10 Reasons To Attend The 2011 New York Voiceover Mixer

1. It’s Free

Admission costs have been covered by our sponsors.  Sure, you gotta pay for airfare, hotel and drinks but the rest is free.

2. We Have Raffle Prizes Out The Wazoo

Seriously, my wazoo is killing me.

3. You Need To Network

This is the only opportunity in the world to network and meet with this many voiceover industry people in one place.

4. You Have No Friends

You are bound to find someone, anyone who will put up with your B.S. there.  Heck, I even found a wife at one of these!

5. You Hate Your Liver

I don’t blame you.  There will be ample opportunity to pummel it into submission at the Mixer.

6. You Love Rob Paulsen

Have a thing for the Emmy Award winning star of Pinky and the Brain and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles?  Who doesn’t?  Use this opportunity to sign up for his seminar earlier that day.

7. You Need A Coach Or Agent

Harass them there where they cant escape.

8. Christmas Makes You All Warm And Fuzzy

There is no better place in the world than New York during the Holidays.  Check out the windows at Macy’s!  Go ice skating under the tree in Rockefeller Center!  Freeze your ass off!  Good times.

9. You’re A Recluse

This is your chance to pose for the paps and finally get out of your booth for once.  Hobnob with the big shot movers and shakers.  Get out there and be somebody!

10. Erik Sheppard Will Be There

That alone is worth the price of admission (please see #1 above).


Coming To The NYVO Mixer? See Rob Paulsen Live!

This just in: Emmy Award winning voice actor Rob Paulsen of Pinky and the Brain, Animaniacs and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle fame will be bringing his acclaimed seminar series to New York this December 3rd from 12:00 to 3:00 at the Sheraton Times Square in Manhattan.

The Sheraton is just blocks from Arena where the 2011 New York Voiceover Mixer will be held on the same day and we have allotted plenty of time for visitors to our fair city (or locals) to attend both events.

Rob will be sharing stories from his vast experience as a big shot voice guy, giving real time advice to those hoping to break into the business and guidance to those who have already drank the Kool-Aid.  The word on the street is that there might even be a song or two and Rob is always more than accommodating to those who want autographs so bring your Pinky swag and be the next eBay millionaire!

Oh yeah, and he’s only charging 100 bucks so you have no excuse not to go.

For more information visit Rob’s Site or his Facebook page.  There will be an official page for the NY appearance coming soon, check back here, at the Mixer site or at his links above after the weekend.

Please note this is open for everyone, not just those attending the Mixer although you would be crazy not to go to both.

High Pitched Ladies Are In The House!

In the hizz-ouse?  I don’t know what the cool kids are saying these days.  I still say “rad”.

Anywho, check out the amazing Lisa Biggs creeping everyone right the hell out at the end of this Toyota dealer spot:

I cannot begin to tell you how badly I want to get Lisa and my love Holly Franklin together in the same room.  I could listen to that conversation for days.1

Lisa’s Commercial Demo:

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Holly’s Commercial Demo:

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Lisa’s Character Demo:

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Holly’s Character Demo:

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1. Did this post just get kinda creepy or what?

Free Microphones For Voiceover Talent!

You heard me right, we are giving away four shiny new microphones to voiceover talent absolutely free:

  1. A new VO:1-A Signature Series Microphone courtesy of Harlan Hogan.
  2. A new Blue Snowball USB microphone courtesy of Amy Taylor.
  3. A new Sennheiser MKH 416 shotgun microphone courtesy of Philip Banks.
  4. A new AT4047/SV Cardioid Condenser Microphone courtesy of Steve Savanyu from Audio-Technica.

So how do you get your grubby little paws1 on one of these beauties?  Easy:

  1. Go to the 2011 New York Voiceover Mixer.
  2. Put a business card in the bag.
  3. Have the time of your life with hundreds of other industry people.
  4. Wait until 8:00 when we announce the raffle winners.
  5. Profit.

Microphones aren’t your thing?  No worries, we’re also handing out:

  1. A new VoiceOver Recording Sign with remote control switch also courtesy of Harlan Hogan.
  2. Three separate free webinar passes courtesy of John Florian from Voice Over Xtra.
  3. Three stylish new Voice Over Xtra hats.
  4. Three one month memberships with Innovative Voiceover Instruction.
  5. The Medical Mumbo Advanced Narration Workshop CD set courtesy Julie Williams.
  6. A one hour private voiceover lesson in Los Angeles or via Skype with MJ Lallo.
  7. Two separate signed copies of Sound Advice – Voiceover From an Audio Engineer’s Perspective from Dan Friedman.
  8. A 90 minute voiceover coaching session from The Lau Lapides Company.
  9. Three inspirational voiceover posters from Ken Knuckles of Actor’s Motivation.
  10. Three one hour service credit certificates from George Whittam and ElDorado Recording Services.
  11. A free in-depth analysis of your commercial demo from Marc Cashman.
  12. A free year membership to V.O. Planet.
  13. A copy of Kristine Oller’s audiobook “Feeding Your Focus: How Creative People Can Move Forward Faster and Achieve Sustained Success”.
  14. Four winners receive their choice of either the “Learn the Industry”, “Get Customers” or “For Pros” intensive coaching packages from Edge Studio.
  15. 25 free professional audition recording sessions from Edge Studio.
  16. Two drawings for “The Fundamentals” and “Audiobooks A – Z” from the Power of Five Coaching Series from Vanessa Hart.
  17. Three drawings for one hour of virtual voiceover personal assistant work from Karen Souer.
  18. A $200 gift certificate towards Voicebank.net or Voiceregistry actor services courtesy of Voicebank!
  19. Six drawings for personally signed pictures from The Clone Wars, Powerpuff Girls and The Wild Thornberrys courtesy of voiceover superstar Tom Kane!
  20. One free admission pass to the VOICE 2012 Conference in Disneyland beginning June 13th from James Alburger and Penny Abshire!

The heck you say?!  All true.  Thank you to everyone who has donated for your incredible generosity.  So what are you waiting for?  RSVP to get yourself on the guest list today!

1. Seriously, wash your paws.

The 2011 New York Voiceover Mixer

Sick of hearing about this yet?  Well too bad.  This year is going to be outrageous and if you miss it then you’re going to be sorry.  Everyone and their brother is going to be there, we’re giving away a ton of microphones and coaching packages and books and other amazing prizes and it’s free.  What’s your excuse?

Be sure to go to the OFFICIAL SITE for daily updates on raffle prizes, the guest list and more.

PLEASE remember that you must officially RSVP via email to Lindsay and have your name on the guest list to be admitted.  Willy Wonka golden tickets also accepted.

Polish your shoes, print up a few thousand more business cards and get ready to network while punishing your liver.

2011 New York Voiceover Mixer Press Release

Voiceover Talent to Converge On New York

New York, NY  October 17, 2011 –  Over 500 top voiceover actors, agents and coaches from around the world are set to attend the 2011 New York Voiceover Mixer this December third beginning at 6:00 pm at Arena Event Space near Times Square.  The industry networking event is being billed as the largest gathering of voiceover professionals in the world.

Past mixers have seen hundreds of talent and related industry people swapping business cards, forging new business relationships and posing for the occasional photo-op in between cocktails.  Attendees travel from all parts of the globe to see the faces behind some of the most successful and recognizable voices in animation, commercials, documentaries, movie trailers and promos.

Event organizer Erik Sheppard of Voice Talent Productions says, “This is the fourth year we are hosting the mixer and it keeps getting bigger and better every time.  We all look forward to getting out of our sound booths and offices and enjoying each other’s company.”  He adds, “We have incredible guests and giveaways this year and once again it is a free event thanks to the Legendary Marc Graue Voiceover Studio and our absolutely amazing and generous sponsors.”  Corporate sponsors include Edge Studio, Voicebank, VOICE 2012 and Sam Ash Music.  Says Sheppard, “We don’t offer any classes or long presentations so while there is a lot of shop talk and business dealings, it’s primarily an excuse to get dressed up, be seen and enjoy some drinks and conversation with our friends and colleagues.  Plus, you get to hear some amazing voices.”

Voice Talent Productions is a talent agency representing an elite roster of union and non-union voiceover talent from their New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta and Florida offices.  Those hoping to attend the event are instructed to visit http://voicetalentproductions.com for more information.  Press are invited to contact owner Erik Sheppard at [email protected] or 631.332.9550.


The iAudioInterface2: New A/D for iPod, iPad and iPhone

Holy crap, I think I might have broken the “i” on my keyboard typing that headline.

As recording voiceovers on our iDevices becomes more common there have been a multitude of doodads released for us to choose from to just plug a dang mic into the iThing and get a clean signal.  Most of the test recordings iHave heard with them sound pretty lackluster though.  Perhaps this will be an iMprovement, it certainly seems iMpressive:

Announcing the all-new iAudioInterface2. Designed from the ground up to work with all of the current Apple iOS products, iAI2 is the perfect companion to AudioTools, and the perfect stereo audio interface for all your iOS apps.

Compatible with iPhone 4, iPod touch 4, and iPad, iAudioInterface has these major features:

* 48V Phantom-powered XLR microphone input, with up to 50dB of gain**

* Balanced line input for transfer function measurements

* Balanced line output for signal generation

* Toslink digital audio output, mirrors line out at full level, also supports Dolby Digital 5.1 AC3 test signals (optional in AudioTools)

* Internal li-ion battery, draws no power from your device

* When charging with the included external adapter, also charges your attached iOS device, including iPad.

* Digital audio link to iOS device for lowest noise, and best quality. Uses our own A/D converters and DAC with precision USB audio clock recovery

iAI2 is the perfect companion for AudioTools, and also works with many iOS audio Apps, including Garageband, Skype, SignalScope, Mulit-Track Recorder, and more. Note that Apple does not support dock mics with the phone app.


iT goes for about 400 clams.

Geeky specs HERE.

Purchase info HERE.


Bill DeWees Makes Sense

Fellow voiceover coach Bill DeWees shares the story of an unnamed “successful” talent and talks some sense into those who think that just having a good agent and some talent will make you rich and successful:

How is Bill qualified to know what the hell he’s talking about? Because he is amazing, that’s why1: http://voicetalentproductions.com/voiceover/Bill-DeWees


1. Seriously though dude, you look like you just came out of the clothes dryer in that headshot.

The “Alice In Wonderland” Test Footage Is Awesome

Way back in the day, as they often do now, voiceover sessions or just the actors going through the paces were filmed for the benefit of the animators who would go to work afterward.  It’s interesting to note how similar some animated characters look to the actors who voiced them after the artists use their expressions and mannerisms from the footage.

Apparently the audio picked up during this test scene was so spot-on that they wound up using it in the final cut.  Very cool:

Voiceover Studio Decor: Custom Waveform Canvas Prints

Martha here with another installment of Home Studio Decor.  There are a few companies who offer this kind of thing but these are the nicest I have seen.  Record your phrase, upload the audio, choose your canvas size and color scheme then pay through the nose.


Purchase information here: Vapor Sky