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  1. I regularly use both MacOS and Windows. I find MacOS more suitable for professional use. Audio performance is rock solid and way more stable than on Windows, and most apps are available and native (Audition, Pro Tools, even Logic as an exclusive). For personal use, I use Windows for the ease of PC configurability and because I'm quite a gamer. I have a Ryzen 5950X and an RTX3090, that rig simply doesn't exist in the MacOS ecosystem. Don't really want to dive into the Hackintosh/VM hole.
  2. I don't know why, but I thoroughly enjoy "Legend of the Sword" from King Arthur OST (by Daniel Pemberton) Interstellar's OST was something remarkable, because of the dimension it added to the film. I don't think of a particualr score, but rather the entire thing. Also find myself enjoying "Suits, Maps and Guns" from John Wick 2.
  3. I'll probably reiterate a lot of what's been already said in this thread, but wanted to give my own insight. I've dubbed hundreds of movies and TV shows for most of Spain's distributors, including Netflix, HBO, Warner, Sony... you name it. Long story short: no, Dubbing and VO are not the same. So, let's dive into what's actually DUBBING Dubbing is the process of adapting the spoken word from one language to another on any audiovisual project. The localisation process includes (in any professionally streamlined production): Translation: done by a professional translator. Adaptation: editing the translation to make each sentence perfectly fit the actor's mouth/pace. Trying to catch all the plosives to match them with the appropriate phoneme in the translated language. Done either by the translator itself, by the dubbing director, or by an independent adapter. Adding annotations to make the actor's work easier ("ON" for when you can see the actor's mouth, "/" to signal a pause, "OFF" for when the actor is off the frame, etc.) Here's an example of a properly adapted script: Recording: done in studios with a dubbing director that assumes the creative responsability of the result (guiding actors, requiring specific deliveries from them) and a technician that takes care of the quick punching and recording. Dialogue editing: deleting breaths, removing clicks, etc. Providing serviceable audio files to the mixer. Mixing: leveling dialogues, adding reverbs, mixing dialogues with the Music & Effects track if there is any. This video from DUB explains it very well. It's in Spanish, but the automatically translated captions do a fairly good job: ARTISTIC SKILLSET You need immense acting tools that are not necessarily mandatory for strict VO work. I've never found myself having to believably cry for a corporate or explainer video. Lipsync is a hard technique to master. It's very mechanical and with practice it becomes easier, but at the level of speed we're required to work very few people actually manage to deliver consistent results. It's key that the script adaptation is spot on for proper lipsync to work, and excellent adaptation is a very, very rare sight. And then, all other common skills shared with VO artists: intonation, rhythm, proper articulation, etc. With how Fiverr is set now, dubbing makes sense as part of a Studio offering. However, here are some thoughts I'd like to share regarding dubbing as a freelancer: Dubbing any corporate video will require me to adapt the script prior to recording, due to translations doing little as to make everything fit. Dubbing without the assistance of any sound technician will hinder my artistic performance since I'll have to focus both on the artistic and technical side of things (quickpucnhing the lines, etc.) Dubbing is a very, very tedious and extremenly complex work in comparison with all other VO work, and even though I believe there is room to fit small projects in (corporate videos, TV ads, etc.) I doubt proper TV shows and movies will ever land in online platforms. And if they do (there are always people willing to take risks) I'm very confident the result will be extremely poor compared with something done in-house by a specialised dubbing studio (Deluxe Entertainment Services Group, SDI Media Group, etc.) It's important to also take collective agreements into consideration as well. I am not allowed (nor willing, really) to remote dub or dub movies & TV shows (fiction, pretty much) outside of the whitelisted studios approved by all the association members I'm a part of. Thanks for the read, and sorry for the lengthy post!
  4. Couple of issues mainly: They've had very shady communication regarding AMD processor compatibility. They state their products are "Windows compatible" on every front page, but you have to dig deep to find that Ryzen is not oficially supported. Their WDM driver has had issues with input signal for aaaages, to the point where it's unusable. 4 or 5 years if I recall correctly. There are numerous threads on their forums discussing it, with dead silence from UA. It has never been acnowledged afaik nor a fix is in the works. I'm also bothered by the extremely slow M1 compatibility work in comparison with the competition. They still run through Rosetta at this point in time.
  5. Neumann (TLM 103 & U87Ai) and Sennheiser (MKH416) for microphones. Avalon (737SP & M5) for preamps. Universal Audio (Arrow & Apollo Twin) for interfaces. Switching to RME soon though, really unsatisfied with the path UA has taken regarding customer support and updating to new tech. Rocking a 2012 Mac Mini, switching to M1 (M1X if possible?) soon. Also a 16" 2019 Macbook Pro.
  6. Hehe thank you for the kind words! So apparently I misunderstood the information the metric tracks: they don't track deliveries but rather messages after the request has been placed. So you just have to let the buyer know you've received the request and that should be enough. Hope it helps!
  7. Thank you very much! It baffles me how I was unable to find a link to create a new ticket. 😅 I'll update the thread with whatever they tell me, in case this helps anyone else having similar issues.
  8. Hi! I recently noticed the "order response rate" now tracks the "revision requests within 24h", something I don't remember happenning before. I understand this has been done for a reason, but I need to stress that it doesn't have its desired effect and gets unintentionally abused by the client in my specific use case, which hurts my metrics without me actually delivering late/not being responsive. I deliver (expensive) voice overs for big clients worldwide. Usually these orders do not come from the brand itself, but rather from an agency or production company. These companies need the final approval from the big brand before comfortably closing the order knowing they won't need revisions. Understandably so, if the big brand is unresponsive for a day or two (things work at the pace the final client wants, not the other way around) I've had buyers take 2 routes: They don't notice/know the order will automatically close after 3 days. Once they realize it has been marked completed they send me a private message requesting a review, which I gladly offer through the messaging system (since it was included in the order). Requesting a revision for the sake of keeping the order open until they get feedback from their end client. I don't blame them for that, it makes perfect sense for them. I have never told any of my off-Fiverr clients I won't provide revisions after 3 days. I then wait until they either actually request a revision, or tell me it's all OK and that I can re-deliver the original file in order to complete the order. This supposed no drama before, as it didn't impact my metrics. Now if I find myself in the #2 case my order response rate will get punished for no appropriate reason. I also believe I shouldn't be the one educating my clients to allow the order to get marked as "completed" and trust me to get their revision done if they ever actually need it. I'd suggest to not have order response rate metrics track the "revision delivered within 24 hours" data. That's my 2 cents! Thanks for the read 😄 PS. I wanted to contact CS about this, but haven't been lucky to find any way to do so. Is there any way as a seller (Pro at that) I can contact CS to bring this worry to them? I believe the options on the site simply disappeared.
  9. Never had any, but if I had to choose I think I'd stick to a dog. Prefer their character better.
  10. Where are you guys migrating to? Really dig Discourse, pretty interested to know what’s coming next 😃
  11. I assume he requested a revision and you delivered a new take and that was the message after it? What usually happens when a client doesn’t like and/or doesn’t end up using your VO is they still pay the session fee and no rights, but that’s when we’re talking ads. On small projects like these, it really is up to you and how you want to treat the client. I could make a point for still charging him since the work has been done, and he either mis-explained or mis-booked the talent, which is not your fault. He clearly misread the gig title (and somehow skipped through the gig video? 😅), and purchased it thinking it was something else. At the same time, and from a business standpoint, I also could make a point for just cancelling the order and giving his money back in order to keep the client as happy as possible. One never knows if he might want to come back for something else. Good luck!
  12. It’d be great for us folks to catch a VOD of it. I couldn’t attend but I’d love to hear what was discussed 🙂
  13. Had the luck to voice the main characters of the Spanish dub of some Netflix productions, most notably Sweet Home, The Babysitter: Killer Queen and Dash & Lily. Those were great projects to work on!
  14. Since I mostly only do VO, I usually stick to Pro Tools. When I’ve got to edit videos or larger projects I’ve found myself using Audition instead. I’m just extremely used to the Adobe suite and it fits the workflow better.
  15. Lovely new forum space! Thanks for creating it @fvrrmusic 🙂 I’m a 26 y/old voice actor from Spain. Mainly dub movies and TV shows (with the current pandemic, Netflix shows is what we work on the most), and also voice commercials and audiobooks. Been working with my voice since I was 18, went full time voice acting 3 or 4 years ago. Really enjoying the ride! See you folks around the forum 😃
  16. I’ve settled for a U87 in my studio, although I use an MKH416 for streaming at home. The MKH does have that punchy sound that some people tag as “pre-EQ’d”, and it does give you a nice tight presence boost. Works wonders for that “radio/podcasty” voice when processed. I just don’t fancy it that much with my voice acting style, sice I usually approach my recordings with a more laid back/natural tone and I’ve found the u87 deliver a very well-rounded, smooth capture. Also had a TLM103 way back, but it now sounds a tad harsher than the u87 to my ears, so wouldn’t go back to it (even though it’s a great mic!) Have an Avalon VT737sp waiting to be hooked up to that u87, really looking forward to hearing how it sounds compared to my current Avalon M5! Need to move to a bigger booth first, though. It’s a thicc boi. In due time!
  17. As long as the client gives you his written consent, I don’t see why there should be a problem.
  18. Still believe those are the points to take into consideration 🙂
  19. So, Until now I think she is genuine. She understood my point of view and she is ready to order the gig without me signing the NDA but let’s see what happens. Hope for the best. 😍 Yeah, I told the customer about not sending or receiving any sensitive personal information that is not regarding this order. 🤓 In setting up the social media pages, I only need information that will be publicly available on social media platforms. So, in other words, I am not asking for any secret information that would require me to sign the NDA. Thank you all of you guys for the suggestions and sharing the experience. :v:t5: They might want you to sign the NDA just to make sure you don’t share any of the project information until those social media profiles are set. Which is a perfectly valid motivation. I am constantly signing NDAs, albeit not for waste management businesses or alike. 😂 I do understand why they might want you to sign an NDA - but I also understand the points shared by @cyaxrex. I’d take my decision to sign it or not judging by how they approach me. Might ask for previous background (portfolio, past companies, whatever) if the project sounds fishy. Either way, since you already chose a way to proceed kindly keep us updated on the outcome! 🙂
  20. I don’t usually get to record projects that get to fatigue my voice that much, but if it happens I just try and project it fully from the diaphragm - and release stress on my vocal chords/neck. Think of it as “bypassing” the chords. Makes the voice sound a little bit deeper, but at least I can keep on going. Best advice, other than drinking water constantly as you already do, is take plenty of breaks during recording. I take 20 minutes after every 40 minutes of recording, even if I don’t feel that fatigued. Otherwise, some things I take if I feel like my voice isn’t on point include hot milk with honey and/or some sort of propolis spray or propolis with honey candy. Hope this works! 🙂
  21. I just try and focus on other activities (currently found a lot of enjoyment in casting Age of Empires II matches) and wait for the lull to fly by. It always is something temporary. The clients do not know what you are going through, and I belive it should not affect the level (and price) of deliveries.
  22. Merry Christmas everyone! Enjoy the dates and try and take a little break from all this freelancing hard work 🙂
  23. Let’s go! 1.) Something interesting I have done is… survive a night in Magaluf, Mallorca. Oh, and eat snails. It’s pretty common here in Catalonia. 2.) Something interesting I haven’t done and won’t do is… I’ll have to think this one through a bit more :thinking: 3.) Something interesting I haven’t done but would like to do is… parachute jumping!
  24. Greetings and welcome, from Barcelona! 😄
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