Blog Posts from Radio Facilities

Published: Thursday 12th October, 2017

Becoming a Voice Over Artist

by Andrew Hughes – 12th October, 2017

becoming a voice over artist - microphone

Our tips on becoming a voice over artist, to help decide if it’s the right career for you.

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Published: Monday 25th September, 2017

Setting up the Peavey Messenger Lite Small PA System

by Graham Caplin – 25th September, 2017

The Peavey Messenger Lite Small PA System

The Peavey Messenger Lite small PA system is deceptively powerful, and very easy to setup. This guide will lead you through a few easy steps from opening the flightcase to operating the equipment.

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Published: Wednesday 16th August, 2017

Preparing for a Radio Day in the Studio

by Andrew Hughes – 16th August, 2017

Denise Welch and Dr Hilary Jones

Denise Welch and Dr Hilary Jones during a recent radio day

We regularly receive radio day bookings in our studio from PR companies. In reality, we should probably re-name these “radio PR mornings”. Most clients tend to find that 3-4 hours in the morning is quite sufficient to hit the required number of radio stations!

Sometimes a new agency approached us who have never done a radio day before and ask us what paperwork they need to supply us with in advance. Here’s our guide to the necessary paperwork.

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Published: Tuesday 2nd May, 2017

“Standby Studio, We’re Going Live…”

by Graham Caplin – 2nd May, 2017

Kevin McCloud was the spokesperson for Grand Designs Live… who else!

For many years radio PR has been an effective way of getting your message across to a large audience, and the trend shows no sign of slowing down. If you aren’t aware of what radio PR is, the idea is to use radio interviews to let the listening public know all about your product, service or campaign. If you’ve ever listened to the radio and heard the presenter say “Joining me now to discuss this is…” then the chances are that the following interview was part of a radio PR session.

It sounds like a great idea; sort out some radio interviews and then plug your message like mad! But of course it doesn’t work quite like that. Naturally there are some practical considerations, and of course any sales opportunity usually has rules. But if you’re looking to publicise your campaign then don’t be discouraged.

Read on for some tips on setting up a great radio PR campaign.

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Published: Tuesday 28th February, 2017

Choosing Earpieces for your Walkie Talkie Hire

by Graham Caplin – 27th February, 2017

What’s the difference between the types of earpieces Radio Facilities supplies, and which do you need? Not all earpieces are equal, and depending on the environment some may work better than others. We have two different earpieces available to go with your walkie talkie hire; the standard D-shape and the covert. Here we’ll examine the two different types, and discuss the most appropriate uses for each.

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Published: Thursday 16th February, 2017

How much should I spend on a microphone for a home voiceover studio?

by Andrew Hughes – 16th February, 2017

Probably less that you would think.

Take a listen to the two recordings below. One microphone costs £150; the other £750. Both are from the same session, recorded simultaneously with two microphones. Which do you prefer?

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Published: Thursday 12th January, 2017

Ways To Reduce Your Radio Mic Hire Costs

by Graham Caplin – 12th January, 2017

It’s a common issue; the ambition for your upcoming production is growing, whilst your budget is shrinking rapidly! How are you ever going to stage a one-week run of Starlight Express when you can barely afford a pair of roller skates? Don’t panic! With a little planning and ingenuity you can maximise the impact of wired and radio mics whilst keeping your hire costs as low as possible.

Consider this example: you have a dress rehearsal on Monday and four performances on Tuesday to Friday. There are five principal cast members, seven supporting cast and an eight-strong ensemble. Here are a few areas to consider as you start planning this show.

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Published: Thursday 8th December, 2016

Preventing mouth clicks for voiceover artists

by Andrew Hughes – 8th December, 2016

An artist recently asked us at the end of the session, how she could best prevent mouth clicks. She was new to the voice industry and was relatively nervous before the session. As the session began, she became more and more concerned that the clicks were being picked up on the recording.

What are mouth clicks?

Mouth clicks are tiny unwanted noises caused by your mouth. These can be tiny clicks, pops and lip smacks. Everyone’s mouth makes them – it’s purely part of the mechanics of the human jaw, lips and mouth. The microphone is invariable placed close to the mouth. Modern microphones are incredibly sensitive and pick up these noises as well as the voice itself.

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