Barron B. Bass (BBass) is a graduate of Rutgers MGSA, Shakespeare's Globe, and The Flea (The Bats). Originally from Greenburgh, NY, he spent his childhood playing in band, performing with Reader's Theatre, singing in church (8 days a week), hamming his way through musicals, and having entirely too much fun with science projects.
(No houses were burned down, but we came close - several times.)
As a life-long vocalist and fan of cartoons, the transition into voice over felt natural for Barron. About two weeks after graduating undergrad, B. voiced his first McDonald's commercial. Since then, he's gone on to carve out his own path in family oriented voice over content. His most notable recent appearances are in Crayola's Scribble Scrubbies, Red Dead Redemption II, ABC's original Richard Pryor documentary, “Pryor Convictions”, and Pokémon Journeys, voicing Chairman Rose and few others.
BBass is also a regular contributor to The Skeleton Rep. Aside from sound designing past shows and assisting with tech, he can be seen in their three-part series, The Great Vanishing - filmed by 60 artists, all remotely.
When not working in voice over, on stage, or on camera, B. is probably working on music (as BBass), sketch comedy, or gallivanting outside. Most recently, B. began building his production company, B3KET Legendary, with fellow artist/rapper Napoleon Da Legend. B3KET's mission is to do more with less, facilitate quality collaborations, and provide inspiration to all, with an emphasis on narrative and community.
Some of My Past / Current Clients
WHY SHOULD I HIRE AN EXPERIENCED VOICE TALENT??
I get it. In a world of digital content, everyone can do everything & anything. And if you can't DIY,
I think you should at least try.
To be fair, that's exactly how I got started. With a borrowed dynamic mic and a cheap used interface from eBay. I already knew how to record because I had recorded music on my own, quite often. In retrospect, I wasn't good, simply because I hadn't put in enough time.
I now admit: I didn't become good until I decided to learn from experts.
For your purposes, here are the top 3 scenarios I think you can relate to:
* You could hire someone who doesn't have a professional studio, including the best mics, the best recording interfaces, and the best connectivity solutions for remote sessions. But this will add time to your process, which will cost your production more. Also, people can feel the difference between mediocre and great voiceover, whether they know it or not.
* You could even go without a voice over, which some folks opt for "because its too expensive".
Yet, the value of video is never debated, because "seeing is believing" - 80% of the content we ingest is video now! But did you know: your campaign is 5x more likely to convert when your message is edified with a voice over? Humans are sensory, and the power of listening is often underrated. So, no, voice over is not too expensive - mistakes & omission of valuable pieces of your production / time ARE the MOST expensive!
Besides, I (and my reps) have and can work with most budgets within reason.
* You could pay for an AI voice, to which I say, well at least its something. At least you didn't put out a text only ad or something with just music (both often forgettable). One could argue that AI voice will replace human voice in 10 - 15 years - and yet, that's a conversation for tomorrow. As it stands today, AI voice is fascinating for its potential, but the available options are still largely robotic, lifeless, and lacking nuance. (Here's a random AI company proving my point - they mention a bunch about human connection, and yet... want you to hire their robot. Weird) Directing pro voice talent will GIVE your project life and nuance that will connect with your audience!
Here's my point: Why wouldn't you hire a trusted, proven voice for your brand? With a lifelong career as an entertainer, ten years as a voice actor, several years as a producer of content, events, and more, even a few years in social media marketing, and 10 years as a full time voice over professional?
I know what you need, how to do it, and what to do when challenges arise. You don't know what you don't
know - but I probably do!
And I do not take being a master collaborator and top notch problem solver lightly.
Let's get to work!
Home Studio Specs & More
1. Microphones - Senheiser MKH416 (primary), Neumann U87, Neumann TLM103, Antelope Audio Edge Duo (Modeling Mic), Rode NTG4+, Rode NTG5, also using Apogee One w/ breakout (if mobile)
2. Audio Interface/Equipment - Antelope Audio Orion Studio (primary), Focusrite Scarlett Solo, ART Studio V3 Tube Pre w/ PC, Yamaha HS8 monitors, beyerdynamic dt770 Pro/Sony MD7506/Beats Solo HD/and more
3. Audio Software - Audacity (preferred), access to other DAWs (Fl Studio, etc.)
4. Booth/space treatment - Dedicated room/home studio, Floor rug with insulation, thick curtains (3 layers both windows), sound panels, moderate treatment - booth config (closet w treatment, perfect placement for booth, equipped with monitor, Audimute Vinyl Sheet, thick noise isolation panels, and regular foam sound dampening panels) - huge bass traps (ceiling/floor), in booth
6. Camera equipment -
- Logitech c615 webcam (primary)
- Sony A7III main cam
- Sony A7SIII (both Alpha cameras have remote/streaming capability)
- Various E-Mount Lenses: 16-50mm (Power Zoom), 24mm, 50mm, 85mm lenses
- Sigma MC-11 adapter (to adapt Canon lenses to Sony E Mount)
- Various lights, including Apeture 300x with light dome, lantern
- Zhiyun Weebill 2 (primary) & Zhiyun Weebil-S gimbals
- 34" motorized slider
- Various field audio recorders, including wireless solutions (Rode Wireless Go, primary)
- Moment lenses system for iPhone (complete)
- Green screen, blue screen