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User currently offlineJhooper From United States of America, joined Dec 2001, 6202 posts, RR: 12
Posted (8 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 8850 times:

I was surprised to hear the same voice doing the automated public address announcements in both Houston IAH and Oklahoma City. I think I've heard that same lady's voice in other airports too. Is this a computer voice or an actual person?


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User currently offlineAsstChiefMark From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (8 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 8816 times:

Does she sound like this?

NWA Announcement 6


User currently offlineDtwclipper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (8 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 8763 times:

My favorite recording is the "Mind your Step" lady in AMS!

User currently offlineTwoLz2Rn From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 447 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (8 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 8717 times:

Quote:
My favorite recording is the "Mind your Step" lady in AMS!



Yeah, it took me awhile to understand it, but then i figured it out...it can get annoying after a while!


User currently offlineZippyjet From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 5478 posts, RR: 13
Reply 4, posted (8 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 8702 times:

Our announcement lady does Ms. Microphone in both English and Spanish at BWI! Now, I like the Burl Ives meets down home radio announcer voice at ATL. I wonder how is his Spanish. But, I still get the biggest kick out of the trains and trash cans that talk to you at ATL! Also, the Bella La Gossy,
Kelsea Grammer voice that proclaims: You are entering the transportation
zone.



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User currently offlineLincoln From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 3887 posts, RR: 8
Reply 5, posted (8 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 8659 times:

Quoting Jhooper (Thread starter):
I was surprised to hear the same voice doing the automated public address announcements in both Houston IAH and Oklahoma City. I think I've heard that same lady's voice in other airports too. Is this a computer voice or an actual person?

There is a decent chance of it... IED [Innovative Electronic Designs] has a virtually monopoly on transportation PA systems (and has a really nice product line) including, IIRC, IAH (and CLE, LAX, EWR, LGA, JFK, LAS, ORD, Grand Central Terminal, Penn Station, the Pentagon, and a few NASA facilities...).

IED does have in house voice talent and can, IIRC, deliver updated recordings (via the internet or dialup phone connection) to properly equipped client systems. In addition to recording to your script, I think they also have prerecorded messages that you can purchase*

How do I know this? My former employer (a state university) opened a new library complete with an IED 500ACS system...as one of the (two) A/V engineers for the campus I got dragged to the training session for the thing and the IED rep offered if we wanted any announcements, he'd be glad to throw in a free package using the "voice from LAX".

I also have the programming/administration reference in a box...

Lincoln

* - (Ours had, IIRC, for no apparent reason "The white curb is for the immediate loading and unloading of passengers only", "Unattended vehicles may be towed", and a few other very bizarre messages for a system inside a library)



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User currently offlineDavidT From Switzerland, joined Oct 2005, 477 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (8 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 8647 times:

I know the woman you mean. In American airports / ports I kept hearing it.

In the Staten Island ferry terminal it was

"The Animals you see working in this terminal are for your safety, please do not distract them from their work (sniffer dogs)"

And in JFK something like

"Unattended baggage is a security rick and may be removed and destroyed in accordance with TSA regulations"

Only in the US though. I assumed the TSA sent out standard messages.


User currently offlineLfutia From Netherlands, joined Dec 2002, 3335 posts, RR: 27
Reply 7, posted (8 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 8644 times:
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Quoting Dtwclipper (Reply 2):
My favorite recording is the "Mind your Step" lady in AMS!

Mind your Step.. man that gets annoying after a while. I've been to Schiphol 8 times all on stopover  Sad . I've always enjoyed the 3 chimes Schiphol had before they made an announcement. I had someone record the file but i hadda reformat my PC and i didnt get a chance to save it.

Leo



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User currently offlineJsposaune From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 291 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (8 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 8617 times:

Quoting Zippyjet (Reply 4):
But, I still get the biggest kick out of the trains and trash cans that talk to you at ATL!

Dude, those trash cans freak me out!!!  ill 

I think my favorite are at AMS...the "Paging passenger XXX-XXXX, you are delaying the flight....get your ass to gate XX or we will offload your luggage!!"

I'm paraphrasing, of course!



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User currently offlineDLKAPA From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (8 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 8613 times:

Great, now a.net has gone from the perfect place to discuss real aviation business and technical information, to petty a vs. b wars, to the announcement lady... What's next? Someone going to announce that UA will be the launch of the A380 and A350? o wait...  footinmouth 

User currently offlineMadairdrie From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2006, 119 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (8 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 8602 times:

In Gerona (Barcalona) there is a recording of the word Ryanair and when the make an announcement about any ryanair flight in any language they press the button to get this very posh English voice say Ryanair and then continue the annoncement until the word ryanair has to come in and the button is pressed again.

User currently offlineJsposaune From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 291 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (8 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 8592 times:

Quoting Lincoln (Reply 5):
IED [Innovative Electronic Designs] has a virtually monopoly on transportation PA systems

So, what you're saying, is that now we're outsourcing airport announcements?

Is that safe??

 stirthepot 
 biggrin 



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User currently offlineKearnet From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 219 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (8 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 8582 times:

I think we all know what this is really about. We want her to have an abortion. Its really the only sensible thing to do. If its done properly, therapeutically, there's no danger involved.

User currently offlineJsposaune From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 291 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (8 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 8569 times:

Quoting Kearnet (Reply 12):
I think we all know what this is really about. We want her to have an abortion. Its really the only sensible thing to do. If its done properly, therapeutically, there's no danger involved.

 rotfl   rotfl   rotfl   rotfl   rotfl 



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User currently offlineAsstChiefMark From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (8 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 8569 times:

Quoting DLKAPA (Reply 9):
What's next? Someone going to announce that UA will be the launch of the A380 and A350?

Yep.

UAL Announcement

Mark  Wink


User currently offlineDeltaGator From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 6341 posts, RR: 13
Reply 15, posted (8 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 8548 times:

Quoting Kearnet (Reply 12):
I think we all know what this is really about. We want her to have an abortion. Its really the only sensible thing to do. If its done properly, therapeutically, there's no danger involved.

No. The white courtesy phone.

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User currently offlineCadet57 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 9085 posts, RR: 31
Reply 16, posted (8 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 8539 times:

On the Airplane! Dvd, ZAZ was saying that the man and woman that made those announcements made the equiptment and actual announcements at LAX. is this still the case?


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User currently offlineLincoln From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 3887 posts, RR: 8
Reply 17, posted (8 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 8481 times:

Quoting Jsposaune (Reply 11):
So, what you're saying, is that now we're outsourcing airport announcements?

Is that safe??

Sorry, I should have been more clear... they have a virtual monopoly on the equipment... you are free to use their announcements, record your own, or load just about any audio file you wish.

They do, also, hype an Automated Flight Announcement module that seems like it would eliminate the need for humans to do anything but the boarding announcements (and those could be recorded and played on demand), but I've never heard it in action.

Quoting Cadet57 (Reply 16):

On the Airplane! Dvd, ZAZ was saying that the man and woman that made those announcements made the equiptment and actual announcements at LAX. is this still the case?

I have heard that the man and woman work[ed] for IED, and that they were indeed the voices used at the time, but I can't certify the accuracy of that statement as it was an in passing "If you've ever seen..." type remark.



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User currently offlineJsposaune From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 291 posts, RR: 1
Reply 18, posted (8 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 8432 times:

Quoting Lincoln (Reply 17):
Sorry, I should have been more clear... they have a virtual monopoly on the equipment...

Don't worry about it....I was just being funny. There seems to be a big "anti-outsourcing" movement on here, and I was just trying to stir it up a bit!!!

It's all good!  smile 



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User currently offlineN587NK From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 301 posts, RR: 1
Reply 19, posted (8 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 8374 times:
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Quoting Lincoln (Reply 17):
They do, also, hype an Automated Flight Announcement module that seems like it would eliminate the need for humans to do anything but the boarding announcements (and those could be recorded and played on demand), but I've never heard it in action.

DL has prerecorded boarding announcements. The only place I've heard it was RSW, but I have heard it


User currently offlineDeltaGator From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 6341 posts, RR: 13
Reply 20, posted (8 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 8358 times:

Quoting N587NK (Reply 19):
DL has prerecorded boarding announcements. The only place I've heard it was RSW, but I have heard it

They have them almost everywhere now. I'm sure some of the podunk airports don't have it yet but everyone I've been to wit DL in the past year has had them. We've had it in ATL for quite some time now.



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User currently offlineAaway From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 1521 posts, RR: 14
Reply 21, posted (8 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 8354 times:

When visiting MEX for the 1st time in 1992, the lady making the terminal announcements was practically seducing me to stay. She would speak with a half coo, half whisper, when making departure announcements. I wish a recording of her was available.

Perhaps the MEX a.netters will be familiar with the voice.



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User currently offlineTPAnx From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 1021 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (8 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 8312 times:

Quoting Lincoln (Reply 17):
I have heard that the man and woman work[ed] for IED, and that they were indeed the voices used at the time, but I can't certify the accuracy of that statement as it was an in passing "If you've ever seen..." type remark.

The "Airplane" DVD I have...first I bought..has a director's commentary saying that is the case...

TPAnx



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User currently offlineRL757PVD From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 4646 posts, RR: 11
Reply 23, posted (8 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 8294 times:

Actually if its the sameperson that does PVD's then I know the answer

At an airport conference i was talking to the exhibitors that did these (probably the company referenced earlier in the thread) but he said the lady behind the voice was one of their secretaries.

At DAB some of the announcements are actually the operations assistant. She is visially impaired and when they first put the announcement on, it was confusing her seeing eye dog when they walked through the terminal!



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User currently offlineBohica From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2672 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (8 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 8294 times:

I started a similar thread a little over a year ago and the general consensus was that in the USA, the voice is Connie Chung.

25 Andz : The automated voice at FRA is cool the way it announces in English and the language of the airline or country of destination. At JNB and most of the a
26 Midwest717 : I think it's quite clear. It is the same woman that records all these announcements everywhere. Her names is Joyce. Joyce the voice.
27 Phllax : The guy who makes the announcements in CLT sounds like he's constipated!
28 Post contains images DLKAPA : Indeed I've seen that before... hence the
29 Vatveng : We have them in ORF as well. It's funny listening to that thing cycle through all the zones back to back trying to catch up while boarding an early-m
30 Post contains links Sergeant655 : The train station in amsterdam has the same chimes. there is a recording on www.sounddogs.com of the amsterdam train station with those chimes. i tri
31 Apodino : Just a question. Why did Delta spend money on these prerecorded announcements? Seems like a waste to me, when you have agents who are more than qualif
32 Khushdesi : I've always thought it a bit amusing that the security announcements at LAX are from a British woman.
33 AC773 : Here's my favorite: The recording on the moving walkways at PHX sound remarkably like William Shatner. It gave me quite a chuckle.
34 JAGflyer : I really like the chimes you hear onboard the TTC Subway in Toronto before the doors close on the cars. "Ding, Dong, Dong"
35 FLY2HMO : Very true!!! I think it's the best one I've heard in any airport. Her voice sounds sooooo relaxing. They seem to be using the same person/system stil
36 OPNLguy : I vaguely recall an article on the lady, and I'm pretty sure that she lived up in Canada somewhere (Vancouver?). The article may have been in Airliner
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