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Gil Webster - Studio

Quality and Flexibility

Naturally, I prefer working in pro audio and video studios. Because you’re face-to-face and you get direct feedback, the human element live.  But very often, for whatever reasons, the voice recording can’t be done in a pro studio — or the customer simply doesn’t want to.  These days, home recording studios are a viable alternative.  With professional gear high-quality recordings can also be made in a home studio environment — see “Testimonials”.  I have produced hundreds of voiceovers in my studio, with the following equipment:

  1. Mics: Brauner Valvet, AKG C414 XL II, AKG C3000 B

  2. Preamps/channel strips: spl Channel One, MindPrint EnVoice II, APHEX 230 Master Voice Channel

  3. Interfaces: Apogee Duet 2, Digidesign M-Box 2

  4. Phones: BeyerDynamic DT 770 pro, AKG K240

  5. Near-field monitors: Genelec, ADAM, harman/kardon

  6. DAW: Pro Tools, Logic Studio, auria

  7. Booth: Desone SoundBlocker

To ensure maximum flexibility I also have equipment for recording when on the move: with a tablet, a mic specially designed to be used with it, and an appropriate app, recordings can be made almost anywhere. 


English

for Film and Audio

Workflow

For optimal voiceovers, synced recording is arguably the best approach.  For animated films and “explainer videos” it’s virtually indispensable if you want to get the timing  right and make sure the dub isn’t too long.  It also lets you take essential synchronization with the image, the music and SFX into account straight away.  The time it takes to make, say, an .mp4 copy of the film and put it on a server for the voice artist to download is nothing compared to the time you save in postpro.  

For audio productions especially, such as audio guides for museums or exhibitions, and even for on-hold messages, clear instructions on the style and pace of delivery are more than welcome.  As the customer or director you can link into the production via Skype or simply by phone.

After the session the recording is edited, cleaned up, positioned on the timeline and usually also optimized.  The audio file is delivered by upload to a server or email.

Remote recording via VOIP is of course also possible, using Session Link Pro® for example.  The session is also recorded locally in my studio as a backup.

Corporate Video

Commercials

Documentaries

Nature films

Medical and science films

Audio guides

e-Learning

Animations

Dubbing