Dead Come Alive with Neumann

Voice actors Dave Fennoy and Cissy Jones used Neumann mics when recording their parts for ongoing episodic game series based on The Walking Dead.
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Voice actor Dave Fennoy uses a Neumann TLM 103 large diaphragm condenser mic to record his dialogue for the game series, The Walking Dead.
Old Lyme, CT (August 14, 2013)—Voice actors Dave Fennoy and Cissy Jones used Neumann mics when recording their parts for ongoing episodic game series based on The Walking Dead.

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Fennoy did the voice work for lead character Lee Everett. Jones, meanwhile, did the voice work for five characters, including Katjaa (who appeared in episodes one through three), Jolene (episode two), and Brie (episode four). Both Fennoy and Jones enjoyed the amount of dialog in the game, as well as the interaction among the characters.

Fennoy was taken by the script of The Walking Dead. "I have played two headed dragons, creatures that drop bombs from the sky, warriors, wizards and every other kind of creature. But Lee Everett was just an average, normal guy and very close to me. I didn't have to come up with any crazy voices," he says.

Fennoy uses a Neumann TLM 103 large diaphragm condenser mic inside his Whisper Room isolation booth at home, recording via a Digidesign Digi 002 interface to his iMac running Pro Tools. "For accuracy and sound, you can't beat Neumann," he says. "This is the microphone that everything else is compared to."

Cissy Jones also appreciated the deep characters within the script. "I am so happy to have had an opportunity to be part of this amazing game, because it involved real people," she says. "It is unlike anything I've ever done before and there was so much character development involved."

During the production of The Walking Dead Jones also gravitated towards Neumann, in this case, to the classic U87 large diaphragm condenser. "I have a deeper voice, and all of that richness gets picked up accurately with the U87," she says. "For animation and video games, this is the best microphone to use if you want to capture all the detail and nuances in the recording."

Jones uses her U87 with a MacBook Pro running Adobe Audition, through a Cakewalk two-channel USB interface.

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