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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

The dVoicebox Studio is a service run by professional voice artist and sound engineer Chris Radley trading as Dmusic Studio.

This list of FAQs should provide answers to most of your questions – but if you need more information – call Chris on 01926 431535 or email

Why should I use dVoicebox for my voice recording project?
The studio specialises in voice over and spoken word projects and also records vocalists and singer-songwriters as well as poets and radio presenters. Studio engineer Chris Radley is a professional voice over artist with a sound engineering and radio presentation background who has been in business since 1996.  He is also a musician and production music composer.
He loves recording and giving great attention to detail to produce great, professional sounding audio productions.

NOTE – Except by prior arrangement – no recordings will be released to clients until all recording and production costs incurred have been paid in full (cash or bank transfer – sorry card payments not currently available).
dVoicebox owner Chris Radley engineers and runs all recording, audio production  and Source Connect sessions.

Where is the studio?
52 Radford Road, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, CV31 1JG.
It’s within easy reach of the motorway network and is about 20 mins from Stratford upon Avon or Coventry.
There is some parking available on the wide pavement outside the studio. The mainline railway station is less than 10 mins away on foot.
There is a pub and shops within a few minutes walk.

How much does it cost?
Studio rates – The usual hourly rate is £40 an hour with a minimum 2 hour session.  A cancellation fee of £60 will be charged on recording or Source Connect remote sessions cancelled and not rebooked at less than 24 hours notice

For a longer project – half day rate is £160 (4 hours) or day rate is £300 (8 hours). All sessions with engineer.

Dry Hire – If you are a voiceover artist with your own portable recording equipment you can dry hire the booth at a discounted hourly rate (subject to availability). You don’t get an engineer but you do get a great acoustic space to record in. Mic hire available at extra cost.  Record at dVoiceBox and take the audio away to edit elsewhere.
Call Chris for rates and details on 01926 431535.

“ISDN session” studio hire/Source Connect – We no longer offer ISDN having switched to Source Connect in 2021.  Remote Source Connect sessions are charged at £60 for the first hour and £40 per hour for each hour thereafter, Sessions can be recorded at the dVoiceBox end and the audio files sent to clients after the session via ftp.

Voiceover fees – voice artists set their own fees on a project by project basis.  If required we may put you  in touch with a voice artist but you will contract directly with them for their voice services.

What does “ISDN session” mean?
ISDN was a widely used high quality professional studio based landline. It’s now been replaced by internet based services and we use the long established and widely used Source Connect.  For the voice talent it’s a familiar way of working that is very similar to traditional ISDN sessions.

dVoiceBox also uses software based codec  Audio TX Communicator which seamlessly connects with  professional studios enabled with Audio TX over IP.

Can I direct the session on the phone or Skype, Zoom etc?
Yes. We can link up via phone,  Skype or other online software like Zoom, Skype etc. You can be linked straight into the studio system so that you are  able to direct the voice talent – you can hear their performance while they can hear your comments and direction in their headphones while they are in the booth recording.

I’m a voiceover artist – what equipment do you use for voice work?
You’ll find all the details on the kit we use on the Technical Specification page.

I want to record a studio quality interview – is your booth big enough for this?
Yes – dVoiceBox has an Esmono Booth that is 2.2m x 2.5m and is 2.2m high – it is large enough for several actors or singers standing.
For interviews there is room for at least 3 people seated around a table.

I want to learn to be a voiceover – do you offer any training?
We do not currently offer voice over training – however we provide the studio environment and equipment for Big Mouth Vox Productions who run voiceover training sessions in the Midlands and also in London.  You can find out more on this link to Big Mouth Vox Productions.

I’m a singer – can I record a demo?
Yes.  If you want to produce a singing demo – perhaps using a backing track that you already have – we can record you.
For the recording itself we use high quality Neumann, Aston, Audio Technica or Rode mics, our professional Esmono sound booth and industry standard software recording and post production tools. All you need to bring is your vocal talent and we’ll do the rest.
A single CD copy is included in the fee – further copies can be made for an extra charge.

Can my band record a demo in your studio?
The dVoiceBox Studio is quite compact and experience tells us that it is not ideal for tracking sessions for recording whole bands (when everyone plays at together) unless the instruments are DI’d rather than using amps. The studio works best for music projects where the instruments are added individually – building up the song or music track with a series of over dubs. For this reason it suits many songwriters – who may have songs to record but don’t have a regular band to bring into the studio.

Drum tracking
If you need somewhere to record live drums – we’ve got just the space for you. Our Esmono Booth is acoustically neutral so there’s no “room sound” or colouration to the recording leaving you free to add your own effects etc afterwards – plus you can make the most of the analogue warmth of the Ghost’s pre-amps to get a great natural punchy sound to the kit. Some clients like to record the drums and vocals here but work on the rest of the project elsewhere. Ask Chris for more details

I’ve written a book – how do I get it recorded as an audiobook? Can I read it myself?
Often writers want to record their own work and sometimes if they have acting or TV or radio presentation experience this can be successful. Generally, however, we recommend using a trained voice artist or actor who will have the skills to bring the text to life, lifting the words off the page and so conveying the dramatic feel of the book in the narration and through using different voices for each character.
An experienced voice actor will bring consistency to the sound of the book and through needing fewer takes should lead to more efficient use of the time in the studio.

What’s the process of recording the audiobook?
Initially you should get in touch to discuss the audio book project. We will advise on the best recording and production methods for the book.

Recording audiobooks is a very time consuming process and so can be expensive. You will have to budget for the cost of the voice artist plus the cost of the studio for the recording itself.  In addition there are very exacting technical standards to be met when producing an audio book for commercial release so you will need to budget for many studio hours for editing, proofing and post-production and mastering work.

We may request that you break the project into sections that can be invoiced and paid for separately. Get in touch now to discuss your project,

Can I visit the studio before making a booking?
Yes, we welcome arranged visits. Please call or email to arrange an appointment.

See our CLIENTS section for examples of previous work

Call the studio on 01926 431535 or email for details on availability and rates.