Round 2 - Theme: My Little Pony

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All members of BTVA are welcome to submit a performance for voice acting practice or just for fun! See below for details.

THE RESULTS ARE IN!
Here's Round 2 Finalists. We're taking you from the intense fighting world to the bubbly and lighthearted world of My Little Pony! Originally popular with a female audience, this franchise has found new life and fans (both female and male) in the recent My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic animated series.

Finalists. Your mission again is to select one character below and perform the lines provided. Though you may be asking why the male character Spike appears in both the male and female choices? Well, for the simply fact that over the years, Spike has been voiced by both male AND female voice actors. And the fact that many female auditions had raspy boy voices should give us some pretty diverse performances.

The CHALLENGE however is that you must create your own original voice for your selected character (avoid sounding like existing voices) AND your voice must sound like a young kiddy character.
Here are links to sound clips of the characters - Spike, Rainbow Dash and Snips.

And if you Finalists needed even more incentive to give it your all, how about this? Some of you may have missed the announcement a couple weeks back, but all 8 Finalists who make it to Round 3 will each receive a copy of Yuri Lowenthal and Tara Platt's Voice Over Voice Actor book AND The Warm-Up CD, all kindly donated by Yuri and Tara themselves. And to top it off, the voice acting couple will also be Special Guest Judges for Round 3.

Hop onto that voice acting pony. You're in for a wiiiiiild ride!

4 Finalists with the most votes will move onto Round 3.
3 Finalists from the remaining group will be selected by the Judges' to move on.
1 Finalist will be selected by our Special Guest Judge to move on.
3 Finalists will be eliminated.

Click on a character image to display their description and lines that you will voice act and record.
Spike

Line 1:
"Dear Princess Celestia, this is Spike, writing to you about my adventures. This week I've learned that being jealous and telling lies gets you nowhere in friendship. I also learned that there's plenty of love for every friend to share. (Gradually falling asleep) So from here on out, I promise, that I, Spike, will... *snore*"


(Hides in a cave, not knowing it's the home of a big Green dragon, who is not happy)
Line 2:
"We're like brothers, you know? I mean, you're a dragon, I'm a dragon... It's us against the world, right? (Green dragon roars) You don't scare me! So you're big. Reeeally big. And your claws are super sharp. Tail... extra spiky. But, uh... You don't scare me! (Green dragon blows flames) Uh... I'd love to stay, but gotta go! See ya! Wouldn't wanna be ya!"


(Is forced to confess some of his secrets)
Line 3:
"Confess? *hesitant* I'm the one who poured juice all over Twilight's copy of "Magical Mysteries and Practical Potions"! And I was the one who used up all the hot water in Ponyville taking a seven hour bubble bath! And sometimes ... when no one's around ... I do this! (drags over a mirror, starts flexing his muscles) Lookin' good Spike! Lookin' real good!"


Line 4: (Choice)
"Count me out. I've gotta get an early start! Yes! I'm going on a quest of self-discovery! I'm going to learn what it means to be a dragon! And the only way I'm gonna do that is to join the Dragon Migration!"


Line 5: (Choice)
"Man, first I get a bunch of great presents from my best friends, and now an amazing sapphire cupcake! Hohoh, what a day! Pinkie Pie told me I should come see the Cakes, so they could give me a cake 'cause it's my birthday today. I wish every day was my birthday!"

Spike is a baby male dragon. He is Twilight's assistant and his main job is to magically send and receive letters to/from Princess Celestia. He's a fun-loving dragon who can on ocassion be sarcastic and sometimes has a laugh from the misfortunes of others. Spike is generally confident, considers himself smart and athletic, and often defends his masculinity. But he doesn't come across as arrogant. And he genuinely cares for the well-being of his friends.
Snips

(Snips and his friend Snails lure a bear-like creature called an ursa to Trixie the magician. Trixie told them that she once defeated an ursa and now they want to see her do it again)
Line 1:
"Great and Powerful Trixie, you've got to vanquish the ursa. It took a lot of trouble to get that thing here. Remember? You defeated an Ursa Major. (Trixie uses some magic but fails) Aw, come on, Trixie. Stop goofin' around and vanquish it? Come on! Where's all the cool explosions and smoke and stuff like earlier? You know?!"


(At the official Rainbow Dash fan club, a fan motions that Rainbow Dash be declared the most awesome pony in town)
Line 2:
"I second the motion, and might I add that if you looked up the word 'awesome' in the dictionary, there would be a picture of Rainbow Dash. Actually, I think the word 'awesome' is played out. Rainbow Dash deserves better! I motion that we declare her the most stupendous pony! No... astonishing!! No... astounding!!!"


(Snips and Snails have bubblegum stuck to each others rear ends)
Line 3:
"Oh! Get it off me, Snails! (Snails causes pain by stretching the gum) Aah! Stop it! You're making it worse! (now gum is stuck in more places) Oh, great. *grunt in frustration* Aah! Get it off! Get it off!! *pause* (later their situation appears in the local newspaper) Our mothers always told us we'd end up in the papers someday. And look! We finally got the gum out!"


(Performs a magic show act with Snails)
Line 4: (Choice)
"And on the count of three this rabbit will disappear and something tasty will reappear in its place. A one, a two and a three! Hey! Where are they? Snails, where are the... carrots. SNAILS!"


Line 5: (Choice)
"Haven't you heard? There's a new unicorn in town. They say, she's got more magical powers than any other unicron ever! Trixie truly IS the most talented, most magical, most awesome unicorn in Ponyville. No, in all of Equestria!"

Snips is young and goofy pony, who is easily excitable. He is mostly seen hanging out with his "partner-in-crime" Snails, and both up get to fun and mischievious antics. When a new magician pony comes into town, they both become obsessively fascinated with her skills and stories.
Spike

Line 1:
"Dear Princess Celestia, this is Spike, writing to you about my adventures. This week I've learned that being jealous and telling lies gets you nowhere in friendship. I also learned that there's plenty of love for every friend to share. (Gradually falling asleep) So from here on out, I promise, that I, Spike, will... *snore*"


(Hides in a cave, not knowing it's the home of a big Green dragon, who is not happy)
Line 2:
"We're like brothers, you know? I mean, you're a dragon, I'm a dragon... It's us against the world, right? (Green dragon roars) You don't scare me! So you're big. Reeeally big. And your claws are super sharp. Tail... extra spiky. But, uh... You don't scare me! (Green dragon blows flames) Uh... I'd love to stay, but gotta go! See ya! Wouldn't wanna be ya!"


(Is forced to confess some of his secrets)
Line 3:
"Confess? *hesitant* I'm the one who poured juice all over Twilight's copy of "Magical Mysteries and Practical Potions"! And I was the one who used up all the hot water in Ponyville taking a seven hour bubble bath! And sometimes ... when no one's around ... I do this! (drags over a mirror, starts flexing his muscles) Lookin' good Spike! Lookin' real good!"


Line 4: (Choice)
"Count me out. I've gotta get an early start! Yes! I'm going on a quest of self-discovery! I'm going to learn what it means to be a dragon! And the only way I'm gonna do that is to join the Dragon Migration!"


Line 5: (Choice)
"Man, first I get a bunch of great presents from my best friends, and now an amazing sapphire cupcake! Hohoh, what a day! Pinkie Pie told me I should come see the Cakes, so they could give me a cake 'cause it's my birthday today. I wish every day was my birthday!"

Spike is a baby male dragon. He is Twilight's assistant and his main job is to magically send and receive letters to/from Princess Celestia. He's a fun-loving dragon who can on ocassion be sarcastic and sometimes has a laugh from the misfortunes of others. Spike is generally confident, considers himself smart and athletic, and often defends his masculinity. But he doesn't come across as arrogant. And he genuinely cares for the well-being of his friends.
Rainbow Dash

(Retells a story of her recent heroics)
Line 1:
"I arrived and said "Never fear, your friendly neighborhood Rainbow Dash is here!" And then, I zoomed into the well. I knew it would be dark and dangerous, but I didn't let that stop me. Danger's my middle name. Rainbow "Danger" Dash. Thinking back on it, I acted pretty awesomely heroic that day. "


(In a race, Rainbow Dash gets trapped under a rock slide)
Line 2:
"C'mon... no! Wait! Come back! Don't leave me! I'm the one who's supposed to win! I don't wanna end up stuck here... forever! Oh no, nonono, th-this can't be happening. Forever is way too long to be trapped in Ghastly Gorge. I mean, it's like, forever! Somepony! Anypony! Help me! "


(Needs help from Fluttershy to help break a flying record, but Fluttershy recalls a bad experience)
Line 3:
"What are you talking about? Just last week, you went into that wicked nosedive to save a falling baby bird right before it hit the ground. Suck it up, Fluttershy! This is no time for- I mean, confidence or no confidence, I'm going to need every pegasus to practice in order to break the record, including you. I'm gonna need all the wingpower I can get."


Line 4: (Choice)
"Fine! Laugh all you want, but I'll be the one laughing when I prove to you all that I'm just as good- no, that I'm a *better* hero than Mare Do Well! Argh, there are absolutely no freak natural disasters going on anywhere! How am I supposed to prove myself when everything's so normal and safe?"


Line 5: (Choice)
"So, anyway, you're all outstanding competitors, but there can only be one of you who's number one. So the final, tie-breaking contest is going to be... pause for dramatic effect... a race against me! Through Ghastly Gorge! Dun dun dun!"

Rainbow Dash is a pegasus (winged and can fly) pony. She is brave and bold, and very proud. Her overconfidence in herself and thinking she's the best display an obvious arrogance at times. Rainbow Dash is highly competitive, particularly in athletic events and does not react well to losing. She is rather blunt and doesn't hide her feelings when she is annoyed at others behaviour which sometimes makes her insensitive.
Voting has ended.
THE RESULTS ARE IN!
MOM0KI
MOM0KI
Playing: Rainbow Dash
LINE 1
LINE 2
LINE 3
LINE 4
Foxwolf

The strong lower toned voice sold on the attitude and overconfidence right away. Acting was superb. You hit so many different emotions right on the nail. And great choices on emphasized words. Only nitpick was she came across as mildy angry/peeved.

Agrees (12)  Disagrees (2)
OptimusSolo

Momoki, I think you completely redeemed yourself from last round!! You listened to the feedback, fixed the audio problems and Aced it this round! My #1 Rainbow Dash voice and THIRD overall finalist this round!

Agrees (8)  Disagrees (2)
NCZ

Excellent emotion in lines 2, 3, and 4, plus the slightly-rough voice and enthusiastic delivery nailed Rainbow's personality. Very strong performance as a whole!

Agrees (8)  Disagrees (2)
TomStheVoice
TomStheVoice
Playing: Spike
LINE 1
LINE 2
LINE 3
LINE 4
Foxwolf

I enjoyed the slightly rough and broken (like going through puberty) voice, though the tone made him a little older than I was hoping. Loved all the sound effects, esp the *gulp*! Nice touches that just enhanced the performance.

Agrees (8)  Disagrees (2)
OptimusSolo

Another great Spike voice! I had you second amongst those who chose this character. I think the only thing that kept me from ranking you #1 was that it felt a touch too 'old' for the character to me.

Agrees (6)  Disagrees (0)
NCZ

Loved how you added some ad-lib sound effects, like grunts or yawns. The voice was appropriately youthful, like Fox said it was similar to a young teenager. One improvement would be to shorten the pauses between sentences so they flow more naturally.

Agrees (5)  Disagrees (1)
LordCrehavos
LordCrehavos
Playing: Snips
LINE 1
LINE 2
LINE 3
LINE 4
Foxwolf

Loved the voice. Perfectly fit the small and fun-loving Snips. While the overall acting was solid, I just felt the excitement and enthusiasm was kind of held back. Lacked some oompth to really liven up his character.

Agrees (10)  Disagrees (2)
OptimusSolo

Even though we only had two Snips performances I think you both nailed it. I had you second amongst all finalists for this round and could definitely see this fitting into a real cartoon for a character just like this! Great job man!

Agrees (8)  Disagrees (2)
NCZ

For a more "low-key" version of the character, you delivered the lines pretty well and the voice still managed to sound eager enough. A successful interpretation in my mind.

Agrees (6)  Disagrees (2)
pickle131
pickle131
Playing: Rainbow Dash
LINE 1
LINE 2
LINE 3
LINE 4
Foxwolf

A great cute yet sassy and attitude filled voice. Acting was good but watch the pacing. Many sentences seemed to run on and not flow with changes in pace or pauses. And I felt there were sometimes too many emphasis' on words, esp in Line 1.

Agrees (7)  Disagrees (1)
OptimusSolo

Loved what you did with the character here Pickle! I put Momoki ahead of you but really liked the youthfulness, immaturity and arrogance that you brought to the character. Well done!

Agrees (4)  Disagrees (2)
NCZ

Your take was appropriately cocky and confident, and while the voice was higher than I expected, it was an interpretation that fit surprisingly well.

Agrees (4)  Disagrees (2)
mizura
mizura
Playing: Rainbow Dash
LINE 1
LINE 2
LINE 3
LINE 4
Foxwolf

Young and cute sounding, but her voice (not acting) almost sounded a little shaky, which took away from her confident personality. However, the acting in Line 4 was delivered with enough strength to sell me on the character.

Agrees (5)  Disagrees (2)
OptimusSolo

I give you credit for trying to put a completely unique spin on the character but for me this voice just doesn't fit the image and description of Rainbow Dash. Just didn't work for me sorry :(

Agrees (6)  Disagrees (0)
NCZ

Your acting was good, but sadly the voice sounded a little unnatural. Fox used the word “shaky” and I think that’s a good way to put it. It didn't sound quite confident enough either. Though as I said, you certainly passed in the acting department.

Agrees (5)  Disagrees (1)
Mrbipolar
Mrbipolar
Playing: Spike
LINE 1
LINE 2
LINE 3
LINE 4
Foxwolf

The "buzzy bee" sounding voice was a great choice for a "baby dragon". The youngest sounding voice of the all the Spike's. Well accompanied by a character fitting acting performance. Favorite part: "lookin' real(high inflection) good".

Agrees (6)  Disagrees (2)
OptimusSolo

We had some great Spikes but among them I had you sir as my Top selection! I actually had you as my Top pick overall for this whole Round! Great job man!!

Agrees (3)  Disagrees (3)
NCZ

You delivered every line with youth and vigor, and you really exceeded at line 2, putting on a hard exterior but really being scared. The voice sounded childish and even dragon-like, what with the raspiness. Nice job there!

Agrees (3)  Disagrees (1)
Seymour
Seymour
Playing: Spike
LINE 1
LINE 2
LINE 3
LINE 4
Foxwolf

I really liked the tone and sound of the voice, but just wished it sounded younger. Overall here, your acting wasn't as strong as previous performances. Lines 1 and 4 felt a little rushed. Though Line 3 did stand out quite well for me.

Agrees (8)  Disagrees (1)
OptimusSolo

Your lines seemed very rushed here and I just didn't think the voice fit the character quite right. I was hoping for a bit younger and not so 'human' of a voice.

Agrees (5)  Disagrees (1)
NCZ

A pretty decent performance as a whole. The lines were delivered well enough, the voice was decent by itself, though it could’ve been more kid-like. One thing I liked was the “yawn-while-talking” effect in line 1.

Agrees (3)  Disagrees (3)
TuxedoTaargus
TuxedoTaargus
Playing: Snips
LINE 1
LINE 2
LINE 3
LINE 4
Foxwolf

I think the voice really captured the goofy nature of Snips. The acting really delivered on the excitable and mischievious traits of the character, and with the fun-filled energy too.

Agrees (12)  Disagrees (1)
OptimusSolo

As I said with LordCrehavos I think both Snips performances were spot on. I had him just a smidge ahead of you but I had you 4th overall amongst the finalists. You really captured the character well!

Agrees (6)  Disagrees (2)
NCZ

You had the right voice and the amount of energy that fits an excitable kid like Snips. Well done!

Agrees (7)  Disagrees (1)
Bree
Bree
Playing: Spike
LINE 1
LINE 2
LINE 3
LINE 4
Foxwolf

Very fitting lower toned boy-ish voice. Great fear and hesitation in Line 2's delivery. Overall your performance really sold me on Spike's character. You distinguished Lines 2-4 really well. The pacing for the first half of Line 1 was oddly slow though.

Agrees (8)  Disagrees (1)
OptimusSolo

So glad that you one of our female contestants took on Spike and not just took it on but really did a great job with it. A few minor moments you lost the 'boy' part of the tone but it was very minor.

Agrees (6)  Disagrees (2)
NCZ

The voice was fittingly boyish and sounded like it could be in the show. You also had the kid-like energy necessary for the part. Great job with line 2’s fright and the direction on line 3 (deep breath, saying the rest extremely fast).

Agrees (3)  Disagrees (3)
SteveP
SteveP
Playing: Spike
LINE 1
LINE 2
LINE 3
LINE 4
Foxwolf

A very young and fitting voice for Spike. Line 3 was my favorite. Solid acting overall but many lines felt just a tad rushed. Gradual increased fear, followed up by a great change-up in voice and confidence for the "lookin' good Spike" part.

Agrees (10)  Disagrees (1)
OptimusSolo

I don't think you did anything really wrong here but unfortunately you went up against some really great renditions of Spike. My biggest critique would be that your lines seemed really rushed to me.

Agrees (5)  Disagrees (6)
NCZ

The high-pitched voice was certainly appropriate considering MLP’s lighthearted nature. While I felt line 2 could've been more fearful, your performance was generally well-done.

Agrees (9)  Disagrees (1)
RitsukaFlame
RitsukaFlame
Playing: Rainbow Dash
LINE 1
LINE 2
LINE 3
LINE 4
Foxwolf

A strong, low and slightly raspy voice. And while this fits Rainbow Dash really well, this could have worked for Spike as well. A fantastic and spot on acting performance as well. You sold me on all her character traits.

Agrees (14)  Disagrees (3)
OptimusSolo

Voice wise I think you were spot on here for the character however I really think you need to work on your pacing and timing and phrasing a bit here because it seemed disjointed at times for me.

Agrees (10)  Disagrees (1)
NCZ

You definitely nailed the enthusiasm of the character. The voice was rough and almost boyish, but I can't say it didn't fit.

Agrees (9)  Disagrees (2)
Special Guest Judge's Feedback - Garry Chalk
Garry Chalk
First Momoki I liked her style found the acting to be good some interpretations I disagreed with but the voice was really good
Loved tom's voice texture found his pacing to be a bit slow but the character was good.
Lord crevo My Favorite for this character
Pickle liked the energy and pace a bit hard edged
Mizuno the same as pickle
Mr Bipolar. Loved this character and his energy great texture to the voice
Seymour I thought the acting was very good but not right for this character. Lots of potential for other things like young hero
Tuxedo The voice the acting the characterization all were good
Bree Voice and acting good but pacing a little slow.
Steve would be my first pick for this character Loved the voice acting pace energy all were just right
Ritsuko Good eenergy but found the character to be a bit mean spirited nicen that one up a bit.

26 BTSers Have Approved Performances:

SmartyBoyboy , CatsTuxedo , Mickwhitefire28 , Pokejedservo , JoeyKat , RozenStar , FoxyLee13 , Mirne , I_am_onlive , Senile-Snake , Dogman15 , One Born , Strikernofear , The Flaming E , TamaRanEd , VocalChameleon , cardboardwalk , finalCrystine , awsmith2006 , VocAwe , XenoTheStranger , ungodly , DeepC , AWIG , AMT , CarolsFire

5 BTVA Members Have Approved Performances:

TheMisakiDubs , LegendofDelzaLol , Ariel2me , TheMidnightPersona , RandomEncounter

Check out the Behind-The-Scenes performances for Round 2. After you've enjoyed listening to them, why not vote for your favorite!


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AMT
said at 1:03 AM on Tue Jul 24 2012
Finally submitted my recordings! Been pretty busy, but still fun to do, even though i dont care much for MLP

Spike seems like pretty cool dragon.
Mrbipolar
said at 3:07 AM on Sun Jul 15 2012
I appreciate Garry giving us feedback. I really like how straight to the point he is.
mizura
said at 2:35 AM on Sun Jul 15 2012
I'm slightly amused that my name was mis-typed as the name I use as a default for guy characters when playing a video game-- (mizuno)
but yeah!
Foxwolf (Admin)
said at 3:37 AM on Sun Jul 15 2012
@mizura he must've been in a real rush. he mispelled a couple other finalists as well as missed some letters in his text about choosing SteveP below :P
mizura
said at 10:22 PM on Sun Jul 15 2012
@Foxwolf Lol, I found it funny so no biggie. n' I think the whole feedback bits are awesome so kudos to you guys being able to contact the guest judges :D
Foxwolf (Admin)
said at 2:29 AM on Sun Jul 15 2012
So Garry Chalk was on a tight schedule with filming but was still able to send us some feedback, which we're very thankful for.

Thanks for your time Garry. Much appreciated!
SteveP
said at 12:26 AM on Sun Jul 15 2012
I just got back from a very long and hard day only to see that Garry Chalk chose me. I am so ecstatic! I was so sure I wasn't gonna make it!
Foxwolf (Admin)
said at 1:10 AM on Sun Jul 15 2012
@SteveP here's exactly what he emailed us.

"At this point that's all I have at the moment I found steve to be the best voice liked him all round. I don't know what else to say it's all subjective to the listener so I am giving you my impressions. As far as a critique goes. It's hard to pick one or the other and pick a winner I thought ll th voices were gret but steve really stood out for me. There you go sorry for te lateness but work comes first. Hope that gives you something"
SteveP
said at 6:41 PM on Sun Jul 15 2012
@Foxwolf I hate to seem starstruck but I can't help it! He has always been one of my favorite voice over artists and it's such an honor to hear that I was his pick. I applaud you guys for putting this contest up.
Foxwolf (Admin)
said at 7:30 PM on Sun Jul 15 2012
@SteveP Thanks man. But it's a two-way street. The contest wouldn't exist without voice talent like yourself ;)
Foxwolf (Admin)
said at 11:26 PM on Sat Jul 14 2012
Round 3 is up!
Foxwolf (Admin)
said at 11:42 PM on Sat Jul 14 2012
@Foxwolf as well as the Round 2 BTS.
Seymour
said at 11:01 PM on Sat Jul 14 2012
Oh well, fun while it lasted
MegaMac
said at 4:12 AM on Sun Jul 15 2012
@Seymour Don't be discouraged. You're a great voice actor and deserving of your spot. I enjoyed all you did and I've listened to your things on YouTube and definitely keep it up. Also, if there's any projects on VAA, lemme know! I'd love to possibly voice along side you and I...need to get out in the open on that site anyway. =P
Foxwolf (Admin)
said at 10:38 PM on Sat Jul 14 2012
btw, Garry Chalk did send us some short text feedback. I'll be aiming to have that posted and the BTS performances by tomorrow.
MOM0KI
said at 10:40 PM on Sat Jul 14 2012
@Foxwolf When will round 3 be up? O= Me and the others are all curious~
Foxwolf (Admin)
said at 10:44 PM on Sat Jul 14 2012
@MOM0KI within the next half hour :)
MOM0KI
said at 10:45 PM on Sat Jul 14 2012
@Foxwolf Thanks
mizura
said at 10:15 PM on Sat Jul 14 2012
Congrats everyone who made it! :D
--and wut. I am quite surprised at the other people who were eliminated with me. /2favoritesnooooo
asmithhers
said at 10:39 PM on Sat Jul 14 2012
@mizura I agree! I was rather surprised to see you, Seymour, and Pickle go.
pickle131
said at 10:56 PM on Sat Jul 14 2012
@asmithhers I was really sad to see you and Seymour go D:
MOM0KI
said at 10:04 PM on Sat Jul 14 2012
Can't wait to start on the next round!!! Congratz to everyone!! *A*
RitsukaFlame
said at 9:56 PM on Sat Jul 14 2012
I'm so excited for the next round!!! Congrats to everyone who made it!!! :)
TomStheVoice
said at 9:53 PM on Sat Jul 14 2012
What an honor! Thank you so much! Congrats to the finalists as well! :)
NCZ (Admin)
said at 9:48 PM on Sat Jul 14 2012
It always pains me to see people go. At the very least, be thankful you made it this far. Take care and best of luck to everyone.
pickle131
said at 9:36 PM on Sat Jul 14 2012
Ah well XD figured I didn't do so well rhis round honestly. Was fun while it lasted and you guys all totally deserve to go on c: GOOD LUCK !
Foxwolf (Admin)
said at 9:46 PM on Sat Jul 14 2012
@pickle131 actually you did do well this round. in the end it was really close and a tough decision :(
pickle131
said at 9:53 PM on Sat Jul 14 2012
@Foxwolf Thanks c: But compared to how I usually do, I felt my performance was really weak xD



PSSSST: If anyone doesn't want their book.....can I have it? ;D /fail mooching
cardboardwalk
said at 10:14 PM on Sat Jul 14 2012
@pickle131 You can preview it on Amazon. From what I read it was really helpful! http://www.amazon.com/Voice-Over-Voice-Actor-What-Behind/dp/0984074007#reader_0984074007
LordCrehavos
said at 9:34 PM on Sat Jul 14 2012
HELL YEAH! ME AND ALL MY BUDS MADE IT!!!!!!!!!
MOM0KI
said at 9:36 PM on Sat Jul 14 2012
@LordCrehavos I WAS SOS CARED
MOM0KI
said at 9:37 PM on Sat Jul 14 2012
@MOM0KI lol fast typing is fail. CONGRATZ EVERYONE
RitsukaFlame
said at 9:40 PM on Sat Jul 14 2012
@LordCrehavos Yeah :DDD We all made it
TamaRanEd
said at 9:56 PM on Sat Jul 14 2012
@LordCrehavos Well done you lot :)
Foxwolf (Admin)
said at 3:14 PM on Sat Jul 14 2012
So we're still waiting on Garry's response about his favorite performance. However, if we don't hear anything by 9pm EST we will go ahead and post the results based on votes and our picks.
LordCrehavos
said at 6:45 PM on Sat Jul 14 2012
@Foxwolf Will you guys be posting Round 3 as well??
Foxwolf (Admin)
said at 7:05 PM on Sat Jul 14 2012
@LordCrehavos yup, Round 3 will be posted either at the same time or shortly after. Either way, you'll be getting it tonight instead of late like last time.
LordCrehavos
said at 7:25 PM on Sat Jul 14 2012
@Foxwolf Excellent! Very excited! :)
Mrbipolar
said at 7:54 PM on Sat Jul 14 2012
@Foxwolf oooo the antic..... ipation! I can hardly stand it!
TamaRanEd
said at 9:01 PM on Sat Jul 14 2012
@Mrbipolar Rocky Horror reference? lol
LordCrehavos
said at 9:05 PM on Sat Jul 14 2012
@Foxwolf IT'S 9PM SIR! :D
Mrbipolar
said at 10:22 PM on Sat Jul 14 2012
@TamaRanEd indeed
TomStheVoice
said at 9:42 PM on Fri Jul 13 2012
*Quietly whistles to self until results are posted*
TomStheVoice
said at 9:44 PM on Fri Jul 13 2012
@TomStheVoice

Mahna Mahna (do doooo dodo dooo)
Mahna Mahna (do doodoo doooo)
Mahna Mahna (do doooo dodo dooo dodo dooo dodo dooo dodo dodooo do do do do dodooo)
MOM0KI
said at 10:06 PM on Fri Jul 13 2012
@TomStheVoice

mahmahmahmahmahmahmahmamama ;A;
=)
Foxwolf (Admin)
said at 1:00 AM on Sat Jul 14 2012
@MOM0KI this is what you guys do on Skye isn't it? :P
MOM0KI
said at 1:04 AM on Sat Jul 14 2012
@Foxwolf it is 8D No its actually not... ;.; But we have a fun time, which is all that matters~
Foxwolf (Admin)
said at 1:15 AM on Sat Jul 14 2012
@MOM0KI yup! happy to hear it :D
MOM0KI
said at 1:19 AM on Sat Jul 14 2012
@Foxwolf What time tomorrow do you think results will be up? just curious! o=
Foxwolf (Admin)
said at 3:00 AM on Sat Jul 14 2012
@MOM0KI still waiting to hear from Garry. but if everything goes as planned results will be up before 3pm EST. i'll send an email out as always.
TamaRanEd
said at 12:44 PM on Fri Jul 13 2012
All the best for everyone with tonight's last few votes
ThePiper
said at 5:42 AM on Fri Jul 13 2012
I absolutely loved MOM0KI's Rainbow Dash!
LordCrehavos
said at 7:56 PM on Thu Jul 12 2012
Is Garry Chalk going to be critiquing us before or after the round ends this time?
cardboardwalk
said at 8:56 PM on Thu Jul 12 2012
@LordCrehavos say WHAAAAAAATTTTT?! Well thats just PRIME! See its funny because he.. uh.. he played.... optimus........prime............ heh heh.... Seriously though, congrats on making it so far and having the privalege of being critiqued by professionals!
MegaMac
said at 10:17 PM on Thu Jul 12 2012
@LordCrehavos Who said anything about Garry Chalk?
LordCrehavos
said at 10:44 PM on Thu Jul 12 2012
@MegaMac Well....

"OptimusSolo (Admin)
said at 11:25 AM on Wed Jul 4 2012Shout Out! 2 Shout Outs! [?]
SPECIAL ROUND 2 ANNOUNCEMENT:

Sorry for not letting you guys know sooner but we have yet another awesome surprise for you for Round 2.

We have brought in another special Guest Judge to help us out in Round 2 ....... GARRY CHALK!!"
RitsukaFlame
said at 10:49 PM on Thu Jul 12 2012
@MegaMac OptimusSolo said back on the 4th I believe that Garry Chalk was gonna special guest judge :) Like you can find it if you do control + f and type in Garry Chalk and click next a few times X3 Hope that helps :)
Foxwolf (Admin)
said at 11:07 PM on Thu Jul 12 2012
@LordCrehavos i haven't got around to putting up an image/banner for Garry yet :P
LordCrehavos
said at 11:26 PM on Thu Jul 12 2012
@Foxwolf No I mean like, is he going to be late like Kyle was with getting back to us?
Foxwolf (Admin)
said at 2:26 AM on Fri Jul 13 2012
@LordCrehavos he was sent the link to this page at the beginning of the week though I'm not sure of the exact ETA.

as for Kyle's feedback, just want to make sure you got the email about his feedback being posted on the Round 1 page?
MegaMac
said at 3:03 PM on Fri Jul 13 2012
@LordCrehavos Oh I see...jelly. I am...so very jelly. >.< lol
SheilaMGagne
said at 2:55 AM on Thu Jul 12 2012
I placed my vote! Great job, everyone! :)
Michelle Deco
said at 10:58 PM on Tue Jul 10 2012
I'm sorry but why are the judges posting their favorites in the comments section? That information should be private, and only in private feedback. It takes all the professionalism out of the competition if the other VAs already know who the judges' favorites are.
Foxwolf (Admin)
said at 11:33 PM on Tue Jul 10 2012
@Michelle Deco actually it doesn't change anything because you don't know where everyone falls in the Votes and with the Special Judge's Pick. the Judges pick from the remaining pool of Finalists.

It's similar to when tv contests say "best performance of the night".
Foxwolf (Admin)
said at 12:08 AM on Wed Jul 11 2012
@Michelle Deco oh and don't forget the Judges all have to agree on who makes it through in the Judges Pick as we often don't have the same favorites :)
OptimusSolo (Admin)
said at 2:21 AM on Thu Jul 12 2012
@Michelle Deco It absolutely does not take any of the professionalism out of the competition. Each judge's favorites do not in any way translate to who gets passed on as the judges picks. No offense here, but you shouldn't comment on a system when you know nothing about how it works :)
asmithhers
said at 4:43 AM on Thu Jul 12 2012
@OptimusSolo Saying "no offense" before a passive-aggressive statement hardly diminishes the offense implied. I don't think Michelle in anyway was trying to be mean and or pretentious; she made a statement based on the format you as both the Admins and judges created. AYVO is a "professional" competition for both amateur and semi-pro VAs alike, as such the judges are expected to maintain a certain level of "professionalism" saying to a participant "You shouldn't comment on a system..." and then adding a smiley face at the end emits confusing and somewhat contradictory vibes. As judges you've proved time and time again that you wish to create a hospitable yet appropriate relationship with the contestants, this "created' relationship hinges on maintaining a balance between professionalism and relatability. I never gleaned an accusatory note from Michelle's post; it seemed to me she was confused as to the conflicting nature of posting favorites and how it translates to other finalists as well as competitors. As an Admin and judge one would expect you to explain how things occur in a pleasant/positive tone, she's asking a question because she wants to understand how things work or at least inquire as to why something comes across in a negative light; turning her away from said questions about a system she "knows nothing about" taints the atmosphere you as judges and Admins aim to maintain.
TwoDoorCafeClub
said at 6:55 AM on Thu Jul 12 2012
@OptimusSolo That's funny, the award called 'Judge's pick' has absolutely nothing to do with who the judges pick as their favorites?! I think we all understand that the 'Judge's pick' is made of a combination of all the judges' favorites is it not? If i've got this wrong, then perhaps you should enlighten us all on exactly how the judging system works. And before you say you judge 'objectively' on VAing criteria which may differ to what your individual favorites are, I'm gonna stop you right there because there is no such thing as 'objective' judging.
OptimusSolo (Admin)
said at 7:31 AM on Thu Jul 12 2012
@asmithers and @MichelleDeco

I meant no offense or negativity in my response. Perhaps posting after 12 hours of work and less then 4 hours of sleep made it come across that way but that was definitely not my intention. My point was simply that there is much more that goes into it and that you should not assume that our favorites give away any information that would make this 'unprofessional'

@TwoDoorCafeClub

No, no one is saying their is 'objective' judging going on. I guess the main point here for everyone who has commented here is that you should realize that perhaps I picked someone as the best "Character A" but that doesnt mean they were necessarily in my Top 3 picks overall...they could have been my 10th pick overall. Or, they could have been my 5th pick overall but another judges 11th and another judges 9th. Plus, there are the 'People's Choice' picks and the 'Special Judges' picks and how that factors into the whole system etc.

My point was simply this, just because someone is picked as a Judge's favorite for a certain character does not necessarily mean they are a top pick overall, in fact it doesnt even mean that they for sure will be safe from elimination.

Hope that clears things up guys and dolls
TwoDoorCafeClub
said at 9:17 AM on Thu Jul 12 2012
@OptimusSolo So how are the voting systems ranked?
TwoDoorCafeClub
said at 9:19 AM on Thu Jul 12 2012
@OptimusSolo And by voting system, I mean out of People's Choice, Guest Pick and Judge's Pick, how are they ranked?
NCZ (Admin)
said at 11:01 AM on Thu Jul 12 2012
@TwoDoorCafeClub Information on the voting system is found here.
http://www.behindthevoiceactors.com/act-your-voice-out/
Foxwolf (Admin)
said at 2:19 PM on Thu Jul 12 2012
@asmithhers @TwoDoorCafeClub

If anyone has followed my comments since the beginning of Season 2 (and in general across the whole site), it is my personal goal to ensure that BTVA remain a positive community where we all equally respect one another. I apologize if we ever come across as otherwise and I assure you that is never our intent. I love how BTVA's voice acting community has grown and supported each other throughout the contest and I hope this is just the start of a bigger and better community :)

As for the voting, it has been slightly adjusted due to our new Special Guest Judges so our "vote ranking system" will need to be updated. But here's how it's ranked.

1. Special Guest Judge - the guest judge picks one finalist out of ALL performances for the round to move on.

2. Peoples Choice - the top X (X is the number depending on the round) finalists with the most votes (minus the finalist from 1.) will move on.

3. Judges Picks - the Judges discuss and decide on who moves on from the remaining finalists (minus 1. and 2.) - basically those with the lowest votes.
TwoDoorCafeClub
said at 3:32 PM on Thu Jul 12 2012
@Foxwolf Ok, thanks, that's quite helpful.
finalCrystine
said at 3:33 PM on Tue Jul 10 2012
Added my BTS performance. Was gonna go with Rainbowdash, but Spike surprisingly turned out much better! These rounds really help to discover more voices, so thank you for the opportunity^^
Foxwolf (Admin)
said at 7:35 PM on Tue Jul 10 2012
@finalCrystine you'r very welcome. I'm so happy to hear that it's helped you expand your voice acting skillset :)
AWIG
said at 11:51 AM on Thu Jul 12 2012
@finalCrystine Can't wait to hear it! I originally thought I would make a good horse but it turns out I'm more suited for a dragon so I went with Spike.
MegaMac
said at 1:10 AM on Tue Jul 10 2012
This round came out better than I expected! Although I do have one thing to say regarding MrBipolar's performance(s). It sounds like you are applying a heavy noise filter to your lines which greatly reduces their integrity. Is your recording environment that loud? For the next round, I would recommend tinkering with the sensitivity to give your lines a better, clearer quality. Otherwise though, they sound fine!
Mrbipolar
said at 1:43 AM on Tue Jul 10 2012
@MegaMac Very sound advice. (no pun intended) I appreciate the feedback!
MegaMac
said at 2:35 PM on Thu Jul 12 2012
@Mrbipolar No prob. Actually, when I listen to them on normal speakers and not headphones, the artifacts I hear aren't heard as well. =P
Foxwolf (Admin)
said at 10:48 PM on Mon Jul 9 2012
Okay guys, this is what you've been waiting for. KYLE HEBERT has sent us over his feedback and it's in audio format!!

Head back over to Round 1 to listen to what he had to say about your performances :)

And a mega thanks to Kyle for doing this amongst his crazy month full of conventions and travelling! You rock Kyle! :D
Seymour
said at 9:20 PM on Mon Jul 9 2012
I read the feedback and I'm kicking myself for talking too quick, I'm sorry! @_
mizura
said at 8:28 PM on Mon Jul 9 2012
Ooohh, quick judge's comments this time! Thanks for critiques. I think I was too busy focusing on the "sounding like a kid" part that I kind of fell off of the table this time, erk. I will be defeated by poniesssss, noooo. xD (actually I'm not all that surprised. this round was definitely not one in my favor, though I think that's the same for a lot of the others and they did well, so shame on me really!)

Enjoyed everyone else's performances though, and as most everyone pointed out, Tuxedotaargus totally stole the show for moi too. Great job!
Foxwolf (Admin)
said at 9:02 PM on Mon Jul 9 2012
@mizura actually, we're normally supposed to have our feedback ready before voting opens .... sssssssh, don't tell anyone :P
pickle131
said at 8:10 PM on Mon Jul 9 2012
Thank you guys for the feedback! I appreciate it, especially the critiquing that gives me something to work with c: Will definitely work hard and pay more attention to pacing in the future. Especially appreciate the emphasis part, since I used to be told I didn't give enough so it's good to know where the line is XD Whoops. Will keep an eye out for that in the future as well. Thanks so much! No idea how this round is gonna turn out, but all of you guys are awesome and it's a pleasure to be in this with you all.
MOM0KI
said at 2:43 PM on Mon Jul 9 2012
This is really fun! I'm looking forward to seeing how this all goes down! Judges, thank you for the positive feedback!~ I'm glad that I was able to give a better performance this round! It's so funny, I'm in a call with TomSTheVoice and RitsukaFlame, It would be cool to meet everyone else in the competition! =) Good luck everyone!
LordCrehavos
said at 3:46 PM on Mon Jul 9 2012
@MOM0KI Well if anyone wants to add me on Skype, my username is: PerfectCell625 I'd love to meet some of you guys! :)
MOM0KI
said at 6:11 PM on Mon Jul 9 2012
@LordCrehavos everyone else in the 12 (or sadly, 11 because of LM-G1) should share your Skype if you have one, so we can all be friends~ Right now we have RitsukaFlame, Me, LordCrehavos, TomS, Pickle and SteveP already.
Mrbipolar
said at 9:14 PM on Mon Jul 9 2012
@MOM0KI well you can count me in on this fun fest my skype is jerry.k.jones
MOM0KI
said at 9:28 PM on Mon Jul 9 2012
@Mrbipolar k, i sent you a request, if you didn't get it, search up and add MOM0KI =)
MOM0KI
said at 11:36 PM on Mon Jul 9 2012
@MOM0KI Now we got TuxedoTaargus, hurray!
AWIG
said at 2:28 PM on Mon Jul 9 2012
Congrats to everyone! After listening to them I gave my vote to RitsukaFlame, definitely one of the best pony's I've ever heard :) I think she captured the spirit of the character/show best. Good luck to all though!
RitsukaFlame
said at 2:42 PM on Mon Jul 9 2012
@AWIG Thank you so much ;___; That means so much to me!!! I'm glad you enjoyed my performance ^^
NCZ (Admin)
said at 1:48 PM on Mon Jul 9 2012
My feedback is in. Overall, I'll say this was a pretty strong round. There weren't any truly subpar performances in my mind. Again, if you need anything clarified or have further questions, don't be afraid to ask.
MOM0KI
said at 8:09 PM on Mon Jul 9 2012
@NCZ sorry for super random question. But the other judges posted their favorites for each part, are you going to put your favorites for Spike, Rainbow Dash and Snips?
NCZ (Admin)
said at 8:35 PM on Mon Jul 9 2012
@MOM0KI Since you asked, gladly!

Spike: Bree
Snips: TuxedoTaargus
Rainbow Dash: MOM0KI (aka you)
MOM0KI
said at 9:02 PM on Mon Jul 9 2012
@NCZ Thank you
I_am_onlive
said at 11:54 AM on Mon Jul 9 2012
TUXEDOTAARGUS and Bree's performances are the least out of the bunch that are sensible to the characters of MLP.
Lapianoman (AYVO S1 Quarter-Finalist)
said at 12:26 PM on Mon Jul 9 2012
@I_am_onlive You've confused me...are you saying their performances didn't fit the characters? I thought they both did really well.
I_am_onlive
said at 12:29 PM on Mon Jul 9 2012
@Lapianoman That' just it, their performances are the ones of whom I can consider as being relevantly good in terms of pitch and character nature, i.e. they did do pretty well.
TomStheVoice
said at 12:33 PM on Mon Jul 9 2012
@I_am_onlive I too was confused. I thought you meant in terms of sensibility, they were "the least out of the bunch." But now that you clarified, I get'cha.
Lapianoman (AYVO S1 Quarter-Finalist)
said at 11:11 AM on Mon Jul 9 2012
Not a bad performance in the bunch! That said, I can only vote for one, and my vote went to MrBipolar. He brought that little bit of extra 'something' that makes a character come to life.
Mrbipolar
said at 2:53 PM on Mon Jul 9 2012
@Lapianoman Thanks so much for the awesome compliment. I am glad you liked my performance!
Foxwolf (Admin)
said at 5:04 AM on Mon Jul 9 2012
Since everyone else is sharing, I may as well too :)

My top picks for each character:
- Rainbow Dash: RitsukaFlame
- Snips: TuxedoTaargus
- Spike: MrBipolar (though Bree, had your line 1 been as great as the rest, I would've put you just ahead)
OptimusSolo (Admin)
said at 4:35 PM on Mon Jul 9 2012
I gave them in my feedback basically but just to have them all in one place:

Spike: MrBipolar
Snips: LordCrehavos
Rainbow Dash: Momoki
OptimusSolo (Admin)
said at 3:08 AM on Mon Jul 9 2012
Sorry for the delay guys but all of my feedback is in now! Good luck to everybody, very impressed by the Finalists overall for what I thought was a very challenging round!
Rev897 (AYVO S1 Quarter-Finalist)
said at 2:05 AM on Mon Jul 9 2012
Ah, My Little Pony. A fandom I only got into after AYVO Season 1. Let's see what we've got here.

For Spike, it's a tough call, but I'm going with Seymour. I know that the character of Spike is younger than the voice he's given, but, as a baritone-bass, I greatly sympathize with those who have difficulty imitating little boys and still think that his original take is very believable and very well-acted.

For Snips, I'm definitely going with TuxedoTaargus. He gave us a voice that is extremely fitting to the character in his enthusiasm and all-around silliness. A highly admirable performance.

As for our friend Rainbow Dash, I've gotta go with RitsukaFlame. I know that the contest isn't to see who can do the best impression of a character, but she captured the spirit of Rainbow Dash perfectly in attitude, confidence, and even vocal quality. Very well done.

Who am I voting for? Haven't decided yet. But just know that I have a tendency to side with underdogs.
Lapianoman (AYVO S1 Quarter-Finalist)
said at 11:24 AM on Mon Jul 9 2012
@Rev897 I hear you about the challenges of creating young sounding voices when you have a naturally low voice. The great thing about voice acting is that there's a wide world out there with room for all kinds of voices.
Seymour
said at 12:11 PM on Mon Jul 9 2012
@Rev897 Thanks man, I really appreciate the feedback :)
RitsukaFlame
said at 12:44 PM on Mon Jul 9 2012
@Rev897 Thank you so much ; n ; I'm so happy you liked my Rainbow Dash, it means a lot :)
LM-G1
said at 12:12 AM on Mon Jul 9 2012
Sorry about this all guys, I wasn't able to make the deadline. There was just so much stuff going on during this past week that I got so caught up in other things that I missed out on my chance to turn mine in. There is always a next time though. :)

Best of luck to the remaining contestants! You guys are all awesome and I can't wait to see how this turns out!
LordCrehavos
said at 12:22 AM on Mon Jul 9 2012
@LM-G1 I wanted to see you compete more man!!! Such a bummer! D:
Lapianoman (AYVO S1 Quarter-Finalist)
said at 10:48 AM on Mon Jul 9 2012
@LM-G1 Sorry to hear LM-G1. I voted for you last round & was really looking forward to what you'd bring to Round 2. Unfortunately, "real life" gets in the way sometimes...

Hope to see you back next season!
TomStheVoice
said at 11:25 AM on Mon Jul 9 2012
@LM-G1 It was a pleasure competing with you, my good sir. I know this would be very different if you were able to stay. :(

Hope everything clears up okay, whatever it may be. :)
MegaMac
said at 2:39 PM on Thu Jul 12 2012
@LM-G1 Ah, man! I was wondering where you were and then I scroll down and see this...bummer indeed. I was looking forward to your takes too! Though I understand completely how life can hinder other engagements. Don't feel discouraged or anything. You're great! Also meant to ask...what kind of mic do you use? With Dhalsim, has such a thick, biting sound to it. Me likes.
Bree
said at 10:56 PM on Sun Jul 8 2012
RitsukaFlame and TuxedoTaargus are my favorites in this bunch!
SmartyBoyboy
said at 8:11 PM on Sun Jul 8 2012
This round was kinda daunting, but I liked Tuxedotaargus, Ritsukaflame and Bree.
LordCrehavos
said at 5:59 PM on Sun Jul 8 2012
Ya know, even if my performance feels a bit underrated in energy for that particular pony, I'm still quite happy with it. I thought it fit the bill of cartoony and kiddish. Not like that's my specialty or expertise or anything, especially since characters I voice are typically more regal.

I can't wait to hear some more feedback from our judges, and especially from our Special Guest Judge. :)
Pgirts (AYVO S1 Winner / Master Of Memes)
said at 8:20 PM on Sun Jul 8 2012
@LordCrehavos No need to act defensive, dude. You didn't do a bad job by any stretch.

Word of advice, take it if you will; egos bruise easily.
LordCrehavos
said at 8:37 PM on Sun Jul 8 2012
@Pgirts Nah man, you misread me. I take all the criticism given to me very very seriously. I am happy with my performance for what it was, but I know it wasn't the best there can be. I just know now a voice type I have to work on and I'm happy for that.
FoxyLee13
said at 4:22 PM on Sun Jul 8 2012
Woaahh! SteveP was great too!!! I really love all the created male Spike voices, but some captured his youth a bit more than others.
FoxyLee13
said at 4:21 PM on Sun Jul 8 2012
Ritsuka and MrBipolar performances were SO cute!!! God, having to pick just one of them...... >__
RitsukaFlame
said at 5:53 PM on Sun Jul 8 2012
@FoxyLee13 Thank you ; n ; I'm glad you thought my performance was cute ; n ;
Mrbipolar
said at 2:50 PM on Mon Jul 9 2012
@FoxyLee13 Thank you! I am happy that you liked my performance.
DravenRoth994
said at 11:49 AM on Sun Jul 8 2012
This wasn't easy, but I felt that Momoki, Tuxedotaargus, and Mrbipolar gave the best performance towards their respective characters. From what I read, they had the right tone and amount of emotion for their personalities. My vote overall goes to Momoki, she had the strongest delivery, and amount of emotions. She felt natural from the start.
MOM0KI
said at 2:17 PM on Sun Jul 8 2012
@DravenRoth994 Thank you so much
DravenRoth994
said at 3:32 PM on Sun Jul 8 2012
@MOM0KI Your welcome, you became one of my favorites from your voice dubs and demos alone. Then you showed us what you can do here. Regardless, I still can't pick my favorite out of everyone here. Everyone's doing so well.
VocalChameleon
said at 10:40 AM on Sun Jul 8 2012
The competition's getting pretty intense now. I'm sad to see LM-G1 unable to compete, but among the others, it's a pretty diverse selection of character voices. Everyone's definitely trying to prove themselves here.

Well, after listening to all the performances, I'd have to pick these as my favorites.

For Rainbow Dash: Mom0ki! Her Rainbow Dash felt the most natural fit for me to listen to. It had the kind of spunk and confident air I'd expect to hear from that kind of character.

For Snips: Tuxedotaargus! This was a tough call, as both Tuxedotaargus and LordCrehavos had pretty good voices for the character. But in the end, Tuxedotaargus had more energy in the voice, which translated well in the performances.

Finally, for Spike: Bree! Every Spike sounded good in their own unique way, but Bree stood out as being the only female in the group to do the character. Not only that, but she was able to convince me that it was a young boy saying those lines instead of a girl pretending to be a boy, and was consistent through it all. Delivery was good, vocals were astounding; it was just an overall terrific performance.

In the end, my vote goes to Bree for blowing me away with an incredible performance. Congratulations!

I'm really looking forward to the next round! It's sure to be just as intense as the last two were! Keep it up, everyone!!
Foxwolf (Admin)
said at 10:25 AM on Sun Jul 8 2012
Alright, all my feedback has been added.

Gotta say, I really loved this round. Pretty much every finalist each came up with a different voice from another. For a casting director, there would be no easy choice :P

Dreading on having to make the Judging decisions :(
I_am_onlive
said at 11:04 AM on Sun Jul 8 2012
@Foxwolf Do BTSers also get a feedback for their performances?
Foxwolf (Admin)
said at 3:13 PM on Sun Jul 8 2012
@I_am_onlive on a case by case basis. we have other duties on the site and it would get a little insane if we gave feedback for every members performances for every round.

you can request it in the forums. Audition feedback is something we give everyone who requests it. feedback for other performances but I'll honestly say it will be pretty low priority.
finalCrystine
said at 6:23 AM on Sun Jul 8 2012
tuxedotaargus gets my vote! Only voting doesn't work for me.
Foxwolf (Admin)
said at 6:50 AM on Sun Jul 8 2012
@finalCrystine other ppl have been having the same issue. i've fixed it. can you try again?
finalCrystine
said at 8:19 AM on Sun Jul 8 2012
@Foxwolf It worked now! =)
Pgirts (AYVO S1 Winner / Master Of Memes)
said at 4:10 AM on Sun Jul 8 2012
This was a difficult round, that's for damn sure.

Ritsukaflame and Tuxedotaargus were the two stand outs for me. Both of you had great reads full of personality, and each of you actually made me laugh out loud with your performances.

Twas a tough choice, but ultimately, I gave my vote to Tuxedotaargus. I actually think your voice for Snips sounds considerably better than his official one!

Kudos to you sir, and your weird ass username.
http://tinyurl.com/blqnge7
Pgirts (AYVO S1 Winner / Master Of Memes)
said at 4:12 AM on Sun Jul 8 2012
@Pgirts Or at least I would have voted for you if my vote went through...
http://www.myfacewhen.com/14/
RitsukaFlame
said at 4:12 AM on Sun Jul 8 2012
@Pgirts I'm honored that you enjoyed my takes and thought it stood out, so thank you it means a lot to me :)
Pgirts (AYVO S1 Winner / Master Of Memes)
said at 4:34 AM on Sun Jul 8 2012
@RitsukaFlame http://www.myfacewhen.com/52/
Foxwolf (Admin)
said at 6:50 AM on Sun Jul 8 2012
@Pgirts vote issue fixed
Pgirts (AYVO S1 Winner / Master Of Memes)
said at 5:47 PM on Sun Jul 8 2012
@Foxwolf http://myfacewhen.com/30/
Drakekid7
said at 4:01 AM on Sun Jul 8 2012
Is something up with the site? My vote didn't seem to go through. >:
Foxwolf (Admin)
said at 6:50 AM on Sun Jul 8 2012
@Drakekid7 yes, my bad :| vote issue fixed
CatsTuxedo (Moderator)
said at 3:35 AM on Sun Jul 8 2012
Pity LM-G1 couldn't make it this round. He was my favorite on the last one.

Anyway, I put my vote on MrBipolar; he got that cute, dragonesque sound down pretty well. On a miscellaneous note, I couldn't help but notice some Tom Kenny influence in LordCrehavos's performance.
LordCrehavos
said at 3:36 AM on Sun Jul 8 2012
@CatsTuxedo Haha, really? I wasn't even shooting for him with that voice. I just threw out a random voice that fit in my eyes.
Mrbipolar
said at 11:19 AM on Sun Jul 8 2012
@CatsTuxedo I agree It's a shame that LM-G1 didn't make it to this round I wanted to see his take as well. Especially because of his deep voiced characters previously.

Also, I appreciate your vote. I went with the best "kiddy" voice that I thought sounded kinda like a dragon. I am glad that it came through in my performance! @LordCrehavos If you just "threw out" that voice than I am doomed! lol great job man!
LordCrehavos
said at 12:00 PM on Sun Jul 8 2012
@Mrbipolar Haha well it is completely out of my general experience for voice over and I just brought my voice up to what I thought was a good pitch. I'm really crossing my fingers I can get to the next round and that it'll be something I'm actually really proficient in.
Mrbipolar
said at 2:26 AM on Sun Jul 8 2012
Wow... everyone did such a great job! Now we wait...
TuxedoTaargus
said at 2:18 AM on Sun Jul 8 2012
The finalists certainly aren't making it easy for each other, give a guy a break will ya? Great job to everyone, very excited to see how this round pans out. :]
SteveP
said at 2:01 AM on Sun Jul 8 2012
wow this round was MUCH better than the last. TomStheVoice is going to be the judges pick I just know it ;)
SteveP
said at 2:13 AM on Sun Jul 8 2012
I also wanted to mention Pickle131 was my favorite of the Females!
TomStheVoice
said at 10:50 AM on Sun Jul 8 2012
@SteveP Thanks dude! Great job on your part as well! :D
pickle131
said at 11:50 AM on Sun Jul 8 2012
@SteveP Awh thanks!! C:
TomStheVoice
said at 1:16 AM on Sun Jul 8 2012
Oh man, this was tough. And I have been listening to some awesome talent! :D

Can't help but notice a difference from my line 3 from the rest of the finalists in tone and theme. A good thing...?? :/
LordCrehavos
said at 1:26 AM on Sun Jul 8 2012
@TomStheVoice Man, your Spike was my favorite performance out of them all. I EXPECT to see you in the next round man! You were so great!
TomStheVoice
said at 10:51 AM on Sun Jul 8 2012
@LordCrehavos Wow, thanks dude! :)
Loved your performance, as I usually do haha XD
Seymour
said at 1:12 AM on Sun Jul 8 2012
I'm digging the performances for all of the other finalists, nice job guys :D
mizura
said at 12:59 AM on Sun Jul 8 2012
Hrm.. I kind of regret not having gone for Spike like I was going to originally.
On a side note, I am only seeing 3 lines per person? Wasn't there 4? Or maybe my browser fails at life XD
LordCrehavos
said at 1:10 AM on Sun Jul 8 2012
@mizura Yeah I'm seeing the same thing. I remember doing 4 too. x.x
Foxwolf (Admin)
said at 1:57 AM on Sun Jul 8 2012
@mizura dang, let me fix that :S
Genesis
said at 12:21 AM on Sun Jul 8 2012
This was a tough round, especially for the girls with the given pool of characters. Good to see effort brought to the table and some amazing performances still coming through. While I'm going to sleep on it, I think my picks are:

For the girls', I have to go with MOM0KI this round for some solid acting and character portrayal. I feel like the vocal changes some people chose to take hurt their performances and didn't show their real top form (which is a shame, because I feel like it hid some good talent).

For the men, I was pleasantly surprised to see TuxedoTaargus pull off a very strong performance followed closely by LordCrehavos. I think their choices and takes showed some good thought and they pulled off the character quite nicely.

Best of luck to all contestants and looking forward to seeing more amazing stuff in the upcoming rounds.

PS: The voting seems to be busted for me.
PPS: Please give people two votes for two different people. I'd like to vote for a guy and girl.
Foxwolf (Admin)
said at 2:03 AM on Sun Jul 8 2012
@Genesis busted? what browser and version are you using?
CatsTuxedo (Moderator)
said at 3:38 AM on Sun Jul 8 2012
@Foxwolf I think I'm having the same problem; usually when you vote for someone in these contests, the page refreshes and you see a message that says who you voted for and when. However, I'm trying to vote this time, but no such message appears upon refreshing no matter how many times I enter my vote.
Genesis
said at 5:48 AM on Sun Jul 8 2012
@CatsTuxedo Yep. On the money there.
Foxwolf (Admin)
said at 6:51 AM on Sun Jul 8 2012
@Genesis okay, it WAS busted. my bad. give it another go now.
Foxwolf (Admin)
said at 6:51 AM on Sun Jul 8 2012
@CatsTuxedo try now Cats.
LordCrehavos
said at 12:09 AM on Sun Jul 8 2012
Noooo, LM-G1, put your stuff in man! I don't wanna see you cut! D:
Genesis
said at 12:22 AM on Sun Jul 8 2012
@LordCrehavos Yeah, shame his isn't there.
Foxwolf (Admin)
said at 1:57 AM on Sun Jul 8 2012
@LordCrehavos we emailed him and haven't heard back yet :(
LordCrehavos
said at 2:09 AM on Sun Jul 8 2012
@Foxwolf Darn...He's one of my favorites in this competition. :(
TomStheVoice
said at 11:01 AM on Sun Jul 8 2012
@LordCrehavos Mine too. His booming voice was so intimidating that I would of loved to compete with him. Is there a way to let him in if he is able to respond?
VocalChameleon
said at 11:07 PM on Sat Jul 7 2012
Well, submitted my Spike for BTS. I hope I did well.
Kyhlarn
said at 7:04 PM on Sat Jul 7 2012
curse it! not in range of mic, or good internet connection to get my BTS performance up in time. ah well, hood luck everyone! :)
VocalChameleon
said at 8:12 PM on Sat Jul 7 2012
@Kyhlarn You can submit your BTS performance anytime until the end of the season, you know.
JRose
said at 6:22 PM on Sat Jul 7 2012
I'm not sure if mine went through but I clicked Submit and it jusr deleted the mp3 text from the browse section. I hope that means it entered? This is my first contest so I hope I did well. (: Good luck everyone!
Foxwolf (Admin)
said at 10:44 PM on Sat Jul 7 2012
@JRose I don't see a submission from you. if it submits correctly you'll see a green success message.

btw, it may not be clear in our text, but because you didn't audition for season 2, you won't be eligible to go in the running to win a prize. however, we allow the whole BTVA community to submit performances for fun :)
JRose
said at 10:42 AM on Wed Jul 11 2012
@Foxwolf Thanks for the heads up and sorry for the late response!
MightyMoose
said at 6:02 PM on Sat Jul 7 2012
Heheh, figures we get the cartoons AFTER I'm eliminated. Ah well! I'll see if I can whip something up for a BTS performance tonight. Looking forward to hearing the other contestants!
LordCrehavos
said at 5:28 PM on Sat Jul 7 2012
Man I'm so excited to hear everyone else's performances for this!!
RitsukaFlame
said at 1:26 PM on Sat Jul 7 2012
And submitted ^_^ Good luck to everyone :)
OptimusSolo (Admin)
said at 10:32 AM on Sat Jul 7 2012
Well here is hoping that RitsukaFlame and LM-G1 get their submissions in by the deadline!!
RitsukaFlame
said at 12:12 PM on Sat Jul 7 2012
@OptimusSolo I shall be making it, just making sure I'm 100 percent satisfied with my submissions before I submit them~ :)
OptimusSolo (Admin)
said at 2:06 PM on Sat Jul 7 2012
@RitsukaFlame That's always a good plan :)
Ariel2me
said at 2:34 AM on Sat Jul 7 2012
are you able to do 2 entries or just one? bc I tried for both and want to submit both tries...
Foxwolf (Admin)
said at 3:58 AM on Sat Jul 7 2012
@Ariel2me are you talking about 2 lines or 2 characters
Ariel2me
said at 1:30 PM on Sat Jul 7 2012
@Foxwolf Two characters. I want to do both Rainbow Dash and Spike
Foxwolf (Admin)
said at 3:51 PM on Sat Jul 7 2012
@Ariel2me I mean if you really want to you're free to do so. just record both in one file to submit.
Ariel2me
said at 2:33 AM on Sat Jul 7 2012
just submitted mine... idk if it went through or not but I sure hope it does... fingers crossed
Foxwolf (Admin)
said at 3:59 AM on Sat Jul 7 2012
@Ariel2me it didn't go through. if it did, you'd see a green success message instead of the submission form.
Ariel2me
said at 1:19 PM on Sat Jul 7 2012
@Foxwolf Aw man... I did so good on them too :( I guess I have to record it using something else...
Foxwolf (Admin)
said at 3:47 PM on Sat Jul 7 2012
@Ariel2me what happens when you try to submit it? do you get any message?
SteveP
said at 7:17 PM on Fri Jul 6 2012
Submitted. I took the character in a different direction. I think imitating his already established voice actor wouldn't be any fun =)
Foxwolf (Admin)
said at 7:26 PM on Fri Jul 6 2012
@SteveP and an actual no-no for this round :P

but happy to hear you found a new direction to take him :)
Foxwolf (Admin)
said at 3:21 PM on Fri Jul 6 2012
I know most of the gents were a little concerned about voicing these young-sounding characters, but from what I've heard so far, you fellas had nothing to worry about :D
Mrbipolar
said at 6:54 PM on Fri Jul 6 2012
@Foxwolf well that is certainly comforting to know.
Strikernofear
said at 3:05 PM on Fri Jul 6 2012
I wish i had some samples cause i never watched the show.
OptimusSolo (Admin)
said at 3:09 PM on Fri Jul 6 2012
@Strikernofear If you click on any of the character names you will find that we have sound clips for all the different versions of all three of these characters on the site
Foxwolf (Admin)
said at 3:19 PM on Fri Jul 6 2012
@Strikernofear i just listened to your BTS submission and not sure if you listened to any samples but yours was a fantastic impression!
Strikernofear
said at 3:40 PM on Fri Jul 6 2012
@Foxwolf I posted the message after the submission, so i didn't get the chance listen to them at the time.
CarolsFire
said at 2:26 PM on Fri Jul 6 2012
): though i am a BTSer i feel really bad right now that i cant submit mine! For the entire week i have been sick and my voice got screwed up and...ugh! I went to the doctor and he said it's gonna take sometime until my voice recovers.... ): still, i wish good luck to everyone! Hope you guys have fun! ;)
Foxwolf (Admin)
said at 2:46 PM on Fri Jul 6 2012
@CarolsFire don't worry, BTSer's have no deadline for rounds. Just make sure all performances are submitted before the season is over (end of August)
CarolsFire
said at 2:39 PM on Sat Jul 7 2012
@Foxwolf well, that's a relief! I really want to continue to practice and these challenges are the best!
TuxedoTaargus
said at 2:06 PM on Fri Jul 6 2012
And submitted! Since I've never watched the show, I didn't want to look up the voice for reference. Hopefully my take isn't too similar to the actual voice... whatever that may be, haha
Seymour
said at 12:37 PM on Fri Jul 6 2012
Submitted my spin on Spike~ :)
Mrbipolar
said at 12:17 AM on Fri Jul 6 2012
Ok my files are submitted... for better or worse. This one was tough but I appreciate the challenge. I can't wait to hear everyone's recordings.
Dogman15
said at 6:38 AM on Thu Jul 5 2012
If it wasn't obvious by now, I'm a very active brony, and I was thrilled when I saw that this is what the theme is for round 2! I can't believe it took me until Thursday to check the site for an update on this contest, but I'll try to get in something recorded before Saturday evening.
Foxwolf (Admin)
said at 3:23 PM on Thu Jul 5 2012
@Dogman15 because you've said this, I'll expect something EXTRA special in your performance ;)

btw, BTSer's don't have to worry about the deadline. Just send it in when you have time.
SteveP
said at 12:15 AM on Thu Jul 5 2012
Argh this is tough. I'm trying to make Spike not sound like I'm trying too hard. Argh why did you guys have to pick MLP of all things! =P
OptimusSolo (Admin)
said at 1:19 AM on Thu Jul 5 2012
@SteveP Well I think you just described why we had to pick this theme...to honestly challenge all of you in something you are not used to :)
SteveP
said at 2:39 AM on Thu Jul 5 2012
@OptimusSolo Very true! I think I'll do fine. Just getting cold feet.
Bree
said at 11:20 PM on Wed Jul 4 2012
Soooo, what are all the girls picking? Because I can do either and I want to make sure we have some variety!
LordCrehavos
said at 11:38 PM on Wed Jul 4 2012
@Bree I think from what I gathered, they've all done Spike so far.
OptimusSolo (Admin)
said at 1:18 AM on Thu Jul 5 2012
@LordCrehavos You may want to gather someplace else ;)
LordCrehavos
said at 1:40 AM on Thu Jul 5 2012
@OptimusSolo Hehe well I could either be 100% right or 100% wrong. :P
TwoDoorCafeClub
said at 3:43 PM on Thu Jul 5 2012
@LordCrehavos Well I imagine since most of the girls have higher pitched voices, they'd feel more inclined to go for Rainbow Dash
LordCrehavos
said at 5:57 PM on Thu Jul 5 2012
@TwoDoorCafeClub Very true, but there could also be those who want to all challenge themselves by doing Spike's voice. I suppose it's in the eye of the beholder. :P
pickle131
said at 8:00 PM on Thu Jul 5 2012
@LordCrehavos I haven't done Spike, and unless Momoki changed hers, neither did she c:
LordCrehavos
said at 8:14 PM on Thu Jul 5 2012
@pickle131 Then there's Bree's answer. :P
Bree
said at 8:23 PM on Thu Jul 5 2012
I can't do RD without pretending to be Ashleigh Ball...so I should just go with Spike no matter what ;0
LordCrehavos
said at 7:16 PM on Wed Jul 4 2012
By the way, are we still going to receive Kyle's critique from the first round or is that just not happening? :P
Foxwolf (Admin)
said at 8:00 PM on Wed Jul 4 2012
@LordCrehavos he was tied up with Anime Expo stuff last week and asked if it was okay to send it later. I told him some time this week would be good. if he hasn't sent it to us by the end of the week, I will send him a friendly reminder.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 9:54 PM on Wed Jul 4 2012
@Foxwolf I can't blame him. From the pictures and Twitter updates I saw, Anime Expo was pretty insane.
LordCrehavos
said at 10:45 PM on Wed Jul 4 2012
@Foxwolf Okay, no biggy. I was just curious. :P
TuxedoTaargus
said at 1:25 PM on Wed Jul 4 2012
Luckily I've never seen this show... so I guess an original voice won't be so hard to come by, haha. Mega-hype about the surprise guest judge!
Dogman15
said at 6:35 AM on Thu Jul 5 2012
@TuxedoTaargus You should totally watch an episode of FiM, TuxedoTaargus. It's awesome.
OptimusSolo (Admin)
said at 11:25 AM on Wed Jul 4 2012
SPECIAL ROUND 2 ANNOUNCEMENT:

Sorry for not letting you guys know sooner but we have yet another awesome surprise for you for Round 2.

We have brought in another special Guest Judge to help us out in Round 2 ....... GARRY CHALK!!
TomStheVoice
said at 1:26 PM on Wed Jul 4 2012
@OptimusSolo Holy Crap! The OTHER Optimus Prime? That sounds awesome! :D
TomStheVoice
said at 1:27 PM on Wed Jul 4 2012
@OptimusSolo having NOT grown up in the 80's, he was the first Optimus voice I heard. I remember Beast Wars like it was yesterday! :)
LordCrehavos
said at 6:58 PM on Wed Jul 4 2012
@OptimusSolo Holy crap indeed! NOW I'M NERVOUS AGAIN! :I
Bree
said at 11:21 PM on Wed Jul 4 2012
@OptimusSolo You should totally see if Mr. Lee Tockar would be interested in judging too! He's starting up some really cool podcast aimed at voice over :]
OptimusSolo (Admin)
said at 1:19 AM on Thu Jul 5 2012
@Bree Good suggestion and my friends at the GeekCastRadio Network have interviewed him multiple times. We are all set for Season 2 but definitely will keep in him in mind for the future :)
Bree
said at 10:42 AM on Thu Jul 5 2012
@OptimusSolo Haha, It was mostly suggested because Snips!
Foxwolf (Admin)
said at 1:01 AM on Wed Jul 4 2012
Really hoping this isn't another round where the girls pick the same characters, coz 3 out of 3 so far are the same :(
mizura
said at 1:34 AM on Wed Jul 4 2012
@Foxwolf Really? xD Agghhh, I was actually thinking most would do the latter!
OptimusSolo (Admin)
said at 2:25 AM on Wed Jul 4 2012
@Foxwolf Makes no difference to me. Everyone should be picking whichever one they think they can do the best with. If they are all the same or 50 / 50 really makes no difference at all in my book ;)
Foxwolf (Admin)
said at 3:07 AM on Wed Jul 4 2012
@OptimusSolo oh of course. totally agree they should pick who they're most comfy with.

I just like being spoiled and listening to a wide variety of characters :) so glad to have the BTS! they've been great so far :D
pickle131
said at 4:58 PM on Tue Jul 3 2012
Aaaand done! c: Not personally a fan of this series and have never seen it, but these monologues were a total blast xD!
LordCrehavos
said at 3:18 PM on Tue Jul 3 2012
Submitted my stuff! I'm actually rather pleased with how my voice came out for this. Didn't expect to embrace my pony so enthusiastically! Best of luck to everyone else!!!
Der Grapist
said at 12:00 PM on Tue Jul 3 2012
The way the MLP fandom act about this show, and the addictive nature it displays to some, makes me wonder if it was created by this guy in order to acquire more brains to devour,
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FOMHGiu4y-4
TomStheVoice
said at 10:23 AM on Tue Jul 3 2012
And submitted. Preparing myself for failure! Not sure how well my not very high pitched voice will be handled. But, I've done what I can!

In the mean time, good luck to the rest of you. :D
LordCrehavos
said at 2:09 AM on Tue Jul 3 2012
My suggestion for the next round is maybe choose some sort of theme that the guest judges won't be biased with, like maybe don't pick a series they've personally been in like what you guys did with Kyle. That'd give them more room to judge openly rather than look back to their own performances on the show or game. Just my two cents.
Foxwolf (Admin)
said at 2:34 AM on Tue Jul 3 2012
@LordCrehavos don't worry, the theme for Round 3 is one that Tara and Yuri have no affiliation with.

and fyi - the themes for each round are normally decided before a season starts :)
LordCrehavos
said at 3:01 AM on Tue Jul 3 2012
@Foxwolf Good to hear, I was worried we'd have another Street Fighter sort of thing, and oh really? I thought you decided upon them in between each round. That's interesting news hehe. Well can't wait to see what that round entails, because goodness...I was not prepared for Ponies. :I
OptimusSolo (Admin)
said at 10:34 AM on Tue Jul 3 2012
@LordCrehavos Yea all 5 Round Themes are decided before we ever hold Auditions :) - Heck, we are even starting to decide Season 3 round themes at this point. And although I can see what you are saying with the Guest Judge affiliation, I do think it actually makes more sense to have guest judges who are familiar with the theme but to each their own I suppose.
Leo1065
said at 1:51 AM on Tue Jul 3 2012
YES MLP FiM FTW
MOM0KI
said at 11:28 PM on Mon Jul 2 2012
I tried my best to fix my awkward mic problems x.x;;, anyways, i submitted mine! Hope I did well this time! Good luck everyone! =) I know you'll all do wonderful!
pickle131
said at 6:30 PM on Mon Jul 2 2012
Seems the character descriptions aren't working. Any chance they could be fixed? c: If I'm to create my own voice, it would help a lot to have good descriptions instead of referencing the originals so I don't end up copying what they did.
VocalChameleon
said at 6:42 PM on Mon Jul 2 2012
@pickle131 At the bottom of the comments, they said they wouldn't include character descriptions unless a finalist really needed them to help with their submission.
pickle131
said at 6:44 PM on Mon Jul 2 2012
@VocalChameleon Shoot D: Ah well I'll try to come up with something.
Foxwolf (Admin)
said at 8:44 PM on Mon Jul 2 2012
@pickle131 I'll add some descriptions tonight. hang tight :)
OptimusSolo (Admin)
said at 10:28 AM on Tue Jul 3 2012
@Foxwolf and by 'tonight' he meant tonight ;)
Foxwolf (Admin)
said at 3:12 PM on Tue Jul 3 2012
@OptimusSolo yes, I am sooooo bad with deadlines so I apologize.

with a wife, two kids and an often demanding full-time job, btva sadly ends up in the back seat a lot :( but I try my best :)

working on descriptions now. will be up shortly.
Bree
said at 12:50 PM on Mon Jul 2 2012
while I'm a MLP fan (I just was MC all of Bronycon this weekend) and I'm a known fan voice in the fandom, I don't think I find this challenge to be one that will work out, to be honest. The fandom is really particular about fan voices and they will support only those who they think really impersonate the true voice the best, and because of that I think that no matter what the voting in this particular round will not be fair because you're asking contestants to make a NEW voice while many voters will want to vote for the best impersonater. I'd really like to see this contest be 5 judge picks, 3 'popular' picks because of that, since the judges will be looking for for these created voices. This is, of course though, just my two cents. In the mean time, I need to decide if I want to try Spike or Dash! (THANK YOU FOR NO PINKIE PIE, BY THE WAY!)
Foxwolf (Admin)
said at 3:12 PM on Mon Jul 2 2012
@Bree thanks for sharing your concern. this is exactly why we're asking for new voices. to make it a level playing field as best as possible. if we allowed impersonators, then as you said, those would likely get all the votes from the MLP fandom.

for more peace of mind, given our emphasis on "creating a new original voice", we'll ask that performances that sound like previous voice actors be re-recorded.

so fandom voters will have to put aside their desire to hear the best impersonation and vote for the best suitable voice and voice acting performance, something we hope people are doing anyway :)

And yes, we deliberately steered clear of Pinkie Pie :P
SheilaMGagne
said at 3:22 AM on Mon Jul 2 2012
OMG, awesome! XD
LM-G1
said at 2:17 AM on Mon Jul 2 2012
I am super-nervous.
LordCrehavos
said at 3:03 AM on Mon Jul 2 2012
@LM-G1 Why, because your super amazingly deep voice doesn't suit these characters? XD
LM-G1
said at 3:48 AM on Mon Jul 2 2012
@LordCrehavos You're certainly not too far from the mark. :(
LM-G1
said at 3:49 AM on Mon Jul 2 2012
@LordCrehavos Well, THAT and real-life drama is starting to purge its way into my work again.
LordCrehavos
said at 4:40 AM on Mon Jul 2 2012
@LM-G1 Unfortunately that's true, but I know I can go high as well so I really hope I can use that to my advantage. And yes, mine too my friend. Drama sucks...a lot...
MegaMac
said at 6:13 PM on Mon Jul 2 2012
@LM-G1 Lol, I was wondering the same thing. I am very interested to see what you have up your sleeve, LM-G1. Don't let drama get to you though. Use it as a catalyst for stronger performances. =)
Seymour
said at 11:57 PM on Sun Jul 1 2012
I think this represents a great challenge, high toned characters for boys, and raspy tones for girls, and also reflecting their characters is a good work out too.

I'm sure if this wasn't masked by the bad fandom of MLP, it would be a lot less... hated on. lol
Foxwolf (Admin)
said at 12:32 AM on Mon Jul 2 2012
@Seymour i personally hope to see a great mix of:
- high toned boy voice
- low toned yet still a boy voice
- raspy boy voice (from guys or girls)
- raspy and non-raspy girl voices
OptimusSolo (Admin)
said at 1:40 AM on Mon Jul 2 2012
@Foxwolf For those that do Spike I am sure hoping to have a hint of 'creature' or 'dragon' voice on top of the youthful sound!
Foxwolf (Admin)
said at 2:30 AM on Mon Jul 2 2012
@OptimusSolo that would most certainly be cool and certainly bring something unique to the character.

though not sure if the same works for the pony-based characters and adding hints of 'horse' like 'neighing' or 'chewing' :P
OptimusSolo (Admin)
said at 7:14 AM on Mon Jul 2 2012
@Foxwolf I'm not talking about things like grunts, neighing, chewing etc - Not sure you are understanding my point lol - I am more talking about just the way the voice sounds and the creation of the voice. I am in no way talking about adding sound effects!
Foxwolf (Admin)
said at 4:02 PM on Mon Jul 2 2012
@OptimusSolo actually by 'neighing' and 'chewing' I didn't mean sound effects but more adding those horse-like mannerisms into the characters speech patterns.
eg. voice a line whilst chewing, or adding exhaling and flapping cheek effects during some words or after a line or two (Boss Nass from SW: Episode 1 is one example I can think)
DravenRoth994
said at 9:33 PM on Sun Jul 1 2012
I didn't see this one coming, however I shouldn't be surprised either. I've heard a lot of good things about this particular show. The few scenes I did see of this looked interesting.
Kiome
said at 8:54 PM on Sun Jul 1 2012
Hmm guess I will try a boy and girl
RozenStar
said at 7:27 PM on Sun Jul 1 2012
YES! wait, I don't which one to voice D:
AMT
said at 4:40 PM on Sun Jul 1 2012
Albeit, I do not like MLP, these lines do seem kinda fun to do
CatsTuxedo (Moderator)
said at 4:26 PM on Sun Jul 1 2012
And sent. Man, my Cathy Weseluck impression does NOT sound as good on recording as I think it does while I'm doing it. Although a non-pre-existing voice was called for and I guess that's what came out of me, even if it was unintended :/

Let me tell you, this phenomenon of your recorded voice not sounding like you think it does while you're performing is infinitely frustrating.
Foxwolf (Admin)
said at 4:49 PM on Sun Jul 1 2012
@CatsTuxedo it's okay, not impersonating existing voices is mainly for the Finalists. BTSers can submit anything they want really :)
AMT
said at 4:11 PM on Sun Jul 1 2012
Oh good gawd... -_-""

Well, alrite...
CatsTuxedo (Moderator)
said at 4:01 PM on Sun Jul 1 2012
I'm such a big fan of the show and so familiar with these characters that it's going to be tough trying to come up with an original, non-pre-existing voice for whoever I pick -_-;
Foxwolf (Admin)
said at 4:17 PM on Sun Jul 1 2012
@CatsTuxedo I'm sure you'll find a way to rise to the challenge :)
MsDBZbabe
said at 3:52 PM on Sun Jul 1 2012
Bad choice.
MsDBZbabe
said at 3:58 PM on Sun Jul 1 2012
@MsDBZbabe Then again I guess its good for my friend to try and voice something you might not know anything about, I have hope (:
LordCrehavos
said at 3:47 PM on Sun Jul 1 2012
.....You're kidding me, right? Ooooyy.....never in my life would I have predicted this show.... Something completely new to me, but I guess I will manage....SOMEHOW. x.x
MsDBZbabe
said at 3:53 PM on Sun Jul 1 2012
@LordCrehavos Good luck!
Sherlock
said at 4:09 PM on Sun Jul 1 2012
@LordCrehavos Do your best!! =D
ConfusedPhantom
said at 5:14 PM on Sun Jul 1 2012
@LordCrehavos God speed, man. God speed.
Sherlock
said at 3:31 PM on Sun Jul 1 2012
LOL!!
Pgirts (AYVO S1 Winner / Master Of Memes)
said at 3:55 PM on Sun Jul 1 2012
@Sherlock I was all like http://tinyurl.com/8a3s9v5
Sherlock
said at 4:03 PM on Sun Jul 1 2012
@Pgirts Oh you. http://tinyurl.com/8yfda87
FoxyLee13
said at 3:26 PM on Sun Jul 1 2012
NO WAY!!!! i WISH i wouldve made it to this round!! Spike is my specialty!! This should be so fun! :D
Pgirts (AYVO S1 Winner / Master Of Memes)
said at 3:16 PM on Sun Jul 1 2012
http://tinyurl.com/3j7mg83
Certainly did not anticipate this.
Foxwolf (Admin)
said at 3:31 PM on Sun Jul 1 2012
@Pgirts am I the only one who thinks there has to be at least one kid out there who was traumatized and had nightmares about how grotesquely detailed some of the Ren and Stimpy shots were :P
Der Grapist
said at 5:57 PM on Sun Jul 1 2012
@Foxwolf Yes, yes you are. For all kids, who grew up in the 90's, LOVE Ren and Stimpy.
Foxwolf (Admin)
said at 6:09 PM on Sun Jul 1 2012
@Der Grapist oh, don't get me wrong, i LOVED Ren and Stimpy! While I love and totally appreciate the unique style of animation/designs (esp for a kids show on Nick) I just think there's some poor kids out there that got disturbed by some of the images :P
Mrbipolar
said at 2:34 PM on Sun Jul 1 2012
Don't worry guys, this is gonna be fun! Just remember, the inclusion of My Little Pony makes this contest about 20% cooler!
Foxwolf (Admin)
said at 3:28 PM on Sun Jul 1 2012
@Mrbipolar haha that was going to be one of the possible choices for Rainbow Dash but the overall dialogue ended up being too short.
vastler75
said at 2:33 PM on Sun Jul 1 2012
T_T
i'm sad...
no Cloudcuckoolander Pinkie Pie
shleepers (AYVO S1 Quarter-Finalist)
said at 1:38 PM on Sun Jul 1 2012
Haha! Now THIS shall be an interesting round. Good luck everyone!
SteveP
said at 1:37 PM on Sun Jul 1 2012
OH GOD...Well...I guess an actor's gotta do what an actor's gotta do
Bombermanp
said at 2:43 AM on Mon Jul 2 2012
@SteveP
dont hate me for this....but......
*laughs so hard i bust a gut*
MegaMac
said at 1:06 PM on Sun Jul 1 2012
Oh lawdy, My Little Pony. Not exactly what I thought when I read some hints on the other page about being more "Lighthearted". I thought it'd be Looney Tunes or something lol. Well, at least this round will be interesting. Not really sure how a couple of the MLP characters sound, so my voting will be purely based on if the voice fits the character, whether they sound similar to the original or not. Good luck, you guys!
NCZ (Admin)
said at 1:21 PM on Sun Jul 1 2012
@MegaMac Looney Tunes? Interesting guess. Anyway, we're not trying to see who can do the best imitation, but rather who can come up with their own original take. So your method of voting this round is pretty much the way it is for us.
MegaMac
said at 3:06 PM on Sun Jul 1 2012
@NCZ Of course, but I meant how the characters sound in general, not how their voices sound in which to imitate. Only one I know is Rainbow Dash...because I...watched the show a couple of times lol...it's alright. Better than most shows on the tele nowadays, I guess.
Foxwolf (Admin)
said at 3:09 PM on Sun Jul 1 2012
@MegaMac the main challenge for this round is to basically sound like a kid, while portraying the character's attributes/personality.
mizura
said at 12:01 PM on Sun Jul 1 2012
Ohnooooooo. I think I just died a little inside seeing this round.
OptimusSolo (Admin)
said at 12:06 PM on Sun Jul 1 2012
@mizura Not a fan?
mizura
said at 12:29 PM on Sun Jul 1 2012
@OptimusSolo I've never seen the show (nor have I really wanted to) so I have a feeling I'm going to be painfully OOC. XD Here goes nothing~
AWIG
said at 12:42 PM on Sun Jul 1 2012
@mizura Just reach for that inner child... erhm.. pony?
I_am_onlive
said at 1:17 PM on Sun Jul 1 2012
@mizura Don't be nervous just have fun with it.
Foxwolf (Admin)
said at 3:24 PM on Sun Jul 1 2012
@mizura based on your audition and your ability to do kiddy voices, you should be pretty comfortable with this round.
mizura
said at 3:48 PM on Sun Jul 1 2012
@Foxwolf Keyword - should!
Was just a tad worried that some people might be a little biased after hearing how the original actors are for the charas :D But knowing it's not based off imitations I feel a ton better!
Foxwolf (Admin)
said at 4:15 PM on Sun Jul 1 2012
@mizura I bolded the description text above to emphasize "create a voice" and "kid voice" and will let finalists know if they veer off from that.

I personally advise to steer away from mimicking. We can save that for a mimicking contest :P
OptimusSolo (Admin)
said at 1:36 AM on Mon Jul 2 2012
@Foxwolf mimicking is still voice acting so lets not downgrade that part of the craft here!
Foxwolf (Admin)
said at 1:48 AM on Mon Jul 2 2012
@OptimusSolo yes, but we're trying to avoid biased voting. otherwise we could simply have a future round be 100% mimicking so it's a level playing field.
OptimusSolo (Admin)
said at 1:52 AM on Mon Jul 2 2012
@Foxwolf I wasn't speaking about this round. I like the idea that it has to be an original voice for this round. I was just referring to what I felt was a negative connotation that you attached to the immensely difficult art of mimicking within the world of Voice Acting :)
Mrbipolar
said at 11:42 AM on Sun Jul 1 2012
Alright everypony, it's time to rock and roll!
Seymour
said at 11:18 AM on Sun Jul 1 2012
MC Spike, ready to rock the mic!
RitsukaFlame
said at 11:03 AM on Sun Jul 1 2012
*A* I am super excited for this round >w
AWIG
said at 10:22 AM on Sun Jul 1 2012
Haha, that's awesome. Can't wait to submit my BTS take :) Well played judges, well played.
TomStheVoice
said at 10:01 AM on Sun Jul 1 2012
Oh God...MY BANE of voice acting. :O

Just to be clear, by "kiddy" you mean like a kid, or "kiddy" as in silly/sounds like a kid enough for this particular character?
I_am_onlive
said at 10:54 AM on Sun Jul 1 2012
@NCZ MLP? On BTVA? You guys rock :)
Foxwolf (Admin)
said at 2:58 PM on Sun Jul 1 2012
@TomStheVoice yes, we ARE indeed looking to get a kiddy sounding voice. It should like a little boy.
OptimusSolo (Admin)
said at 1:35 AM on Mon Jul 2 2012
@Foxwolf I wouldn't say Spike has to sound like a little 'boy' - Making him sound like a young dragon is equally acceptable as are making the others sound like young ponies. I really don't want any of them sounding completely human ;)
Foxwolf (Admin)
said at 1:45 AM on Mon Jul 2 2012
@OptimusSolo when I said "boy" I meant sound as young as possible and not like say a teenager. I understand these aren't human characters :P but when you say sound like a "young dragon", how do you mean exactly? with growls and gruffs in the speech patterns? to me, the show could replace all the creatures with humans and for the most part it would translate pretty well :P
OptimusSolo (Admin)
said at 1:48 AM on Mon Jul 2 2012
@Foxwolf You clearly haven't listened to Charlie Adler's version of Spike have you? ;) - I absolutely do not mean gruffs and growls but there are things you can do with your voice that make them sound more like a creature then a human. There are many youthful voices out there for animals or creatures that you in no way have ever heard an actual human sound like in real life. Would you like a list of examples ;) ;)
Foxwolf (Admin)
said at 2:36 AM on Mon Jul 2 2012
@OptimusSolo no I haven't heard it yet. but in my defense, I just said "boy", "girl" and "kiddy". I never actually said human ;)

so i cooooooould've meant boy dragon or boy/girl pony :P
but yeah, boy/girl/kiddy sounding like i said above.
OptimusSolo (Admin)
said at 7:14 AM on Mon Jul 2 2012
@Foxwolf pretty weak there ;)
Foxwolf (Admin)
said at 8:29 AM on Sun Jul 1 2012
As a heads up, Character Descriptions haven't yet been added for the characters. However, I do believe the lines speak for themselves and give you a sense of the character quite well.

If any Finalist is more comfortable having a description, let me know and I'll add them.

Given this is the most different round we've ever had, I'm super stoked to hear everyone's take, esp the guys, since I'm sure kiddy voices are likely out of many of your comfort zones.