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kev michaels, President and voice-over talent of avoiceahead, has been talking his way through life since before he hit double digits, when his grandfather introduced him to the world of recorded audio by gifting him a reel-to-reel tape recorder.
Equipped with a voice that is genuine and charming, kev commands a wide vocal range. Operating from his on-site professional studio, kev is able to record, produce, and edit audio, and deliver to clients anywhere.
kev’s voice can be heard in various venues, including radio ads, voicemail systems, webinar hosting, and product advertising.
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I would like to welcome everyone to the re-launch of avoiceahead. It's been a long road, and we made it. The hard work is over, and I would like to thank all my family and friends who encouraged me to follow “Plan B”. I would also like to thank Biznet Internet Technologies for web hosting services and the support they provided to get the site up and running.
For a voice-over artist with a home studio, there may be a time when you need to have the client produce you as you are recording. In the past, this has been accomplished by using an ISDN line to connect with the producer.
With the days of high speed internet (via fiber), this can be accomplished using google talk and your current fiber connection. Below are the simple steps I used that allowed me to use google talk to connect to a third party who was then able to produce my recordings remotely.
My exploration began when a colleague of mine shared this video from Bill DeWees, a successful voice-over talent in the Chicago area.
After watching this video, I decided to configure my system to allow clients the option to remotely produce me while I record their work.
I currently use the Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 to connect my headphones and microphone to my computer.
Here's how I got it working in Linux. These steps have also been used to set it up in OS X with success.
- If you do not have one already, set up a google voice number.
- If not already installed, install the Googletalk plugin.
- I first had to mute my non Focusrite speakers and mic from my linux audio controls.
- Log into Gmail.
- If not already using hangouts, convert Gchat (Google chat) to Hangouts (some have said this step is not included).
- While in Gmail, go to Settings/Chat.
- Under "Call Phones", be sure "Enable Outbound voice calling" is selected.
- Under "Voice and video chat" make sure your correct microphone and speakers are selected. (Mine are set to "Focusrite Scarlett 2i2".)
- Make sure "Enable echo cancellation (recommended) is checked.
- Save changes.
To make sure you are not interrupted via phone, log into google voice, go to Settings/Calls and select Enable "Do Not Disturb".
From your Gchat/Hangouts pane in Gmail, you should now have a little phone icon. Clicking the icon will bring up a phone dialer, at which point you can dial any phone number.
Others have heard the voice. See what they've had to say:
avoiceahead provided us with recordings for our corporate phone systems and for various promotional videos. The quality was professional and the turnaround time was very quick.
Working with avoiceahead was an easy and rewarding experience. Adding professional voice work and professional audio production to our MP3 recordings definitely took the quality of our work to the next level, giving our audio products the professional sound and feel we were striving for. Definitely recommend avoiceahead for all voice over and audio projects!
kev's voice is smooth and professional. His introductions, interview questions, and editing of the recordings enhanced the listener's experience and made me sound pretty darn good. I appreciate kev's expertise, skills, and coaching. avoiceahead will always be my go to voiceover and audio production service.
Vickie Griffith BreakThrough
As a result of working with [avoiceahead], we now have a set of professionally done MP3 downloads that we proudly sell as products. I was so impressed with the work I’m engaging his voiceover services to record audio versions of my latest e-books!
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