Something smells like chocolate

I hear tell that Hershey PA smells like chocolate. Interesting how some cities have a unique odor that will stay with you forever. My college years were spent in Cedar Rapids Iowa. Cedar Rapids smells like burnt cheese toasties to me because of the Quaker Oats plant. Back when I was in school we also had Wilson’s Meat Packing plant which added a certain undefinable something to the odor of roasting oats – not particularly pleasant actually. But when I go back the CR, I know I am there when I my olfactory glands perk up with that unforgettable smell.

So I am looking forward to the smell of chocolate.

But right now I am finishing up some last minute recording for a couple of regular clients and will head out tomorrow mid-morning to work my way through airport security as I head out to Hershey PA for FaffCon 3 – to […]

2018-02-06T06:48:20+00:00September 21st, 2011|Categories: Announcements, Business|

Busy Hands Mean FaffCon Fun!

Going to FaffCon in Hershey PA next weekend? Going to be there on Friday, Sept. 23rd?

If so, please stop by the FaffCon To Do list and sign up to help with the Big Board – the Agenda Wall. We need a few more folks to get the tape on the wall. This is a fun, easy and short-term task that will not interfere in any of the other fun that will be happening that weekend.


There are other tasks on the list and I am sure there is something that would be perfect for you!

Have organizational skills when it comes to sorting things? Then we need you to help unpack the boxes.

Like to meet new people and generally be nice? Then we need you at the registration table!

Going to be around Sunday evening? Then we need some help taking down the Agenda Wall and […]

2018-02-06T06:48:20+00:00September 13th, 2011|Categories: Announcements|

The Opportunity Generator

I sure hope the gas line installation is going along on schedule and that the construction crews will be done soon (relative term). Right now the steady drone of a power generator is preventing any recording from taking place. I was able to sneak in a couple of auditions this morning. And one very short prompt for a regular customer who had forgotten to include it with his usual weekly order. My agent called with a re-work on a project from June that needs to be recorded tomorrow AM, so I am hoping to get a jump on it early and be finished before they even start work.

The good news is that  this “down” time is not really down time. Simply an opportunity to do some other things! I do have backup recording plan if I should actually need to record something at the same time the crew is working, […]

2018-02-06T06:48:20+00:00September 12th, 2011|Categories: Musings, Recording|

Be Prepared for When The Power Goes Out

Yesterday around 3:30, I was finishing a file conversion on two stray files that a client had just sent for an immediate turn. In the middle of the conversion, everything stopped – in sort of a weird slow motion. The screen went dark, the AC wound down growling softly as the fan slowed to a stop. And suddenly everything was quiet. I grabbed the laptop and jumped in the car to the closest wi-fi hot spot to get this project delivered.

During the 3 block drive to the Kensington Cafe, I listened to the radio and heard caller after caller from all parts of the county calling in to say that their power was off too. The dark traffic lights at Adams and Marlborough made it clear that the power was off here too. So I headed back home and used my droid to let the client know that I was […]

2018-02-06T06:48:21+00:00September 9th, 2011|Categories: Business, Musings|

Popping Problem? Probably Positional Placement.

Every once in a while I’ll pop a “p” and have to do some editing to fix it, or even a redo, but plosives have not been a real problem for me. It is the sharp “s” that seems to be my biggest issue.

I have learned to hear the worst of my sibilance issues as they come out of my mouth and do a quick adjustment to my articulators (usually tongue placement more than anything else) and the next pass is usually sans-sibilance.

But the popping “p” doesn’t present itself until I listen to the recording. So preventing them from happening in the first place is the best plan of attack.

Dan Friedman, working voice talent and author of the book “Sound Advice,” is a frequent contributor to Procomm’s Voiceover Industry Articles. This one is all about that popping problem that plagues many voice actors.

2018-02-06T06:48:21+00:00September 6th, 2011|Categories: Recording, Technology|Tags: , , , |