In our continuing series profiling the companies on our Audio Market page we are going to turn the spotlight on Steve Cripps, Voiceover Artist. On the Audio Market page we offer smaller developers and service providers the opportunity to reach the Pro Tools community at a much lower price. Steve is a voiceover artist and if you have heard podcast 232 or later then you have heard Steve as he is our new voiceover for the introductions for our podcasts.
PTE: How did you start? Tell us about your journey to setting up your company.
Steve: My voiceover career began when an opportunity arose to voice liners for a radio show whilst working as an audio producer at a London based broadcast company. From there I went freelance and landed the gig of male station voice for BBC Radio 1. Shortly after I set up my own production company Sixty Six Sound and built a studio in Dorset of which I now run both my voiceover and production businesses.
PTE: Tell us a bit about your company and the products you produce?
Steve: Sixty Six Sound produces live intros, podcast and radio imaging for high profile dance DJ’s including Carl Cox, Armin Van Buuren and Paul Oakenfold. This element of the business runs in tandem with my voiceover work which includes commercial, imaging, corporate and web video based projects.
PTE: What challenges are you facing at the moment?
Steve: With running my own business - balancing production, voiceover and administration is always a tricky process, but staying out in the market place is very challenging. Saying that, I am blessed to have many strings in my bow so can adapt if things get tough financially!
PTE: What plans do you have for the future that you can share with the community?
Steve: There are some amazing things on the horizon, but I can’t talk about them right now!
PTE: What is your favourite audio tool (excluding any of your own products)?
Steve: For voiceover work my favourite tool is of course my microphones. I am particular smitten with the Neumann TLM 107 which plugs in to a SPL Channel One which I absolutely adore. I am a big fan of Pro Tools which I have used since version 3! Plugin-wise for sound design I am always using Sugar-bytes Effectrix and Turnado. More recently I have been loving Output’s Movement plugin. My staple audio processors are PSP Audioware’s Vintage warmer 2 and the Massey L2007.
PTE:What one thing gets you annoyed about the audio business?
Steve: Nothing really apart from the occasional creativity zapping DAW bugs! I feed off the creativity and success of others and get a real buzz out of working on my own stuff, which keeps the bad thoughts away!
PTE: Is there anything else you would like to share with the Pro Tools Expert community?
Steve: Keeping having fun with audio and share the good production vibes :)