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Audio Samples For Your Voice Over Portfolio

Audio Samples For Your Voice Over PortfolioEvery person’s voice is unique and some have the fortunate ability to manipulate their voices in order to mimic like someone else or sound like a character. These lucky people can find work in the entertainment business as voice over artists. As a voice over artist, in order for you to get employment, your resume is more than words on a piece of paper. It’s paramount as someone who wants to work in the voice over industry to have audio samples that are of your voice; either performing a role for a cartoon, movie, television show or commercial.

These audio samples are what makes you stand out from other candidates, you’re biggest marketing tool. An audio sample can show your vocal range, what type of voice over jobs you can excel at and make your voice recognizable to the public.

Audio Sample Uses and Recording

There are myriad of reasons why you need audio samples for your portfolio, and with the internet a portfolio can be a website that features all of your voiceover work. Posting your samples on a website with your name on it can put the name to the voice. This will help make it easier for a potential employer in putting a name to the voice. Take advantage of this avenue to also share your works on social media, in hopes for any samples to go viral and become trending.

It’s imperative that the audio samples of your voice are of the utmost and professional sounding quality. Within the first 30 seconds, a potential employer will know whether or not they want to use your voice. If the sound quality makes your voice unrecognizable or distorts the waves, then that could hurt your chance at work. You can’t leave your livelihood to chance, unless you are also a recording savant.Audio Samples For Your Voice Over Portfolio

Trust in the experts at Wavemaker Studio. By 2009, Wavemaker became the “Go To” studio for high quality voice over services. Recording audio samples for voice over work is a specialty and you will be proud to show off your audio samples in your portfolio once they are complete. There are great deals on recording rates as well! For more information about audio samples and voice over recording, contact Wavemaker Studio today!

 

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Audio Recording – Pop Filter vs Windscreens

Audio Recording - Pop Filter vs WindscreensMicrophones are to a musician or recording artist, as a pen is to an author. The microphone is the tool and resource in which the voice over artist, singer, band or podcaster can use to record and showcase their talents to the audience. There are various types of microphones; condenser, dynamic, ribbon, shotgun, and lavalier mics – each microphone having a different role in every recording project.

In the recording studio, microphones need protection. Not armed security, but close. The mics need protection from the pops and thumps that occur. You know how bad an announcer might sound when the popping or banging noises go over the speakers. That’s because of what are known as ‘plosive’ sounds.

Plosive sounds are commonly caused from words that start with the letters “B” or “P” in our speech into the microphones. That’s why there is a need for protection.

Microphone Audio Preservation

When in the studio you might see one of two types of plosive prevention, a pop filter or a windscreen. Both have their pros and cons, so let us take a look at which is better for you and your situation.

Pop Filter

  • In a studio a pop filter is a nearly transparent, lightweight mesh that is placed in front of the microphone. The pop filter will help guard against plosive sounds while recording vocal audio.
  • Great for indoor studio recording.
  • Windscreens are made from foam, and go over the head of the microphone. In most situations, a windscreen is for higher-wind events and outdoor recording.
  • If you are at a concert, this type of microphone protection works best.

WindscreensAudio Recording - Pop Filter vs Windscreens

In the end it is all situational and of preference, also the choice between the two can be dependent on the microphone itself. A reputable, professional recording studio will have either option and that’s why you need to find one you can trust.

By 2009 Wavemaker became the “Go To” studio for high quality voice over services and recording. For more information, contact Wavemaker Studio today!

 

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Creating Successful Sports Broadcasts On The Radio

Creating Successful Sports Broadcasts On The RadioA lot goes into making a successful sports broadcast; it takes a lot of time, patience, and work but when it all comes together it’s like an audio work of art.

It’s a three-way street to making a successful sports broadcast. It comes from the technical and production side as well as the on-air talent portion.

Technical Engineer

Technically all of the right wired connections for the broadcast are made, with the right recording switches needing to be turned on. The equipment needs to be working for both production and on-air (headsets, wireless mics, field and ice level mics, and the broadcast board itself), all the while making sure the levels are in the correct position so the audio doesn’t sound stifled or over modulate coming over the air.

Audio Production

From the production stand point, the producers must be ready to switch the broadcast on and off for when the talent is ready for the play-by-play portion of the broadcast or to switch it to commercial when it is time for halftime and intermissions.  A good production team has to be ready to get the talent back on the air live, when they ask. Then go back to the production room people at the right time, when the highlights and stats are ready during breaks from the action.

On-Air Talent

From the on-air prospective the talent must know the players of the game, stats, and when it comes to sports, an expertise of the sport being played. You have to be prepared, as you cannot fake sports knowledge when the game is coming at you fast. Talent must be ready for when production gives out the queue to go live and be able to fill in down time during the game with stories, stats, and analysis.

All the best broadcasts come when the on-air personalities are truly passionate about sports and their work; it comes across to the audience in the broadcast.Creating Successful Sports Broadcasts On The Radio

A lot of work goes into making a sports broadcast go well and at any point even the smallest blemish can throw the whole thing off. There is a lot of moving pieces that go into making any broadcast.

If you need to have you broadcasted recording to be mastered or are in need of any production services by a professional, look to Wavemaker Studio. For more information, contact Wavemaker today!

 

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Podcasting 101 for Beginners

Podcasting 101 for BeginnersThe radio world is changing because of technology and the internet, and trying to find good things to listen to on the airwaves has become a challenge. If you are tired of hearing the same old thing from your local radio hosts and think you can do what they do better or have a voice that wants to be heard, what are your options?

Well one option that has been making waves throughout the internet savvy culture is to create and host your own podcast. You want to listen to the radio on the go when you aren’t in the car, your phone or mp3 player has that accessibility, that’s the beauty of podcasting. No one wants to have to be in a certain place at a certain time, to listen to the radio. They want to be able to listen on their own schedule and for as long as they want.

What are the keys to making a successful podcast?

You must do is find that niche and find a following. There are also factors that include getting guests, timely news, and entertaining production. In the future if you can continuously come up with amazing content for your audience, there’s also money to be made in the podcasting world.

The production aspect can be overlooked in podcasting. If you aren’t familiar or schooled in recording technology, then your audio can sound like it was recorded by a soup can. No one wants to listen to that.Podcasting 101 for Beginners

That’s where Wavemaker Studio can help. Come in and record your podcast, and have it produced professionally. The audio experts at Wavemaker can handle your podcast needs and then you can start the process of bringing it to the masses. Contact Wavemaker Studio and get your podcast recorded today!

 

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Look to the Pros for Mastering Audio

Look to the Pros for Mastering Audio

For any person that is involved in the production process, they know that the art of mastering is an essential part of the post-production. A master engineer takes a final mix, then prepares and transfers the recorded audio into a copy that will be used to mass produce the mastered audio.

In older times, masters were used by record companies for major label releases. Mastering was needed because one track or song might is recorded at a time, it would result in different peak levels and EQs.

Now that we are in a newer technological age, mastering has become more digital. Mastering programs and services are the norm at most studios, and some people who record try to master audio themselves. There’s various reasons why mastering yourself is something you should avoid, unless you have many years of master engineering experience.

Why You Shouldn’t Master Yourself

Mastering requires a great deal of software tools and critical listening in order for it to be done correctly. The engineer is a specialist and the last resort for the recorded audio to be made into something the public wants. Look to the Pros for Mastering Audio

Just because you have created such great work and audio, does not mean you are able to hear it in a different way than what is in your head. That’s where another set of “ears” on an audio project can make your efforts come into fruition. A master engineer has a certain set of creative skills; when mix them all together, you’ll be ensured to get the best content for your dollar.

So look to the pros at Wavemaker Studio. As mastering wizards, they will consult with you, take your recorded work and give you back something that you will love. Reach out to Wavemaker today!

 

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Musicians: Tips On How To Record An Album

Musicians: Tips On How To Record An AlbumIf you are a fledgling band or musician and want to get your music to the masses, getting an album created is the way. But are you knowledgeable enough to record you music or do you even have the equipment to do so?

Some musicians are savvy enough to be able to record their music and established enough to afford the equipment needed to mix an album. But that takes more time and effort for the band that is just getting together and who is looking to hit the ground running with a tour.

We’ve got some business tips for a solo musician or band on how to get your album recorded efficiently and effectively:

·         Don’t change who you are. Whether you are a solo musician or in a 10-man band, stay who you are. Your identity is the start to get the best music recorded.

·         Consider the recording equipment. Make sure you are choosing the correct recording studio, not just because of the name but because they have everything you need to record your music properly. A mic isn’t always just a mic. Technology innovations have been changing the way music is created, make sure you are educated on and using the state-of-the-art recording tools.

·         Don’t fight over songs and who did what to create a song. If you are in a band, put everyone’s name on the songwriting credit. This will create less discontent and for all that are involved with the process to feel appreciated. If you are a solo artist, make sure you get your credit where credit is due.

·         Most importantly have a producer that has a lot of wisdom and expertise, and has the ability to share in your musical vision. As an artist or artists, you want the benefits that a solid producer can bring to the table, be an impartial judge and help create your musical dreams.Musicians: Tips On How To Record An Album

Remember it takes a lot to record a successful album, but don’t start off on the wrong foot. Every good musician or band has to be able to show their audience that they can give them the best quality music on and off the stage.

If you are in need of a proven recording studio, contact the professionals at Wavemaker Studio and get started on making your musical masterpieces.

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Becoming a Voice Over Standout

Becoming a Voice Over StandoutSome say it’s all in the voice, others say it takes years to become a voice over master. Any way you dice it, it’s not easy to become a voice over legend. Many have come and gone. The greats like Don Lafontaine to Mark Elliot, to the unknown voice over names like Steve Blum, Mel Blanc and Peter Cullen. You’ve heard their voices in just about anything and everything, but never knew who they belonged to.

They all made their start somewhere, whether it be acting or making commercials. They had to develop their voice over talent and create themselves as a brand.

Check out this funny video to see how the professionals poked fun at being in the voice over business.

Here are some tips that will make you a successful voice over professional:

Make Your Voice Unique

Don’t just become a celebrity voice imitator; learn to create parody type voices of famous actors of characters. Envision how you would want the voice of Bugs Bunny to sound, instead of what he sounds like. You can’t be Mel Blanc, but you can try and push your voice like he did. Plus if a company wanted to hire Mel Blanc to do the voice they have a character for, they would. Instead they are looking for something fresh and different to attribute to their brand.

It doesn’t just have to be a character voice either. If you have the “voice” that people compliment is good for radio or the like, continue to practice that. Read books out loud or find scripts to practice on. You’d be surprised to find that if you have a younger sounding voice, that kids shows could be perfect for your type of voice.

Find an Agent

You’re technically an actor. So you need an agent, who finds that your voice acting is marketable, and will take the time to get you work. Whether it is at casting calls or sending out your demo reel, an agent can see your potential and point you into the right direction in the voice over industry. Let them be your guide to a fruitful voice over career.

Demo Reels

You should record your voice to send out as your resume. The demo reel should showcase your voice talents, previous work highlights and successful material. You should have a few minutes of good voiceover work but the first 30 seconds will really grab the attention of any potential employer, so make that your best work.

And since you are just the talent, the best way to have your voice put to the digital waves, is for a professional company like Wavemaker Studio to record and produce it. Wavemaker Studio specializes in voice over work, and can help create the best demo reel you’ll need to become a voice over standout.

Getting A Gig

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Now that your band has created a look and a style, you want to get as many chances to play live to create a fan base. Exposure is everything, and getting gigs is a process all musicians have to go through until they become a known quantity. There are few simple steps to follow, which will help your organize yourself.

 

Demo and Press Kit

Having a demo is essential. You can record as many songs as an entire album, or as few as 3 or 4. There can be covered material as well as your own original songs. The point of a demo is to make your particular sound clear. Make sure the band’s name and your contact information are on the CD. Your press kit is like your resume. It tells potential employers where you have played before, what a typical set would be, and what kind of reviews you got. Including some photos of the band is a nice thing to do too.

 

Send It Out

You want to send out as many CD’s and press kits as your budget allows. To help you, do some research on clubs, bars, coffeehouses, fairs, libraries, etc., and find out what kind of music they like to hire. That way you can save yourself some time and money if some of them don’t hire a band with a sound like yours. Online you can also find out a bit more about the submission process for each venue. You might want to enlist the aid of a booking agent, and the more submissions you make, the greater the likelihood of getting representation. You could also use social media to promote your band. It is free and very effective. Facebook and Twitter are 2 to look at.

 

Do Your Own Promoting

Create posters to advertise your gig. If other bands are joining you, they can help with the expense. Put the posters everywhere you can – in shop windows, on bulletin boards, around lamp posts. The more exposure the better. Create Facebook events and invite everyone! You’ll be pleasantly surprised at who shows up.

 

Network

One of the best things you can do as an artist is to network. Whether you are working with other singer songwriters on some collaborations or you offer to do back up guitar at another show, it always pays to know more people. Networking is how you make it in the music industry. There are many venues that you simply cannot play at unless you know someone who knows someone.

Talking to other musicians is always helpful. They can give you insight into venues, owners, and booking agents. They may also be able to steer your band in the direction of a venue that is looking for your special sound. If you know an already established band, ask them if you can be an opening act, and offer to do it for free. The more contacts you make the more gigs you will get. Get to know venue managers.

 

Open Mic

Get as much exposure as possible, whenever possible. Check into open mic nights at coffee shops and cafes. Famous cafés like the Bluebird Café in Nashville even offer open mic nights for singers and song writers that are trying to make it. If someone offers you an opportunity, take it. You never know where it will lead.

 

Getting gigs for yourself or your band may not feel easy; but if you organize yourself well and take these simple steps, you will find the road much less bumpy.

The Anatomy of a Song: Steps in the Song Writing Process

How to Write Songs | Wavemaker

Just about everyone has a favorite song; one that follows us through our lives and becomes the soundtrack to significant moments. If you are passionate about music and lyrics, you may wonder just how a great song is born. Of course, there are multitudes of creative ways in which memorable songs are written, but there is also a formula by which many writers and musicians use for collaboration.

A great song tells a story. It takes the listener on a journey. A hit song often has a magical combination of authentic expression and musical skill. Crafting a well written song is a process. And below, we offer you a guide to follow that any lyricist and musician can use to compose their next creation.

 

Choosing an Inspiring Title

Though there are many great songs throughout history that began with a beat, a rhythm, a chorus, or a phrase; the best way to write a song is to come up with an inspiring title; one that moves you, as the writer, on the inside.

The title of a song is many times, the phrase that all listeners remember. Many songs become automatic hits simply because the title is catchy and addictive. Listeners find themselves singing it over and over again. The title is one of the most important aspects of a song, and helps the writer begin to tell the story.

 

Find the Questions Hidden Within Your Title

The title of a song asks many questions. It is the songwriter’s job to find the questions that lie within their song title. For example; there are many popular songs in the last few decades, about hotels; “Hotel California” by the Eagles, “Heartbreak Hotel by Elvis, and Michael Jackson’s “Heartbreak Hotel”. Each of these three songs tells a completely different story, but the writers answered many of the same questions within the lyrics. “What is this hotel?” “What is the atmosphere, the energy of this place?” and “What happens there, and to whom does it happen?”

 

Connect Words and Images With Your Title

Do a brainstorming exercise by making a list of words and images that relate to your title. These words and images are what make the story of the song interesting, poetic and imaginative. Try the words out by using each of them in your verses and chorus until you hear the phrasing that sounds right to your ears.

 

The Most Common Song Structure

Once you have your title and some of your lyrics, you can begin to form your song structure. There is a popular and common song structure that has worked since people began writing songs. It is best to begin with this structure, and then you can creatively alter it as the spirit of the song moves you.

The song structure is designed in this way:

Verse – Chorus – Verse- Chorus-Bridge- Chorus

This song structure appeals to listeners because it allows for repetitiveness, which makes a song easy for the listener to learn. One of the best parts about enjoying any song is the ability to be able to sing along. This common song structure makes this aspect easy for listeners.

 

Create the Melody of Your Song

The melody of a song is often discovered by the repetition of lyrics. There is usually a melody that naturally lives within the lines of a song; a certain rhythm that matches the words, the phrasing. Try singing or simply, humming the song to yourself. The right melody comes through experimentation; and is one of the most intuitive aspects of song writing.

 

Though much of song writing is truly an intuitive process, knowing how to begin and following a tried and proven structure makes the process easier; while still leaving room for personal creativity.

Promoting Your Music & Getting Fans

How to get fans in the music industry promo

As a vocalist, you have worked extremely hard to perfect your craft. You have put in hours at the studio and have left it all on the stage during your performances. Naturally, the next logical step is to acquire a fan base and get your music to a larger audience. To do this, you are going to want to promote your music. Promoting your work you have worked so hard on is a natural step in the process but unfortunately, it can be a bit tricky but no reward comes without hard work.

Try out some of our tips below while you begin promoting your stuff:

Be Ready

Are you ready? – The first and most important step in the process is making sure you are ready to share your music. Promoting music that sounds more like a rough draft, probably won’t get the best reviews and this can make it hard to bounce back from. Promoting and reputation management go hand-in-hand. We suggest getting feedback from artists or professionals in the industry. Producers and engineers at your recording studio are a great source for feedback.

 Get Your Materials Together

Promotional materials – Start early by having promotional materials produced for distribution. We recommend having these items made professionally at a production company or hiring a freelance graphic design artist to create them for you. Send these promo materials out early and send them often.

 Establish A Social Media Presence

Social media and electronic materials – Get a viral buzz going by promoting via social media. This is a great source to help spread the word whether it’s through Twitter, Facebook, your personal website or a newsletter. The best part is, it doesn’t cost anything! Your dedicated fans will re-tweet, share and help promote for you.

 Take Advantage of Online Music Platforms

Free listening – There are many websites that offer free listening to its users. Seek out any and every one of these sites and get your music out there. Youtube, Soundcloud, Myspace… there are tons of ways to get your stuff to the masses.

 Swag

Free Swag – Consider giving away various items at your events, for signing up for a newsletter or for purchasing an LP. Fans love free stuff, even if it’s just a beer coozie!  If merchandise isn’t in your budget right away, then offer free tickets to a show or a free mp3. If you don’t want to go the route of free swag, get some t-shirts designed and sell them to fans. It’s free advertising for you, and your friends will have another valuable band tee.

Play Everywhere

Everywhere and anywhere you get the chance to get in front of a crowd, do it. Take advantage of every opportunity to be heard. With that being said, also pay attention to the potential crowd you’ll be serving. A country singer most likely wont find a lot of loyal fans while performing at the corner strip club. Be prepared for your crowd ahead of time.