Welcome to the home of British Voiceover Artist, Mike Cooper
I’m Mike Cooper, an experienced, professional, British Voiceover Artist based in London, who works for clients both here in the UK and worldwide. My voice is characterised as believable, authoritative and friendly, with an “everyman” quality that’s easy to listen to, and this is reflected in a broad range of projects to date.
My clients range from small businesses looking for a voice for their telephone messages, through companies requiring a narrator for their latest corporate video or podcast, right the way up to international broadcasters like the BBC, where I can regularly be heard as an announcer and newsreader on the BBC World Service. I regularly supply voice tracks for everything from e-Learning and training projects to podcasts, on-air promotions, TV continuity and commercials. In short, if my voice fits your requirements, I’m happy to help, with no job too small or large, and at competitive rates.
Because I have my own professional recording facilities, I can provide a cost-effective solution with fast turnaround to meet your project deadline – and without the cost of hiring expensive production facilities and staff. Your finished voice track can be supplied over the internet as an MP3, a WAV – or virtually any other digital format – with the professional-quality, finished files sent via email or FTP to a site of your choice. I can also connect instantly to other studios worldwide, using industry-standard ISDN, or the newer AudioTX and Source-Connect VOIP codecs.
On this site you can hear clips from my previous projects, find out who I work with and, most importantly, get in touch. If you’ve never booked a Voiceover Artist before (or “voice actor”, or “voice-over actor”, or even “voice talent” – the terms are interchangeable), then take a look at my Q&A page, where I’ll answer some of your questions.
February 12, 2013 • Mike Cooper narrates “Top Guns” for Military History
Last night saw the premiere of a new series I narrated recently for Military History in the UK. “Top Guns” delves into the amazing story of firearms development and discovers how they’ve evolved over the years. The series pits legendary weapons, such as the Kentucky flintlock, the M14 and the legendary Colt .45 revolver, against today’s modern equivalents, with two experts on hand to explain how they work – and then try them out in a head-to-head sharp-shooting contest.
“Top Guns” is a spinoff show from the highly successful “Top Shot”, for which I also provide the British voiceover. “Top Shot” recently completed its second season – with a third to be recorded this month.
Both shows are fronted by American actor and “Survivor” contestant, Colby Donaldson, but are an example of how certain programmes are “re-versioned” for transmission in the UK market. Reversioning involves taking another look at the original script and adapting it for broadcast in a different country. You’d be surprised, but there are more differences between American English and British English than you’d think! With a show like this, where there’s so much of the original presenter in vision, the options for reversioning are more limited than in a documentary voiceover, but by changing the out-of-vision voice track for a British voice, we manage to give the programme more of a localised feel.
Tune in at 9pm weeknights this week and next, and find out which of these historic weapons prove to be the world’s Top Guns!
- “Top Guns” is at 9pm/12am weeknights, repeated at 1pm the next afternoon
- Watch Military History on Sky 531 & Virgin Media 236
January 28, 2013 • New e-Learning and Training demo
Here’s a brand new sample of e-Learnign and Training work, including a fiendishly difficult bit of medical narration. Why not have a listen and get in touch to discuss your next project!
January 21, 2013 • New Voice Samples for 2013!
I’ve just released a set of new voice samples, which you can hear below. It’s been a while since I last updated these, and these new montages will give you a quick and easy way to hear a selection of my voiceover work in various genres before you dive in further.
First up, the showreel or “house reel”. In just under a minute of your time, this track gives a cross-section of work from radio and TV commercials to documentaries, eLearning, training, corporate and IVR:
Now we’ll get more specific. Here are three more tracks, demonstrating corporate voiceovers, commercials and narrations:
I hope you enjoy these new tracks, and that they’ll give you some ideas regarding the direction for your own voiceover. Please feel free to download these samples and keep them for your files.
In addition to the above voice samples, and those on the Listen section of the website, I’m also very happy to provide a short sample recording of your own voiceover script, free of charge, to help you make up your mind. Please get in touch using the contact form or the number at the top of the page, to find out more.