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Pathé News Voice

Pathé News VoiceOne of the most distinctive and quintessentially English voices you’ll hear is that  of the Pathé News reader.

Pathé News produced newsreels, shorts for the cinema and documentaries from 1910 until 1970 here in the United Kingdom. Its founder was a man called Charles Pathé, who originally made films in the silent movie era. Believe it or not, the entire collection of Pathé newsreels and movies has been fully digitised  and is  now available online.


The Pathé News voice style

When you watch a Pathé News reel, the voice is very distinctive and instantly recognisable. It has a very clipped sound and can be described as RP, posh and even spiffing! I’m contacted by clients all over the world to voice in this style and am always happy to work with you to ensure they get the correct style to suit your project. Here’s one example of that classic Pathé sound I can deliver.

On top of voicing in the style of your choice, I’m also happy to produce the voiceover for you to give it that authentic 1940’s sound. By that I mean I can EQ it and even add the radio crackle sound effects for you. When finished and produced, you’ll have an old-fashioned, old time news style to suit your project, or I can send you the raw file for you to produce.

Please do drop me a line and let me know how I can help you.

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FAQ About My Radio Voiceover Services

Q: What am i getting for my money?

A: When you book me to voice for you, you’re not just paying for my voiceover, but the reassurance that it will be broadcast quality with no erroneous room noises for you to have to worry about.

Q: Will I have to edit or do anything to the voiceover?

A: Unless you’re a producer or prefer me to send you the raw file, you can be assured that I’ll edit my read for you, so you receive a finished, high quality file.

Q: How long will my voiceover take?

A: I pride myself on a fast turnaround and will always endeavour to send you back your file within 24 hours.

Q: I’m not entirely sure how to explain the voice, character or style I need, can you help?

A: Of course! I’m more than happy to chat over the phone with you your requirements and won’t hit record until we’re both happy that I’ll be voicing in the style that suits your read or character.

Q: Can I be directed during the recording?

A: Yes! If you prefer to listen in to the recording process and direct me, then I’m available on Skype, ISDN, ipDTL and Source Connect. I’m also happy to travel to studios for sessions.

Q: Do you charge for revisions?

A: Any mistakes made by myself will be corrected free of charge. Any script changes that occur after I have sent my recording will have to be charged. The fee will depend on the length of the read and number of changes.

Q: What are you rates for radio adverts?

A: In the UK, I work to the latest Equity rate card. If your commercial is for transmission abroad, please let me know all the information, so I can quote accurately.

Q: What are your payment terms?

A: Upon receiving your voiceover, you’ll also receive my invoice. My terms are 30 days net and all my payment are on the bottom and as well as cheque and direct bank transfer, I can also be paid via Paypal.

Any questions?

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