2016 update

Hi all,

Just wanted to pop in a quick update with a partial list of some of the shows I have directed and acted in over the past year :

– Doraemon English Dub – 2 seasons (Japanese Anime)
– Crayon Shinchan (Japanese Anime)
– An epic Chinese Costume Drama Series (51 eps)
– A Chinese Family drama series (33 Eps)
– over 50 hours of very interesting documentaries about Chinese history and folk art
– Afterschool Midnighters – Feature Length Japanese anime movie (Japanese Anime)
– Darkness Boy Santa (Japanese Anime)
– Kowabon (Japanese Anime)
– Cheer or Sneer Mr Deer (Japanese Anime)

In addition to this list we had a great year provided voice over for all kinds of projects from educational content and video games, to high profile brands and television commercials.

there is a bunch of stuff in the pipeline and I can’t wait to get stuck in to that!

More later,

Russell

Five Deadly Venoms – English Dub Fun

So a friend of mine, Big Mike, told me about this dubbing contest hosted by Celestial Pictures and I thought that sounded fun. I went to the site and saw that is was for the kung fu film classic “Five Deadly Venoms”! Now, I have a special place in my heart for these old kung fu films as I got my start in voice over dubbing these, so we decided that we should stay true to the original and try and remaster the audio.

When I say “we” – it’s because I roped a couple friends of mine into doing it with me. Gary Gibbons – music (Check out his band’s fan page on Facebook ) and Head of Audio at Red Angel Studios, Phil Bagshaw.

I sat down and retimed the dubbing script, while Gary composed new music and Phil thought about the sound. It was a great process, and we all had fun re-dubbing the film, recording foley, making music and sound effects. All in, it took us three days or so and we won third place! Can’t wait to get those posters! So without further ado – Please check out the dub.

Microphone Shootout 2015

Hi All,

So I thought today would be a good day to do another microphone shootout. I have selected a range of mid range mics that all sound very nice, and have their own pros and cons. I hope that this post will help any voice over artists who are looking to buy new gear on a mid level budget.

Recently, I purchased the Rode NT1 and it has since become a steady workhorse microphone here in the studio, and has been dubbed “The Catherine” as that was the name of the voice actresses who first used it (and she sounds great on it). Also, over the holidays I purchased an AKG P420 – mostly because for it’s variable polar pattern – and I was in a pinch … ( It’s tough to be a voice over artist on vacation without a mic) So that got added to the ever increasing collections of microphones. To be honest – I quite like it, and it will happily sit in the mic case along with the others.

The mics: Sennheiser MK4 / Rode NT1 / AKG C3000B / AKG P420

So on to the test.

For the test – I recorded two mics simultaneously – The Rode and the MK4 – and the AKGs together. THey were run through two identical preamps – SSL X-logic and then through the apogee symphony for I/O. I didn’t touch them beyond that.

and without further ado – the microphones: