LAS VEGAS, NEVADA: Originally from Germany, Ilja Rosendahl is an actor, musician, and a voice-over artist currently based out of Las Vegas, Nevada. As President and CEO of Scene Bridge Entertainment, Rosendahl also has executive production credits for several feature films, including the forthcoming Emerald, which he also wrote and in which he is starring! He speaks seven languages, which allows him to work on diverse projects, including a massive number of Spanish-language television programs. “I have always enjoyed learning languages and being able to communicate with people all over the world,” he said. “And of course, they’re useful for acting and voice-over work.” His solo musical project, Latent Anxiety, has released six studio albums and received critical acclaim and numerous industry awards; its seventh release, Salvation, is due out later this year.
Prior to setting out on these artistic ventures, Rosendahl was a business manager after completing a PhD on radiation biophysics, cytology, and genetics. Thus, he’s not afraid of the more technical aspects of his artistic work. “Due to my scientific and managerial career, I usually approach media productions in a systematic and analytic way to get the fundamentals right before focusing on artistic interpretation,” he said.
Most of that technical work happens within his Latent Anxiety production and his voice-over work. “Many professional voice-overs are still recorded, edited, and mastered in a studio to guarantee high and consistent quality, especially if several artists are required simultaneously,” Rosendahl said. “But to save time and travel expenses – and with top technology becoming more affordable – the recent trend is to have experienced talent individually record and deliver remotely from a suitable home setup. The recording can be dry or even processed when it needs to be used right away in a project. I primarily record, edit, mix and master music and voice-overs. I love tweaking sounds with analog gear and plug-ins until I think they sound right.”
Rosendahl uses Metric Halo ChannelStrip 3, Character, and Precision DeEsser plug-ins to process and master his voice-over work. “Mixing and mastering with plug-ins has several advantages. For example, there is always an "undo button" if the sound has to be modified without retakes, which in the case of audiobooks or documentaries might involve several hours or days,” he said. “The Metric Halo Production Bundle gives me all the high-quality options that I need. My go-to plug-in is ChannelStrip 3 because it combines the most important mixing/mastering functions (gating, compression, equalization and limiting) in one workflow. I especially like the MIO compressor in the ChannelStrip 3, which can give recordings more thickness while preserving natural detail and articulation. All other tools in the Metric Halo Production Bundle are equally accurate and easy to use in shaping the sound in an intuitive and musical way.”
He continued, “Especially when doing commercials or trailers I use Metric Halo Character to add subtle harmonics. Unlike other plug-ins that insert tube or tape saturation, Character has some nice transformer settings that can even out unwanted high-frequency transient spikes and provide a more solid bottom; Of course, sibilance should not be an issue with proper mics and mic technique. However, once in a while – in an otherwise perfect recording – there might be an s-sound that has gone over the top. That’s when I use the Precision DeEsser at a suitable threshold and frequency range that surgically covers just that event.”
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