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The Voice, Part 3 - December 2017 News

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"At one time there were voiceover artists, now there are celebrity voiceover artists. It's unfortunate because these people need the money less than the voiceover artist."
David Duchovny


What does it take to perform a voice-over? After talking with several industry veterans, it turns out that it's not as easy as they make it sound - and that's the whole point. In Part 1, we found out how these four voice-over artists got into the profession. In Part 2, we learned about preparation and technique. In this last installment of our series, our nimble-tongued pros have advice to budding narrators and writers.

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The Voice, Part 2 - November 2017 News

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"In voice-over work, you have to actually do more work with your facial muscles and your mouth. You have to kind of exaggerate your pronunciation a little bit more, whereas with live action, you can get away with mumbling sometimes."

Mark Valley

What does it take to perform a voice-over? After talking with several industry veterans, it turns out that it's not as easy as they make it sound - and that's the whole point. In Part 1, we found out how these four voice-over artists got into the profession. This month, we learn the nitty gritty of preparation and technique.

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The Voice, Part 1 - October 2017 News

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"One of the things that I love about voiceover is that it's a situation where - because you're not encumbered by being seen - it's liberating. You're able to make broad choices that you would never make if you were on camera."
Mark Hamill


What does it take to perform a voice-over? After talking with several industry veterans, it turns out that it's not as easy as they make it sound - and that's the whole point. We find out that each of these voice professionals have their own approach to achieving the nearly impossible task of a voice-over artist: making it sound sincere. Plus, find out what's been happening at Dynamix lately.


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Wagner, Vader, and the Viking - September 2017 News

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"The opera ain’t over until the fat lady sings."
Ralph Carpenter, Texas Tech Sports Information Director

Richard Wagner, the 19th century German composer, would have loved Star Wars. He may not have understood what a light saber or X-Wing fighter was, but he would get it - even with his eyes shut. That's because the Star Wars films are rich with composer John Williams' scores that employ a musical tool that Wagner himself was a master of: the leitmotif.

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The Lasting Legacy of Bell Labs - August 2017 News

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"If we knew what it was we were doing, it would not be called research, would it? "
Albert Einstein


Bell Labs was born more than a hundred years ago out of the need to improve the nascent telephone. It grew into a pure research facility that made an astounding number of scientific discoveries, improved or invented new technologies, and even influenced art and music. Plus, find out everything that's been going on at Dynamix lately.

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Retro Digital - June 2017 News

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"Analog is more beautiful than digital, really, but we go for comfort."
Anton Corbijn


There's been a growing trend over the last several years to bring back the sound of classic analog gear, such as compressors and amps with vacuum tubes, ribbon microphones, and even reel-to-reel tape. Let's look at how old school charm is finding new love.

Find out more, including what's been going on at Dynamix.

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Hello From Mars - May 2017 News

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"The rockets came like drums, beating in the night."
From "The Martian Chronicles" by Ray Bradbury


Walter Gripp is the last man on Mars. All the rockets to Earth have launched without him. One evening in a deserted town, he hears a phone ringing. This creepy scenario from Ray Bradbury's The Martian Chronicles has captured the fascination of science fiction fans for decades. The reader wonders, who could it be? The scientist wonders, what would it sound like? We're about to find out...maybe. Find out more, including what's been going on at Dynamix.

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Time Travelers - April 2017 news

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"Shh! Listen! Someone's coming! I think -- I think it might be us!"
J. K. ROWLING, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Imagine if we could time travel without changing history. If we could go back 50 or 100 years would people view our technology as magic? If we were visited by time travelers from the future, would their technology be magic to us?

Plus time travel with us to see who was in our studio last month.

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The Loudest Record!!! - February 2017 News

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"Every crowd has a silver lining.”
P.T. Barnum

126.4 I think that's what will be inside a little oval sticker that I'm going to put on my bumper. I see "26.2" bumper stickers that marathon runners proudly display. Colorado mountain climbers have "14er" stickers. A lot of dads are number "1." Then what's so special about 126.4? It used to be a number for Kings, but now it's a number for Cats.

Before I start to sound like a broken record, let me back up and tell this story from the beginning. Team Cornett wanted to raise the profile of UK Health Care and their close association with UK Athletics, so they came up with a plan to get the attention of a sports crowd.

Plus find out about what's been going on at Dynamix lately.

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New Year's Resolution

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"New Year’s Day… now is the accepted time to make your regular annual good resolutions. Next week you can begin paving hell with them as usual.”
Mark Twain


Have you made your resolutions yet? Why bother, no one keeps them anyway. So let's talk about resolution instead. In particular how low-resolution MP3s can affect your emotional reaction to music. In a study out of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST), researchers found that the fidelity of an MP3 recording of musical instruments can affect their emotional characteristics. Plus, find out all the exciting news from Dynamix.

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Laser Listening - November 2016 News

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"The key to this plan is the giant laser. It was invented by the noted Cambridge physicist Dr. Parsons. Therefore, we shall call it the Alan Parsons Project."
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Here's something that will blow your mind and make you paranoid at the same time. Someone can listen to your conversations in your house or office from hundreds of feet away using light. The "light" is a "laser," and it's bounced off a window pane to detect sound vibrations. It's hard not to imagine Dr. Evil, played by Mike Meyers, air quoting "laser" when we mention that word. The theory was first proposed in the 1940s, but had to wait until lasers were actually invented in the 1960s to gain traction. By the 80s, the Cold War had us and the Soviets spying on each other using "lasers."

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The Big Bang - October 2016 News

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I was afraid that science-fiction buffs and everybody would say things like, 'You know, there's no sound in outer space.'
George Lucas


The universe, according to scientists, started with a big bang. Let me, the sound engineer, just gloat a little bit here -– they don't call it The Big Flash, The Big Light, or The Big Visual Thing That Was Really, Really Quiet. It was a BANG!!! It all started with sound. And the cool thing is, we can even measure its echoes.

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A Siren's Song - September 2016 News

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“Square in your ship's path are Sirens, crying beauty to bewitch men coasting by;
woe to the innocent who hears that sound!”

by Homer in The Odyssey


I live on a busy street. My house sits roughly between three hospitals - all with helipads and emergency rooms. That's good for me if I have a really bad day, but my poor cat thinks wolves are after her whenever someone else is having a really bad day. I'm talking about the incessant sirens going up and down my street. And they seem to be getting louder – they penetrate my windows and brick walls with even more ferocity than ever before. It turns out that I'm not imagining this, because some emergency vehicles are now employing something called "low frequency system," or LFS. I call it "Loud F*@#$%^& Siren."

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The Anatomy of an Audio Book, Part 3 - August 2016 News

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“Someone needs to buy a radio station, then play nothing but audio books, with a different genre of book played at set times. That way we can always have something new to read, no matter where we are.”
Shana Chartier


We're wrapping up our series on the audiobook this month. In this issue, we're looking at how an audiobook is actually produced, from recording and editing, to mastering and delivery.

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Is the Mix Tape Back in the MIx? - May 2016 News

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"I used to judge the quality of music by whether I could make a 90-minute cassette and not repeat any artists."

John Hughes


What? Another old audio format is making a comeback? Yessiree! If you want to be hip, then dust off your old Sony Walkman. But like me, you've probably dumped all your old cassettes along with your floppy disks and Trivial Pursuit. These days, my pocket can carry the same amount of music that drawers and drawers of cassettes can. But there are people who want to drag this once noble king of convenience from its analog obsolescence.

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The Rebirth of AM Radio? - April 2016 News

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"I hate modern car radios. In my car, I don't even have a push-button radio. It's just got a dial and two knobs. Just AM."

Chris Isaak

Maybe you haven't noticed, but AM radio has pretty much sucked the last twenty years or so. Maybe you didn't notice because you weren't listening. A lot of people aren't, and the FCC is out to change that. The FCC? You bet – this isn't your father's FCC. We're so used to hearing "FCC" and "restrictions" in the same breath, that broadcasters were pleasantly surprised last October when the FCC announced an "AM Revitalization" initiative.

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The Sonic Snuffer - March 2016 News

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"I throw more power into my voice, and now the flame is extinguished"

Physicist John Tyndall, 1857

There's been a recent breakthrough in fighting fires - using sound waves to extinguish flames. Since 1857, scientists have known that sound waves could put out a flame, but they weren't exactly sure why. Plus find out what's been happening at Dynamix lately.

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Anaog Rules! - February 2016 News

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"As so much music is listened to via MP3 download, many will never experience the joy of analog playback, and for them, I feel sorry. They are missing out."

Henry Rollins

There's a growing trend in the music business - recording to reel-to-reel tape. Wait, I thought we got rid of that when we went digital. The truth is, it never went away. Much like the recent boom in sales of records and film, reel-to-reels are gaining new fans and bringing back old ones.


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Double-Naught Spies - November 2015 News

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"They number girl spies different. She's what you call a 36-23-36."

Max Baer, Jr. as "Jethro Bodine"

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This month, the new James Bond spy movie Spectre will be released. It's the 24th film in the long-running franchise based on Ian Fleming's novels. "Hot Dog!" as Jethro Bodine would say. James Bond and all his gadgets were hatched from Fleming's experiences while serving in the British Navy Intelligence Division during World War Two.

Gathering intelligence during any war requires innovative and clandestine communication techniques, especially deep within the enemy lines. In the Revolutionary War, invisible ink and garments on a clothesline were tools to send secret messages. The Civil War saw women disguising themselves as nurses, slaves, and even soldiers to gather and smuggle information. During World War One, the human body itself became a vehicle for secret messages via invisible tattoos.

Find out more about spy radios and what's been happening at Dynamix lately.

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Business Lexington Podcasts

Dynamix Productions and Smiley Pete Publishing have been teaming up for two years to provide readers of Business Lexington with podcasts. Read More...

Business Lexington and Dynamix "Podcasting" to Entrepreneurs

Since August 2005, Business Lexington, the new business journal of Central Kentucky, and Dynamix Productions have been providing podcasts of inteviews with today's business leaders.

Some of the distinguished leaders that have been interviewed in the studios of Dynamix include:

•Susan Berry-Buckley of the Central Kentucky Blood Center
•Congressman Ben Chandler
•Dr. Joe Chappell of Allylix
•Terry Garcia Crews of LexTran
•James W. Host, outgoing Kentucky Commerce Secretary
•George Ward, incoming Kentucky Commerce Secretary

A "podcast" is really a file of an audio recording that is downloaded via the internet. But a true podcast is defined by how the recipient gets it. Programs such as
iPodderX and iTunes provide an easy subscription method to automatically download your favorite podcasts when new ones become available.

Podcasting is just in its infancy, but it is already taking the world by storm. Not hampered by time constraints or FCC restrictions, podcasters are adding hundreds if not thousands of new material every month. Who is listening? Just about anybody that is web-savvy. With the plethora of podcasts available, there is at least one podcast that will interest anybody. Want to find out about the Newport Jazz Festival, did you miss last week's Al Franken Show on the radio, or do you want to listen to an in-depth interview with a Kentucky business leader? They're all out there.

How can businesses use podcasts to reach customers, prospects, employees, and the media? Well there isn't a much better way to reach a specific narrow audience with your message than with a podcast. Instead of listening to a radio station that tries to blanket an entire listening area with many subjects, a podcast only addresses one subject - you. Also, your listeners
come to you. Of course you have to submit your podcast to different directories, and direct your web site visitors to the download page, but these exercises are getting easier since iTunes came into the picture with their already heavy web presence.

Why use a professional studio to record your podcast? If image, first impression, professionalism, and expertise are important to you, then you need Dynamix to produce your podcasts. There's nothing that says "amateur" more than a poorly-recorded and produced program. When a podcast is poorly produced, the listener strays from your message and starts to hear all the faults - low levels, hum, hiss, mistakes, garbled words, clicks, pops, bad edits - the list goes on.

Call us at Dynamix to help you get started podcasting. After looking at your needs, audience and message, we can help demystify this thing called "podcasting."

Famous Brands Use ISDN at Dynamix

ISDN, a digital studio-to-studio link that provides crystal clear audio, is a very convenient way to record voice-overs when the artist is not within driving distance. Dynamix Productions works closely with other studios to provide ISDN services for their productions. Through Dynamix, Kathie Stamps of Stamps Communications has been regularly working for such clients as Sports Illustrated, Grand Victoria Casinos, and Thermador. John Campbell recently completed voice-over work for Delta/Peerless Faucets.

Audio Forensics at Dynamix

Many attorneys, public defenders, prosecutors, and law enforcement officials are discovering the forensic audio tools at Dynamix. Background noise, poor microphone placement, low volume, and general inaudibility are all reasons they turn to us to help make these important recordings more audible.

Dynamix Provides Live Audio for UK Football Games

Did you know that Dynamix provides live audio production support for University of Kentucky football home games? Commonwealth Stadium, a 70,000-seat venue, features two Mitsubishi Diamondvision video screens, a computer-controlled 60,000-plus watt speaker cluster, digital mixing console, wireless digital referee mic with computer-controlled feedback controller, and a disk-based music playback system. This is all augmented with a fully-outfitted production truck controlling 7 cameras and instant replay.
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