Equipment

How to Conduct a Phone Patch Using Skype

Hard-wired phone lines are almost an anachronism for all but serious businesses, government, and other formal institutions.  POTS (plain old telephone systems) services are not going away, but for most individual consumers, and certainly 3rd-world countries, phone communications have jumped...

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Gear Drooling

Gear Drooling

A decidedly geeky affliction that hits whenever drool-worthy gear is revealed.

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Prepare for PreAmps

Next to the all-important microphone, voice-actors wring their hands over their choice of pre-amp almost as much. I confess to not being worthy of expert advice in these matters.  I can tell you I've tried a bunch of 'em, and currently use the Universal Audio Apollo Twin Duo USB, which seems...

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CES 2017 Aftermath

CES 2017 Aftermath

Two blocks down the street from KLAS-TV, the Las Vegas Convention Center is still cleaning up from the self-indulgent tech conference known as the Consumer Electronics Show. Numbers astound.  The first and biggest event of the year in the undisputed king of convention cities: 175,000 attendees ...

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Mic Cable Buying Guide

Mic Cable Buying Guide

The day you spend hours searching-out a scratchy sound or electrical hum in your audio chain is the day you start wondering if the hi-priced mic cable is REALLY better than the bargain brand.It is."Microphones output a very low signal by nature. Using a really high quality cable on your mic...

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The Tangle Tango

The Tangle Tango

This is a picture of the cords under my desk where I work at the TV station.  I confess, I care less about how it looks than if it were in my home.  But seriously, folks...when something goes wrong, I'm on my knees in my suit, doing my best imitation of separating the spaghetti.Fess up... your...

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The VO Version of a Fishing Tackle Box

The VO Version of a Fishing Tackle Box

...Or it could be the VO Version of a Golf Bag, or a Mechanic's toolbox, or a skier's pack.We're into our "stuff", and voice actors tend to be as geeky as the best professional photographer or plumber when it comes to equipment.  Yes, we like our GEAR...and nowhere does this come into play more...

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