The Future of Voiceovers: Hold Your Tongue…Possibly Forever

Written by Peter Drew

“Do we need to cast a voice-over talent for this project?”

That’s a valid question any producer might ask when creating an advertisement, corporate audio-video presentation, video game, etc. Of course,repparttar answer depends on what elementsrepparttar 133366 producer and client feel will best communicate withrepparttar 133367 audience. For a radio ad, a fully sung jingle with no voice-over could work best. A TV spot or corporate narration might be most effective using scrolling graphic and text, again without an announcer. But very soon producers could be pondering whether their productions need a voice over talent for a more disturbing reason. Vocal utterances produced by air passing through folds of tissue and formed by lips, teeth, and tongue may, simply put, become obsolete. Yes,repparttar 133368 “virtual voice talent” may very well become a reality.

Welcome torepparttar 133369 Machine

Inrepparttar 133370 May 2004 issue of Mix Magazine, in two separate articles, Stephen St. Croix and Paul D. Lehrman relate their experiences with a new piece of software ominously named “Vocaloid.” This little computer-coded wonder is a speech synthesizer that’s being used to synthesize background vocals on actual recordings that are being sold torepparttar 133371 public—background vocals so good, you’d be hard-pressed to recognize they’re fake singers. Now, consideringrepparttar 133372 dubious singing talents of many of our current pop stars, maybe a Vocaloid virtual diva named Britney isn’t too far-fetched. Audio manipulation, including pitch correction, equalization, compression, reverb, have been used for decades to saverepparttar 133373 bacon of many a pop star’s performance in-studio or on stage. Technically, it’s just a short step from this point to a “singer in a box.”

In fact, inrepparttar 133374 letters section ofrepparttar 133375 July 2004 issue of Mix Magazine a person identified only as “BC,” referring torepparttar 133376 St. Croix and Lehrman articles, boasted that he’s created a “band” called The Bots… “created wholly from speech synthesizers and 3-D graphics.” BC further states, “I use Vocaloid among a variety of other speech synths to make it more into an ensemble. The Bots have released two CDs, a ‘record deal’ with Magnatune, and a second video inrepparttar 133377 works. It’s been a long and painful ordeal, but I’ve finally gotten them torepparttar 133378 point where they seem as real as any other band out there—except no live concerts.”

One Small Step for Man – One Giant Bill from Tech. Support

Written by Pete McFraser

Beaming data torepparttar moon—it sounds intriguing, but is it reallyrepparttar 133365 answer to offsite backup?

Dozens of businesses were unable to recover from 9/11. Having all of their files and backup data in one location added incredible economic damage torepparttar 133366 already tragic losses of life. Should businesses anticipate a graver disaster than that ofrepparttar 133367 World Trade Center?

Jumping forward ten, maybe twenty, years... North Korea’s nuclear arsenal builds to an astounding 50,000 warheads (more thanrepparttar 133368 USSR atrepparttar 133369 peak ofrepparttar 133370 Cold War),repparttar 133371 ozone hole exceeds 15 million square miles, andrepparttar 133372 war on terror wages on. Nevertheless, it’s business–as–usual back inrepparttar 133373 good old US of A. Investments grow, as doesrepparttar 133374 price of gasoline and real estate. Cures for would–be–lethal diseases are onrepparttar 133375 brink of discovery, and space travel is available to anyone willing to pay.

Nobody saw it coming. Or more precisely, no one believed it would really happen. Astronomers warned ofrepparttar 133376 dayrepparttar 133377 asteroid would come. And it does.

Barreling through space at unheard–of speeds,repparttar 133378 asteroid, aptly named “the end of days,” smashes againstrepparttar 133379 earth like a 400 billion ton hammer. Hundreds of thousands of lives are lost almost immediately. Dust and ash spread acrossrepparttar 133380 sky, andrepparttar 133381 earth whimpers as ifrepparttar 133382 wind were knocked out of her. Overrepparttar 133383 coming months,repparttar 133384 damage is address byrepparttar 133385 Red Cross like a troupe of girl scouts servicingrepparttar 133386 Normandy invasion. The economy is in shambles as consumer confidence falls throughrepparttar 133387 floor...and thenrepparttar 133388 basement.

Out ofrepparttar 133389 smoke comes Dennis Laurie, CEO of TransOrbital. In a speech matched only by Sir Winston Churchill, or maybe even Morgan Freeman, he assuresrepparttar 133390 world that rebuildingrepparttar 133391 economy is possible. The companies that had invested in TransOrbital by sending their backup data torepparttar 133392 moon could fly past their competitors and reshaperepparttar 133393 new world. By retrieving data stored safely in space, these companies redefinerepparttar 133394 Fortune 500 and becomerepparttar 133395 new leaders inrepparttar 133396 global economy.

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