Why a string of famous voices like Josh Widdicombe have found their local recording studio to be the best place to record.

Voiceover artists have found award-winning sound studio Fonic’s Hackney city farm location a welcome change from the bustling Soho environment, the historical base of the UK’s creative and entertainment industries. A number of artists have discovered Fonic, based on their doorstep, delivers all the resources and talent that they require.

Comedian, actor and presenter Josh Widdicombe discovered Fonic when he was casted as the voice of Dad in BIG LIZARD a CBeebies and France Télévisions jointly commissioned brand-new 7 minute 3D animated preschool series about a young astronaut called Cosima and a big lizard called Big Lizard. Josh described Fonic to be an Oasis. He noted it was “way better than traveling to Soho”. Like many people the setting was a big hit. He particularly appreciated the great takeaway options from the cafe and loved having pigs and goats just outside the studio door! He also noted that “he was brilliantly treated”.

Rory Hunter sound editor at Fonic explains. “Being in Hackney we are lucky that a lot of creatives live in the area and those that found us have been delighted and astonished by what we can offer. One artist who works for a flagship television show found that Fonic’s boutique studio setting offered a more relaxed and personal service than other studios. This allowed us to develop a great relationship with her, and over the years, since our first encounter, she tries to use us for other projects when given a choice over recording studios for her voiceover work”.

Voice over work requires a unique skill-set and Fonic provides the recording expertise and professional facilities to allow the actor to focus solely on their performance. The team at Fonic also do their due diligence in understanding the script and creative direction of the performance and have a wealth of experience in directing talented voice artists in a variety of genres including narration, advertisements and character work.

Rory again notes, “We take great pride in providing a service that is not limited to solely carrying out the technical requirements of a recording session. We invest a sincere creative interest in every project we work on and believe this translates into the recorded performance”.

Head of Fonic, Barnaby Templer states, “Where we are based has been very beneficial for visiting artists. Voice over can be quite demanding and requires a very particular set of skills. At Fonic we have learnt how to get the best out of people. This is by balancing professional facilities with a personal approach within a unique calming setting. Creating a perfect place to record”

52 episodes of Big Lizard are scheduled to launch in Autumn 2024.