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Lesson 21 from: Voice-Over for Real People: Complete Freelancing Guide

Keith Harris

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21. Microphones

Next Lesson: Preamps


Class Trailer

Welcome to the world of Voice Over




What Is Voice Over?


Myth Busting


Where is all the money?


Quiz: What Is Voice Over

The Voice Over Performance


A Conversation With One Person


Lesson Info


in this session, we are going to talk about microphones and picking the best one for your home studio. Not all mix are the best for every voice and it's not always best to start with the most expensive mike, basically all you need to record a voiceover performance is a mic and a computer. It really is that simple. As I said in the previous session, you do not need a new or powerful computer and likely the one you already own will be plenty for recording your voice over. With that said, let's move on to mike choices, microphones are a vast land of complexity, but the good news is that we do not need a terribly complex microphone to capture a good voice over performance. This is because capturing the speaking voice is much easier than capturing music. Music requires a mic to pick up a wide range of complex pitches. But in comparison the speaking voice is quite simplistic. So even if you have a super expensive mic for recording music, it might not necessarily improve your voice over audio...

. Since there are so many options for mix, we're going to start simple and work our way up to more complex setups. This will show you a great way to get started and give you some focus for the future as you grow your business. If you don't have a treated space like a sound booth in your home and we'll discuss creating a space in a later video, then you want to start with a cardioid mic rather than a large diaphragm mike, a cardioid mic has a smaller pickup space, making it much more user friendly in non treated recording spaces whereas large diaphragm mix pick up a larger area and while great for sound, these mics can actually be problematic if you are not recording in a treated space because they are so sensitive. A great place to start for simplicity and sound is a USB cardioid mic. The mic will plug directly into your computer via a USB cord and the cardioid pattern will help ensure that your audio is clean and free of background noise that could otherwise ruin your recording. One of my favorite mix is the Apogee Mic Plus and it sells for about $260. This is a great quality mike with an impressive amount of technology for the price. It's also very user friendly. Another solid option is the blue Yeti. It is also a USB mic comes with its own stand and sells for $150 if you're totally new and need headphones and a mike. The Samson C. 01 U Pro is a great place to start. This package contains a mic and headphones and plugs into your computer via USB and the entire package costs $140. So there are three Great starter mix for you to consider depending on your needs and budget. Now we're going to move into some more higher quality and complex setups. The next level of audio moves away from the U. S. B. Set up and requires an XLR cable, this is the three pronged cable that plugs into the mic mix. Like this will require a pre amp. We'll discuss pre amps in the next lesson and stay focused on mix for the moment when getting into XLR type mix, we want to compare the mic, we choose to the industry standard voiceover mike and that mike is the Newman T. LM 103. It's a large diaphragm mic and it sells for $1300. The good news is that mike's generally don't go bad and they should receive gentle treatment. So if you make an investment like this, it will last a very long time. If not even for your entire voiceover career. This mike absolutely requires a properly treated space in order to get a good recording the mic I chose for my studio and the one I am recording on right now is the norman T. LM 102. It's still a fantastic large diaphragm mic but sells for $700. Almost half the price I made this choice by going to an audio center. In comparing the two mics. I highly recommend finding a store with a mic room and testing out mix. What this allowed me to do was listen to my voice on the norman T. LM 103 and immediately compare it to the 102. So I could hear the difference. You'll find this very educational and it will help you choose the mic for your voice, you may find the Norman TLM102 is not the right choice for your voice. So enjoy an afternoon at an audio store. This kind of shopping is a lot of fun. Another good option if you want a high end mike but don't have a perfectly treated space is the Sennheiser 4 16. Sennheiser makes great products and this mike is a standard and radio broadcasting. What makes this mic so unique is that it's not only a cardioid mic but it also has vents on the side to help deflect unwanted noise. I use this mic when I'm traveling and I'm able to get great broadcast quality recordings and hotel rooms. This Mike sells for about $1, if you do travel a lot. Voiceover is a great side business because you simply need an Internet connection and a quiet place and you can do business smaller mix like the Sennheiser 4 16 make traveling so much easier. Another good option includes the Sennheiser. MK 80 40. This mike sells for $1200 and it's super small. Great for traveling and like I said, Sennheiser is well known for top quality audio products. Just a quick note on headphone mix and laval ears, they might seem very convenient. But generally speaking, I recommend not using these mix. Your best audio is going to come from one of the mix already discussed here, wow, that was a lot of information. Right? Don't worry if you didn't take notes, you may want to go back and watch this video again. Once you've completed the program, setting up, the studio comes second to practicing your performance. So keep practicing your scripts out loud. And once you're ready to prepare a space to record, come back and watch this video again. In the next lesson, we'll discuss pre amps and why they help improve your audio chain.

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