I remember walking in to my first radio studio, still a teenager; a barely soundproofed booth within the grounds of Hertford County Hospital. I watched a presenter broadcast his evening show to what in reality was only a handful of listeners on wards just metres away. To me though, the numbers really didn’t matter; it felt as if he could have been speaking to millions of pairs of ears. It was the intensity of the medium. I was hanging on his every word. I was hooked. Each time he ‘opened’ his microphone fader, my breath stopped. I never forgot that feeling, even when early in my career I experienced what broadcasting to millions of pairs of ears really felt like as a BBC Radio 1 presenter and then television continuity announcer at Granada in Manchester. I’ve worked in radio studios, television continuity suites and voice booths across the UK and internationally in three decades since.

I’ve spent those decades voicing, broadcasting, podcasting, photographing, filming and more recently added this new suite within my studio; a professional sound booth and full radio transmission facility. Sound treated and kitted with Broadcast Radio’s Myriad5 playout system, benchmark Neumann TLM103 microphones, a Sonifex professional mixer, Source Connect for remote voice sessions, a telephone balance unit for radio interview recordings, TC Finalizer and Drawmer compression units, Genelec studio monitoring and Adobe’s leading Audition multitrack sound editing software, it’s an ideal facility for many sound applications and perfect for professional voice over work.

Despite many years of experience, voicing in some of the most iconic v.o. and radio studios in this country, if not The World, when the studio door shuts, and the atmosphere is silenced, the same feeling returns as that first day I sat beneath an illuminated ‘Mic Live’ light in my home town of Hertford. That, is the beauty and power of the medium of sound.

Neale James