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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

The dVoicebox Studio is a service run by professional voice artist 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. 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.

Where is the studio?
Our address is 52 Radford Road, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, CV31 1JG.
The studio is within easy reach of the motorway network including M40, M45, M1, M6 and M42. It’s about 20 mins from Stratford upon Avon or Coventry.
There is some parking available on the wide pavement outside the studio. The railway station (mainline to London Marylebone or Birmingham) is less than 10 mins walk from the studio. There are pubs and shops within a few minutes walk.

How much does it cost?
Normal Rate – You can hire the studio for voice over or vocalist recording, or other recording projects. The usual hourly rate is £40 an hour but there is a minimum charge of £80 for any session of less than 2 hours.  A cancellation fee of £80 will be charged on recording or ISDN sessions cancelled and not rebooked at less than 24 hours notice.
For a longer project the studio fee can be reduced to £30 per hour if you book and fully prepay a block of 10 hours (to be used in no more than 3 sessions). 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 studio hire – ISDN sessions are charged at £70 per hour plus call charges if we have to dial up the other studio – there are no additional call charges if the other studio dials dVoiceBox. For an additional fee ISDN sessions can be recorded and the audio files sent to clients after the session via ftp – ask Chris for more details and current rates.
Phone patch is free if you call us – if dVoiceBox has to call you then call charges will apply (based on BT’s current relevant rate).  Skype link up – no charge (unless using their charged for services).

Its is possible to use our ISDN to link to studios enabled with ipDTL

Please note that we need 7 days notice of a cancellation of a booked ISDN session. If less than 7 days notice is given a cancellation fee of £60 will be charged.

Voiceover fees – voice artists set their own fees but the range is typically around £200 to £250 BSF (basic session fee) per hour for the voice artist (there may be usage licence costs too depending on the nature of your project and how it is to be used) – plus hourly studio/production charges.
We may put you  in touch with a voice artist but you will contract directly with them for their voice services.
Some projects may be charged out on an overall fee for the total read/project rather than on an hourly basis.
In addition for audiobooks which are generally large, time consuming projects we may require a deposit and staged payments.
Such terms to be agreed on each individual project.

NOTE – Except by prior arrangement – no recordings will be released to clients until all recording and production costs incurred have been paid in full.
dVoicebox owner Chris Radley engineers and runs all recording and ISDN sessions.

What does ISDN mean?
ISDN (Integrated Services Digital Network) is a high quality line that connects recording, production and radio and TV studios. It’s broadcast standard so ISDN can be used for “down the line” radio interviews.
You get almost identical sound quality from a remote studio as you ould get if the voice actor was in the same studio as you. Despite this, with the exception of radio adverts, ISDN is increasingly used for remote direction with the actual recording done at the dVoiceBox  end and the audio files sent to the client over the internet after the session.
dVoiceBox uses software based codec  Audio TX Communicator which seamlessly connects with all the professional codecs in use in the UK and most of the systems in use around the world including ipDTL.  It can also be used as a “phone patch”. You can get more information on the Technical Specification page.

Can I direct the session on the phone or Skype?
Yes. We can set up a “phone patch” or link up via Skype. You either call up the studio, or log into Skype, and then you can be linked straight into the studio system so that you can hear the voice artist as they read your script. You are also able to direct their performance – you can hear their performance while the voice talent can hear your comments and direction in their headphones while they are in the booth recording.  ipDTL can also be used as a link up via our ISDN system.

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 an 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 interview situations there is room for at least 3 people seated around a table.

The booth is also big enough to record a standard sized drum kit should that be needed for a music project.

I want to learn to be a voiceover – do you offer any training?
The dVoiceBox studio does 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 by following the 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. If needs be we can help you source good quality backings for your choice of song.
For the recording itself we use high quality Neumann, 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. It’s a good idea to make sure that you really know the song well that you want to record. It’ll reduce the studio time needed and so you’ll need a smaller budget for the demo. 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). 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. Record the dums here and then work on your 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.
We can assist with the casting process to find the right voice talent for the project or alternatively you can cast and provide your own voice artists. Whichever route you choose we will make sure the voice talent feels comfortable during the recording to helping them to deliver their best performance.

What’s the process of recording the audiobook?
Initially you should get in touch to discuss the audio book project. We will be able to advise on the best recording and production methods for the book. If needed we can also make suggestions of suitable voice artists for the project.

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 and then many studio hours for subsequent editing 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 and get more detailed information on exactly what is involved in recording a book.

Can I visit the studio before making a booking?
Yes, we welcome arranged visits. The recording process can be quite long – especially for audio books – you’ll be spending a lot of time either in the booth or the control room so it’s important that you are happy with the work environment and also that you feel that you can work with our staff too.

To make sure that someone is free to answer your questions and to ensure that you aren’t disturbing someone else’s recording session 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.