Bclay wrote:Love what I hear so far! Please post some technical/behind the scenes specs for us audiophiles - that would be awesome! What mics are you using, what are you recording with, stuff like that. Thanks!
Thank you for your praise and interest.
The voice talents (we are happy to work with) are all volunteers, who record at their homes with USB microphones. I believe many amateur and hobby VAs use "Audacity" as a recording software. On a sidenote for any reader going *Yay!* now: Audacity appears to have a very bad
In all honesty, as a sound engineer, I am hesitant to 'disclose' the microphones used, since I would not recommend those to an aspiring voice actor. A considerable amount of post processing goes into the voice lines until they are up to our desired standards. The "Samson" mics all have high static noise and the "Blue" have a weak frequency response.
Personally, I (playing Carr'Dyth) am using a "Neumann TLM-103" with a "RME Fireface UC" as mic-preamp and "Wavelab 6" as recording software. But I have owned this mic for 15 years by now (a time where USB 1.1 just saw the light of day). There are a lot of good mics for a much much lower price these days and the software as such has no influence on the recording quality - if you record to a lossless format that is.
In a 15 minutes episode I am using about 250 to 300 sound effects. Some of course more than once. A number of SFX I recorded myself. Like some of the metal sounds while Erdric works on the hyperdrive. Or the fridge and the bottles cans, when Cerena drinks. Cerena's flat door is for the most part my DVD player's tray.
Darkling's script writing skills and directions are also a great part of the quality that make this audio drama what it is.
One thing in particular I would like listeners to know is that "Sony Music Entertainment" obviously sent their 'content-id' data to Youtube during 2013 for the Star Wars sound track, since our episode 2 upload was flagged, while episode 1 is not flagged. In Germany the video is blocked altogether, since GEMA doesn't want the advertisment alternative. Darkling stated that in Australia there is an advertisement for the Star Wars Episode 2 soundtrack (which we used for the closing credits).
As a fan-fiction audio play producer this makes me slightly angry. Star Wars fan-fiction has always been tolerated, if not encouraged, by Lucasfilm - as long as no profits were made - which we, abiding by those rules, do not have any intention to. I would like to know, what SME believes they will achieve with this content-id thingy on YT?