If you saw the article about my studio on Voice Over Xtra, you know I had a few other plans in mind for it. Well, some have come to fruition, some have been changed, and some have been scrapped altogether.
First, I took out the M-Box, streamlining my signal chain. With the Aphex 230 into my Mac, via an optical cable, the M-Box is unnecessary. So now it's mic to Aphex to mac. Pretty clean! Next, I added two monitors to my computer, rotated to a vertical format. They are mirrored; that is to say, they both have the same thing displayed on them. One is on the desk, by the main monitor, the other in the booth. This gives me a much greener studio, as I am not printing out every single audition. Less paper, less ink. I also went back to the AT4033a mic, I loved the Neumann TLM 103, but it was TOO sensitive, if a mouse passed gas in the next room, it picked it up. When my soundproofing is better, I may go back, but for now, the Audio Technica is perfect. I added a dbx 286a pre-amp, to give me options, but I realized I just didn't need the redundancy, so it's gone.
And of course, I added a few more Lava Lamps! (30 on display in and around the studio, plus another eight, seasonal and in the rest of the house.)
I still have a lot of mods I intend to do, (hey, I'm a guy, I love to tinker with stuff), but it's pretty good for now!
Everyone has heard of Ted by now, the Ohio homeless man with the amazing voice who was discovered on YouTube, and in 7 days became the most famous voice over guy on earth. A bit of good news, he is taking some time off to relax, make sure he stays clean, and get out of the media pressure cooker that his life has become.
The Official release:
'TED WILLIAMS; THE MAN WITH THE "GOLDEN VOICE" Official Tour Cancellation
Columbus, Ohio – Al Battle, CEO of Battle Plan Promotions has announced the official cancellation of all interviews, and media appearances, for Mr. Ted Williams, allowing him the chance to decompress, rest, and get the professional help that he needs."After consulting with several psychologist and doctors we all agree that it time to allow private healing to take place. Ted would like to express his sincere thanks for all the love and support he has received," stated Battle.We want to reassure everyone that Ted's emotional and physical health is our first priority. The Battle Plan Promotions Team is working hard to set up a solid network of support and assistance when he returns home.We are asking the local, national and international community to embrace and welcome Ted home to a safe, stress free, and supportive environment.'
Watching this, you could tell it was overwhelming Ted, and I'm glad to see his manager recognized the potential for disaster, and is steering him in a good direction. His story is one for the ages, I want to see a happy ending!
Good luck, Ted, we in the VO community are all in your corner!
I want to take 8 inches off my waistline, get back down to a 32. To do this, I am giving up soda, cold turkey. So far, so good, granted, it's only been a week, 51 weeks to go! Of course, the added plus is that my throat feels great, I'm sleeping like a rock, and my dentist will probably love me. I am allowing myself one exception. Dr Pepper from the bottling plant in Dublin, Texas. It's still made with pure cane sugar, not corn syrup, so the taste is totally different, and awesome. (The great thing about allowing myself THIS exception is you can only get it in Texas, or by special order from the factory.)
May all of your wildest dreams come true in 2011! I know mine are! I have decided to set goals instead of resolutions this year, make them solid, attainably, and realistic. I am taking 8 inches off my waistline. I am getting an excellent agent. I am continuing my VO education. I have a savings figure I am going to achieve.