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May 2019

What’s so Special about Music?

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We can all agree that music has a massive impact on our lives – when we’re happy or upset, going out or going to work, it’s almost inescapable. It has the power to alter our mood and change the whole tone of a room; it affects us wherever we go, but why is it that this sound is just so important to us?

It’s that moment when your favourite song comes on when you’re out with friends, or that piece of music that is so enjoyable you remember exactly where you were the first time you heard it. We don’t all love every kind of music, but it’s that specific taste that just comforts or elates us, so much so that many of us would even go as far as saying we couldn’t live without it.

The reason is said to be because humans have evolved to appreciate these kind of noises. The sound of other humans – such as in song – matter the most to us because this is what we understand and can communicate with, it’s where we get all our information from. Although the scales found in music have no direct relationship to the pitches of human speech, genres such as rock possess similarities to human frequency and speech intervals, which is why it is so popular.

Unlike other pleasures in life, music has no intrinsic value, but with so many different genres it can reach out and move so many different people in all kinds of ways. Many say it causes intense emotion and overwhelming joy within them, influencing mood and actions, thoughts and feelings – which is why the power of song should never be underestimated.

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Happy with the Customer Service Levels you’re receiving from your In-Store Radio Supplier?

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There’s nothing worse than a supplier that doesn’t get back to you and you have to chase… a supplier who can’t talk or meet with you when you need to… a supplier that doesn’t listen and so doesn’t meet your requirements, leaving you to do the majority of the work.

At KVH Studios our number one priority is customer service. That’s why many of our clients, such as Costcutter, House of Fraser and Topps Tiles, have been receiving audio services from us for over 10 years.

It’s simple really; we just make sure we follow our checklist to ensure we’re always providing the best service at all times to our clients…

  1. We’re accessible

Whether it be in person, on the phone, email or even social media, we’re always accessible to our clients to help them with what they require when they need it and to stay connected to their brand

  1. We’re responsive

It’s very important to us that we acknowledge our clients quickly and provide a solution in a timely manner

  1. We’re listeners

Understanding our clients’ requirements clearly can only be done by taking the time to listen carefully

  1. We’re focused

Providing our clients with the information they need at the time they need it

  1. We’re honest

There’s no point in us telling our clients something that isn’t achievable or not being truthful when something hasn’t gone to plan. Honesty is the best policy in our eyes.

  1. We’re passionate

We believe in the services we create for our clients and ensure each one is unique and works hard to achieve results for their individual brand.

Of course, anyone can say they do these things and it’s difficult to showcase these qualities without working with us but we do believe our high client retention and testimonials speak for themselves.

Give us a call today and let us take the workload of in-store audio away from you.

After all, that’s what you pay your supplier for isn’t it?

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Glenn Pinder – Head of Audio Operations

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How long have you been at KVH Studios?
In this role 4 ½ years – In total around 15 years presenting on a number of in-store services.

What does your job involve?
Working together with our talented team of creative writers, talented producers, sound designers, presenters & voice overs is to bring audio to life and make the best audio content and creative for clients around the world. Also presenting the morning show Monday to Friday on one of long-standing live services, Topps Tiles Radio, across 370+ stores.

What did you do before you worked at KVH Studios?
Regional Breakfast and freelance radio presenter, events host and DJ (20+ Years).

What do you love most about what you do?
Every day offers a different challenge.
I’m lucky as I get to work across the different brands we provide audio to, each with their own unique sound and brand values.
Getting the audio to match those with the talent we have on the team is a lot of fun.

What’s your favourite memory at KVH Studios?
So many to choose from but launching any brand new service is up there with my favourite moments.
I love the challenge from the outset and the sense of achievement the team gets once it has all come together.

How would you describe KVH Studios in 3 words?
Passionate – Imaginative – Fun

If you could pick one, what would be your favourite music track?
This can change on a daily basis and dependent on mood plus, I get to listen to a lot of different types of music.
I love most genres but my fave all time track is probably ‘Daryl Hall – Wait for Me‘, such a powerful track.

What do you like to do when you’re not at KVH Studios?
Other than being a doting dad and spending time with my family, I play drums in a band called Colin, gigging with the guys is a lot of fun. I also enjoy walks in the country with our dogs, good food, music and motorcycling.

Radio Audio Week 2019 – Get to Know the Jargon…

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Next week is ‘Radio Audio Week’ – a cross-industry initiative celebrating the best of UK radio and audio. So with this in mind, here at KVH Studios we thought we’d share some information around the jargon used in the industry for those of you that wonder what certain terms mean. Why? Because we’re experts in all sorts of radio and audio production; from radio distribution to advert creation, ISDN and radio days…

Advert Creation
It’s easy to turn on a microphone and record a voiceover artist, but unless you have the right expertise or creative flair you can never be sure you’re getting the best out of your audio. It’s important that you talk with your creative consultant and producer to be clear about your needs, aims and ideas for your advert. They’re the experts in the field and can help you right from day one; coming up with initial ideas to polishing the finished product they’ll make sure it’s the best it can be!

ISDN works similar to a phone call, except the quality of sound is just as clear as if the person was sat in the studio using the microphone there. There’s different levels of IDSN quality too, and depending on the requirements of the client we can cater for almost all lines.

Radio Day
A radio day is when a voiceover or interviewee comes to visit us at our studios to talk to a list of different people; mainly this includes interviews with radio stations across the country. By the use of ISDN it means voiceovers don’t have to travel to every station to record, as it sounds just as good as if they were there. This is a great option for clients who need a voiceover but don’t have the time to get them to their own studios.

A podcast is typically an episodic services of digital audio files that a listener can stream or download to listen to. They will have a specific theme, topic or objective and take the form of a conversation/interview/story. KVH Studios have the facilities to record such audio due to the space and equipment featured in our main production studio plus the expertise in uploading and managing podcast through Acast, iTunes and Spotify.

Producers don’t just stop when the mic goes off – post production includes anything from cutting the audio down to the creation of a full radio advertisement to adding a specifically created music bed and sound effects. Our team has a wide range of editing options to bring voices to life and post-production can make a huge difference to the effectiveness of your production.

Radio Distribution
As well as coming up with the ideas and creating adverts, it’s important for studios to build a relationship with local and national radio stations to ensure a smooth distribution process. Although a client has to book the space themselves, the finished audio can be sent to stations directly from the studios – making it nice and easy for our clients!

KVH Studios cater for all kind of clients, from what we’ve mentioned here to many more. If you have any questions about any of our services, including bespoke audio solutions for business, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us on: 0113 233 7800 or drop us an email at

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Live at Leeds Preview

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It’s that time of year again – the start of festival season. Later in the year there’s Reading+Leeds, Download, Latitude, Bestial, Creamfields, Isle of Wight, All Points East, TRNSMT and of course, Glastonbury is back this year. Starting things off, here in Leeds, it’s ‘Live at Leeds’ this weekend.

It’s one of the best festivals around, for many reasons. You don’t need to camp, it’s not going to get muddy even if it rains (because it’s held in a city) and, let’s be honest, it’s just amazing! It’s held in various venues across Leeds City Centre and you can go from venue to venue to see your favourite artists or discover new music you love, whilst enjoying everything the city centre has to offer!

Our Head of Music, Nick Bewes, has created a playlist to highlight some of the acts to check out on the day, it mixes the new artists alongside more well-known names.

His personal picks include Leeds very own ‘Tallsaint’ and ‘Talkboy’, up and coming trio ‘whenyoung’, Brit award winner Sam Fender and the amazing Sundara Karma.

For all the details on who is on where and when, head to, or download their app and get planning!

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