Media Maelstrom, Or Short Reviews Of Many Things

There are times in which I like to create media, and there are times in which I like to consume media. A particularly cold winter provided me the perfect backdrop for consumption, and i’d like to share my thoughts on those things. AS opposed to my usual breathy and in-depth expose on the things I have been up to, I’ve decided to distill my opinions to mere sentences in an effort to say a lot in a little amount of time. Click the video below to hear my thoughts about the books and films that have populated my mind this winter.

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Christmas Folk, An Original Audio Play For Christmas

This story has become something wonderful for me, not just because it marks the first time I was able to employ a full cast behind the mic, but also because creating it reminded me of the wonderful, innocent, beautiful magic that surrounds this season. I dearly hope you enjoy, and please, share with your friends and family.

Now presenting – Christmas Folk

Written, produced, and edited by Doug Dorda.

Pecos Bill – Dan Rickabus

Babe – Colin Ragan

Johnny – George Benson

DIY Sound Booth

Since I have decided to become a voice actor, a dedicated space in which to record my vocals has become something of a necessity. Searching for home, or portable solutions that were also less costly often led to mixed opinions and varying degrees of success. Finally, I decided to grab the bull by the horns and come up with my own design. Attempt one was meant to be something  of a temporary solution, and quite frankly, it shows. However, the PVC Cube wrapped in moving blankets and lined with gun case foam did prove effective. For proof, listen to any of the preceding audio I have posted on the blog.

Materials for V:1 Audio booth.

Materials for V:1 Audio booth.

Admittedly a bit hard to see, but the structure housed my mic, computer, and scripts for recording.

Admittedly a bit hard to see, but the structure housed my mic, computer, and scripts for recording.

V:1 of my audio booth cost roughly $30 to create, for anyone interested in the plans, please comment below. Though the structure worked, it was also stifled by a few limitations. Chief among the limitations, the fact that I was forced to sit to record. Anyone who has recorded before will know that it is a hell of a lot easier to sound natural and lively while standing. With this goal in mind, I decided to design an upgrade…

For this project you will need: 1. Any power drill. 2. Any Power Saw. 3. Staple gun, brad gun, or nail gun. 4. Wood and shelf Brackets of your choice. 5. A kick ass assistant (specifically in this case, my wife. Her patience with me is to be praised). 6. Moving blankets, or whatever sound deadening material of your choice. Pictures of the construction of the booth, our experience building it, and the fist recording from within the booth are in the video below. Please comment for greater detail, or step by step instruction.