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Life on Mars
Life on Mars
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beyond this planet, 4 Mar. 2016
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This man has always walked on water in my eyes, and continues to do so. His tributes to DB are, inevitably, the best there are.


Paradiso
Paradiso
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hayley's Halo, 4 Mar. 2016
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Perfect combination from one of the world's great composers and the one of the galaxy's most sublime voices. I haven't always followed Hayley's choice of music/collections but this is one NOT to miss.


Blue in Blue
Blue in Blue
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5.0 out of 5 stars Climb Inside, 4 Mar. 2016
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You need to relax? Just climb into this beguilingly simple but subtle music and let it wrap you up. From the man who brought you Quanta Qualia .. and this even includes another version. Worth it for that alone.


Soundwave Squares: These sound absorption panels allow you to fine tune the acoustics of any space - an "echoey" room, your home theatre or home recording studio - and they look smart, too. They're made from charcoal gray layers of Mondaplen® in polyester fiber to increase the acoustic damping effect. 60 x 60 cm (23.5 x 23.5 inches)
Soundwave Squares: These sound absorption panels allow you to fine tune the acoustics of any space - an "echoey" room, your home theatre or home recording studio - and they look smart, too. They're made from charcoal gray layers of Mondaplen® in polyester fiber to increase the acoustic damping effect. 60 x 60 cm (23.5 x 23.5 inches)
Offered by Grifal SpA
Price: £38.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Italian Design Flair to the fore, 24 Jun. 2015
Designed either to hang on the wall or to stand on a surface such as a table or desk these panels take advantage of something called Mondaplen® technology to help in providing acoustic damping. No doubt useful for musicians or sound engineers too my principal interest in them was for my Voice Over home studio.

They are made from layers of recyclable polyester fibre which do an excellent job of just what they set out to provide: absorbing the ambient noise in an otherwise untreated or partially treated room. The frames, measuring a shade over 59cm x 59cm square, are made from dark grey cardboard and include pre-cut stands that can be folded out from the rear to allow the panel to be free-standing. The illustrations give the general impression.

Once more Italian design flair is on display. The beauty of the panels as wall-hangings is that they are very light and do not require more than two light nails or hooks to do the job. Holes are provided in the rear to fit the panel in whichever orientation suits you - portrait or landscape, as it were, depending on how you want the grooves to run. Typically, with say four panels, these would be alternately portrait and landscape, approximately 10-15 cm apart. The effect is not only practical and useful but also aesthetically pleasing. As with so many of the best things, simplicity rules.

I was a little less impressed by the free-standing arrangement - not because it doesn't work well (the pre-cut shapes were easy and highly effective to make the stand itself) but more because of the space that just two panels required, behind a mic, on a desk top. This is almost certainly more a reflection of how cluttered my desktop gets, but I can't help feeling I'm not alone in that. So whilst the free-standing arrangement is a neat idea I suspect that 9 out of 10 of such panels will end up on a wall.

An alternative thought was that squares measuring approximately 44cmx44cm might get more use on a desk top, but that may simply be wishful thinking.

More to the point how do they perform in their primary function as sound-absorbing acoustic panels? The answer is very well, if not very well indeed. Much will depend on the room or studio's needs of course but I found that by simply installing two panels on a wall some 10 feet from the microphone that there was a noticeable reduction in 'echo' which has in the past been my main challenge. I tried them in four different arrangements on two different walls; in each instance the audible benefit was remarkable. My intention is to install at least a further two and I'm anticipating a still greater benefit.

The fact that the panels can so easily be repositioned or rehung is a major plus. Particularly for those using spaces as studios infrequently it would be as simple as having a number of small hooks on a wall (which might accommodate pictures or posters if the room was dual-purpose) on which the panels could be rehung in a matter of a minute.

The fact that the frames are cardboard is a slight concern as far as durability goes but as ever if you take good care when hanging the panels they should give many years of service.

To summarise these are well worth investigating; adaptable, light with strong 'green' credentials and excellent value for money. Best of all, if you want to improve your room's ambient noise they will give you great support.


More Than Just a Voice:: The REAL Secret to VoiceOver Success
More Than Just a Voice:: The REAL Secret to VoiceOver Success
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Spokesman speaks .. take heed, 22 July 2014
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If you're new to the voiceover business this is a no-brainer must-read. Distilled wisdom from a global pay-it-forward guru. If you're an established VO artist or even a seasoned pro it will still hit home .. if only to remind us all that, in the VO business, it is certainly NOT enough just to have a voice. In that, and as so often, Courvo speaks for us all.


Making Money In Your PJs: Freelancing for Voice-Overs and Other Solopreneurs
Making Money In Your PJs: Freelancing for Voice-Overs and Other Solopreneurs
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not an effort but a joy to read, 5 Jun. 2014
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Full of good stuff, not just for those us plying our VO trade. Paul's common sense, good humour and distilled wisdom are all evident on every page. Buy, read, learn, enjoy, share.


The Best of Matt 2013
The Best of Matt 2013
by Matt Pritchett
Edition: Paperback

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5.0 out of 5 stars Cannot miss, 21 Oct. 2013
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If he produced a 'Best of' on a fortnightly basis I'd still buy every one. Hooked and happily so. Touched with something very special. A bit like most top lips.


Towards The Light
Towards The Light
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4.0 out of 5 stars A bit mixed, but .., 21 Oct. 2013
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.. still hugely enjoyable. Patrick's music enriches in a way that others is simply light fodder. Listen out for him!


Odyssey (UK Repackage)
Odyssey (UK Repackage)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning, 21 Oct. 2013
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Quanta Qualia is soul-shifting stuff. Worth the price of this excellent album several times over. The rest is just sublime.


Lend Me Your Ears: All you need to know about making speeches and presentations
Lend Me Your Ears: All you need to know about making speeches and presentations
by Max Atkinson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My eyes as well as, happily, my ears .., 27 Feb. 2012
What comes through, in each chapter of Max Atkinson's excellent book, is the experience and wisdom garnered over several decades. It is laced with compelling evidence to back up the huge quantities of practical advice it contains too.

I first read 'Lend Me Your Ears' in preparation for a series of workshops and seminars. I now not only re-read it often but am delighted to hand worthy students a copy for their own ongoing benefit.

I more than happily suggest you grab your copy now!
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