Mike Cooper  Asheville, NC, US

Mike Cooper
/ 5 10 Reviews
Mike Cooper

Mike Cooper

Voiceover Sampler / Montage

Highlights

Mike Cooper's voice has been called warm, friendly, authoritative, enthusiastic, and - most importantly - believable. Mike's natural delivery isn’t the Received Pronunciation or “RP” made famous by newsreel announcers, Shakespearian actors and public schoolboys of the past, but a more neutral, modern, unaccented English. It’s a friendlier, more natural style of speaking that carries authority, but which also has a knack of making even the most complex and technical script shine through with absolute clarity. Mike's vocal age range runs from young adult to middle age, with plenty of scope for light and shade. Born and raised in the "Black Country" (to the north-west of the UK's second city, Birmingham), and surrounded by speakers of one of the country's strongest and least popular accents, Mike strove from an early age to shake off his native sound. That said, he can return to his West Midlands roots if needed. Mike can also perform a very natural Australian accent, mostly as a result of having an Australian partner for for six years and spending quite a lot of time Down Under. He's now married to an American (with all the possibilities for accent development that brings), and lives in South London with his partner and two small dogs.

Languages

English (British), English (Australian), English

Accents

British, Black Country, Australian

Ages

Young Adult, Middle Aged

Special Skills

Documentaries, Audiobooks, Business, Educational, Radio, Telephone, Podcasting, Television, Internet

Experience

Mike Cooper has been voicing for over twenty years, since he was just 17 and started working for his local BBC radio station. His first job was as a "trail maker", making promos and using his own voice to record them. Since then Mike has had periods as a radio presenter, TV announcer and, of course, as a full time freelance voiceover artist.

Much of Mike's work remains in broadcast media. He's in demand for documentary voiceovers for channels like History, National Geographic and the Crime & Investigation Network. He can also regularly be heard on the BBC World Service as a station announcer and newsreader, and years of "sight-reading" scripts in radio news means he can "sight read" very well.

This wealth of broadcast experience means he's used to getting the best out of difficult or poorly-written scripts, and is often able to suggest a better way to phrase something if the production would benefit. Years of practice since, reading corporate scripts and medical narrations, means Mike has become adept at bringing dry, technical reads to life. This makes him an especially good choice for training, eLearning and corporate projects, though he finds himself asked to voice everything from phone prompts to awards ceremonies, to announcements for theme parks!

Credentials

Education

Leaving school for his dream job in radio means all of Mike's time since has been spent learning on-the-job, as a radio presenter, TV announcer and voiceover artist (though he's also spent time directing live news programmes, too).

Mike has studied voice, including accents and character voice at London's City Lit, and has also worked on Character Voice with coach, Yvonne Morley.

Studio

  • Microphone

    Sennheiser MKH-416, Neumann TLM 193

  • Computer & Software

    Mac with Pro Tools

  • Special Equipment

    Avalon VT-737SP tube preamp, Focusrite Scarlett, Digital phone patch/hybrid

  • Delivery Methods

    FTP, email, ISDN, Phone Patch / Skype, Source Connect, CD, MP3, WAV, AAC, AIFF

  • Turnaround Time

    Often within 24 hours for short projects - negotiable

Service Description

I work from my home studio in the mountains of North Carolina. It's acoustically-treated and comprises professional kit, including Neumann and Sennheiser microphones, Avalon 737 and Focusrite preamps, and a Mac running Pro Tools and other software.

Source-Connect Pro and access to ISDN lines mean I can connect to a studio of your choice, if required, and I'm also able to offer live hookups via VOIP using Skype, Source-Connect Now, ipDTL and others. Please ask if you'd like to know more.

Testimonials

"Mike is a great voice who cooperates and says “yes” to the client’s requests. Mike is a team player and focuses on getting the job done right."

Glenn Fishkin
President

Full Scale Productions, Inc

“I have worked with Mike recently as I have been involved in creating and launching an eLearning platform for Monster and needed an English voice for the Modules. Throughout this ongoing project Mike has been a delight to work with, he is professional, dedicated and extremely responsive to any request. You can hand him a script and in return you will receive a fantastic sounding, well produced voice file. I would wholeheartedly recommend Mike to anyone, he has delivered some great work and I will continue to offer Mike assignments in the future!"

Tim Newton
Global Training Manager

Monster Worldwide

“Voice artist Mike Cooper has been working with idealhome.tv for several months, voicing real estate presentations. He is an approachable, co-operative professional voice talent. Our clients have been pleased with the finished products, and we intend working with Mike frequently in the future. We would not hesitate to recommend him to production houses and advertising agencies!”

Neil Dickenson

IdealHome.tv

“Mike Cooper has done several voice recordings for us over the past few months and his work is always exceptional. Our clients are always pleased with the results and the recording sessions always run smoothly.”

Samantha Horsfield

Matinée Sound & Vision

“Mike has just been appointed as one of our main channel voiceovers. He’s very professional, and writes and delivers high quality links, to very tight deadlines. I wouldn’t hesitate in recommending him.”

Andrew Burns
CEO

Film24

Client List

Air France
B&Q
BBC
Bio (The Biography Channel)
BP Solar
Brit Insurance
British Gas
Capgemini
Cisco Systems
Crime & Investigation Network
Crown Prosecution Service
Discovery Channel
Foster+Partners
Fujitsu
Global Radio Group
Hard Rock Park
Heart Radio
Illy
JCB
LBC 97.3 FM
Marks & Spencer
Monster Worldwide
National Geographic Channel
National Skills Academy
Nissan
Nokia
PONS GmbH
QVC
Renault
Rolls Royce
Royal Bank of Scotland
Royal Mail
Shell plc
Siemens
Sky Sports
The History Channel
Total
Which?
World Health Organisation
Xerox
…and many more!

Payment Terms

Hire Mike for voice-over work. Payment is made through Voices.com SurePay, an escrow service that guarantees your work is done to your satisfaction. Send payment securely by Visa, Mastercard or PayPal through Voices.com then download your files from the website.

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Next Steps

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Voiceover Sampler / Montage 491 Listens

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Commercial Reel 17 Listens

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Corporate Reel 22 Listens

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Narration Reel 64 Listens

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eLearning & Training Reel 6 Listens

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Imaging Reel 5 Listens

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Hard Sell demo - Homes Bed Centre 690 Listens

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Audiobook - Roald Dahl (PONS GmbH) 1813 Listens

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Training video - BTN Turbo 141 Listens

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BBC World Service - news and continuity 163 Listens

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TV Promo - Mega Disasters 388 Listens

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Medical Narration Sample 7 Listens

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TV Promos (QVC) 141 Listens

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1 / 5

Great to work with, and produced a professional voice over fit for our video. Would highly recommend!

Apr 25, 2014
2 / 5

Quick and great voice.

Nov 4, 2013
3 / 5

Mike did a great job. This was only the first time working with Mike and his recording (4 minute long) was done quickly and professionally. I would recommend him to others and would work with him again for any other voice overs I need in the future.

From
Chris Ng
Aug 24, 2013
4 / 5

Aug 15, 2013
5 / 5

Mike has a brilliant voice and he is great to work with!!

Sep 12, 2012
6 / 5

Excellent job

Sep 30, 2010
7 / 5

Mike is very professional and the job was completed very quickly. Will use again.

Aug 25, 2010
8 / 5

A pleasure to work with a pro!

Jul 13, 2010
9 / 5

Everything on time !
Disponibility and kindness.
Many thanks.

From
David DAN
Apr 20, 2010
10 / 5

Friendly service, fast turnaround, affordable rates. The first recording sent was already perfect and did not need any changes. Wish all my suppliers would be that professional.

Feb 5, 2010