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The Legend of the One-Take Wonder

I’ve seen it happen many times. I’m hired to do a voice-over at a public studio, a two-hander with another voice talent. We introduce ourselves, pleasantries are exchanged, and we’re led into the booth. We’re asked for levels, so each of us gives the engineer some sample lines, and we launch into the first official […]

So Siri. Is Speech to Blame for iPhone Sales Record?

Apple yesterday announced it has sold more than 4 million new iPhone 4S models, just three days after its launch on October 14 in the United States, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, and the United Kingdom. The newest version of Apple’s smartphone will be available in 22 more countries on October 28 and more than […]

What Price is “Human Nature”?

A while back, I voiced an on-hold program for a client, and when he declined all of my choices for royalty-free music to mix behind my vocals, he suggested something that still stymies me to this day: “Can’t we just play Michael Jackson?” I tried to explain to him that our combined incomes—let’s throw in the […]

Speech in the New iPhone–Yay!

Yesterday, Apple unveiled its new iPhone model, and many  industry pundits were downplaying the release, saying it was just more of the same from Apple and lacked any real luster or innovation. “Hogwash!,” I say. “Utter hogwash!” The new iPhone 4S is packed with a host of speech capabilities, including an intelligent assistant that helps […]