Manchester UK, Feb 24 th 2016- The growing Indie video and mobile game development industry in the North West of England has received a significant boost following a collaborative partnership which will see video game voice talent given access to state of the art recording and editing facilities within the centre of Manchester.
Vibe Studio has partnered with Gamevoices Ltd to provide an end-to-end service which will help Indie game developers in the region better identify and record appropriate voice talent.
Whilst the North of England currently has 17% of the total UK video games industry, and a higher presence of video games companies than any other creative industry, there has been a distinct shortage of specialist studio facilities for voice talent to audition and for developers to cast and record suitable actors.
Gamevoices.com is a wide ranging network of video game actors, from AAA title credited to those attempting to get a first foot on the voice acting ladder. For over 3 years Gamevoices has assisted Game Development Studios locate actors for parts in video and mobile games, either through searches on its Gamevoices network website or through open casting calls.
A recent increase in requests for a full casting service; where actors are not only found, but also auditioned, cast, directed, recorded and edited, has led Gamevoices founder John Armstrong to develop the partnership with Vibe Studio Head, Martin Coogan.
Coogan, former lead singer of Manchester Indie band, The Mock Turtles, and brother of actor Steve Coogan, has many years’ experience in the music and audio industry, including a number of game titles and hosts the ideal studio facilities required for either recording live or editing recordings made remotely by artists in other countries.
A further benefit for the collaboration between Gamevoices and Vibe is that Coogan’s connections in the acting and music industries have already expressed an interest in becoming involved in the venture. Popular music acts creating scores and well known actor’s voices or celebrity endorsements have heavily influenced games sales over recent years; and in a new twist for the music industry, last month saw Def Leppard debut their new music video on ‘Guitar Hero Live’.
The new collaboration known as Gamevoices@Vibe will offer:
- Voice acting (original language)
- Localization (one or multiple languages)
– Sound FX creation
- Original Music Scores/Soundtracks
John Armstrong, Managing Director of Gamesvoices said:
‘I’ve been looking for the right partner for Gamevoices for some time and in Martin’s technical and directorial skills, coupled with Vibe Studio’s facilities, I’ve found exactly what I was looking for and what the North West Indie games industry needs,’ Martin Coogan, Head of Vibe Studio Manchester (formerly owned by New Order, and a venue that has played host to such acts as The Stone Roses, The Happy Mondays Inspiral Carpets) said.
“Here at Vibe Studios we have many years of experience in providing voice overs and music for games and other commercial projects. We are very excited about the prospect of an alliance with Gamesvoices; we see this as the natural way forward for us and it will allow us to be more visible to game makers.
For game studios or voice artists interested in finding out more about the collaboration contact:
Mob: 07881 806800
VIBE Recording Studio
Games Stats 2014/15
• There are over 1,900 video game companies in the UK. (Nesta)
• 95% of UK video games companies are micro or small businesses. (Nesta)
• The North of England has appx. 17% of all UK games companies, a higher presence of video games companies than other creative industries. (Nesta)
• Outsourcing accounts for half of game music composing and sound design work
• Game Music is overwhelmingly ‘Work for Hire’ (95%)
www.gamevoices.co.uk ; www.vibe-studios.co.uk
www.facebook.com/Gamevoices ; www.facebook.com/VIBERecordingStudio
Twitter @Gamevoices Twitter @VCoogan_Vibe
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