Want to WIN some really awesome recording equipment?

We’ve heard stories of dedicated voice artists before. Stories of artists recording the from some makeshift studio in a office corner, just to audition for some part that they didn’t get. Can’t always win them right?  It’s not always about the win, but the fact that as voice over talent, we get things done and can get them done almost ANYWHERE!

That’s why we want to show our appreciation to YOU for the amount of hard work and dedication you put in each day by giving away some really great recording equipment.


Would you love to receive one of these prizes? Here’s how!

 

  1. Give us your best “There was a time when” story . Yes, leave your comment below about how you were on vacation, travelling, on a road trip or even at your sister’s wedding, and you were still able to pull off the killer recording for that audition, with clean studio quality sound.
  2. Explain in your article everything from where you were and what equipment you used. From the towels and blankets, to the corner at the end of the hall way in a court room!
  3. Have fun!!!

After you send us you story, a panel of judges will critique your work and based on your level of ingenuity and you could WIN.  That’s right, the top three stories get could walk away with the title and some amazing stuff.

Not to worry though, those who didn’t make the top three still get discounts and other awesome giveaways.


HERE’S WHAT YOU COULD WIN WITH THANKS TO IK MULTIMEDIA  

 

1st Prize –   iRig Mic HD 

 A high-definition digital handheld microphone ( in Black) . An affordable handheld digital condenser microphone for capturing audio on the go. Also plugs directly into the digital input on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Mac/PC via its included 1.5m (59”) Lightning and USB cables

 

2nd Prize – iRig Mic Cast

 

A Compact vocal mic for smartphones & tablets with a stereo mini-jack headphone output enabling real-time monitoring of what is being recorded using headphones or speakers.

 

3rd Prize -iRig PRE  

Compatible with android devices. Simply plug your iRig PRE into your headphone/input jack on your device, launch your favorite recording, vocal or playing app, and hit record.


For those of you who don’t hit the top three, you don’t walk away empty-handed. You get a 10% DISCOUNT off any of IK Multimedia’s microphone range, excluding the Voice karaoke mic. Check out IK Multimedia’s site here!

Leave your story in the comments for a chance to win. Ready, Steady, GO!!!!

 

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  • Bradley Hyland Johns

    I always try to take my travel recording set with me when on the road, or even on vacation!
    Keeping up to date on communications and auditioning is CRITICAL for my vo business…
    Recently, while at a hotel in Pittsburg Pa, I used all my blankets and pillows to form a “studio” at the little desk area. Sound quality was very good….and I got a ton of solid work done. (including a short-listing on Voicerealm :))
    Macbook pro, Mic 96, Kaotica Eyeball…and Marriott’s bedding materials!

    Brad Hyland

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    • PJ Stover

      Last year I had surgery again, i’m disabled and can’t do stunts anymore I wanted to do voiceovers full time but I was in the hospital at the time. A great character audition came in, I had a friend bring in my sound box I made and my USB mic. along with a Mac book pro. I put my head in the box and read the audition for a high pitched character, very hard to do after surgery but I pulled it off. The nurses came in and thought something was wrong because they heard me yelling in a high voice.
      It was all very funny, but goes to show you we will do anything to get that audition. I didn’t get that character but they did hire me for another better character. I didn’t think it turned out that great because of being in a hospital but I cleaned up the audio and it ended up sounding ok. Hopefully I don’t get anymore great auditions while i’m in the hospital, but I don’t plan on going back for a while.

  • Adam Dubeau

    Last year, on a vacation to Bali for 17 days (a long time to be away from the booth!) I took a basic Blue Yeti USB mic and my laptop JUST IN CASE. Well, wouldn’t you know it, but I ended up getting a RUSH recording job awarded. The room’s acoustics were just horrendous, as well as the fact that the AC in the room HAD to be on, or else I would begin melting. I had to wait until the live band finished playing, and at 10pm I constructed a booth using EVERYTHING I COULD FIND in the room. Blankets, Mattress, Pillows, even emptied my suitcase and used it for a frame to build a makeshift sound booth fort in my room. I then turned off the A/C, and barricaded myself in my pillow fort for a full 20 minutes recording. After I was finished, I had to take a cold shower and crank the AC to cool down, but the job was completed!

  • Glen Lloyd

    There was a time last year when I had an amazing trip planned – Austin for SXSW, Vegas for my birthday, then Seattle for a pop culture conference. I had wrapped up all my client’s recordings, made sure that they were aware of my studio downtime and were satisfied with the final takes.

    But I thought to myself… I’d better pack the rig, just in case.

    Of course, after I touchdown in Austin and slide a new SIM card into my phone, I get an email notification with the subject: ‘URGENT LINE CHANGE – SORRY!!’

    The first thought that popped into my head was “Oh man I hope this hotel is quiet.”
    Unlikely. It’s a cheap one, on a freeway, filled with music loving SXSW festival goers.

    From that point on, luck played a major role in successfully delivering the updated reading to the client:
    – We arrived in the afternoon after most of the festival goers were already at the shindig
    – Our room faced away from the freeway
    – There was a sliding door wardrobe that I could (barely) fit inside
    – There was extra linen that could be used for baffling
    – There was a shelf inside the wardrobe at the perfect height to place the mic – I didn’t bring a mic stand!

    If we were closer to the freeway I’m confident that my C1 Gate/Compressor could have handled the noise from within the wardrobe. However, without baffling, reverb levels would have been unacceptable.

    With some subtle EQ, I managed to smooth the new recording seamlessly into the original.
    After I received confirmation that the client was happy (VERY happy), I immediately cracked open a well-deserved Pabst Blue Ribbon and proceeded to have my face melted off at SXSW for three days.

    There was a time when a laptop and audio interface were too large and expensive to bring along on a vacation – now everything first alongside my (clean!) underwear in a backpack.

    What I learned from the experience? Always plan for a ‘semi-working’ holiday – we can work from anywhere! Also… pack a mini mic-stand.

    Glen
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  • Lisa Kowalski

    Late last year around Thanksgiving, I flew over to LA to visit my sister and booked a direct gig through the Voice Realm once I had landed. Luckily i brought my Audio-Technica USB mic and pop filter with me but nothing to help me block out sound. I quickly ran over to Target and purchased a big box and some foam mattress cushioning to stick inside. As my air bnb was located over a busy road I had to find a way to fit myself into the small cupboard under a wad of sheets to record. BUT i managed to pull it off and within hours of Target closing for the Thanksgiving holidays. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/e4c2fc7927120af8bd229ce49f70556a3e55a895574efc93bc23123c16fec23a.jpg

  • Sarah Mc

    Why is it that every time a voice actor goes on vacation, a voice booking will inevitably land in their inbox upon arrival of said vacation destination? Sigh.

    Sometimes now I pretend to go on holidays, when I hit a dry patch, just to, you know, encourage a bit of growth.. Cough

    A few years ago I was on a short trip to Sydney, and low behold, yep you got it.

    LUCKILY, I had packed my Rode NT1A and Apogee interface, JUST IN CASE.

    Desperately, I darted around the hotel room (which of course was facing the main road) gathering every blanket and pillow I could find, unsuccessfully testing every cupboard and corner I could squeeze into, whilst I sweated bullets in rising panic. Hands on hips, staring blandly at the gap between the two single beds, it was becoming increasingly obvious. I was going to have to implement my fort building skills. Sigh. By nothing short of a miracle, with every pillow and piece of existing bedding in use, I created a clumsy sweatbox. And with my head perched somewhere between my ankles, I was able to muster out some audio, in-between the distant squeals of bus brakes and the noisy fury of road raging taxi drivers. Success!

    I now also execute yoga as part of my daily routine.

  • Scott Thompson

    Once, I received an audition request that I couldn’t pass on, however it was urgent and I was in transit at the airport about to jump on a long haul flight! Luckily I always travel with my recording gear in carry-on baggage (the shotgun mic always attracts attention at security check points…to the point where I have had an officer pretend to do karaoke with it….). I found a quiet gate lounge at one of our great Australian airports with no one sitting in it, hidden around the corner from the others, and I got to work! It was such great acoustics, like I had never imagined. The only problem was that you had to break your takes (recorded under a woolen jumper) into chunks between PA announcements that were still coming through on the loudspeakers! I ended up submitting the audition, getting the job and I have had a repeat client for years since then. I think the airport acoustics engineers and my quality recording gear for helping me out in the time of need.

  • Simeon Lloyd

    So, picture the scene, I’m on a Carribean cruise with the family and some friends celebrating a milestone birthday. I’m sat on a beach in Barbados lapping up the sunshine while utilising the free wifi from the local bar, when up pops a message from the voice realm saying that I’ve been chosen for a project and it needs to be done asap. Well, you can imagine the excitement of being shortlisted for a job is only superceeded by the actual assignment of a paid booking. Then it hits me, I’m four thousand miles away from my studio, no professional mic and limited bandwidth due to the port of calls enroute to the next island and limited internet access.

    So, like any true professional, I head back to the ship early, grab my mobile audio technica audition mic and head fro the quietest place on the ship… The theatre. It’s sound proofed, quiet in the daytime because nobody goes there on a port day and the acoustics are the best available. I use my iPad, a 3.5mm mic adaptor and a whole heap of creative flaire putting myself into the zone of the project. The recording went well, two takes without any problems and then the crunch. As a first recording it had to sound good to be able to present to their client and make me appear professional no matter what, while knowing that I should be home in time within a few days to record the final copy.

    This is where I spent hours trying to get the mic to sound as close to my home studio as possible was tricky. It would have been easier with specialist software, but without it, it was incredible hard. After hours of equalisation and digital tweaking I managed to get the voice over off to the agent. After travelling home and awaiting the updates to arrive, to my surprise their client chose the original recordings that sounded “real” in their words.

    So, the moral of the story is, no matter where you are or what you have to work with, look around, think like Sherlock Holmes and create something special with the knowlage that you are brilliant at what you do. You can achieve incredible things when you really believe in yourself, the script and the duct tape that hold your mic to the theatre seat in front of you. Just pretend that the business you’re talking about belongs to you and the clients that will listen are yours. It really does work.

  • Nick

    It was the middle of July. The client chose me to voice 3 characters for a video game, and it so happened that it was right on my birthday. I didn’t have a voice booth back then, so a thick blanket was my solution. The heat was enormous, the script was several pages long. I had to spend a couple of hours holding that blanket over my head with one hand, clenching my phone with the script in the other, while conveying convincing emotions. My shoulders started killing me, my phone was slipping out of my sweaty hand, but I had to give the client the best quality no matter what. When I finished I was completely drenched, but happy. It was probably the best birthday gift I’ve ever got.

  • Martin Etcheverry

    I always travel with my laptop, my focusrite solo and my lovely AT875r.
    The best way elminitate the reverb and the ecos of a hotel room is using the bed and the pillows.
    If I need to record, I put the mattres behind the mic, and hit record.

  • Emily Bombsauce Holz

    I had an offer for a tween cheer
    leading audiobook (right up my alley) about a month after I had produced my demo. My other job is hourly and does not pay very well, so I didn’t have the option of dropping my meager life savings on anything besides a microphone at this point. So I ventured around my house, looking for resources. I found a plastic laundry bin that I insulated with an old foam mattress pad that I had cut up to fit inside the bin. I hung the microphone by a scissor arm mic stand attached to the shelf in my closet and threaded it through the hole in the laundry bin that was supposed to serve as the handle. This setup was precariously perched on top of a plastic set of drawers that it made it too low for a chair and too high to sit on the ground, so I got a plastic bathroom trashcan about a foot and a half tall from a friend for free and would sit on that, crouching my body into this bin with my thick hand sewn quilt and fleece blanket over top. I recorded the entire 60,000+ word audiobook and at least 50 other projects in that ‘studio’ for over 6 months until I had finally made enough money to build something more effective and comfortable.

  • There was a time when, in a world where normal people take normal vacations, I took a week long motorcycle trip. I had caught up on my work, but something told me to pack the Zoom H4n and my Sennhesier shotgun. I got an urgent email for a redo because the script had changed slightly. Now, I’m armed with an iPad and the Zoom has an SD card on it. I got into a hotel room, found the best under blanket setup that I could do, scrambled to the business office to insert my SD card and email the file to myself. I get the email on the iPad, edit the file with Twisted Wave, save it, email to the client and still had time for a great dinner and hot tub session!

  • Doug de Nance

    There’s is a time (pretty much every weekend) when I’m on the road announcing monster truck shows. My favorite trick is the use the ironing board and blankets to build a “pillow fort” recording booth. Oh, and find out the vacuuming schedule from the maids. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/345ac360dd01d3b77badb1e5ccfd0b868df5054a08bdd3a1d71ae0cb9eaa7c16.jpg

  • Travis Lynch

    Just recently took a vacation where I was sick the first half of the trip, but I had brought my recording equipment just in case there was a project which needed attention or an audition that piqued my interest. It turns out a project I had auditioned and submitted reads for the week prior, had come back with several notes to my performance. So I took out my travel kit: MacBook Pro with GarageBand, Twisted Wave online for editing, Focusrite Scarlett 2i2, Stage Ninja MIC-12-CB Mic Clamp Mount, and MXL microphone. One thing was missing that I ordered prior to the trip. Fortunately my popscreen was delivered to the resort the day I needed it! I’m 6’5, so I needed a high place to mount the Mic stand while I was doing my performance. I thought the room closet with the shelf would work well enough for a temporary recording booth. I took all the clanky hangers that make noise out of the hotel room closet. Set my equipment up on the shelf, put pillows to help dampen the reflections on the top of the shelf in the corners and a blanket on the door I pull almost shut behind me. Tight fit! Delivered my 4 reads for 3 spots in the booth with my iPad for my script (and my light in the darkness!) and popped out for fresh air and some editing work at a more comfortable desk. Delivered my edited reads and the client was happy with the quick return. I was happy I made the decision to “never leave home without it”!

  • Liz Drury

    I spent two and half years living in the US, which is were I started my voiceover career. My ‘studio’ was in the bedroom closet and it worked pretty well. However, a week or so before we were due to move back to the UK, I got a call to say I’d been shortlisted to record a perfume advert for Bulgari and the client wanted to direct a second audition over the phone. It was the biggest gig I’d auditioned for to date and I was over the moon to be shortlisted. BUT everything except my mic and my computer had been shipped back to the UK. My closet studio was an empty, echo chamber! The client called and asked if I was ready. I said to him I needed 10 minutes to set up my mic. In actual fact I could have done with at least an hour to construct a studio, but he wasn’t going to wait that long. My husband and I spent the next ten minutes stripping beds and hanging comforters, blankets, towels and anything else we could find, on the rails in the closet. I balanced my mic on a chair and knelt on the floor, just as the client called back. The next half hour was spent on my knees, whispering in a sexy voice to a total stranger at the other end of the phone (we had a good laugh about that). Anyway, the end client selected me, and I went on to record the advert properly once I was home in the UK. The advert itself shows a beautiful couple swimming in tropical waters, but the voiceover artist had a much less glamorous time…..

  • Liz Drury

    Another time I recorded on the fly was when we were travelling out West. We’d been to visit Zion National Park, and when we got back to the hotel I had an email from a client asking me to record a commercial. I sent the husband and kids out to the pool, while I set my gear up under a table with pillows and blankets all around. I was struggling to get a good sound in there, and then the kids got bored of the pool and wanted to come inside. In desperation I headed for the car. It was still 80+ degrees even though it was dark, and the car was unbearably hot. However, I set myself up on the back seat, with the mic on a little, wobbly stand, and a pop shield in my hand. All was going well, and the sound was coming out pretty good, when suddenly the owners of the car next to mine, came out to their car. I didn’t dare look up. I was on my knees on the back seat – all they would have seen is the glow from my computer screen and my bottom in the air. Goodness only knows what they thought I was doing….!!! Anyway, I got the job done and the client was happy!

  • Fred North

    Spent 3 weeks in the Colorado Rockies. One week shut down and then hiked between VO projects the other two weeks.

  • Arwa Alkhawaja

    Two years ago, we went to Thiland, I took my zoom h1 and laptop in case I had to send samples of something, a client called they had a project that needed a mother, boy and a girl to record for a video, we took four chairs and two blankets and made a tent where me, my son and little daughter sat and recorded it, it was very hot there in our tent, but the result was excellent 😅

  • Dan Harcourt

    There was a time when… I went to visit my brother for a couple of weeks, I let most of my clients know that I would be taking a small break, but I forgot to add one of my newer clients to the E-Mail group. As I pulled into the driveway, I received a phone call from “that” client. They had an emergency with another VA, and asked if I could read 35 minutes of script that had to be delivered in 4 hours. My brother was still at work, so I googled the nearest moving company. Luckily I had my laptop, tablet and my old AT2020 with me to allow the family to have some fun with it, but no mic stand. I arrived at the movers and asked if I can borrow a few moving blankets. They of course asked what for, I told them. They couldn’t let me take the blankets, so they helped me set up a make-shift studio in the back of one of their moving trucks with about 30 moving blankets and a hand truck for me to mount my mic and tablet to with Packing Wire and a wooden dowel. I was set up.
    At about 2/3 of the way through recording, the owner of the movers showed up pounding on the truck and asking me what I was doing… I of course explained. He allowed me to continue. I finished recording, went inside and edited the audio as needed, and sent it off.
    I then offered to record a small radio commercial spot for them at no charge, they hadn’t had a spot before, but they agreed. The owner and I sat down together and discussed what needed to be mentioned and the minutiae of the commercial. I recorded in the same truck, and the owner voiced the location and phone number.
    I contacted my composer friend and asked if he had any original tunes I could use for the commercial. He e-mailed me a 10 second bit of audio which I looped to be the length of the commercial. After some skillful editing, we came up with a 28 second radio ad. I cleaned out the truck, left my contact info, and a flash drive with copies of all of the audio files.
    I heard that ad on the radio the day before I left. I now have a new client. That client is updating their commercial now every quarter, and I am the voice.