Over the years, we’ve spelled out the name of this industry in a number of ways, however, those differences have never changed what the term means.
This word represents our world, so to speak, and we need to protect it!
What does the word “voiceover” mean to you and what makes it uniquely ours?
Share your thoughts and let the conversation begin!
It’s time to protect a word that is rightfully ours!
Recent events have inspired this post. After publishing a blog entry last night, I had some new clarity thanks to a tip sent to me by Elaine Victoria Grey, discovering that there weren’t voice actors hired specially to record voiceovers for this generation of the iPod Shuffle… it was reported on the blog Gizmodo this morning to be in fact, quite the opposite.
This was a surprise to me, and I must admit, I was really hoping to find out who got the gig. I love Apple and was excited, thinking perhaps naively, that custom voiceovers were recorded for the iPod Shuffle as the feature named “VoiceOver” suggested.
It is a widely held opinion that text-to-speech (TTS) isn’t voiceover, nor are synthetic, aggregated phonemes that when read out by a computer form words and sentences. This technology does have its merits, particularly for the visually impaired, however, it isn’t in the truest sense, voiceover.
The term “Voiceover” (and its subsequent variations) belongs to our community of voice artists and audio producers, and we’re proud of it! If there’s any doubt in your mind, read the barrage of 68 comments left on the article where the industry debated the spelling of its own name. Diane Havens, in relation to what Apple is referring to as voiceover, put it nicely today when she said:
“… It is, of course, not a voice over, it’s not even really a voice — it’s a synthesized sound that approximates human speech. No smile.” If one were to go back to the origin of the word, “voiceover” actually referred to the laying down of a voice track over music or the like (thank you to Sid Whatley for that via Facebook).
Is the world to believe that synthetic voices are actually voiceovers?
Text-to-speech and synthetic computerized utterances must not prevail…
Say It Loud!
Leave a comment with your thoughts. This is far too important not to speak up for!