I recorded a voice sample for my friends in The Eternal Bliss, a community based in Lamongan, East Java. You can either listen to the mp3 or watch the video clip below. And you can get this voice to read your scripts of course by contacting me. I’d be happy to work with you.
As a Javanese, I speak the language in my everyday life in Lamongan, East Java–although in some parts of Java, such as Semarang and Yogyakarta, people like to use Indonesian to sound cool. For me, the Javanese language has its own beauty with a wide range of vocabulary. Even in Jakarta, I still have difficulties saying things or expressing my Javanese thoughts in Indonesian because it doesn’t have some of the equivalents of my Javanese words. Read More
When it comes to voice over, you can find good artists easily in UK or USA. British or American male and female voice actors are skilled and very well-trained. However, in Indonesia, where there are many voice people but very few ones with good skills and experiences, you cannot expect that quality of American guys. Read More
One advantage of speaking Indonesian is that you will not produce many plosives or microphone pops in your speech. Indonesian, or better known as bahasa Indonesia, doesn’t have aspirated consonants like those in the English language. Among aspirated consonants that occur in English are p, k, t, and ch.
But don’t get me wrong. This situation doesn’t make Indonesian citizens speak without plosives at all. In Java, an island where the capital city is located, people use aspirates every day, which occur in b, g and b. So give a Javanese a microphone and ask him to say the word bubur. You’ll hear very strong microphone pops whey they say it. Read More
I learn this trick from television. When a client hands me his script in English, I translate it first to bahasa Indonesia. If he gives me Indonesian script, still, I will translate it to my national language, but with a little spice: vocal punctuation. Voice over artists have long employed this strategy to make for an easier read. Yes, I’m talking about pause in your script. Read More
I received a silly question on Facebook about how I get my deep voice without smoking. My Facebook friend believes that men who have deep voice must smoke or drink. Smoking and drinking habit, he thinks, cracks his throat, resulting in worn-out voice which, if you know how to use it well, sounds very, very crispy.
My answer: Deep voice has nothing to do with smoking or drinking. Smoking damages the larynx and esophogus and thus the voice is more raspy and deeper sounding, but it’s basically not true that you will produce such a good, smooth and deep voice from the two habits. Deep voice comes from the muscles in your throat. In some men, these muscles are thicker; while others have smaller muscles–making their voice high-pitched. Read More