Connie Terwilliger – ISDN Voice Talent

April 26, 2011

Time for a Studio Tune Up

Filed under: Technology — connieterwilliger @ 7:13 pm

I upgraded to Adobe Audition 3 recently on my recording tower and started to notice a difference in my noise floor. A visual difference apparently – certainly nothing that my ears picked up, but a distinct difference in the way the single pixel line that denotes silence looked. It didn’t “look” quiet anymore.

My mics were changed out a little while before the software change – picked up a couple of ADK Hamburgs (after my AKG capsule blew and the new capsule sounded too bright). I also had my recording area acoustically “re-treated” after experimenting with locations. I also had the whole area upholstered.

I have never had any complaints or even a conversation about the “sound” of my space, but it just “looked” noisey.

Other factors that contributed to my ultimate seeking of expert advice…

  • An aging analog Mackie Mixer
  • A Gentner phone patch that was sort of patched through the Mackie and worked well enough, but not the way it really should work
  • Speakers that had to manually be turned off while recording
  • This new visual “noise” which made me crazy

The good news – the noise floor is fine (or pretty darned good) – it just looks different than it used to with the new software.

In effect, since I started using noise reduction after being sure that my tracks were noisey, my files are cleaner than they ever have been. No harm, no foul.

But, the bottom line is that my studio needs a tweak. A new mixer – new cables – new patching to do all the things I need to do without a work around. The goal is to provide the best possible results in the least amount of time – so that it is a win win for everyone.

Now, I am not an audio engineer – I rely on my ears and my eyes and customer feedback to determine if I am providing a quality product. So getting someone in here with actual engineering experience is probably a good thing.

The goal is to reduce the noise floor a few more db’s with these tweaks. More as it develops!

April 25, 2011

The Mail You Don’t Ever Want To See

Filed under: Business — connieterwilliger @ 7:10 am

I don’t get a lot of first class mail these days in my home mailbox – mostly store flyers and bulk mail solicitations stuffed with calendars, greeting cards and address labels. Or the occasional birthday or Christmas card.

My business address is used to collect checks, so I don’t usually see money in my home mailbox. No, when I see a regular number 10 envelope arrive, it is usually somebody wanting money – like the IRS.

I got one of THOSE letters on Friday and am on hold right now to try to clear it up. I’ll probably have to drop off before someone answers and will try again later.

The last time this happened, the IRS had mistakenly added a zero when entering the information from one of my 1099’s – instead of noting that I had earned $5,600 from one client that year, it ended up as $56,000.

After a flurry of phone calls and faxes, between me, the client and the IRS, the IRS agreed that it had been their error and didn’t charge me any additional tax or penalties, but it took a chunk of time and some stomach churning before figuring out what had happened.

This time it appears that one of my Quarterly Estimated Tax payments wasn’t credited. However, in order to prove that I did pay that installment, I will need to have an old bank dig through my now closed account to make a copy of the check – which will cost me some money no doubt.

Monday morning is probably not the best time to try to reach the IRS, so the only result of the time I am spending on hold right now will likely be the permanent ear wig of their on-hold music. I am also able to carefully analyze the vocal nuances of the female voice saying “Our representatives are still helping other customers, please continue to hold.”

Of course, there is the possibility that it is my error. I have said more than once that it would be great to have a bookkeeper!

April 19, 2011

Tonight! Another Part of Our Job – The Legal Side

Filed under: Announcements, Business — Tags: , , , — connieterwilliger @ 8:09 am

Edge Studio has free teleconferences for the voiceover community. Some are pretty basic and I don’t pass along the information to all of them on this blog, but the one tonight looks like it would be helpful to the working pro.

VO talent and lawyer Rob Sciglimpaglia (and after many years of seeing and saying his name, I can now pronounce it without batting an eye) will be on the line to help us understand how not to get in a legal bind and not get taken. He will cover the basics of voiceover contracts, NDAs, Work for Hire agreements and more.

When: Tonight, Tuesday April 19, 2011
Time: 9pm – 10pm ET
Dial information:

  1. Dial 1-641-594-7078
  2. You’ll ANONYMOUSLY be connected with other callers 
  3. ONLY the first 100 callers get through, so dial in early!

Click to hear a REPLAY (posted Thursday) and other ARCHIVED “Talk With A Pro” tele-panels

Click for the upcoming schedule

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