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recording at groundcrew studios, charlotte, nc

Voice Talent Peter K. O'Connell recording at GroundCrew Studios Charlotte, NC

When a voice talent is on the road, there will be voice-over projects that come up. Often times, with my portable rig, I can record in a hotel room or a car and the acoustics will be OK (with help from pillows in the room).

But there are other times when you know it would be best to record in a real studio (usually decided by the type of project to be recorded or the client needs/expectations.

Such was the case today when a new national client needed to record around lunchtime when I was in Charlotte, NC. My rule whenever I travel is to know where the nearest recording studio is in case such an issue comes up (and it WILL come up).

Many years ago when she was living in Charlotte, NC, my friend Kara Edwards took me along with her to Groundcrew Studios for one of her recording sessions before we had dinner that night with our friend Bob Souer. There I got to meet Groundcrew’s owner John Causby who was overseeing Kara’s session. Some years later, during a FaffCamp in Charlotte I got to meet the studio’s Senior Engineer and great Sound Designer Ross Wissbaum. Both these guys are real audio pros.

This was the first time I was able to record there myself and it was a geat experience. I found out about the recording on Saturday, email John and got an email back on Saturday, worked out the details and it was done. Ross engineered the session which, if you ever meet Ross, means that I’m am going to learn something truly valuable about computers or audio or both. The guy is just a wiz on that stuff and is fun to work with too.

Thank you John, Ross AND Katherine!

audio’connell in fargo, north dakota

Voice Talents Peter K. O'Connell & Brian Doucette in Fargo ND

In Fargo, North Dakota, the restaurant like to eat at is a place called Sickies. I can’t explain it. I can only assume it is so OMG cold here that branding strategies and logic get kinda blurry. Funnier thing is my dinner was tasty.

But the company was even better as fellow Faffer and voice-over talent Brian Doucette joined me for dinner. Then, get this, we went to Concordia College next door in Moorehead, MN because Brian is the public address announcer for their sporting events (NCAA Division III). This night, it was a ladies basketball game featuring the Concordia Cobbers (which Concordia won).

OK, yes, that may be in the running for stupidest team nickname but the game was fun and Brian did a great job as the announcer.

Equally as important, I have knocked out another state off my list that I needed. North Dakota!

only 13 states left now!!!!


My challenge to stay over night in all 50 states continues!

Remember, the rule is you cannot just drive through the state, you have to stay over night.

Last night I stayed in North Dakota (FARGO!) for the first time overnight!

So here’s the updated count of the states I have officially visited in my life:

1. Arizona
2. Arkansas
3. California
4. Colorado
5. Connecticut
6. Florida
7. Georgia
8. Illinois
9. Indiana
10. Iowa
11. Kansas
12. Kentucky
13. Louisiana
14. Maine
15. Massachusetts
16. Maryland
17. Michigan
18. Minnesota
19. Missouri
20. Nebraska
21. Nevada
22. New Jersey
23. New York
24. North Carolina
25. North Dakota!!!
26. Ohio
27. Pennsylvania
28. South Carolina
29. South Dakota
30. Tennessee
31. Texas
32. Utah
33. Vermont
34. Virginia
35. Washington
36. West Virginia
37. Wisconsin

Thus, I am left with only these 14 American states still to visit:

38. Alabama
39. Alaska
40. Delaware
41. Hawaii
42. Idaho
43. Mississippi
44. Montana
45. New Hampshire
46. New Mexico
47. Oklahoma
48. Oregon
49. Rhode Island
50. Wyoming

If you’re going to travel, you might as well make it fun!