs

    Peer Feedback:

    For purposes of this forum, I'm not sure that you really need to slate (except when called for in the instructions for the weekly contests). But if you do, leave some space between your slate and the text. That might help you slow down too. I liked the attitude of the spot.

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear Chris Coulter's recording

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    Peer Feedback:

    Hi Chris,
    I think you've got the tone perfectly. This is talking about a problem that everyone is tired of, so your tone of disgust/disinterest in words like "smear campaign" is perfect. Recording quality sounded fine, though I heard a little rustling in the background. I think the one thing it could have used was some more variation in speed- I felt like the speed was somewhat uniform throughout, and there were some parts, especially after that initial sentence where it could have used some more energy as in "it's time to level the playing field."
    Keep it up! By the way, your voice sounds familiar -- did you by any chance do a investigate class with David Gazzulo in December??

    Peer Feedback:

    Thank you for your comment. You must be new to the forum and I was away for quite a while. As some people who are still here now know, I'm blind and was reading the script from braille. That's the pesky rustling sound that I'm doing my best to get rid of.
    I haven't yet taken any classes from Edge, though I know that one of these days I'll have pinched enough pennies and dollars to make that happen.

    Peer Feedback:

    A great response (counterpoint) to last week's script contest!

    What you want to do to eliminate the braille reading sounds is point the null of the microphone at the paper or braille device (I'm not sure how that works - do they have machines that can display the braille or do you have to print it?). Anyway, I assume that's on top of your desk. Most people use a cardioid-pattern microphone, which has a null directly to the rear. It picks up sounds to the sides of the microphone. A microphone with a bidirectional or figure-8 pattern has nulls to the side of the microphone. It does pick up what's directly behind the microphone, though, so you'd want to deaden that space. Most ribbon microphones have this pickup pattern, as well as some multi-pattern condenser microphones. Another possibility is a shotgun microphone. A lot of voiceover artists use those, and they have a much more directional pickup pattern so will reject sound coming from the sides better than a cardioid microphone.

    Peer Feedback:

    Thank you, Sundance Kid. I think I might know how to make this work. I am using an Olympus digital recorder with stereo mikes. I have the zoom mike setting on zoom, which still produces stereo files but gives a sound that might as well be mono. I have been placing the microphones toward me and the braille paper as far away from me as I can reach. It has helped to some extent but I think I know how to position my mike setup in a way that is closer to what you've described.

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    Cleaner Elections

    Script:

    Smear campaigns…mud slinging…twistings of the truth.
    Why do politicians resort to such underhanded tactics? Do they think it really helps their campaign?
    They’re ugly, uncalled for, and deceitful.
    You want our vote? Then focus on the issues that affect all of us.
    This election season, advocate for a clean election process.
    Paid for by the committee for cleaner elections.

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear T. Michael's recording

    I'm trying another script with minimal noise removal. I apologize in advance for those who have trouble getting past the distortion. . .corrections will be made this month.

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    Peer Feedback:

    Hello,

    The recording does not sound like your natural voice. It sounds a little put on. The first sentence could have been slower, more deliberate by pausing a little longer where there are ellipses. Last sentence missed the s on elections or I couldn't hear it.

    Peer Feedback:

    Thank you for your comment. I'll work on my pacing and timing. As for my voice, I did get away from my natural tone. . .was attempting to do something different.

    Peer Feedback:

    I believe I heard what you were trying to achieve around "They’re ugly, uncalled for, and deceitful." but the rest of the read does sounds a bit forced. Its always fun to try something different than what your usually doing so keep it up and try to relax more.

    Peer Feedback:

    Hi T. Michael. First of all you forgot the s on twistings. It sounds very mechanical and robotic and you're emphasizing the wrong words. It sounds very much like you're reading. You should pick up the pace a bit.

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    Giuliani - Citizen's Committee for Children

    Script:

    from Page 75 of the Technique Guidebook

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear Steven Jay Cohen's recording

    I let some of my natural Brooklyn accent come through since the script was about Giuliani. I'm not sure if I like the breaks in my voice, part of me feels that makes it seem more "real". All feedback welcome!

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    Peer Feedback:

    That first sentence is a long one - a run-on sentence - and real people just don't talk that way (unless you're William F. Buckley). This "real guy" certainly wouldn't. And although they probably used and actor for this spot instead of a "real person," what sells is the sympathetic message and the real concern of that guy. It's like George Burns once said (and I'm paraphrasing), "Good acting is all about sincerity. And if you can fake that, you can fake anything."

    Also, the lower key delivery doesn't show the level of concern with this guy. Plus, you have to cut through and ride over the kids playing in the background. Pump him up a little.

    Find places to break up that sentence like a "normal person" speaks without loosing the message of the complete thought. Different inflections might work - but without getting whiny.

    Leave a slightly longer space for the tag. It might have been done by another voice, but separate the the sentiment from the organization. That way the political ad sounds a little less political and more like a concerned citizen.

    Peer Feedback:

    The sound of your vocal sounds like it was recorded in a shoebox or something...REALLY plagued with a boxy sound. On the performance, I feel like you could have gotten a little more emotional...angry in tone instead of what comes across to me as kinda whiney. "What the mayor is going to do this?? Poor us!!" Is that a NY attitude?? Not to those I've met!

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    Audition Recording:

    Click to hear mainedjsammy's recording

    I'm beating myself up over sound quality. Is there an industry standard (piece of equipment or method) that casting directors, producers, agents, etc. listen to these auditions on? Here's what I'm doing: Recording on an Samson USB onto Reaper. Editing with Adobe Audition 3.0. I'll cut out the unnecessary parts, and do (in this order): noise reduction, multiband compressor (broadcast setting), normalize to -2db, and then equalize (with the bass - increased clarity setting). I use an auralex mudguard and pop filter. Also, when I'm editing, I zero out the breaths and mouth pops. Thanks for allowing me to relay this info. Once I have the recording quality where it needs to be, I can concentrate on performance. I also have a Rode NT1A mic, a MicPort pro, and a M audio Fast track interface. I'm recording onto a Dell Inspiron computer. Many thanks, Sam

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    Peer Feedback:

    Good voice. Good for VO. There is a LITTLE mouth noise during your vocals that you can't edit out so easily as simply slamming down the levels between the words. THAT, BTW, was audible. As effective as a noise gate that is used on vocals that have a little too much noise in the room. When I listen through computer speakers it's not so evident. But through my monitors and MORE so with my headphones...it's pretty present. For the mouth noise, you'll want to hydrate to help keep that do a minimum. You say you're using Audition 3. That's the first iteration of CoolEdit Pro under the Adobe flag. Does it still have click reduction? That would help with some of the mouth clicks I can hear. They are minor, though. Curious of your noise reduction as I hear a little room noise during your read. It's a fairly low level and could by your mic and not the room's presence per se.

    Is there a standard in the studio that the producers and engineers use? No. They all have their preferences in monitors, headphones, mics-to-voice, room acoustics etc. It's an extremely wide variety to choose from. To say that JBL monitors are the standard would be over-stating. They all use what THEY think sounds best.

    In your edit, using the 'broadcast' setting in the compression and other presets in the EQ etc, you might be selling yourself short. However, if you're delivering a read from your home studio to an engineer, you're going to be delivering an unprocessed vocal. So unless you're going to produce a finished spot, you shouldn't be tooooooo concerned about those things.

    You say you want to get the sound right and get the production down...and then concentrate on performance. My advice is just the opposite. Absolutely get your performance down and work on the tech stuff on the way...that is if you're in practice mode. Practice the hardest part...performance...and worry about the ancillary stuff less. Like I said: unless you're producing a finished read/product...the performance and quality of recording (and not the processing) is most important. Get the mic placement right, a clean signal to the computer and deliver a clean-as-possible vocal to the engineer. I use a high quality mic, a high-quality interface/mic pre and record the sound as such. THAT is where you need to get it as right as you can. The rest is secondary.

    Peer Feedback:

    Well said, Sir! May I ask what mic, interface/mic pre you are using? Thanks in advance, all the best and God bless!

    Peer Feedback:

    TxTom - Thank you so much for the detailed feedback - so greatly appreciated!

    Welovevo - For this recording, I used a Samson CO3U USB mic plugged directly into a Dell Inspiron N4010. This piece was recorded on Reaper, then edited with Adobe Audition 3.0.

    Thank you both for taking the time to comment. I'm like a sponge...lol! I'm continuously trying to learn as much as I possibly can. Have a great night everyone and thank you!

    Peer Feedback:

    Welovevo - Sorry. In my enthusiasm and excitement about the feedback, I realized (a little too late) that you were asking the question to TxTom. Lol! Thank you for listening, Welovevo.

    Peer Feedback:

    In answer to the gear question: I used an AKG C414 XLS ($1000) into an Apogee One interface ($250) into a Mac ($5 Billion). A joke about the Mac...they're more expensive than they need to be but it's Mac. Could be any mac.

    Will the AKG be perfect for everyone? Is it perfect for ME? Time will tell. It's far better than what I was using (AKG P220 and Audio-Technica AT-2035) and it's incredibly flat in response. I may find over time that it's too precise...or too sibilant. It was, however, the best I've heard thus far. I've not had the opportunity to speak into a Neumann U87 and that could be my undoing with the AKG. The point is: every mic and voice interact differently and I came to the AKG 414 after a lot of comparisons. Very good mics can be had for less and worse mics can be had for more. Again, do a lot of comparisons if you can. Read reviews but ultimately, try and get your hands on what you're considering. Sweetwater is tremendously cooperative in this regard.

    The interface is a Mac-only device. It's a LITTLE pricy, but it's nearly silent in its signal path and the digital circuit or D/A converter is one of the best you can find at any price. No bells and whistles, just a path from the mic to the computer. CLEAN. Focusrite makes some wonderful interfaces on the same premise for about the same price and M-Audio and Tascam among others are getting into the same game. The others are Windows/Mac so it's open for experimentation.

    I ramble, but what's perfect in my perception won't necessarily be so for the next person. For instance the question about studio standards for engineers: I use M-Audio monitors. I like them a lot. In studios, you'll find some M-Audio, a lot of JBL, Yamaha, Genelec, Tannoy, KRK among others. The thing is: find what sounds good to you and read some reviews and see if you agree. Learn that sound so it gives you a reference point with some well-regarded gear and you'll be in the ballpark with a reference YOU can work with. Same with headphones...I use some AKG studio phones for two reasons: they're long standing studio workhorses (as close to a standard as you might find) and I love the sound. I'm in the ballpark. Others prefer Sennhieser (I also like them) or Shure or A-T. Get a good pair (don't expect GOOD for less than $100 honestly) and you'll have a working reference point from which to grow and improve. Good luck.

    Peer Feedback:

    Thank you so very much for the details: heartily appreciated! All the best and God bless!

    Professional Feedback:

    Good evening,

    First let me apologize for the delay in getting back to you on this. I was out of town and upon my return, I was overwhelmed with political advertising and general catching up. Thank you for choosing me for professional feedback. Room echo and reverb is your biggest issue. I'm hearing quite a bit of room echo. The room shows up less in your second read, since you are closer to the mic. However, it still sounds as though you are recording in your kitchen. Find a space in your house to record where these reflections will not be a factor. The room reverb is unacceptable as it is now. Also, as you described, you are doing quite a bit of processing. As a production engineer, if I were receiving your audio files with all of this processing, it would prevent me from tailoring your sound to fit my production. I would likely reject them. All you should ever have to do is record your performance in a proper acoustic environment with levels between -12 and -3. Everything else should be left for post production (the mix) and for the engineer to decide.

    Thank you again!

    Dan Friedman

    Professional Feedback by Edge Studio Coach October 19, 2012 at 9:59PM
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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear Thurlow's recording

    First Attempt at a commercial, especially a political one. Trying to step out of my comfort zone on this one.

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    Peer Feedback:

    Didn't really sound like an endorsement, you actually sounded bored by the end! parts of the read were read too fast. I know you were trying to keep it within 30 secs, but I think you could have brought the right emotion to the endorsement and still been within the 30 sec slot. Recording quality was ok, sounded a bit far from the mic. Keep going on trying to round out the read a bit more as you are telling your story. How would you react and talk about Jane if someone asked you .... "hey, I was thinking about voting for Jane, what are your thoughts?" and maybe start with the second line first to record the script, and then record the first in a more "matter of fact way". Just a couple of thoughts

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    Libertarianism

    Script:

    Chapter 1
    What is Libertarianism?

    What is Libertarianism and who are Libertarians?
    Voting in any election is very important, and equally important is to understand who you are voting for and what they stand for; and you must first understand your position on the issues, and the truth about those issues. Each political party, whether popular or not, visions for something in particular and in which they identify with. The Libertarian Party is closely complemented by Classic Liberalism It is beside the same ideas of what our Founding Fathers had believed; Individualism, Free Will, The Right to Property. Historically known as, “Life, Liberty and Pursuit of Happiness.” These’re just some of the ingredients that explain Libertarianism.
    In “O Libertarian, Where Is Thy Sting?” Author Jennifer Burns writes about the inception, or creation of the Libertarian party, and the location of its beginning as being Denver, Colorado in 1971. She also mentions the various aspects or ideas that come from Libertarianism, and their political involvement starting in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s. The author emphasizes the differences in ideology within the Libertarian party, and how each of these ideologies has its own thought.
    According to authors Nick Gillespie and Matt Welch in their article titled “Tuned Out” (pgs 26-30), because people are getting more and more frustrated with the “status quo” of both political parties, Democrat and Republican, more and more Americans are seeking alternatives, and restoring the roots of America’s founding. Gillespie and Welch also emphasize that Americans are gravitating more toward self-reliance and independent living, “The right to be left alone,” which is the basis of Libertarian thought, and include the organization of government, education, social programs, and, laws and regulations are key components.

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    Audition Recording:

    Click to hear redrocket's recording

    This is my first audiobook job on ACX (royalty share). I am recording with an SM7B, off axis on Audacity and using Twisted Wave to meet RMS requirements. If you have suggestions on how to do this in Audacity I would appreciate it. I am listening to the recording and editing using iPod earbuds. Please comment on recording quality and performance suggestions. Things I wonder about are: I hear a slight echo and wonder if it is in need of adjustment. Also I wonder about a couple of possible plosives, pace and breathing. As always, thanks!

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    Peer Feedback:

    I am assuming that your first 15 minute submission has been accepted by the rights holder and they've told you to proceed. And I hope that you're not too far into the recording yet.

    Yes, for me (and I listen to quite a lot of audiobooks - and this one would be of particular interest to me), the plosives (F's, P's, TH's, V's) are just too much to take (especially for hours of listening) - and I'm not sure that there is a way, other than practicing a different mic technique, to deal with them.

    Here's something that I've discovered that will at least minimize them. I have my mic off-set to about a 45 degree angle from being directly in front of my mouth and at that "hang five" distance. (I also have it on a boom instead of a stand, so it is hanging upside down above rather than rightside up below my mouth. I also have it tilted away at about 45 degrees. For something more intimate, I would have it a bit closer.) Instead of putting the pop-filter in front of the mic, I have it directly in front of my mouth - the theory being that the plosives' air bursts get diffused before traveling that "hang five" distance to the mic's diaphragm, and those puffs of air go past the mic instead of directly into it.

    Also. Invest in a good pair of closed back headphones. You can pick them up for under a C note - and studio quality, not those Beats or Bose things. Commercial ear buds won't give you the full dynamic range as will a good set of headphones.

    Why aren't you recording directly into Twisted Wave? It will be much easier to edit and master directly from there than performing the two-step process - if not for the simple difference that Twisted Wave has non-distructive editing and a better punch-in feature (for when you make mistakes, and you will). Dig into that program and ditch Audacity, or you'll be hitting "un-do" countless times or cutting and pasting from the original track (which is why you should work from a copy of the original in Audacity - because of its destructive editing, because once you snip something out, it's gone).

    I don't know how much you have edited this together (if at all), but I think I heard a bunch of double-clutched breaths here and there (like a double inhale at the first semi-colon - maybe you forgot to edit one of them out?).

    Here's something else I learned from an engineer that works at Audible Studios in Newark. Their standard for timing silences (room tone) - 0.5 sec. at the head, 2.5 sec. from "Chapter # - Title" to the body of the text (I leave usually 1.5 sec. for little sub-headings or gaps in sections of the text within a chapter), 3.5 sec. at the tail of each chapter.

    The narration, IMHO, is fine. You'll drive yourself nutz picking at every little odd inflection or whatnot. Plow forward and get into a working rhythm. Just concentrate on not pacing it too briskly for the listener - if you're having trouble and stumbling over some words or phrases, you're probably reading too fast.

    Congtrats on the book. Just remember, it's a marathon, not a sprint.

    BTW - What's your handle on ACX? I'd like to check out your profile.

    Peer Feedback:

    Hey James,

    As always, thanks for the straight talk feedback. This is a short 3 chapter book. What you are listening to is actually the first chapter. The other two are a bit longer but the overall read is less than 20 min. I am thankful for that, as I think the editing etc, is going to be enough for my first go at it.

    With my SM7B my recording is too quiet and therefore have to normalize to an higher dB. When I do it makes a bit of noise and wanted to use a noise reduction. For some reason, I couldn't find one on Twisted Wave...just downloaded the trial today. So I recorded in Audacity since I was familiar with it and moved over to Twisted Wave since I had found a tutorial on how to fix the RMS using it. Advice or thoughts on that would be appreciated. I have looked into a cloud lifter but haven't taken the plunge yet. .

    I have my mic on a boom stand, and had it turned at 45 degrees to my mouth. I am using the thinner foam cover. My mouth was right up on the mic. Is the "hang five" the hands width distance? So are you saying back up a bit?

    I had tried to edit the breaths, since in the past I was told they were too loud. I have been using fade in/fade out on the breath to quiet it. I am sure there is a better way, and that may be the reason for the sound of a double clutch, not sure. I heard what your were referring to.

    My handle is David Roberts on ACX. Don't have much up, but you are welcome to check it out. Thanks again.

    Peer Feedback:

    Can't remember where I heard this, but try smiling when you make a plosive sound and see if that doesn't clear it up...

    For breaths, I select the breath and then apply a volume cut to bring the level under -50dB. I'm using a different program, so can't tell you the sequence in either of the programs you use, but if anybody else is using Sound Forge(*), it goes like this:
    Select the breath sound with the mouse.
    Press Z ("Snap to Zero" so the selection starts & ends on a zero-crossing.
    Select Process>Volume & set the gain to an appropriate value.
    Press OK and that's it!

    (*) I use Sony Vegas to do the editing, render as a .wav, then make a pass in Sound Forge to do the declicking and debreathing, then render to final format (typically .mp3). This process works for me. YMMV.

    Peer Feedback:

    Thanks sundance,

    I just purchased a pop filter to add to my setup. Get it from Amazon on Monday so we will see if that can help out. I will also give your tip a try. I'll dig around on the internet to see if there is info on how to cut the volume. Is that the volume you use for breaths on an audiobook? I'm no expert, but that sounds a bit low to me.

    Peer Feedback:

    Yes, that's what I'm doing for ACX reads. It's about 8-10dB above my noise floor, so the listener can still sense that it's there, though they don't necessarily hear it as a breath - if you're listening in a quiet environment or on headphones you can hear them. In your car, maybe not above the road noise... This is for breaths within a sentence. Those that precede a sentence are replaced with room noise. Whether this is what ACX means when they say "breaths that feel natural should be left in" or not I don't really know, but I haven't heard any complaints.

    Note: this is something I came up with myself based on my own listening to my reads, not something I got from a coach or anything. I'd be curious to hear what others are doing...

    Peer Feedback:

    The SM7B is a dynamic mic. I use a large diaphragm condenser mic (audiotechnica AT-2035). There's a bit of a difference in the way the mics handle what's coming in.

    From my early research, I gathered that a large diaphragm condenser mic was more suited for VO and that a dynamic mic is more suited for broadcast/announcer applications. Dynamic mics are more forgiving in noisy environments (because they are directional, even with a cardioid pattern like the SM7B), but you really have to be "on" (close in) and on top if it (because of the directional nature) for it to pick up a fuller nuanced range of the voice. The down side is the plosive-ness of the mic itself. Which is why you are working closer to the mic than I am and you're plosives are more pronounced. Backing off the mic will lessen the volume (and the sound will become more "hollow") because dynamic mics have a weak input gain, which is why you're considering a Cloudlifter to up the gain to your interface. But upping that gain also amplifies the noise input. Attempting to compensate for that in the software will cause you to pull your hair out. And you may still have that nasty plosive problem because of the directionality.

    For the price of the Cloudlifter, you could pick up a good large diaphragm condenser mic that may serve you better generally for VO and audiobook production. Just a suggestion.

    Here's a link to a video that may provide some helpful information:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bZWt_pFmmRw

    I realize that I may catch some heat for this from you guys who are more equipment savvy than I am.

    Peer Feedback:

    Interesting voice and an engaging read. I think it might be even better if you slow the pace just a little and make your phrasing a bit smoother.
    The suggestion above to get a large diaphragm condenser mic is a good one. The sound it will give you is more suited to audiobooks/narration. Best of luck with your project.

    Peer Feedback:

    I have looked into condenser mics. In fact, I recently test drove a Neumann TLM103. Big mistake, since I don't have the money to drop on one right now. The SM7B works well for my environment. I am able to record with the kids making some noise downstairs and it not effect the recording. Until I can manage a quieter space, I'm not sure I can get away with a condenser. But its good to know some of the less expensive condensers can do a good job.

    Yes, to get the best sound out of the mic, I need to be fairly close. I think the plosives became a problem when I removed the thicker foam cover, but the sound seemed clearer without it. I guess there is a trade off. Hopefully a dedicated pop filter will pay off.

    The cloud lifter is not supposed to create extra noise, whether or not that proves true I'm not sure. Anyone with experience in that?

    Thanks again. Don't know if that's what this forum was really meant for, but I have enjoyed the discussion.

    Peer Feedback:

    Nothing wrong with an SM7B (except its low output level).

    As an experiment, I recorded my last audition on ACX with a mid-70s vintage SM54 (dynamic) microphone. Got the job. Now, I did switch to a Michael Joly-modified MXL 910 for the actual production, but here's the thing: the author didn't say "gee, that audition sounds a little less detailed than I want" or, when reviewing the completed chapters, "hey! This sounds different than your audition!"

    I recorded a woman narrating her own book recently. Tried several different mics on her voice: the SM54 and an RE15 (another dynamic mic, the model that Dolly Parton records with), the MJE-910 and a Shure KSM27. The KSM27 sounded pretty good, but the SM54 blew the other mics away. I recorded her with both the KSM27 and the SM54, and ended up using the KSM27 recording because of level issues - I had to move the mic back away from her during the recording session, whereas she had held it in her hand up close to her mouth when auditioning it - so couldn't get the level I needed without some hiss.

    So, I suspect I may catch some heat for my remarks, but - was it something Scott said on a recent Sunday night call? - nobody cares what equipment you use. It's about the performance.

    Peer Feedback:

    I thought the sound was nice. I listened through Focal Solo6 BE monitors in my studio. Good resonance and levels.

    Performance needs some adjustments.

    There were a few mispronunciations, slurs etc. It also sounded as tho you took a big breathe in held it and talked in a higher register than you normally would giving off the announcer type delivery.

    Here's a tip: Take a big breathe in - then let it all out, then take a normal breathe in (just enough to say the first 2 lines) and start to talk normally. Your performance will increase dramatically and give a more natural delivery. You got the chops, the delivery just needs a tweak.

    -dk-

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    Political Ad

    Script:

    Originally entered this in the weekly contest but upon removing it for the slated second copy, it says already accepted entry and unable to enter it. Although unable to re-enter this one for the contest, I figured it might benefit from critique here.

    The Edge Studio contest script follows:

    Can we really afford another 6 years of broad waste and rising crime? Democratic candidate for US Senate, Barbara Ann Radnofsky will get Texas back on the right track.

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear RTX's recording

    Originally entered this in the weekly contest but upon removing it for the slated second copy, it says already accepted entry and unable to enter it. Although unable to re-enter this one for the contest, I figured it might benefit from critique here. This is a contest script within Edge Studio's site. Recorded this at home with (don't cringe) an old SAMSON CO1U Mic just came out of storage after a couple of years and Audacity. Just had to tinker around with this while anticipating my future equipment and projects. Would be a hobby I'd love! Not a Pro here but recently bubbling over with new energy to pursue VO creations. Very interested in narration and commercial efforts.

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    Peer Feedback:

    Randy: Sounded real professional to me. I liked the background effects but liked your voice better.

    Peer Feedback:

    Sound is great, I would punch ...right track... to end script on a more dramatic note.

    Peer Feedback:

    Odd music choice for a political spot....and the delivery was WAY to subdued for a political track. It sounds as if you're doing a corporate spot or something. Political spots need to be 'in your face' ...ramming facts down the throat of the listener. This was way too soft-spoken.

    Peer Feedback:

    Thanks for the feedback TxTom, in retrospect, you're right when it comes to political spots. I figured a pausing or pensive tone would stop the listener and make them really listen to the plea. Probably wouldn't of won in the contest and glad it didn't get uploaded properly.

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    37 people have played this

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    Hey all- first feedback submitted, I am a rookie new to the industry, currently in Phase 2 with Edge. Looking for a little feedback to find my baseline. I am sure the quality is bad...recorded it on Iphone with free Voice Record Pro app. Any feedback is appreciated- no need to hold back, I am thick skinned, want to learn, improve and move fore ward. Thanks in advance!

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    Peer Feedback:

    Recording quality is not studio standard, but you know that already. It's not that awful though. It gives us an idea of what you sound like.

    The read is a little - nya, nya, nya, nya, nya, nya. Kind of forced (especially "advocate").

    You're probably going to hear this a lot. The VO trend now-a-days is "conversational". Even an ad like this is a conversation with a like-minded voter (a specific one). You may even be preaching to the choir. How would you tell your best friend what a bad guy this John Jacobson is and why he or she should vote for this good person, Nadine Ronald?

    Give me the same guy that did the last line in a little less neutral tone. Convince me, but not with sour grapes.

    Peer Feedback:

    I hear what James heard, too. Not sure if you are trying to raise your natural pitch intentionally, but you sounded above your natural range (compare the read to your slate and "paid for" disclaimer) and it got up into your nose a bit and sounded too forced. Love that you embraced a character in it, though. Just GO FOR IT and find the edges of what works and what doesn't. I've found some talent aren't excited to go more to the character side of things, so if you think it's fun to affect a character, you might consider studying that niche in particular at some point. Scott Burns and Deb Munro are awesome character coaches. Would be cool to get a nice recording of this character--going even further with the complainer mentality--and then have a nice take of someone who's serious and likable and passionate, and is just trying to communicate the irony of the issue (which is what the PSA would really need to be effective).

    Enjoy Phase 2! It's so much fun!

    Peer Feedback:

    I think the sarcastic tone in the beginning of the read might have worked if it hadn't been quite so exaggerated. I think I saw where you were trying to go with that, though. After all, there are a lot of attack ads on TV. I like the quality of your voice, though. If you were to take James' advice and talk as if you're telling your best friend about the candidates it would come across in what I hear as your really warm and engaging natural voice.

    Peer Feedback:

    Thank you James, Tonia and Chris! All helpful comments and the supportive community here is so great! You all picked up that I was trying to go sarcastic, which did bring my pitch above my natural range....tried to "clunk the person I was talking to on the head" and wake them up to this John Jacobson character! The reason I went that route was during a recent coaching session it was suggested that I push the boundaries a little, have some fun with the script, to help me bring a little more life to the read. But I will go and bring it back to center, taking all of your input with me and use my more natural-adult-speaking to a friend voice now that I got that out of my system! Interesting thought, Tonia, on the character genre....when I first signed on with Edge I thought no way....but I am at least not going to rule it or any other genre out now based on prior pre-conceived notions, as I did enjoy recording it! Thanks for the tip on Scott and Deb!

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    Snow

    Script:

    This election season, you won’t be stopped by snow that comes from the sky. Don’t be snowed by false promises. Nobody should shovel that.

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear WestchesterVoice's recording

    You will recognize this script from the Script Read Contest of the last two weeks. My work and coaching is primarily oriented toward documentary, tours, corporate and e-learning. However, I was intrigued by this commercial script and would appreciate comments on my approach and performance. Since the script is only ten seconds, I have combined my submissions from two two weeks into a single recording. (Hope that is ok! If not, please comment on the first take.) Thanks.

    /sites/default/files/script-recordings/user-90202/script-recording-87497.mp3

    Peer Feedback:

    For me, there was a lack of enthusiasm in your voice -- therefore easy to ignore if I was hearing on radio. / I would ask that you make two changes: 1. Talk like you're saying this to your best friend; 2. Add a certain cheekiness, a slyness; not snarky or bitchy ... more *playful*. / Kudos for having the courage to post and to persevere!

    Peer Feedback:

    The non-positive political ads, for the most part, paint opponents and opposing issues as "bad", so using a "shame on you" or sterner and stronger voice may be more effective. It will also reinforce the joke. The last line isn't really about shoveling snow , it's about shoveling s#it. Disgusting, and you're fed up with it.

    Peer Feedback:

    Thank you all for your comments. The intent and subtext that was in my mind did not make it to your ears. That is something I need to know, and it gives me something to work on.

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    Ben Carson for President

    Script:

    Dr. Ben Carson has been well-known for years as a world-class surgeon, serving at Johns Hopkins Hospital as head of pediatric neurosurgery. On February 7, 2013 he became known for the first time as a rising star in conservative politics. That was the day when he spoke at the National Prayer Breakfast, eloquently expressing his conservative ideals as President Barack Obama watched from only feet away.
    Since his groundbreaking speech at the National Prayer Breakfast, Dr. Carson has continued to rise in popularity among conservatives and many have speculated about whether he will run for President.
    In his CPAC speech on March 16, 2013, Carson discussed the hypothetical situation in which voters “magically put me in the White House.” He also announced that he will retire from his medical career at the end of 2013, explaining that, “I want to quit while I’m at the top of my game, and there are so many more things that could be done.” His retirement obviously would free him up to pursue political office.
    Days later, he told the New York Times that he would consider public service under the right circumstances: “[I]f a year-and-a-half went by and there was no one on the scene and people are still clamoring, I would have to take [running for President] into consideration…”
    There appears to be a real chance that Ben Carson will run for President. He is singularly qualified to succeed as a conservative, Christian Presidential candidate for the following reasons:

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    Cleaner Elections

    Script:

    Smear campaigns…mud slinging…twisting the truth.
    Why do politicians resort to such underhanded tactics? Do they think it really helps their campaign?
    It's ugly, uncalled for, and deceitful.
    So why do we allow them to continue?
    It’s time to level the playing field.
    You want our vote? Then focus on the issues that affect all of us.
    This election season, advocate for a clean election process.
    Paid for by the committee for cleaner elections.

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    Jane English for Arkansas State Senate

    Script:

    Jane is running for Arkansas State Senate in Central Arkansas. Looking for a down home sound and feel that comes across worm for the radio.

    Note from Voices.com: This job posting has been reviewed and approved by Voices.com staff. Voices.com recommends that you slate your name and record a portion of the client’s script for auditioning. Please title the audition file with your name to assist the client in selecting an appropriate candidate.

    Sample Script

    I want to tell you about the race for state senate in North Pulaski County and my friend Jane English.

    Jane English has a heckuva (heck of a) record, one worth us talkin’ about.

    Jane English has stood up for our veterans, she has been consistently pro-life, and has been there for us to create jobs. Jane English has fought hard to keep taxes low while keeping our state’s budget balanced.

    I’m so proud of Jane English’s solid conservative record, and you should be too.

    Paid for by Faith and Freedom Coalition (Said at a faster speed).

    Sounds like...

    Conversational and Informative

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    Make America Great Again- Unofficial Donald Trump commercial-

    Script:

    America has been poorly managed for far too long. It's time for real change. It's time for a bold visionary who is not afraid to say what he believes. A proven success in business. A leader who gets things done. It's time for an American that is ready to lead our country back to greatness.

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    Nadine Ronald for Governor

    Script:

    Jobs are leaving the state in record numbers while John Jacobson continues to be an outspoken advocate for outsourcing. Keep jobs where they belong – in-state. Vote Nadine Ronald for a better economic future! Paid for by Nadine Ronald for Governor.

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    Political Advertisement Chad Rostenkowski

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    Republican congressional candidate Chad Rostenkowski is a common-sense businessman… he’s also a conservative educator who believes deeply in this country and in the principles that made her great. Chad Rostenkowski wants a country that is free, prosperous, and strong. A vote for Chad Rostenkowski is a vote to put America back on the right track through lower taxes, reduced government spending, and less regulation. Paid for by the Committee to Elect Chad Rostenkowski.

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    36 people have played this

    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear bwvoice's recording

    Testing everything out after relocating the home studio, and looking for some feedback since my other work has kept me away from the mic for longer than I'd like.

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    Peer Feedback:

    Very nice read! I was hooked in from the beginning -- your intonation was spot on!

    Peer Feedback:

    The sound quality is really good. Music bed was appropriate and not overwhelming.

    Political ads need to have a definite POV, not only with the copy (that's a given), but also in the attitude of the person speaking as being one and the same with the targeted audience. Someone they can relate to. The "I am you" kinda feel.

    What I heard is an announcer reading. (One dead giveaway was the long A before "clean election process." The short A [uh] sounds more natural. And a little bit of over-articulation here and there.) That huge upward swoop on "campaign?" also sounded a bit contrived. Yes, it's a question, but a rhetorical one with more of an implied "C'mon," button to it - kinda snarky, like nearly all political ads are. And even though there's a sharp edge to the timber of your voice, the delivery sounded a bit too "friendly and willing to please" for a hard-hitting political ad.

    After listening a few more times, the thought came to me that you may simply be trying too hard, forcing the message by talking AT me with such a full voice and not talking TO me as a like-minded friend. There's an old acting adage, sometimes "less is more". Relax into the copy and wear it like a comfortable coat instead of florescent green blazer.

    Peer Feedback:

    Thanks for the feedback! I am going to take another cut at this to incorporate the suggested changes to see how it comes out.

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear ChrisThom's recording

    This is my first submission so I'm curious to get your impressions as to if I have some potential in this biz. BTW, After the fact I did hear the mouth smacks that are on the recording. I'll be paying a lot closer attention to that next time.

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    Peer Feedback:

    Hello Chris!
    I like how you recorded the script! The only things I would say to work on is the mouth smack (like you've mentioned before) and just a little more emotion. But other than that, you sound pretty clear and the recording microphone you use sounds great!
    Keep Practicing! :)

    Peer Feedback:

    Thank you for your candor. I have signed up for the Investigate class this Tuesday.

    Peer Feedback:

    You will find the IVO class very informative. I sure did. Good luck.

    Peer Feedback:

    Chris, your passion for the topic is in you, as it finds its way out in spots. If you can get that through the entire read, it will likely come to life from start to finish.

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    21 people have played this

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    First timer.

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    Peer Feedback:

    Vocal performance - sounds good to me. You read it the way I would have.

    Peer Feedback:

    Yep....REALLY good read!!

    Peer Feedback:

    Being from Texas, I thought it would been more effective to put just a bit of emphasis on "Texas" and "right."...but that's just my opinion. It's worth the virtual ink you see on your screen. Well done.

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    Any feedback is welcome!

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    Peer Feedback:

    I really liked the overall read. Really nice diction, pacing and tone. It's actually one of the most positive sounding "don't let that happen" messages I've ever heard. If anything, that might be my only criticism - connecting the emotion with the text, especially when it gets to the don't let it happen section.

    The recording quality was quite nice. I'm just on my headphones at the moment, but there was a good signal-to-noise ratio, producing a clean sound.

    Great work.

    Peer Feedback:

    Nice read and deliever my only crititique is the last word "banker" I think that word should have been a little stronger.

    Peer Feedback:

    Great performance! Sounds like you could use a pop filter though.

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    Practice Recording:

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    Trying to find where I fit in the voice over world. This copy felt good so please critique it so I can start to see where I belong in VO

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    Peer Feedback:

    Disclaimer: I am not a vocal coach, I just play one on TV. Please take with a grain of salt as I am also in the early stages of this business:

    Vocal Performance: Pacing seemed good and clear. Words wore enunciated.
    Copy: There were a lot of strong adjectives in this script. I think you had room to color them a bit more ( Ugly, Uncalled for, Deceitful). Also felt that the questions somehow felt read and not asked ( even if it is rhetorical)

    Recording: I am hearing some reverberation. Not sure if thats the room or somewhere else in the chain, but I think you want to try and get a dry sound. Check out youtube, there are some really great ideas to do this with no budget.

    Happy Recording,
    T

    Peer Feedback:

    Thank you! I appreciate the honesty. I am new too!

    Peer Feedback:

    I'll echo tnathan's comments (including me not being a coach), but also suggest trying to be more exasperated with this. This is taking the position that the voting public is sick and tired of hearing all the negativity and none of the real meat and potatoes talk about issues. Let that frustration come through. I think your voice sound is very good, just needs the emotional push behind it.

    Peer Feedback:

    Hey Phaedra!

    My name is Patrick, and I just listened to both your recordings on Cleaner Elections and Kix. I will repeat what tNathan and Brian said to you in the sense that I, too, am not a VO coach. I am new as well, but I have received professional VO training, and so I believe I can be of some help to you based off of what I learned from my coach and producer. I'm just gonna focus my critiques on the cleaner election script because there were a lot of noticeable things on there that jumped out at me to share with you.

    1st off - I think you have a real nice voice, and it definitely can match and do well for these 2 scripts. However, during my training I learned a term called "Laundry Listing". What that basically means is just blowing through a list of things without putting unique emphasis on each topic/category that is listed on the script, and usually that is not a good practice you want to apply. So in the places where you have a list of things like - "It's ugly, uncalled for, and deceitful.", you blow right through that without putting much unique emphasis on the first 2 words except for "deceitful" at the end. I would say slow your pace just a tad by putting a slight pause between each word and really give each word the genuine feeling behind them, and let the listener catch that because you've had enough and this is how you feel. Think of how you would say that line without a script infront of you - just as your natural self when you're fed up with traits like that, and pretend you were saying that to a friend while having a real-life conversation about Politics. However! In the very beginning of the script - you, again, "laundry list", but I think it works well there! Because you're listing off all the BS that campaigns put out, and it's all just one big halaballoo. The pace is great I think. I would just put a little more feeling behind it though - again a feeling of being fed up. Make sense?

    Secondly, another obvious thing I noticed is you enunciate too much on some words like - "tactics" & "to continue" where it really breaks the flow and slows it down. So just be a little more natural in how you would say those words ;) Along with enunciation you also draw out some words like "level", "field", "affect", and "advocate" where it could be somewhat of a distraction to what you're really saying to the listener. Also, in two sentences specifically, 
"You want our vote? Then focus on the issues that affect all of us.
", you say them in a sing-songy manner where your firmness doesn't sound natural. Again, just pretend you're conversing with someone who is justly on the receiving end of this frustration and annoyance. That may help you a lot.

    Then pauses - Your pause tempo is really good in the beginning I think, but towards the end it seems to me that the pauses are not long enough and you go right into the next sentence. E.G. - these two sentences - "So why do we allow them to continue? 
It’s time to level the playing field." & "Then focus on the issues that affect all of us.
This election season, advocate for a clean election process." - you go right into "It's" from "Continue" and the same for between "us" & "This". I would just pause a wee bit longer between those sentences. And then you have a pause after "Committee" where I think it is too long. I would shorten that, and put more of a pause, but not too long, after "Paid for ...".

    One little critique on reading the words - the script says, "Do they think it really ..." and you say, "Do they really think it ..." - I would just watch out for that.

    In terms of recording - you do have an echoey sound to both of them so I would suggest you get more soundproofing to your studio space. A really good way to do that is use any old comforters you may have around your place that aren't used much, and get some insulation boards and memory foam that you put on bed mattresses and glue them together with adhesive spray. You can get the insulation foam boards and glue at Home Depot/Lowes, and the memory foam at Walmart/Target.They're not extremely pricey investments, and they work very well!

    I hope this helps, Phaedra, and keep at it! Keep the faith!

    + Patrick

    Peer Feedback:

    Need to fix the sound. My guess would be excessive noise reduction is in play. I would suggest maybe posting without it. Noise is far more tolerable than a varying frequency response signal.

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    Senior-Really? End Medicare?

    Script:

    Congressman Sean Duffy loks like a nice young man. But on April 14, he voted to end Medicare and its guaranteed health care benefits.
    Instead, he wants seniors to get coverage from private insurance companies.
    Under Duffy's plan, seniors costs will go up over $6,000.
    Duffy wants to use that money to give millionaires a $200,000 tax break.
    Ending Medicare so millionaires can get another tax break.
    REALLY?
    Call Congressman Duffy and ask: What were you thinking?

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear davidcompton's recording

    This client asked specifically for a senior voice. As you can see for the script, the old guy appears to believe whatever exaggeration of the facts Duffy's opponents come up with. Thanks for your help. David. (I want to use the coupon code: EntryPrize 20. But so far, don't see a place to insert it.)

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    Peer Feedback:

    Good enthusiastic delivery.
    Will sound even better if the following two sentences are delivered in a distinctly different, earnest tone:

    "...Instead, he wants seniors to get coverage from private insurance companies..."
    "...Ending Medicare so millionaires can get another tax break..."

    Peer Feedback:

    Came across as "radio", "announcer" like. I think the copy was intended to be a bit more troubled, harder....."what is this guy Duffy doing?"....to insipire people to act. I love the tone and texture of your voice.....I was listening and hearing you.

    Peer Feedback:

    You have a great voice quality. As mentioned before, I did think this is slightly too "announcer-ish". I thought you had great energy. I also think you have to be slightly more aware of the punctuation in your copy. You asked questions when there were periods. So at one point there were two questions in a row when there should have been one. The tone was good, it was serious but not uptight. Overall a good read.

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    Texans Deserve Great Schools

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    When a school is failing, what can parents do? More than you think. Here are three ways parents are making a difference.

    Number one: the “Parent Trigger.” In Texas, if your school has failed for five years in a row, parents can petition to intervene. But best practices say it's better to intervene sooner rather than later. That's why in other states parents can start the intervention after only three years.

    Number two: the “achievement school district.” Imagine a school that's failing year after year. Some states send in a dedicated team to take over the school and run it. In New Orleans, this program has cut drop-out rates in half.

    And three: investing in teachers. In other states, teachers are treated like the professionals they are, given the training and tools they need to become better teachers and help students achieve.

    These are three ways parents are helping failing schools. See more at “Texans Deserves Great Schools dot org” (TexansDeservesGreatSchools.org) Paid for by Texans Deserves Great Schools.

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    Direction note: PSA/Political action spot runs one minute in length. Read website as in the parenthesis. Original delivered with American Neutral delivery.

    U/L'd by TxTom

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    Unequal Protection: How Corporations Became "People" - And How You Can Fight Back By Thom Hartmann

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    On September 2, 2009, the transnational pharmaceutical giant Pfizer pled guilty to multiple criminal felonies. It had been marketing drugs in a way that may well have led to the deaths of people and that definitely led physicians to prescribe and patients to use pharmaceuticals in ways they were not intended.

    Because Pfizer is a corporation-a legal abstraction, really - it couldn't go to jail like fraudster Bernie Madoff or killer John Dillinger; instead it paid a $1.2 billion dollar “criminal” fine to the U.S. government-the biggest in history-as well as an additional $1 billion dollars in civil penalties. The total settlement was more than $2.3 billion dollars -another record. None of its executives, decision-makers, stockholders/owners, or employees saw even five minutes of the inside of a police station or jail cell.

    Most Americans don't even know about this huge and massive crime. Nor do they know that the “criminal” never spent a day in jail.

    But they do know that in the autumn of 2004, Martha Stewart was convicted of lying to investigators about her sale of stock in another pharmaceutical company. Her crime cost nobody their life, but she famously was escorted off to a women's prison. Had she been a corporation instead of a human being, odds are there never would have even been an investigation.

    Yet over the past century-and particularly the past forty years-corporations have repeatedly asserted that they are, in fact, “persons” and therefore eligible for the human rights protections of the Bill of Rights. In 2009 the right-wing advocacy group Citizens United argued before the Supreme Court that they had the First Amendment right to “free speech” and to influence elections through the production and the distribution of a slasher “documentary” designed to destroy Hillary Clinton's ability to win the Democratic nomination. (Some political observers assert that they did this in part because they believed that a Black man whose first name sounded like “Osama” and whose middle name was Hussein could never, ever, possibly win against a Republican, no matter how poor a candidate they put up.)

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    Vote Yes Save the Pool

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    Did you know that 10 people drown each day in the United States? Did you know that participation in formal swim lessons can reduce the likelihood of childhood drowning by 88%? And did you know that the Oscoda Pool, the only competitive pool in a 60 mile radius, is in danger of being permanently closed? Did you know that you can save the pool, and the life saving swim lessons by voting yes on the Oscoda Area Schools bond proposal on May 5th? For more info, check out the Facebook page, Save Our Sports, Save Our Pool 2015. Paid for by Friends of Swimming.

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    XM Bank

    Script:

    Script is below, but this was the voice detail given along with the script:

    30 Second TV Ad
    This is a serious spot defending American jobs. Towards the end, VO should be urging viewer to take action. Not too over the top of an attack, but it should convey some disappointment and frustration with partisan Washington politics that prevents progress on jobs. Due to the tight production deadline, we love it when applicants post a custom demo so we can hear what the script would sound like!

    SCRIPT
    You sent a message to Washington.
    Loud and clear.
    Focus on the economy and jobs.
    Show the taxpayers that Congress can work again.

    Unfortunately, others have a different agenda.
    The same politicians who brought us a government shutdown and led the U.S. to the brink of default have a new bad idea:
    Ending the X-M Bank, which is designed to help American employers and American jobs.
    These jobs and workers in the Export-Import economy deserve support.
    Do the right thing for our economy and support the X-M Bank.

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