Alexis Serrano left a comment on MARKETING FOR FUN AND PROFIT
"Mr. Hurst,
My dad wanted me to tell you he liked your blog and to ask if that "warm presence" on your demo was do to how close your using the mic or do you have a really high end mic/pre or some combination.   I told him you won't want to give up…"
Jun 5, 2012
Alexis Serrano left a comment on Tech Notes for Voice Talent
"Mr. Gentle,
Thanks so much for all that information!"
May 24, 2012
Alexis Serrano left a comment on Tech Notes for Voice Talent
"Mr Ellison,
I have heard your demo, and I know your very good and I known you have a lot of wisdom about this business. If there is a need for coaches in England, maybe you could fill it."
May 24, 2012
Alexis Serrano left a comment on Tech Notes for Voice Talent
"Oh no! Thats not what I was expecting at all. If my dad reads this he is going to be speed dialing his "guys" at Guitar Center and Sam Ash to see who will give him the best deal.  "
May 23, 2012
Alexis Serrano left a comment on Tech Notes for Voice Talent
"Mr. Ellison, 
Why is it that the U87 is like the holy grail or something.  I think the 103 is too sensitive, it picks up my stomach rumbling. Why would a voice actor need a $4000.00 mic that is so sensitive it gets in the way?

 My dad has two…"
May 23, 2012
Alexis Serrano left a comment on Tech Notes for Voice Talent
"My dad did a side by side with our Rode NT1A and our TLM103 and they were very close.  There was a difference but one was not better than the other.  
The NT1A costs about $250 with a pop filter.  

Another choice may be the Harland Hogan mic, we…"
May 23, 2012
Alexis Serrano left a comment on MARKETING FOR FUN AND PROFIT
"Thanks I will tell my dad. "
Apr 24, 2012
Alexis Serrano left a comment on MARKETING FOR FUN AND PROFIT
"Wow that was a stereotype teenage girl run on sentence, sorry. "
Apr 24, 2012
Alexis Serrano left a comment on MARKETING FOR FUN AND PROFIT
" I got the impression that something is going on with SAVoa.  My dad was thinking that we should send some sample recordings there to get certified or credentialed or something, but I got the impression something was going with the organization from…"
Apr 24, 2012
Alexis Serrano left a comment on MARKETING FOR FUN AND PROFIT
"Bill De Wees Voice Over Expert.org has some ideas on that. "
Apr 13, 2012
Alexis Serrano left a comment on MARKETING FOR FUN AND PROFIT
"Help Please!
Just got this audition request for e-learning, for a large project they want a rate and I have no idea what to ask for.  They want edited recordings.  Can you guys give me an idea of what rate I should ask for?  I want to be competitive…"
Apr 11, 2012
Alexis Serrano left a comment on MARKETING FOR FUN AND PROFIT
"Where is everybody?  This forum used to be hoppin.  Just cause we have Linked in lets not forget about VU!"
Apr 9, 2012
Alexis Serrano left a comment on Tech Notes for Voice Talent
"We record and do most of the editing on Twisted Wave but use Sound Booth (Now Adobe Cs 5 I think) mostly for the click and pop removal, and as a back up. We love Twisted Wave though. "
Mar 8, 2012
Alexis Serrano left a comment for Judy Fossum
"Sure my dad does the tech stuff but I can ask him whatever you want."
Feb 27, 2012
Alexis Serrano left a comment on MARKETING FOR FUN AND PROFIT
"I wanted to share a marketing experience.
My dad, 10 year old brother and I are all working voice actors.  My Dad occasionally has us occasionally take pro-bono jobs for charities, student and festival film makers, esp. if its got nice visuals for…"
Feb 9, 2012
Alexis Serrano commented on Joey Pepin's video
"I Just saw this after seeing your Video Joey, you really nailed it. 
Need a Morgan Freeman type voice over artist (Los Angeles)
Date: 2012-02-09, 1:10PM PST
Reply to: k5snp-2843305464@gigs.craigslist.org [Errors when replying to ads?]

Urgently need…"
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  • Hi Alexis

    I had my demos done in Chicago. BTW, tell your Dad I have a TLM103 and I too thought it was a bit clinical...I've paired it now with a LA-610 MKII Mic pre and it is a lot warm!

    Steve

  • Anytime...

     

    EQ and Compression can be fickle, and funny mistresses. It's probably not a bad idea to learn a bit more about them. If you want to hear the difference in treated versus untreated files, I can send you a little primer.

     

    As for the U87...it's a mic I have talked on in virtually every studio I've ever walked into. For the longest time, my 416 was my go-to mic, but I wanted to have a U87 in my mic kit, so I could have the same sound I was getting in every studio I walked in.

     

    For my purposes though, the U87 was still a bit finicky on the sound...it required a bit of playing around with it to get it to sound the way I wanted it to.

     

    But now one of my clients wants me to use NOTHING on the chain...no eq, no compression, nothing at all...so that mic sounds a bit weird to me.

     

    But they're able to make the sound I send them sing on the other end...so it works fine for me.

     

    But a U87 ( any mic really ) will benefit from a judicious amount of compression, eq, or a really high quality mic preamp.

     

    I just ordered a John Hardy M1 preamp, which is supposed to be super clean and transparent, which will be a nice change from what I currently have...

     

    I'm hoping it'll make my changing from session to session, need to need, a bit easier to deal with.

     

    Take care!

     

    mb

  • Hiya Rob,

     

    Sorry about that on the M49...it's a nice mic, it really is...but to be honest, I don't think you'd be finding any radical difference between it and your TLM 103. It's a bigger capsule, and it does have a bit more "depth" to it, but I don't think it's worth the money necessarily...you'd likely find a bigger change in sound going the shotgun route as you seem to be leaning in that direction.

     

    As for the NTG-3, it's a really great mic. It's shockingly similar in sound to the 416, but not quite the same. It's got a bit of a wider pickup pattern than the 416, not MUCH wider, but wider nonetheless. This is nice in that if you suddenly shift off-axis a smidge while recording, you're likely not going to get a noticeable drop...which can happen if you get too far off-axis on the 416.

     

    For my money, if you could find a used ( carefully used ) 416 on ebay or elsewhere, I'd probably shoot for one of those first...but even used, they often still go for just north of $800. I bought my first 416 used on ebay several years ago. It blew the capsule after about 6 months...I sent it to Sennheiser, and a minor flat repair fee and shipping costs later, it came back to me just like it was a new mic. They even touched up the paint on the logo!

     

    I still have that one in use in my home studio, and I purchased a second one, new, when it was on crazy sale at Sweetwater...like just under $800. I couldn't pass it up.

     

    Anyway, if you can't or would rather not swing the dough for a 416 ( and I can't blame you...that's alot of cash to part with ), and you want a shotgun like, NOW, you can hardly go wrong with an NTG-3. Heck, for the price, you could get two...one for home, and one for the road.

    But here's something I learned after many years of buying mics that were "almost" or "just like" what I really wanted in the first place...I always wound up getting whatever that actual mic was over time. In other words, I bought 3 different big capsule mics before I wound up finally just biting the bullet and getting a U87...had I just saved the money I blew on the "almost" mics, I probably could've gotten the U87 quicker.

     

    So, if your heart is set on a 416...hang on until you can get one...if you're itchin' to get into a shotgun mic, the NTG-3 isn't a bad one to have, and later if you pick up a 416 somewhere, you can feel confident in using the NTG-3 as a backup or a road / travel mic, and have little discernable difference in sound.

     

    Good times!

     

     

  • Hi Alexis,

    Thanks.

    No, I can't comment because I never put any time into it.

    I ordered it when I didn't have an allowance of time to devote to it.

    That's why it's just sitting here looking for a new home.

    Bruce

  • also try to  google skypecap call recorder
  • Hi Alesis, i googled searched skype player 1.0 and found the site when I was looking it up for a friend. Hope this helps.
  • Hi Alexis,

     

    Wishing you the very best, Happy Birthday!!! Enjoy.

     

    Best Regards,

  • Hi Alexis:

     

    In honor of your birthday, I sat down and wrote you a

    song.  Here are the lyrics . . . .”This is your Birthday Song,

    It isn’t very long . . . “    And many more . . . !

     

        Bob . . . at  . . . http://Noblevoices.com    -   Orlando, FL

     

  • Alexis,
    I'm so sorry it's taken me so long to thank you. I find all of this very interesting--being that I've been a Star Trek fan from its inception.
    I've noticed that you're not shy about asking and answering questions on Voiceover Universe. I've just created a group on Facebook called Voiceover Central, a question and answer forum for voice actors, and in the last couple of days membership has exploded to almost 100. Problem is, everyone seems to be a little hesitant to speak-up and ask questions. I need someone who can get in there and get people talking. I think that's your gift. If you have a Facebook account would you mind joining my group? Here's the link: http://www.facebook.com/?ref=home#!/home.php?sk=group_159979897367788&ap=1
    See if you can get your Dad in on it, too.
    Thanks again for answering my Star Trek question, and I hope to see you at Voiceover Central. :) All the best, Dan Bailey
  • Thanks for the connect. I'm really intrigued by your appearance on the Star Trek movie. Did you get to meet Leonard Nimoy? Do you have any photos you can share from your experiance?
    Thanks,
    Dan
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