Monthly Newsletter

Issue # 87

   April 2012   
Added Classes: 

Home Recording
Tuesday, April 3 from 10am to 12:30pm. $80. Only 2 spaces remaining.

Advanced Daytime Conservatory

April 10 to May 15 (6 weeks) from  10am to 1pm. Investment: $450. Intermediate and Advanced students only   

Upcoming Classes
All 2012 Classes


Home Recording I  -  4/3


Character Intensive  -  4/6-7, 13-15


Adv. Daytime Conservatory  -  4/10-5/15   

Tips From the Pros  -  4/10-24


Small Group Workout  -  4/18


INTRO: Starting Out  -  4/18


Styles  -  4/21-22


Stepping Out  -  4/28


Creating Characters  -  4/28


Teleprompter  -  4/29


TV Tags & National Reads  -  5/1-8


Preparing For A Demo  -  5/2-9


Narration Simple  -  5/4-5


Home Recording  I  -  5/10

Long Form Narration  -  5/12-19


ADR/Looping I  -  5/14


Small Group Workout  -  5/15


Making It M.I.N.E.  -  5/16 - 6/6 


Classes often sell out. Register early!    

Summer Fast Track

This July/August, we're running our 8th annual Summer Fast Track. This is an opportunity to take three of the Core Curriculum tracks in 23 days - Commercial, Character and Narration. Visit Summer Fast Track for complete details. 


Commercials  -  July 21-29, Aug 3   


Characters  -  July 30 - Aug 5   


Narrations  -  Aug 6-12 


Take one class, one track, mix and match - it's up to you.


Reservations are now open!



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Home Studio Options (part 2)         


Last month we looked at inexpensive and mobile studios. This time around we're focusing on higher priced options.   


Option 3: Moderate Price 
Microphones from $200-$500 include the Harlan Hogan Signature Series Voice Over Microphone, Rode NT1-A, SE Electronics USB2200a,and Sure KSM32. Some are complete kits with shock mount, XLR cable, and pop shield. Others need microphone stands, shock mounts, cables, and pop filters like the Royer PS-101 and Avant Electronics PS-1. Two-hundred-dollar recording, mixing, editing, and mastering software programs include Adobe® Soundbooth® and Logic Express. For non-USB microphones, CEntrance MicPort Pro, Blue Icicle, 
and MXL Mic Mate Pro are XLR to USB audio interfaces with 
microphone preamplifiers. To hold your script, consider the Manhasset M48 music stand. Or, connect your iPad to the microphone stand with an iKlip.
For recording and playback, Sony, AKG, Shure, and Sennheiser make good studio-quality headphones for around $100. For better acoustics for under $150, the Porta-Booth® is pre-made and ready for you to set on the desk, place your microphone inside, and talk into. You can read scripts off lighted handheld devices like an iPad, Kindle, or smartphone, or add an inexpensive LED book light inside the box to read the printed script.

Option 4: Intermediate Price
Microphones from $500-$1200 include the JZ Microphone BH-2,which has a true, clear sound based on golden drops technology, the Sennheiser shotgun MKH-416, the AT4050 with its good, flat neutral sound, the warm-sounding AKG C414, or the Neumann TLM 103.
Recording software in the $350 area includes Adobe® Audition®
and Sound Forge™. For acoustical help and ambient noise control in the $350 range, consider the Porta-Booth Pro® or Primacoustic® FlexiBooth 24" x 48" wall-mounted acoustic cupboard. If you have a spare closet that can be turned into a recording booth, Auralex makes studio foam wedge panels that glue to the walls.
For actors with clients who want to direct over the phone, add a JK Audio Inlinepatch or Telos Systems One phone patch. For real-time remote sessions that stream uncompressed audio to another location, Source-Connect has
a range of choices to fit almost any voice talent's needs.

Excerpted from third edition of "There's Money Where Your Mouth Is," by Elaine Clark. To order your copy visit:


Look Who's Talking

Mic Small
It seems that recently many of you have been landing work for overseas clients. We've always spoken about the need to act locally and think globally. Congrats to all who've recently landed agents and gigs. Send us your success stories!      

Rob Barker and Jayse O'Brien signed with Stars, The Agency and Owen Walker signed with Tonry Talent. Within a week of signing, Jayse booked a video game job.
* Trish Bell
recorded a VO for an AARP TV commercial.
* Shruti Tewari narrated a video to be played in India for Columbia Water Center.
* Nancy Battey recorded three VO's for Fonds FTQ of Montreal.
* Rosario Cascone recorded radio commercials for Healthcare Concepts and for Georgio's Pizzeria in Reno. 
* Christina Kowalchuk continues to work steadily as an American in the UK. She regularly does continuities for NBC-Universal in S. Africa and she recently voiced  a spot for
Travelport Smartpoint. She also recorded a spot for Dove deodorant which will air in the US this Summer.
* Jennifer Knight took some time off earlier this year to have a baby. She's back online now and recently recorded her 70th spot for Pandora Radio. Clients include big companies like  McDonald's, Old Navy, Expedia, and Neiman Marcus.
* Sharon Huff recorded an industrial VO for British company Wooshi.
* Joe Wegmann recorded a documentary on the history of Old St. Patrick's Church for the Archdiocese of New Orleans. 


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