15 Grammar Goofs…

I just had to share this article by Brian Clark with you today, it is so easy to make these mistakes!  One must always be reviewing correct grammar, especially with technology and auto-correct trying to figure it out for you. How many times have you let one of these slip by in a post you have made on a social network or a text message?

By Brian Clark of Copyblogger Media

15 Grammar Goofs That Make You Look Silly
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My Studio Gatekeepers!

Well,  I have heard many of my fellow voice-over colleagues refer to their pets as watchful gatekeepers of their home studio. I thought I had better take a few moments to introduce the two gatekeepers of my studio, or when I am on the road traveling – our horse trailer!

Dixie & LuLu

Well, here  are our two Jack Russel Terriers (JRT’s) Dixie and LuLu! They are pretty quiet most of the time allowing me to record a lot during the day, except for the occasional squirel outside in view of the picture window, or the mailman! OK, a retake or two because of them barking isn’t the end of the world right?

They are some of the most traveled JRT’s having traveled to many states while working different professional rodeo events around the country.  They are truly special and definitely a very important part of our family!

Louie as we call her is kind of the quiet type around strangers, and as for Dixie?  She has been known to chase rodeo clowns and team ropers off if they get to close to our trailer!

Well, I needed a short break in the studio today and decided I had better include my special gatekeeper’s in my blog today.  I hope you enjoyed getting a peek at them.

Do you have a studio gatekeeper?

Noise Gates

Whether you are a voice-talent with a home studio, a public address announcer, or providing live sound for an event, noise gates have a very useful purpose keeping background noise at a minimum. I recently ran across a well written article that explains the basic functions and how to set up a noise gate by Dan Lenard.  Dan is not only a great voice-over talent, but he is also known as the “The Home Studio Master” helping folks with their home studio problems. He also co-hosts along with George Whittam on their Ustream channel show EWABS (East West Audio Body Shop) broadcast live via the Internet on most Sunday nights at 9 p.m. ET. http://www.ustream.tv/channel/ewabs A show that discusses different topics each week regarding home studios. I have covered more details about their show in an earlier blog.

Below is a link to this article which explains how a noise gate works, the variables, and settings to use as a starting point to help you get started in setting up your own.


Do you use a noise gate in your studio audio chain? If so what settings do you find work for you?