Today we’re discussing how Charles Martinet dreams as Mario, Sega opens a new studio in Sapporo, Sonic Frontiers to be voiced in six different languages, the robots are coming for podcasts, Voices releases its 2022 State of Voice Over Report and Ralph Hass joins us in the Vox Talk community spotlight.
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Hi there and welcome to Vox Talk, your weekly review from the world of voice over. I’m your host, Stephanie Ciccarelli from Voices. In today’s show, you’ll hear how Charles Martinet dreams as Mario, about Sega’s new studio in Japan, linguistic accessibility in Sega’s game, Sonic Frontiers, how robots might start mixing podcasts, Voices’ 2022 State of Voice Over Report and Ralph Hass joins us the Community Spotlight.
News 1: Charles Martinet Dreams as Mario
What’s one bizarre side effect of voicing Mario for so long?
SVG reports that playing Mario has been a dream job for the character's voice actor in more ways than one. Charles Martinet jumped into the role of Mario over 30 years ago and never looked back, racking up 150 "Mario" appearances and counting on his resume.
Though the talent behind gaming's favorite plumber has also scored work on gaming projects as varied as "Star Wars," "Ratchet & Clank," and many more, fans easily know him best for bringing the beloved plumber to life.
As it turns out, after all these years, repeatedly transforming into Mario has affected Martinet on a deep, subconscious level, so much so that the prolific voice actor now dreams as Mario.
Apparently, he even dreams in 2D from time to time.
Have you ever taken on a role that has affected you to the same degree that playing Mario has impacted Charles Martinet? Be sure to let us know on social media!
News 2: Sega opens new studio in Sapporo, Japan
Video Games Chronicle reports that Sega has announced the opening of a second ‘development base’ in Japan called Sega Sapporo.
Although Sega currently has a number of in-house development studios in Japan, they all work out of the company’s main base in Tokyo.
According to its new company website, the studio will take on a number of roles, including “development, design, debugging, sales, import and export of game hardware and software,” and “planning, production and sales of character products”.
Sega stated in November 2021 that it would consider investing nearly $1 billion in its game development capabilities in the next few years.
News 3: Sonic Frontiers Voice Acting and Subtitle Languages
Another Sega story!
Siliconera posted details about how accessible Sonic Frontiers will be, including how many languages the video game would be voiced in as well as the number of languages for subtitles. Gamers can look forward to 6 voice acting languages and the ability to choose from a list of 12 different subtitle options.
Sonic Frontiers characters will be voiced in:
Languages for subtitles include:
Chinese (both Simplified and Traditional)
Not all languages will be available everywhere. The Chinese and Korean subtitle options will only be available on the Xbox One, Xbox Series X, and PC.
Sonic Frontiers will appear on the Nintendo Switch, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, and PC sometime during the 2022 holiday season.
News 4: Robot Podcast Hosts and Sound Mixers Are Coming
Do you see a future where robots host podcasts, serve up ads and mix sound recordings?
Pacific Content published an article exploring these possibilities. While this isn’t happening a lot now, the groundwork has been laid.
Tools like Descript, an all-in-one audio and video editing platform, can be used to help clone voices and then some.
In conversation with Pacific Content, Descript’s Head of Business & Corporate Development, Jay LeBoeuf, revealed that we’re very close to that reality.
He says, “AI voice clones are going to become much, much more widely used in 2022 than they were before. But specifically, they’re going to be used for editorial mistakes, for pickups, and even for ad reads and trailers.”
Jay also shared that Pushkin Industries is already using an audio AI version of author Malcolm Gladwell to voice table reads. Jay goes on to say, “It doesn’t make it to the show yet, but they have a really high-quality version of his voice because he’s already done all these audiobooks and all these podcasts.”
Using the vast catalogue of professionally recorded audio they already have of Malcolm Gladwell, sound designers can use machine learning to train an artificially intelligent text-to-speech voice clone.
For the producers, this means that they can write the script and the narration based on what his voice sounds like, in his cadence. And, as Jay points out, this saves a lot of time, “what’s left for him at the end is to go in and actually record it in a way that only he can.”
To hear more about what’s going on in this area of AI and voice, be sure to read the full article linked from our show notes.
News 5: Voices Talent Trends Report
Curious to know what your voice acting colleagues are up to? Voices has released its 2022 State of Voice Over Report!
A few highlights of the report include:
6 ways to grow your business in 2022
The most requested roles coming
Get your copy of the Voices 2022 State of Voice Over Report by visiting the link in our show notes.
Vox Talk Community Spotlight: Ralph Hass
Stephanie Ciccarelli: In this week’s Community Spotlight, we welcome Ralph Hass, a Canadian voice talent in British Columbia. I invited Ralph to talk about his voice over career, specifically about his adventures in sports. So Ralph, can you tell us more about your career?
Ralph Hass: I started in voice over in 2005. I set up a Voices.com account, I’m still with you seventeen years later. My first big client were the Buffalo Sabres and I’m currently in my 14th season of voice over work for them on the MSG TV network. I never played ice hockey growing up but road hockey, soccer and tennis. Still play a lot of tennis with my wife of 33 years, Darlene, and basketball in a men’s rec league for the last dozen years. Unfortunately that’s on hold because of the pandemic. Had another great client in Buffalo a few years ago, the Buffalo Bills, from 2008 to 2011 and the Thurman Thomas TV show. As the NFL playoffs begin this weekend (Go Bills!), one of my other big hockey clients was the Western Hockey League on Shaw TV that ran in Canada from 2007 to 2017. I love sports because it’s unpredictable. I guess that could also describe voice over and the pandemic. Please be safe.
Stephanie Ciccarelli: Ralph, it’s been a great 17 years! Thank you for being with us on the show and also for sharing your storyl
And that’s the way we saw the world through the lens of voice over this week. Thank you for joining me here and for supporting the show! Remember that one of the best ways you can help me out is by giving Vox Talk a 5-star review whenever you listen to your podcasts so that other people can find Vox Talk and subscribe as well. I’m your host, Stephanie Ciccarelli. We’ll see you next week.