American voice-over agency
American voice-over production made simple
Matinée Multilingual has been setting the quality standards in the UK’s American voice-over recording industry for over 30 years, from our recording studios in Reading. We offer a comprehensive range of voice-over recording services, and subtitling services in American English, and in over 80 other foreign languages.
We have a good selection of the very best American voice-over talent available, and you’ll find our voice costs and studio rates to be less than many other agencies offering exactly the same service. And we’ll make sure the chosen American voice artist gives you the very best rate for the job, and we’ll negotiate down on repeat fees and broadcast rates on your behalf.
Our American English voice artists are talented and experienced in a whole range of different voiceover projects, from ads, to corporate narration, to character voices. Whatever the type of voice you need, we’ll be sure to help you find it from our selection of American English voice talent.
We can record wild, or sync to picture, and deliver the audio back via FTP. When required, we can also re-mix your new American voice-over recording with the existing music and effects track, and send you a fully mixed video soundtrack.
To check the availability of our American voice-artists and to confirm costs, please contact us using the Quick Quote form below, and we’ll respond within the hour. Or you can email email@example.com or call us on +44(0)118 958 4934.
To calculate American voice-over fees and recording costs
Featured American Voice Talent
We have a large database of American voice talent for you to choose from, no matter what type of voiceover project you’re working on.
Here is a selection of American voice talent who we regularly work with, but if you don’t find what you’re looking for, we have a committed talent management team who will help you source the perfect American voice for your needs, and at a price that won’t blow your budget.
Our experienced and dedicated team are ready to answer your questions about anything, from selecting a voice actor, to the rest of the recording process.
If you would like to discuss your project further, please complete the Quick Quote below. You can also call us on +44 (0)118 9584934, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Play and download American voice demos, add them to your Quick Quote
American voice-over dubbing service for Microfocus
We recommended that we do the recordings ‘phrase-sync’ which means the American voice is timed to the original Italian audio phrase-by-phrase. This is much less expensive than lip-sync dubbing because the translated script does not have to be adapted to match the lip-movements, and the recording also takes less time. Given their priority was just to interpret the message this was the most cost-effective solution. We cast Greg to do the voice-over, with his professional, corporate style he matches the Italian speakers very well.
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A short history of the American language
The main difference between American English and British English is in pronunciation, although there are also variations in grammar and vocabulary.
American English is standardised across the United States, with a series of distinct dialects that vary across regions of the country. These dialects developed as settlers from different parts of Britain (eg Scotland), as well as from other countries (eg Germany, Ireland, Spain), spread across the country. The language has also been influenced by the Native American population.
The first major American dictionary was written in 1828. The publication of ‘An American Dictionary of the English Language’ was a big step forward in distinguishing the English language used in the United States from that used in Britain.
There are actually no official languages at federal level in the United States. However, around 80% of the population – over 250 million people – speak English as their first language, so it is effectively the country’s national language.
The influence of American English on English speakers throughout the world has been huge, particularly through American films, music and TV programmes.
Did you know…
- American English retained many Middle or Early Modern English words, which have since been largely lost to the modern British English language. These include fall (for autumn), diaper and candy.
- There is a distinct disposition to use nouns as verbs in American English, that has become widespread among other English speakers, eg advocate, lobby, transition, leverage, profile, gift, showcase, exit and vacation.
- A standard American accent, free from regional influences, is referred to as General American.
- Settlers borrowed Native American names for the ‘new’ plants and animals that they came across – eg raccoon and moose.
- Other examples of words borrowed from foreign languages, following immigration in the 19th and early 20th century, include bagel, chutzpah (Yiddish), hamburger and kindergarten (German).
The United States has the largest national economy in the world, and has done since at least the 1890s. The country’s nominal GDP (as estimated at June 2013) is approximately a quarter of the entire nominal global GDP.
Despite the 2007/2008 financial crisis, the United States still has high productivity and relatively low unemployment. It has plenty of natural resources, and is the second largest producer of natural gas in the world, and the third largest producer of oil.
The country’s top five trading partners are Canada, China, Mexico, Japan and Germany. It is the world’s largest manufacturer, producing a fifth of the total global output. Around a quarter of the world’s 500 largest companies have their headquarters in the United States.
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