ANSWERS TO SOME COMMONLY ASKED QUESTIONS
ANSWERS TO SOME COMMONLY ASKED QUESTIONS
The Get Real Production Studio is a service run by professional voice artist Andy Freeman This list of FAQs should provide answers to most of your questions – but if you need more information – call Andy on 01202 462851
Why should I use Get Real Production for my voice recording project?
The studio specialises in voice over and spoken word projects
Where is the studio?
20 Bishop Road Winton Bournemouth BH9 1 HB
Normal Rate – You can hire the studio for voice over or or other recording projects. The usual hourly rate is £75.00 an hour but there is a minimum charge of £75.00 for any session of less than 2 hours. A cancellation fee of £80 will be charged on recording or ISDN sessions cancelled and not rebooked at less than 24 hours notice.
Dry Hire – If you are a voiceover artist with your own portable recording equipment you can dry hire the booth at a discounted hourly rate (subject to availability). You don’t get an engineer but you do get a great acoustic space to record in. Mic hire available at extra cost.
Record at Get Real Production and take the audio away to edit elsewhere.
Call Andy for rates and details on 01202 462851
ISDN studio hire – ISDN sessions are charged at £75.00 per hour plus call charges if we have to dial up the other studio – there are no additional call charges if the other studio dials dVoiceBox. For an additional fee ISDN sessions can be recorded and the audio files sent to clients after the session via ftp – ask Chris for more details and current rates.
Phone patch is free if you call us – if Get Real Productions has to call you then call charges will apply (based on BT’s current relevant rate). Skype link up – no charge (unless using their charged for services).
It is possible to use our ISDN to link to studios enabled with ipDTL We can also link to AudioTX enabled studios.
Please note that we need 7 days notice of a cancellation of a booked ISDN session. If less than 7 days notice is given a cancellation fee of £60 will be charged.
Voiceover fees – voice artists set their own fees but the range is typically around £250 to £300 BSF (basic session fee) per hour for the voice artist (there may be usage licence costs too depending on the nature of your project and how it is to be used) – plus hourly studio/production charges.
We may put you in touch with a voice artist but you will contract directly with them for their voice services.
Some projects may be charged out on an overall fee for the total read/project rather than on an hourly basis.
In addition for audiobooks which are generally large, time consuming projects we may require a deposit and staged payments.
Such terms to be agreed on each individual project.
NOTE – Except by prior arrangement – no recordings will be released to clients until all recording and production costs incurred have been paid in full.
What does ISDN mean?
ISDN (Integrated Services Digital Network) is a high quality line that connects recording, production and radio and TV studios. It’s broadcast standard so ISDN can be used for “down the line” radio interviews.
You get almost identical sound quality from a remote studio as you could get if the voice actor was in the same studio as you. Despite this, with the exception of radio adverts, ISDN is increasingly used for remote direction with the actual recording done at the Get Real Production end and the audio files sent to the client over the internet after the session.
Can I direct the session on the phone or Skype?
Yes. We can set up a “phone patch” or link up via Skype. You either call up the studio, or log into Skype, and then you can be linked straight into the studio system so that you can hear the voice artist as they read your script. You are also able to direct their performance – you can hear their performance while the voice talent can hear your comments and direction in their headphones while they are in the booth recording. ipDTL can also be used as a link up via our ISDN system.
I’ve written a book – how do I get it recorded as an audiobook? Can I read it myself?
Often writers want to record their own work and sometimes if they have acting or TV or radio presentation experience this can be successful. Generally, however, we recommend using a trained voice artist or actor who will have the skills to bring the text to life, lifting the words off the page and so conveying the dramatic feel of the book in the narration and through using different voices for each character.
We can assist with the casting process to find the right voice talent for the project or alternatively you can cast and provide your own voice artists. Whichever route you choose we will make sure the voice talent feels comfortable during the recording so helping them to deliver their best performance.
What’s the process of recording the audiobook?
Initially you should get in touch to discuss the audio book project. We will be able to advise on the best recording and production methods for the book. If needed we can also make suggestions of suitable voice artists for the project.
Recording audiobooks is a very time consuming process and so can be expensive. You will have to budget for the cost of the voice artist plus the cost of the studio for the recording itself and then many studio hours for subsequent editing, proofing and post-production and mastering work. We may request that you break the project into sections that can be invoiced and paid for separately. Call now 01202 462851 now to discuss your project and get more detailed information on exactly what is involved in recording a book.
Can I visit the studio before making a booking?
Yes, we welcome arranged visits. The recording process can be quite long – especially for audio books – you’ll be spending a lot of time in the booth so it’s important that you are happy with the work environment and also that you feel that you can work with our staff too.
To make sure that someone is free to answer your questions and to ensure that you aren’t disturbing someone else’s recording session please call or email to arrange an appointment.