June/July 2014

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June/July 2014 ■ 51 Studio photos courtesy of Deyan Audio In 2013 Deyan Audio expanded into a second location—a home in Northridge, CA, with specially constructed studios that allowed them to keep up with demand for their sound services. Master engineer and studio manager Jorge Reyes notes that "creative problem-solving" is the hallmark of the Deyan Audio operations, and the new studios have state-of-the-art prefab recording booths that maintain exactly the same sound quality. The scripts, word and pronunciation lists, and series background information are now all networked with iPads. Narrators and sound engineers who come to work at Deyan find a quiet, comfortable atmosphere, abundant snacks, and the chance to take breaks by the pool. In 2013, Bob and Debra were honored by the Audio Publishers Association with the association's Special Achievement Award. They estimated that they had worked on more than 12,000 audiobooks. Their productions have been nominated for, and won, every recording award multiple times: Audie Awards, AudioFile Earphones, Grammy Awards, and American Library Association Odyssey and Notable Recording Awards. Deyan Audio is a key resource for the audiobook industry, but for Bob and Debra their satisfaction is as much about the people they have worked with. They have welcomed A-List actors, and they delight in telling stories about celebrities such as Henry Winkler, Ed Asner, and Richard Dreyfuss. The Deyans have intro- duced many actors to audiobooks and forwarded the careers of many professional narrators. Early in the company's history, they worked with AudioFile Golden Voice Frank Muller, and many of today's legendary award winners have worked with Deyan Audio, too. Their current casting list has more than 1,200 actors. In 2013, Bob Deyan was diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease). The entire audiobook industry—publishers, narrators, and colleagues—has rallied around the Deyans to raise money and awareness for ALS. In March 2014, a new chapter opened for Deyan Audio with the launch of the Deyan Institute of Voice Artistry and Technology (DIVA) that will promote Bob Deyan's vision of the highest artistic and technological standards with classes, workshops, and training for voice acting and audiobook production. DIVA opens yet another chapter in the evolution of Deyan Audio Services.—Robin F. Whitten

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