New York, NY (June 19, 2009)–Neumann has announced its endorsement of voiceover talent and educator, Joan Baker. In an amazing career that now spans two decades, Baker has been “the voice” for hundreds of programs, promos and commercials in TV, film and radio. Her clients include ABC News, American Express and ESPN, among countless others of equally high profile. Baker also regularly shares her insights and techniques with students just breaking into the business, and she authored the voiceover artist’s bible, Secrets of Voice-Over Success.
Baker is also a longtime Neumann devotee, who learned her preference for the nuance and power of Neumann large-diaphragm condensers through trial and error early in her career. When the time came to build her own personal vocal booth, she built it around a Neumann U 87. In addition to jobs, Baker uses her vocal booth for voice coaching, where students benefit from hearing both the pleasing nuances of their voices and the flaws in need of improvement.
“A microphone can make or break a voice,” Baker said. “It’s one of the most important aspects of voiceover work. With an inferior mic, an otherwise powerful and resonant voice loses the fullness of its range. This causes the speaker to sound one-dimensional. With a high-end microphone like a Neumann, the voice sounds full and natural. The speaker’s complete range of expression can be faithfully rendered. Importantly, the high-end mic will cut through a mix of other sounds, whereas anything else has a tendency to lose or muddy the nuances.”
Baker’s vocal booth is expecting a new resident in the coming weeks–a Neumann TLM 67. The TLM 67 features the K 67 capsule from the classic U 67 along with some of Neumann’s latest technological advances. “I’m always looking for new ways to bring out the colors of my voice,” enthused Baker. “The new mic adds buttery goodness to my spots and will find a welcome home next to the U 87!”