A Better Pop Filter

A really good investment: WindTech PopGard 2000.

I’ve been wanting to replace my crappy flexible pop filter for quite some time, but I guess I’ve either been lazy or didn’t think there was really a better option available.  I did some research and read a lot of reviews before choosing the PopGard 2000.   The main benefit was not having that gigantic round disc in my face.  Also, not having to constantly adjust the flexible stem if (when) I bumped it.

This new pop filter is pretty cool because it mounts softly (quietly) to the microphone chassis and wraps around it pretty tight… so if you’re like me, it increases the visibility of your scripts on the monitor in front of you.  I used to have to read sideways across the mic to see my monitor, and I noticed that my Neumann TLM-103 has a much richer sound if you speak directly into it – not across it.  As a bonus, I can move in about 3 inches closer to the mic for more personal reads.

Oh yeah… It does a great job stopping plosives (P’s and B’s)!  $32 well spent.  🙂

Some pics:

Pop Filter Comparison 1

Pop Filter Comparison 2

Pop Filter Comparison 3

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WindTech PopGard 2000

Behind the Scenes – The Making of Brick Bowl

The Making of Brick Bowl shows the team’s progress during the 36-hour “Brick-athon” and the magic behind the bricks. If you haven’t seen it yet, watch “Brick Bowl 2015” now.

Watch the team at A+C Studios in the UK as they plan, design, and have fun creating this epic Lego stop-motion animated video of the commercials and half-time show that took place during Super Bowl XLIX (Super Bowl 49).

My mug gets a quick cameo at 1m:24s into this video, as Dan Richards of A+C Studios directs my voice-overs via Skype.  Isn’t technology wonderful?  🙂

— Enjoy!

Insurance Commercial Character Voices

And now for something completely different…

I put together a quick impression voice-over reel with a handful of my favorite insurance commercial character voices.

They are:

  1. Geico Camel (Hump Day!)
  2. Geico Gecko
  3. Titan Insurance Superhero Bobble-head
  4. Geico Pig (Maxwell)
  5. AFLAC Duck

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Neumann TLM 103 Microphone

A new Neumann TLM 103 mic arrived for the studio today. Yep, I was excited to try it out.

I’ve been completely happy with my Rode NT1-A for the past 5 years (in fact, I liked it so much that I bought a second one a couple of years ago), but I figured it was time to invest a little more money in my studio. The Rodes are still my go-to mics for singing in my corner booth, and mic’ing my guitars. The Neumann is going to be used primarily for voice-overs.

The TLM 103 set me back about $1,100, and the shock mount was another $150, but the quality is supposedly worth the cost.  Here’s a quick video capturing my emotions at the moment I unboxed my new Neumann mic (it’s just so beautiful!):

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