Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Book Review: 'Sound Advice: Voiceover From an Audio Engineer's Perspective' by Dan Friedman
Sound Advice, written by Dan Friedman, is an interesting take on the VO advice book. Dan is now a talent, but he got his start as an engineer, and he still produces and engineers sessions. There's a familiarity with his writing style, as I started out as a talent, then became a director. Out of necessity I started engineering and producing, and I occasionally return to being a talent. You get a very unique perspective on this craft by working behind the mixing console. You get to see what works, and what doesn't.
Thankfully, images in the book are also full color. It's always disappointing to flip through a book and see tiny, grainy, black and white images of what the author is trying to discuss. Apologies, as I had this book on my coffee table so long I managed to spill coffee on it...
If you're an advanced voice talent, while you might not learn a whole lot about your craft, it's still an interesting take on the business of VO. It's a voice we often ignore. You know, that piece of studio equipment that's responsible for adjusting microphones and pushing the red "record" button on the computer? Yeah. That's a person.
And that person talks about you when the talk-back is muted...
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