‘Voice Over There’ trailer, booth hits the road
By Dan Daley
SVG Audio Editor
As Yogi Berra might have said, “It’s a global world out there.” If the talent can’t come to the voice-over/interview booth, then bring the booth to the talent. That’s what Amir Soleimani, president and CEO of Voice Over There, figured when he upgraded what had been a $10,000 ISDN-connected voice-over booth in the garage of his Los Angeles-area home into a fully tricked-out voice-over booth on wheels.
The fully soundproofed trailer has a five-foot by six-foot booth that has been tested to over 50 dB of noise reduction, and the Honda Whisper generator that powers the gear also helps in that department. The control room is outfitted with Digidesign Pro Tools LE coupled with a Digidesign 003 controller, Telos Zephyr Xstream, Universal Audio tube pre-amp, Yamaha HS 50M powered monitor speakers and an array of VO-type microphones like the E-V RE-20. Communications can be via a wired connection or via Verizon WiFi; an ENG-type “suitcase” Ku-band satellite option is being considered. Video can be captured with a Toshiba TK-20 camera.
While Voice Over There has a number of applications, Soleimani says several sports nets have been checking it out. “Fox Sports has expressed interest in using it at the Home Depot Center for the Los Angeles Galaxy games,” he says. “They want to conduct post-game interviews and fiber [them] to their facility.”
Voice Over There is both a product and a service. Soleimani will sell you a fully loaded trailer for about $180,000. He also rents the unit out, with himself as the audio technician, for $350 per hour, four-hour minimum.
“Aside from V-O usage for ADR and narration, we have identified many uses for sports television and radio,” says Soleimani. “For example, utilizing the full I/O panel outside the trailer, we can downlink any sporting event for viewing and announcing in the booth and uplink our image and sound for half time or any other application.”
The Voice Over There mobile voice-over booth made its debut at the NAB Show in Las Vegas in April.