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Tuesday
Aug222017

VO actors have a new way to reach George for their tech-support needs

 

 

PRESS RELEASE

For Immediate Release

 

Voiceover studio expert George Whittam launches GeorgeTheTech.com

-  VO actors have a new way to reach George for their tech-support needs.

Los Angeles, CA - August 22, 2017 - George Whittam, formerly Director of Technology for Edge Studio, has launched his new service to assist voice actors and studio owners with their technical issues. George created GeorgeTheTech.com to assist anyone who records voiceover with tech-support, studio design, audio-processing templates, and training. From technical consulting over the phone to designing the dream studio, there's a service for every experience level. GeorgeTheTech.com provides a place to easily find and purchase the services voice actors need. 

The voiceover business is a booming industry with new talent entering the market daily. Voice actors require a reliable, efficient, and excellent-sounding studio in their homes to meet their clients’ needs. Whittam has spent more than 10 years dedicated to serving the technical needs of voice actors and recording studio owners. VO Tom Kane said, "I was turned on to George by none other than Don LaFontaine, who always swore by his help."

Services available at GeorgeTheTech.com:

Whittam is known for creating great-sounding, cost-effective, time-saving, and easy-to-operate recording studios for voice actors. VO Scott Rummell says, "He sets up a studio so that it’s incredibly user-friendly." VO Maxine Dunn says, “My editing time was reduced by 75 percent using George’s techniques. I also experienced a massive improvement in recording quality thanks to studio acoustics upgrades installed by George.” Whether you’re in Los Angeles, or anywhere else in the world, you can enlist George’s assistance. Get started with a GeorgeTheTech.com “Sound Check” for $25.

At GeorgeTheTech.com, George Whittam will help you improve the quality of your voiceover recordings, often without setting foot in your home. George's golden ears and over 20 years pro-audio experience as an engineer and technician will walk you through the processes of improving your studio's acoustics, tweaking your signal chain, dialing in processing, and smoothing out your workflow so you can get more work finished in less time.


About George Whittam

George is a 1997 graduate of Virginia Tech with a bachelor’s degree in music and audio technology.  George went on to acquire considerable expertise in music recording, sound for fitness, film production sound mixing, and gained broadcast engineering experience working at 94 WYSP (now WIP) as the remote engineer for the NFL Eagles Radio Network.

George Whittam is the global authority on the technology of voiceover recording, investing thousands of hours researching studio design, recording equipment, and creating training materials for voice actors. Among his many successful clients are Malcolm McDowell, Allison Janney, Patrick Warburton, Rolonda Watts, Melissa Disney, Tara Strong, Joe Cipriano, and (the late) Miguel Ferrer.

George co-hosts the popular live webcast Voice Over Body Shop at VOBS.TV, a show dedicated to the education and support of voice actors around the world.  

 

 

Contact:

George Whittam

President, George The Tech

Los Angeles, CA

424-226-8528

george@georgethetech.com

http://georgethetech.com

 

 

 

 

Saturday
Aug242013

Posting Audio from an iPad to a Website by Anthony Gettig

Anthony created this extremely useful tutorial for anyone who records on an iPad/iPhone and needs to upload the files to websites such as Voices.com or Voice123.com.

NICE WORK!!

 

Monday
Apr222013

The new Skype: The latest Source Connect rival?

Skype has recently released a new codec to their system that improves the sound quality of audio transmissions. What does that mean to you? It means that now the audio quality that you can achieve via Skype is starting to rival the audio quality that can be sent via other much more expensive systems such as ISDN and Source Connect. The question:  Is it really good enough for professional studio use or is it just close but no cigar?

I decided to put this new Skype version to the test. First, how do you know if you have the new Skype version? Well, from what I can tell, this updated audio codec called Opus is working in the latest updates (read comment below).  I'm not aware of what exact version of Skype you have to have installed for this new codec to start working but on my Mac as of this writing I'm running version 6.3.0.602. The audio quality really is quite remarkable as well as the latency is very low. That means that you can have a conversation via Skype and almost never step on each other's words because you're not waiting for the other person's transmission to reach you, making it much easier to communicate in real time. Anybody that has ever worked by ISDN or Source Connect knows what I'm talking about.  

So let's first talk about how Skype's new audio quality rivals Source Connect. For those who are not familiar with Source Connect, it is a professional audio software from Source Elements that allows you to stream studio quality audio via internet connection. It's been available for at least 5 years now and has  pretty strong foothold in the voiceover industry. Of all of the competing systems that are becoming available, Source Connect definitely has the biggest head start. Source Connect is cross-platform so it will run on Mac or Windows and but is not available yet to run on iOS or Android phones or tablets.

Most of you are likely familiar with Skype as it allows audio transmission via the internet for free. It's very flexible because it allows video, screen sharing, calls to landlines, chat and to share files with the other user or users who you are connected with during the call. Skype does run on iPhone, iPad, Android, Windows, Mac and Linux among others. Both Skype and Source Connect can be used to communicate in real time time with very little latency with another studio and sound quality is quite remarkable.

However, when we start looking at the resulting recording made via Skype or Source Connect you start to notice the differences between the two systems. My initial tests show that while the audio quality from Skype is surprisingly good, especially considering the price, it does fall short in regards to pure audio quality. Some portion of the Skype codec, the way that Skype handles its audio, is adding dynamic compression to the signal. The resulting recorded audio file clearly has been limited or compressed and some way by Skype. This could be a problem depending on the needs of the studio who is receiving your file. If they want your audio to be completely in it's original state with no processing of any kind, Skype will not be an acceptable substitute for Source Connect.

Take a listen to an audio sample I recorded of voice actor Graeme Spicer with SC then Skype, or download the WAV file for further analysis. 

 

I think you will agree that the quality would acceptable for radio spots, field reporting, and many projects where immediate access to remote talent is required.  Skype will make an excellent backup to SC while traveling in areas with poor broadband Internet access or network firewall issues preventing a two way connection via SC.

I also spoke about this topic during the first segment of EWABS Episode 91, which you can watch here

 

 

Wednesday
Apr102013

VO STUDIO: A show focusing on VO's home studios

I got to consult on Kami and Kim's episodes, but I appear in Kami's episode.  

If you like the video, please Subscribe on Youtube and Share on Facebook!

 

Friday
Feb152013

Howard Parker Voiceover Studio 2011- Design and Construction

Slideshow of the complete demolition, construction, acoustics, and equipment installation for Howard Parker's home voiceover studio.  Designed by George Whittam, construction by James Michael Nail.