Hello from Soundscapes studio! Vid quality is ew.
I’m so excited! I love the folks at Soundscapes and the opportunity to work in studio is a fun change of pace from my day job, other hobbies, and volunteer activities. I’m not a professional voice actor, but fortunately I don’t have to be!
The process is easy. Phrases pop up on the screen, I click the record button, say the phrase, click stop and voila. Next phrase. It’s self-regulated, not timed, and I can do as many retakes as I like.
SAY WHAT? I soon realize the phrases are out of context so I don’t know how to deliver them. For example, “Walk the dog for exercise.” Do I emphasize WALK to indicate that the dog should be walked instead of run? Or EXERCISE because the purpose of the dog’s walk is not just to poop or pee? Am I saying it pleasantly, or am I saying it to someone who has been asked many times and I’m annoyed?
I decide not to read too much (ha, no pun intended) and go with the first take. I re-record only if I mispronounce or lack clarity. I figure the creators of the program know what they are doing and can parse the sounds for their purposes.
To avoid vocal fatigue, I end the session after 20 minutes. I’ll do a total of 3-4 hours of speech. I feel energized and happy. And who doesn’t love the chance to visit with Karen C and the crew at Soundscapes!