Jim Diaz

Non typical deep to medium VO specialist

Voice Description

I have a medium to deep voice with some low end texture. Excellent for announcements and narration. My experience started in radio and have several years of game experience both on mic as well as directing & recording. I can range anywhere from high emotion to deadpan, serious to comical, grunts, groans, screams & yells and utterances. Any vocalization as needed. As a singer I am somewhere between a baritone to tenor.

Voice Genders and "Ages" I Can Perform

• Young Adult Male
• Middle Age Male
• Senior Male

Language(s) of Which I Am a Native Speaker:

• English - British
• English - USA and Canada
• English - Other

I Offer my Services for these Recording Purposes

• Commercials
• Promos
• IVR, voicemail, phone systems, and on-hold messages
• Training, business presentations, sales, and web sites
• Audiobooks
• Videogames
• Documentaries
• TV shows and movies
• Movie and game trailers
• Podcasts
• Adult content
• Songs
• Others (on-camera, infomercials, live announcers, spokespersons)

Jobs I Am Willing to Take (Union-wise)

• Non-Union Jobs

Jobs for ACTRA (Canada) signatories Jobs for ACTRA (Canada) signatories

• Jobs for SAG-AFTRA (US) signatories

My Union Affiliations and Memberships


My Recording and Delivery Capabilities

• I will go to any designated studio in my area
• I can record and then deliver the audio files via Email
• I can record and then upload the audio files via FTP
• I can record and then deliver the files by regular mail

Pre-, Post- and Production Services I Offer

• I can deliver edited and finished voice tracks
• I offer radio ad production services
• I have a music library and can add music to any project
• I can add special effects to any project

My Home Base

, California, United States

Accents, Impersonations, Characters and Dialects

I am comfortable with a range of American generic, southern style accents (Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, etc.), north east (New York, Massachusetts, etc.) and west coast (surfer/skater, hippy, "valley", etc). Also my personal background includes Italian and and Mexican heritage so I comfortable speaking English with these types of accents. Also varieties of British accents (generic, cockney, northern [Liverpudlian]) and Irish.

When singing my voice has been described as close to John Lennon with a slight nasal quality. Somewhere around Lennon, Roger Waters, Mike Nesmith, Jim Croce, Tom Petty or the like. A little rough around the edges with emotion.

My Voice Experience

I have been working in video games for over a decade, primarily as a sound designer but with significant voice over experience including script preparation, performing, recording, direction, editing and processing. I began my game career at LucasArts (7 1/2 years), then onto Activision and later Sega of America. My first game VO appearance came in 2002 in "Armed and Dangerous" where I was an extra in a bar scene (chatter and chorus singing). I developed a "mumble-speak" dialogue approach for the "LEGO Star Wars: The Original Trilogy" game directing all vocalization and performing characters such as Darth Vader and Han Solo. My VO career started in radio as an on air personality at radio stations KVHS in Concord, Ca and the former KLOQ of Merced, Ca. In addition to being on air I recorded many PSA and ad spots as well as reporting news.

My Training

Studied Motion Picture & Video Production at the Academy of Art in San Francisco, Ca. Studied Studio Recording and Advanced ProTools at Diablo Valley College in Peasant Hill, Ca as well as general course work.

I am a member of the Audio Engineering Society and NAMM.

My Studio Equipment

I am the owner of Session Masters Studios in Concord, Ca.

Digital Audio Workstations (Mac and PC):
ProTools HD

Digidesign 192 I/O (16 in 8 out)
Digidesign 96 I/O (8 in 8 out)
Digidesign MBox 2 Pro
Solid State Logic Alpha VHD microphone preamps (x4, 12 inputs)
PreSonus FP-10 (8 in 8 out)
Soundcraft Spirit 24x8x2 recording console
Lexicon MPX-1 Effects Processor
Lexicon LP-15 Effects Processor
dBx 166A Stereo Compressor
TC-Helicon VoiceLive Vocal Processor
Apple PowerMac G5, OS 10.5.5, Dual 2.5 GHZ, 2 GB RAM
Custom PC, Windows XP SP3, Intel i5 Duo 2.9 GHZ, 4 GB RAM
Mackie HR-824 monitors (x2)
Mackie MR-5 monitors (x3)

AKG C3000
Audio Technica 4050
Audio Technica PR375
Audix D6
Audix i5
Earthworks TC20 (x2)
Microphone Parts V-57 SP1 (x4)
Microphone Parts V-57 990 (x3)
MXL 2001 (x2)
Oktava MC012 (x4)
Sennheiser e604 (x6)
Sennheiser e835s
Shure SM7B (x2)
Shure Beta Green 2.0
Shure SM57 (x5)
Shure SM58
Shure AXS3
Studio Projects B3 (x2)

Other software and plugins:
Propellerheads Reason
Steinberg Wavelab
Sound Forge
IK Multimedia T-Racks, Amplitube, & Classic Reverbs
TL Space
PODFarm Platinum
Various creative processors

6 and 12 string acoustic and electric guitars (x8)
Electric bass (x3)
Gretsch drum kit (x2)
Various snare drums (x5)
Zlidjian, Turkish and Wuhan Cymbals
Hammerax Percussion
Various percussion

Additional Skills

I am a lifelong musician with experience from marching and symphonic to jazz and rock variants. I am a multi-instrumentalist. Primarily a drummer but I have also been hired as a session musician for drums, guitar, bass and vocals. I have performed across California in bands and as a hired sideman.

In my VO game experience I have also had to prep scripts for recording, directed and recorded VO as well as coordinated localized VO for non English versions of games. No translation however.

In addition to VO editing I have extensive experience as a sound designer and have a very large Sound Effects library that includes personally created assets as well as commercial libraries. I can also perform corrective processing if necessary.

Payment Methods Accepted

• Personal checks, cashier's checks, or money orders in my local currency
• Personal checks, cashier's checks, or money orders in any currency
• Wire transfers

Contact Information

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Additional Information

• Currently Jim Diaz is a Standard subscriber.

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