Wednesday, 17 August 2016

How do I deal with ISDN latency and echo?

The end of ISDN has been predicted for years - especially with the rise and rise of ipDTL, Source Connect, Session Link Pro etc.

However ISDN is still very much alive.

But there are often two technical issues that need addressing before you do any voiceover session. 

They are:

1: Echo, Feedback, Slapback or Howlround
2: Latency or Delay  

 1. Feedback

If you have a feedback loop it is almost impossible for the voiceover talent to talk while listening to it. This is because they will hear themselves repeatedly echo-ing. 

This problem is caused because both ISDN studios need to monitor and send audio using the same line. So how do we stop this problem?

If you use an audio mixer, you need to create two separate and independent "mixes": one for yourself and one for the other ISDN studio. 

Set up your audio mixer to send a "Clean Feed" (or "Mix Minus".) In other words you need to send all your audio to the other ISDN codec but don't send the audio of the other ISDN studio back to themselves. This will eliminate the feedback loop.

2. Delay

The only time that ISDN delay would be an issue is if you have an audio or video file being played from the remote ISDN studio. 

The delay is normally in milliseconds and so would not be an issue for most voiceover sessions. 

If it does become an issue, then ask the producer at the other studio to send the audio or video file to the studio where the voiceover talent is located. 

Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Bye Bye Mrs Barnes - Voiceover Lady

We are very sad to say that our long-standing Marketing Manager Zoe Barnes has left our voiceover agency.

After 4 years of setting up our admin systems, the hard slog of data entry, managing our database and chatting to our clients,  Zoe leaves BigFish Media in great shape and growing nicely.

                               A new career blooms

In the last year Zoe was also engineering voiceover sessions as well as recording a few of her own voiceovers.

We wish you all the best for your future as a Counsellor - we know you will be great!

                           Amy (far left) is the new Zoe

In the meantime, Zoe had trained our latest recruit and Voiceover Artist Amy brilliantly.

And we know you'll be back soon to cover for Amy's holidays....

Thursday, 9 June 2016

While we were taking photos of our new office where we produce and record voiceover sessions, we decided to take some more up to date pictures of the BigFish Media team:

                                    Daniel: going grey...

                                 Ricky: older than he looks....

                                    Zoe: looking foxy...

....And new recruit Amy

Thursday, 2 June 2016

Photos of our new Office

It's been a few years since we last took photos of our office, so we thought it was time to change that. There have been many changes - not least the people who work here making the magic of voiceovers happen.

                                     Pretending to work....

                                 All pretence has gone..

                                     Strike a pose...

                                 At last some actual work...

                                     ...before cracking up

As you can see we had a lot of fun taking these photos, especially our Audio Engineer John who took these pictures.

Thursday, 19 May 2016

Should I book a Cheap Voiceover Artist?

When looking for a Voiceover Artist, you will need to decide on a budget - what can you afford? 

What is reasonable to pay for the voice talent themselves, a studio, editing and maybe agents fees too.

You can pay a few quid or you can pay thousands, especially if the audio is to be used online on a large corporation's website.

                             Amanda - a great voice

There are thousands of voices to choose from and the choice (like anything these days) can be mind-blowing and actually make a decision harder. 

But there is just one very important thing to bear in mind. 

This voice - your chosen voice - will be the voice of your product. 

They will be the voice of your telephone system. 

They will be the voice of your product on TV in front of millions of people.

So what does that voice say to you? What qualities does that Voiceover Artist have? And do you want those qualities associated with your product?   
                                       Craig - so easy to work with

Using the wrong voice could cost you customers and your reputation.

The most suitable voice for your project may seem a little more expensive at first, having great samples, sounding natural, and obviously appearing to have more experience.  

Even if hiring this Voiceover Artist may take you over budget to begin with, you may find they are worth it and all the extra business they will help to bring your way.  

Thursday, 12 May 2016

Should I hire a cheap Voiceover?

When it comes to hiring a Voiceover Artist, how much should you spend?

Well, how long is a piece of string?

It comes down to your budget. You can find many Voiceover Artists on Fiverr for five dollars. But ask yourself: "Are they any good"? How many jobs would they have to do to scratch a living?

                                              Call a professional

We recently had a phone call from an exasperated producer who had just spent two hours trying to get a good read from a Voiceover Artist that she had hired...and could we help find someone else?

Of course. After taking all the details I asked her budget. £90: £60 for the studio and £15 per hour for the voice talent.

Well of course we couldn't help her on that budget!

Its a false economy. Any decent Voiceover Artist that you hire through an agency would have done the job in 10 minutes. But then they would have charged a lot more. 

Buy cheap. Pay Twice.

Thursday, 5 May 2016

Our Voiceover Photo Shoot

It has been a few years since we last updated the pictures of the BigFish Media Voiceover team. So we thought we'd take some more:

We managed to catch photographer (and our Audio Engineer) John in action for the photoshoot of Marketing Exectutive Daniel and Ricky the actual Big Fish.

Full new (doctored) photos to follow in due course on our voiceover website, Facebook and Twitter pages...