Well, its been a bit of a gap between transmissions, but hey, I’ve been busy freelancing and that is kinda the point Noise + Colour are trying to make with their upcoming workshop, Basecamp on August 3.. so I think its somewhat appropriate.
Here’s the next, promised installment of the blog posts.. from Perth based Audio Engineer, and speaker at Basecamp, Janco Blom.
And if you read this and think you’d like to learn more about Voiceover Artistry, Audio Engineering and/or Commercial Radio, then there’s still time to register for Basecamp. Just click the link.
Janco Blom – Audio Engineer
Hi Janco, describe your job and recent career background.
I am the Senior Audio Engineer at Magicorp. I have a background in Studio Production, and I have been working for Magicorp for just over a year now.
How has the audio industry changed in recent years?
The Audio industry has evolved further away from traditional recording and editing techniques. Since the introduction of digital recording and mixing methods brought forward by DAWs (Digital Audio Workstations). The Audio industry has become more stream lined. Projects can now be done externally anywhere in the world, the audio sent to a producer/ engineer for editing, and then this can be delivered without anyone ever having to come into physical contact with one another. These changes has made working in audio a lot easier, although it has also contributed in making the industry a lot more competitive
Which industries are using trained voiceover artists these days?
Voiceovers are used in a range of applications these days. VOs are still being used for traditional methods such as; Radio, Radio Ads, TV Ads, and general commercials. As well as for new industries such as Social Media, Gaming, Animations, Film, Podcasts, and Youtube.
What type of audio products might a voiceover artist find themselves getting to work on?
Starting off as a voice over, you might find yourself working on Educational projects for E-Learning modules, Commercials for TV, Radio, and Social Media platforms. Depending on the direction you choose to follow, you could even find yourself voicing characters for Games, or Animations.
What other jobs are out there in the audio industry?
The Audio Industry caters for a wide variety of jobs. Not only are there studio based jobs such as; Mixing/Recording Engineers, Producers, Sound Designers, Directors, Foley Artist, and Voice Artists. There are also live audio roles such as; Front of House Mixing Engineer (FOH), Monitor Engineer, and Audio Visual Technician. Additionally there are roles within the film industry such as; Boom Operator, Foley Artist, and Location Sound Engineer.
How long has Magicorp been in business?
Magicorp has been in the Industry for 20 years
How long have you worked in the industry, personally?
What kinds of work does Magicorp do?
Magicorp undertakes a variety of different projects. Our most common projects include;
Website audio production
E-learning voice overs
Radio advertising voice overs
Television commercial voice overs
Podcast recordings and studio hire
Messages on hold
Recordings for public address systems
Voice overs for documentaries
Recording of Audio Books
Voice Talent Auditioning
What do you look for in an audio engineer?
An Audio Engineer must be someone who is a problem solver. A lot of the work you undertake can be something which you haven’t attempted before. So being able to think on your feet is a must. Otherwise, having general computer knowledge will give you an edge over many. Finally, having good communication skills. Majority of the work you do as an Engineer leaves you to communicate within your own team, as well as with your clients. Ultimately, your client is more likely to return to you if they enjoy working with you.
What do you look for in an VO artist?
In Voice Overs we like to look at artists who have a diverse style and depth of read. So having a demo reel is a MUST. Furthermore, having a good consistent turnover period, as well as good communication skills will take you far.
Read more about Magicorp, here.