The Voice is an American television show started in 2011 that is based on the original Dutch show “The Voice of Holland,” which began in 2010. Both shows were created by Dutch producer Johannes “John” de Mol, Jr., who is a media tycoon in his native Netherlands. Previously, he created the highly successful reality series Big Brother, a smash hit in the Netherlands and the United Kingdom, where the show was originally broadcast. Both The Voice and Big Brother have been licensed to more than 50 different countries each, with de Mol’s production company either having a hand in a number of the versions or collecting licensing revenues for creating the original concept.
As opposed to shows live “American Idol” or “X-Factor,” “The Voice” only deals with singing talent. As such, audio and audio processing is an important component of the show. Many of the producers of “The Voice” have backgrounds on other talent shows and MTV, where they dealt with singers and voice talent on a regular basis.
The producers of the American The Voice are:
- Ashley Baumann, a former MTV producer who has won three Emmy awards
- Carson Daly, a former radio disc jockey at KROQ in Los Angeles and host of MTV’s Total Request Live, now an independent producer
- Keith Dinielli, a producer of various TV series, including Top Shot and Rock n’ Roll Fantasy Camp
- May Johnson, a producer of So You Think You Can Dance, Emmy winner for The Voice in 2015, nominated in 2012, 2013 and 2014
- Bart Kimball, a producer of dance shows such as So You Think You Can Dance and Randy Jackson Presents America’s Best Dance Crew
- Michael Matsumoto, a producer of Big Brother, Survivor, HGTV Design Star, Top Shot and Flipping Vegas
- David Offenheiser, a producer of The Apprentice, The Bachelorette, The Bachelor, The Amazing Race, Long Island Medium and Rock Star: INXS
- Dan Paschen, an MTV producer and crew person on Survivor, Shark Tank, The Apprentice, Bully Beatdown, Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader, My Dad Is Better Than Your Dad, The Contender Asia and others
- Teddy Valenti, a producer of Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader, My Dad Is Better Than Your Dad and others
Many members of the production team for The Voice know that Pro Tools is superior production software for voice and music talent. A show like The Voice needs the best in audio engineering, and The Voice music and sound editor Michael Bernard incorporates Pro Tools into his workflow to produce up to 600 songs per season for 12 million viewers. He likes the ability to process sound files quickly so he can email finished MP3 files to the show’s contestants as soon as they’re ready to start rehearsals, half an hour after the music has been recorded. Pro Tools is also used to mix the show in a production truck outside the venue where it’s shot.