David Vickery

Frequently Asked Questions

If you’re new to working with me David Vickery, SilverVOX, or indeed, if this is your first time looking for a voice over, voiceover voice-talent, narrator, voix off, sprecher or …. yes – we are called a lot of things – then here are some FAQs which I hope will prove helpful.

Why work with Silver VOX?

Now, there’s a question. But it’s a good one. Why work with David Vickery, Silver Vox? Quite simply we’re on an adventure together and I have no intention of letting you down.

The process

I record voiceovers. Lots of them. Each with their own uniqueness and individually polished!

You provide the copy. We discuss how and where the finished audio will be used and agree a price. I make the recording and forward to you. It really is that simple!

Re-records for matters of pace, tone and style are free within 28 days assuming no material change to the video. Script changes are chargeable after the initial recording.

A few FAQs

What is a voiceover?

A voice or voice over is the person who provides voice audio over laid onto a video, film, documentary or radio and TV commercial. Confusingly, this audio is also known as the voice over. In other parts of the world, the person delivering the voice over is known as the voice artist, or voice talent.

What is your voice quality?

I am a British male voice over artist. I speak standard British English in the age range 40’s to 60’s.

My voice can be identified as articulate and clear, revealing an intelligence behind the words. Some call it RP, Standard English or the “Queen’s English”. Having said that, it is a fully contemporary voice.

What is turnaround time?

Many voice over recordings can be turned around on the same day. I am South London based so I additionally record in central London (or wherever), which can take me out of studio for a few hours. Likewise with my BBC announcing duties. If you are specifically requesting a fast turnaround, I can always advise you on my availability. Just email or call me.

What audio files will you send me?

I can forward as mp3, WAV or AIFF. Raw or unprocessed. Raw audio is best if you have someone who knows a bit about sound your end and has the ability to fully eq or compress the file to your desired specs. Alternatively, I can process the voice over this end. In terms of what you hear – compressed audio delivers a very full, “fat” listening experience.

Can I listen in to the recording session?

Yes you can. Studio to Studio I can connect using Source Connect standard or via one of the many systems now available. Otherwise, Skype or Teams is easily originated to provide access.

Please note that I no longer support ISDN.

Is it possible to have a short demo of my script?

Yes, it is. There’s nothing like hearing how a voice suits your own words. It is reasonable to request up to 45″ of a script to be recorded as a bespoke demo.

What type of voice over projects are you experienced in?

You can find my services here.

Live broadcast.
Documentary narrations.
Corporate narrations.
Explainer videos.
Web video.
Straight / character reads.
TV and radio commercials.
Voice of God ( live or recorded event announcing)
On-hold / IVR.

What is a fully professional service?

Your voice over recording will be made using high-end audio products in an acoustically controlled environment using one of the industry’s most favoured microphones – the Neumann TLM 103.

I am a broadcast professional and actor with over 25 years experience in delivering a wealth of voiceovers.

I want you to be fully satisfied with your voice recording. If you are not 100% happy, then have the conversation with me. Re-records for matters of pace, tone and style are free within 28 days assuming no material change to the video.

Prices, Fees and charges

Possibly the first question every potential client asks, and key information every voice artist protects until they know the project’s fundamentals. It’s really difficult to come up with a one price fits all scenario, because every voice over project is so different.
On that note.. keep reading…

How do you charge for voice over services?

Once upon a time, it was very simple to calculate the fee for a project. A voice over artist would attend a studio session at a professional studio. The charge would be based on an hourly attendance known as the BSF or basic studio fee. Additional fees, as a percentage would be for usage – for example if the project were to be distributed by DVD or for broadcast. These additional fees took into account how many people were likely to view the final project, and the contribution of the voice to the success of that project. The hire of the studio would be an additional and significant cost.

With the advent of the home studio, calculations have changed. Most clients simply want a full and final price for work undertaken. End of story. To that end, I now negotiate on each and every project. (TV and radio commercials work slightly differently– more on that in a moment). I take into account how many words your project has; how long it is likely to take me to record and edit and the value and significance of the voice contribution to the overall success of the project. Fairness is key, so between us we can work out what is fair to both parties. I also believe that you can’t buck a market – so my rates sit comfortably with fellow voiceover artists offering a fully professional service.

What is included in the fee?

I want you as my client, not someone else’s and to this end I believe in open, honest and fair negotiation. Knowing your available budget is a good start. If it is possible to meet it, I will.

Most voice recording projects will require a single one-off fee. This is a Basic Studio Fee or BSF which includes, my voice, use of my studio, editing and delivery of an audio file via ftp.

Other projects may well require buy-outs because of their scale, reach and the value added to the project by use my voice. This is a usage fee.

Some projects, beyond the inclusion of my voice on a company website, or to an internal audience may well require licensing for a specific number of years. This is in addition to the BSF. Buyouts are also possible based on the reach of a project and the value added by use of my voice. This is common throughout the voiceover industry. To understand this better, follow this link.

Do you charge for changes?

Re-records for matters of pace, tone and style are free within 28 days assuming no material change to the video.

Script changes are charged at 50% of the BSF within 28 days or treated as a new project outside 28 days.

How much do you charge to travel to a London studio to record a voice over?

Sessions in alternative London studios are charged at an hourly attendance rate, with any buyouts negotiated prior to recording.

Does your fee include VAT?

All UK originated bookings are subject to VAT at the standard rate.

Want to be a voiceover?

A few questions I’m often asked by aspiring voice artists. 

I have a nice voice, could I be a voice over artist?

I have a nice pair of hands, could I be a pianist?

Theoretically, the answer to both is yes. But both also require honing skills to a competent level. That, and an ability to interpret the raw material. It takes practice, practice, practice. Nobody becomes a voice over artist overnight, or by simply buying a microphone and plugging it in to a computer.

So, how do you become a voice over artist?

In my experience there are two routes. Firstly, those people who have trained as an actor and secondly, those who have come through a broadcast presenting environment perhaps working as a DJ, announcer or presenter. The common experience here is a combination of confidence and constantly listening to one-self. Or to put another way practice, practice, practice. I trained as an actor, but within a couple of years of leaving University became a network television announcer.

Do I need an agent?

On the one hand no, on the other hand, yes. You are reading this on a site where you can contact me, the voice over artist directly. But it may have taken many visits to many sites before settling on this one. Other voice seekers prefer to do away with the legwork and approach an agency offering a small range of voices who fit the given criteria. No two voices are the same. We all have strengths and weaknesses and different ways of delivering a text. Good agencies get to know their clients and their voice over range, becoming adept at presenting them only when they fully fit the bill. Think of this as a filter. I try to have one or more agencies across many territories, worldwide.

How important is a high quality studio?

Very. There is no point in having voice skills that are let down by poor finished audio. After all, what matters is what is actually delivered. Most voice overs offering services on-line have what is called a “home-studio”. Some sound terrible whilst others deliver a final product indistinguishable from a high-end audio studio in central London or Manhattan. The key is to invest in the best professional kit and to make sure the studio itself is acoustically treated and properly sound-proofed. My studio is in what was once a bedroom of my London Victorian terraced house. I had the ceiling lowered, the floorboards lifted and new walls installed with high density sound-proofing behind. The difference it made!

Any other questions?

I’m always happy to answer questions about potential projects. Please just send me an email.