Happy to be a part of the Marvel Universe again with my role as Yinsen in the IRON MAN anime series. He was in the first live action movie, and in this version, things….shall we say….go a different way. ;D
This weekend, I’m back to the Cleveland area for SHINBOKUCON. Looking forward to seeing ya there!
Full Frontal Nerdity : Friday 8pm-9pm (Talkin’ geek and pop culture with the fans)
Video game voice acting : Saturday 2pm-3pm
Dragonbald : Saturday 8pm-9pm (live action Dragonball movie roast)
Q&A : Sunday 1pm-2pm
Off to Rochester, NY this Saturday/Sunday for TORA CON! Keep in mind if you’re going, it’s a two day event, not three. Although, you CAN pick up your pre-reg badge on Friday. Here’s my schedule:
11am FMA VAs
1p Video Game VAs
11am VA q & a
Other voice actors on the guest list include Caitlin Glass, Jon St. John, Leah Clark, Jamie Marchi, Trina Nishimura, and J. Michael Tatum. Look forward to seeing everyone there!
Home studio. The words conjure images of top of the line equipment in a soundproofed environment looking like something out of Star Trek. And of course, all that comes at a huge cost, most of which many of us can’t afford. Well, what if you just need something for professional quality auditions or smaller projects? Thanks to technology, it’s become more affordable to get a good, solid quality plug-and-play condenser microphone without spending an arm and leg. A common question I get is, “what brand should I buy?”. In general, USB condenser models from Blue, Shure, Samson, Marshall, and Audio Tecnica all have stellar reviews, typically in the $100-200 range, and also offer pricier ones if your wallet is fatter. Of course, online always has the best deals (Amazon, Sweetwater, Musician’s Friend).
If you are in a pinch, national chains such as Best Buy, Guitar Center, or even the Apple store can take care of your USB mic needs. For the past 6 months, I’ve sworn by my Audio Tecnica AT2020 USB condenser. I’ve been doing all my mobile auditions via the iPad. Now, the kicker with iPads is the lack of a USB port. The workaround is buying a $30 camera adapter kit, a tiny hunk of plastic that you plug your USB mic into, then plug into the charger port of the iPad. A tad cumbersome, and the connection can easily come undone. If you’re an Apple gadget fan, take note. Apogee just released the “MiC”. This is a USB condenser that is specifically designed for iPhone, iPad, and Mac. No USB port needed! The Apogee MiC has gotten stellar reviews from bloggers and customers and, having just acquired one, I can vouch for it’s awesomeness.
Also, on the topic of mics, audio engineer/producer/casting director, Juan Carlos Bagnell, just posted an excellent video explaining why many of them cost so darn much. I suggest bookmarking his blog, as he reviews equipment as well as sheds a lot of much needed light into the world of VO casting: SomeAudioGuy.blogspot.com
After a phenomenal return trip to Anime Detour last week, I’m ready to visit new places. April 6-8, I’ll be in Nashville for Middle Tennessee Anime Convention, or for convenience sake: MTAC. I was invited many years ago, back in my radio days, and couldn’t attend due to my on air schedule. Having left my full time job in radio to move to LA, fortunately, I haven’t had to turn down cons due to any job that wouldn’t allow me to take off. I’m really looking forward to hanging with everybody. My panel and signing schedule is below, and fear not, even though only one signing is listed, I ALWAYS sign stuff when I’m just out and about, walking around the convention. ;D
3p Opening Ceremonies
8p VIP Mixer
10p Dragonball Evolution roast
10:30am Voice Actor Extravaganza
7p Anime Jeopardy
8p Video Game Voice Acting
4p Closing Ceremonies
Other April stops on the Big Bald Tour: Tora Con in Rochester, NY, Shinbokucon in Elyria, OH.
One of the best cons I’ve ever been to takes place this weekend in Bloomington, MN. ANIME DETOUR! If you plan on going, I hope you already preregistered because they are completely SOLD OUT (told you it was good). Got a pretty light schedule this time, but you know me, I walk around the con and love chatting with anybody.
5:30pm Opening Ceremonies
10:30am Crash Course to Podcasting
Noon SHENANIGANS! (w/ Tadao Tomomatsu)
5p Closing Ceremonies
Read the signs all weekend for updated autograph times. Better yet, if you have an iPhone or Android phone, download Anime Detour’s FREE app. Sweet!