Fancy New Project: Pollen

This was a pleasant surprise. Got an inquiry out of the blue to voice a video for a new startup called Pollen based in Silicon Valley and London. Here’s what it looked/sounds like. Always enjoy narrating technology stuff. Not just a nice gig, but I can learn a few things along the way. Introducing Pollen – Velocity Capital from Pollen on...

A Wee Outtake

Sometimes, I just lose it. For some reason, the word “ham” got me in a session today. Doug Zanger Outtake – Kroger by...

Being Portable, With Some New Work To Share

One of the great things about doing audio is the portability. Have decent mic (and a few other things), will travel. In case you’re curious, I use an Electro-Voice N/D767a vocal mic with what I affectionately call a clown nose (also known as a windscreen). It’s usually reserved for live performances, but it does wonders for auditions and voice work from the road. I plug it in to an older model Edirol digital voice recorder (with the low cut off to retain a little bass). I then take the SD card from the recording device and plug it in to my MacBook Pro’s slot on the side. I then grab the audio and, if I need to edit or filter the audio a bit, I use Logic Pro. Then, it’s a quick mixdown and away we go. Over the years, I have literally written, voiced and produced audio campaigns this way. It affords so much freedom and I know that the quality is top notch. The trick is always finding a quiet place to record. Corners of rooms are good. Closets are often a great choice. I’ve even cut a few things in bathrooms — and was able to get some nice, rich tonality from the reads.  This week, CompanionLink in Portland reached out to me to voice a video for their home page. I am in New York for an extended stay for Advertising Week — but was able to find a nice, quiet area to get the audio done in a hotel room. Click on the video on the home page and you can hear the end...

Outside The Zone: A Beyoncé Promo

Believe it or not, I worked in hip hop for 5 years. It seems way outside of my schtick, but I loved every second of it. And, out of that, came this. A colleague in Madison, Wisconsin (which is, as we all know, a hip hop hotbed) reached out to me for a last-minute request: to have some of our talent read a promo for his station. Everyone had cut out for the day — and I was the only one left. This is the end result. Outside of my zone? Sure. But, I’m glad I was able to stretch a little. Hot 105.9 – Beyoncé Promo by...

Planes, Trains — and Intermodal Transportation

One of my clients, the Port of Portland, has tasked me with very interesting projects. We create enhanced podcasts to give people a bit of an inside look at things going on at the airport, the port — and any other project that they find would be interesting to share with the public. My role on these podcasts is as an interviewer. To date, we have completed five of them — and started in on our sixth, an overview of what is going on with West Hayden Island. While we were on the Columbia River, I snapped a couple of photos: a Frontier A320 on the way to Denver and an F15 from the Oregon Air National Guard. I also managed to catch a little audio of the F15 as it was taking off. It is a loud sucker. It was a fun day on the water and I’m looking forward to the finished product. In the meantime, I invite you to see (and hear) what we did with the PDX Wildlife Management Program. It was fascinating to see what happens behind the scenes at the...