by Azure at 08-16-2016, 03:56 PM
I've done this a few times before but I'd like to host a community interview project. The idea is to interview people involved in the voice acting community, you can be pro or amateur it doesn't make a difference as long as you have a body of work to be interviewed about. You can be an actor, writer, director, sound engineer it doesn't matter as long as you deal in some way with voice over we want to hear from you.

In addition if you'd like to interview other people let me know here too.  Just DM me here or email with some basic info about yourself.
  • Do I have to be professional? - No, as long as you have made or been in something (S)
  • Do I have to be a voice actor/actress? - Nope, you could be a casting director, game designer sound engineer etc.
  • What does it involve? I'll send you  a short series of questions by email or DM, you respond then I'll post them here for the site users to see.
  • What's this about? I want to hear from the community! I want you to be able to talk about your work, and I'd love for a few people to join me in holding interviews. Let's try and collect as much knowledge as we can!

Completed Interviews 
Samuel Parish ( KnightKomat) - Audio
Iskatumesk - Audio
Nitrozsz - Text
Stringstorm - Audio
by Azure at 07-26-2016, 07:37 PM
Found a decent article on finding a VO coach.  Well worth a read if you need training. If any of you have taken lessons I'd love to know how it went and how you found them.
by Azure at 04-18-2016, 06:30 PM
In the first of these little Audacity tutorials, I'm going to guide you through installing a plug in. In this case installing a telephone filter.

1. First we'll need to download the dll plug in file. I used Telephone voice dialed up from here.

2. Next navigate to your Audacity plug ins folder, it will be somewhere like C:\Program Files (x86)\Audacity\Plug-Ins

3. Place the telephone.dll file into that folder.

4. Open Audacity.

5. Select Effects > Manage.

6. Fine Telephone on the list and select enable.

Your plug in is now installed. To use it load in the file you want to add the effect to. Highlight the audio you want to filter, then select Effect > Telephone.

Alter the settings to your liking and apply the effect.

by Azure at 04-17-2016, 07:35 PM
I've had some requests for Audacity tutorials, anyone have any specific requests?

So far I've got down
- Basic cleaning and recording
- Basic effects

Any other ideas?
by Azure at 03-17-2016, 06:41 PM
ince it's fairly commonly asked, I'm going to guide you on how to make a fandub in Adobe Premiere Elements 14. You should be able to follow along fairly easily in other video editors. I learned on Adobe and the Elements version bundled with photoshop is reasonably priced at around £60. Vegas is also pretty popular but I've never liked it much.
First lets take a look at the work area:
[Image: video1.jpg]
You can see it's fairly simply set out, there's a video preview then below it are a number of video and audio tracks.
Whatever editor you use, multiple audio tracks are essential. To fandub you'll probably have to re-create the entire audio including music and sound effects. It's rarely possible to just delete the voice. So you'll have to redo everything so it sounds convincing.

1.  Scripting
Now you understand that you'll have to redo the soundtrack, I also want to discuss the script. When you read any translation or subtitle what you're getting is a translation. The translator will translate from the source language to best convey the meaning in English and to fit on the screen. You won't be able to transcribe those subs and have them work out. You need to edit the script so it sounds good in English and fits the movements or lip flaps. Check out any anime Blu-ray or DVD you have or Streaming service that carries dub/sub like Netflix ( except when they have dub-titles or subs for hard of hearing rather than translations). Compare the subs with the dub, you'll notice a difference. 

There's no shortcut here, write down the script then go back and keep replaying the clip, try to edit the dialogue so it matches the length of time and sounds natural. You may also want to allow your actors a little adlib freedom so if your script doesn't quite work for them they can add or take away a few words etc to match. Make sure to include in the script any little vocal sounds like grunting, crying etc.

My dub scripts tend to be workman like and have line numbers so it's easy for me to ask for retakes e.g

1_Nano: Hello Professor!
2_Professor: Oh it's you Nano.

You can also put direction in brackets if you need to:
3_Nano: ( Surprised) Ah! it's Mr-Sakamoto!

2.Get the video into Adobe Premiere
If you haven't already done this you should start mixing the music and sounds whilst you wait for VO. First lets get the video into the software.

Click Add Media > Files and Folders then click on the video you want to import. Then drag it into the timeline.

[Image: Video2.jpg]
If you haven't already cut it to length in Virtualdub or another video editor you can do that now. There are two ways simply drag the clip in from the far end on the timeline, or else double click on the video file and set the start and end points in the pop up.

[Image: video3.gif]

If the clip has audio with it, you probably want to mute it. Though it's handy to have for reference.
[Image: video4.jpg]

Once that's done it's time to add in music. Right click on the tracks area and select add tracks, add a few audio tracks. As you did with the video import you music track (S) into Adobe Premiere then drag it into the timeline.

You'll want to change volume so the VO can be heard over it ( and you'll probably need to adjust the audio balance as you go along, for now let's turn it down a bit.
Click on the arrow in the music track so that it expands, you'll now have a yellow volume slider drag it down so the music level drops.
[Image: video5.jpg]

The next track should be reserved for ambient sounds, if there's a lot going on you may need a few tracks of these. These should have sounds like crowds, birds crickets etc. If you left click you can drag and place audio along the timeline. Use this as well as the same clip length techniques you used to edit the video to make the sound effects the right length for the clip.

Next come action sounds, these will want to be louder than the other sound but not as load as VO. These include footsteps, doors closing, fight impacts etc. 

Keep playing and replaying the video and adjusting the placement. I'll talk you through some more details in the next segment.

3. Adding Voice over
Each character should probably have at least one track to themselves so you have space to move around the clips, especially when character voices overlap. Import the lines for your first character
Do as you did before, select Add Media> Files and folders then navigate to the folder with the voice files in. To import more than one file at a time hold down the CTRL key then left click on each file you want to add then select open.

As you play the video you'll notice this line move through the files:
[Image: video6.jpg]

You can use it to to move forward and wind back. Files you drag in will also snap to the line so you can use it to help guide to placing the voice files. As before keep winding back and replaying the file to make sure placement is OK, you may also want to adjust volume.

4. Adding Credits

This is pretty simple in Premiere, go to the end of the video time line, Then  at the top of the screen select text, then new text. The text will then appear in the video section, you can drag it around or click in the text box to edit it. Premiere also has a credits roll feature if you prefer. You can alter credit duration if you prefer. Text will live in the video track, if you want it to appear over the video create a new video track above the anime video.
[Image: fandub7.jpg]

A final touch before the credits is a nice fade out. I usually add it to both video and credits. Right click on the video or credits in the timeline then select fade out. Premiere will then add a nice fade out effect.

If you're curious as to how this fandub worked out take a look:
As you watch try and work out where the ambient effects start and stop, how the sounds are placed and the volume of the voice over. This was only a test clip on my part, but  I hope it gives you an idea.
by Azure at 03-16-2016, 08:04 PM
Just wondering what writing software people use. I use Scrivner , though I previously used Celtx  ( which has a basic free version), Amazon also have a free scripting tool.

What writing software do you guys use? and how do you script your projects?
by Azure at 03-15-2016, 05:45 PM
Sonnis is giving away 16gb of high quality sound effects for free as part of a GDC promotion. You don't have to attribute and can use them for paid purposes too.
by hafiz93 at 03-14-2016, 04:31 PM
I'm interested in doing some voice over works, but I'm concerned about my accent. I'm not a native English speaker, so I'm not quite fluent with my English. It's not really obvious but you can tell that I'm not a native speaker with a bit of an outside accent. So does the influence of an accent important in voice acting? How important it is being a native speaker?
by Azure at 03-14-2016, 11:28 AM
This was a rant I posted on my Tumblr a while ago and it seemed to resonate:
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For those of you who feel tempted to just go on a voice acting forum and say “ I need voice actors." 
If you are posting there it’s a given, we need a little more. Most VAs also have editing skills ( you have to learn to manage your own recordings) so if you want to use the whole ” for exposure" justification for your fan project; it’s pointless since most of us could make something ourselves if we want to.
If we audition for you, it’s because we want to take part.Make the process fun by making things organised.
If you don’t have enough script to post auditions you’re not ready,
If you can’t be bothered to write a full post I don’t think you’ll be dubbing 24 episode anime.
If you post at more than one forum but can only be bothered to write a full post at one then you can’t manage a team of actors. It takes a moment to update a thread, and a half arsed thread will also not syndicate on my RSS feel properly so you’ll loose a ton of potential people.
If you write a crappy post I’ll assume you’ll be crappy to work with.
It’s a hobby so there’s no need to act like Simon Cowell (’ because that’s what pros do’), A true pro acts with courtesy.
Deadlines are important I can schedule recording time so I don’t disturb my neighbor and I can take time to warm up,
Casting the first person you hear, getting through 50% of the script with them and finding they can’t do it will take longer than just taking the time to audition properly.
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