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.
English (British), English (Australian), English
British, Black Country, Australian
Young Adult, Middle Aged
Documentaries, Audiobooks, Business, Educational, Radio, Telephone, Podcasting, Television, Internet
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!
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.
Sennheiser MKH-416, Neumann TLM 193
Mac with Pro Tools
Avalon VT-737SP tube preamp, Focusrite Scarlett, Digital phone patch/hybrid
FTP, email, ISDN, Phone Patch / Skype, Source Connect, CD, MP3, WAV, AAC, AIFF
Often within 24 hours for short projects - negotiable
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.
"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."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!"Monster Worldwide
Global Training Manager
“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!”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.”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.”Film24
Bio (The Biography Channel)
Crime & Investigation Network
Crown Prosecution Service
Global Radio Group
Hard Rock Park
LBC 97.3 FM
Marks & Spencer
National Geographic Channel
National Skills Academy
Royal Bank of Scotland
The History Channel
World Health Organisation
…and many more!
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