Chris Edgerly is back with the fourth video in the #VONotes series and today he’s covering microphones for voice over work! The #VONotes series is a video series designed to answer your questions about the voice acting industry and contains plenty of great tips and references for any aspiring voice actor! If you missed the first couple of videos in the #VONotes series you can catch up on those here.
#VONOTES Video 4: Microphones for Voice Over Work: Chris Edgerly’s Picks
Hey everybody, it’s Chris Edgerly with another #VONote and today I’m going to talk about microphones!
Now, there are a ton of microphones out there to choose from at all different price points. So, rather than go over all of your choices which would take a long time, I’m going to talk about three microphones that I’ve had some experience with.
So, for starters, for the last fifteen years, I’ve used a Shure KSM 32 condenser mic. It’s probably five to six hundred dollars depending on where you get it, either Amazon or Guitar Center or what have you. Now, I like it because it does have a fantastic sound, it’s a really reliable microphone, and the quality is pretty much as good as you can get. I’ve even had stuff I’ve recorded at home used that night on broadcast TV!
If you don’t have that in your budget, then you can go down market a little bit and pick up an Apogee microphone, which is a smaller mic. It’s also a condenser mic and it’s something that you can get at the Apple Store or you can also get it online. And that’ll run you in the neighborhood of two hundred and it’s also got pretty good quality. I’ve used one before and found that the quality was close – at least in the ballpark – of the Shure KSM 32.
Now, if you don’t have that in your budget, I would say scrape together at least forty or fifty bucks and get yourself a nice Blue condenser mic and I’d say again, the sound is pretty good. You could certainly do a lot worse and I have colleagues who have even submitted auditions with them. Definitely something to get started with and at the very least, you can practice with it.
Again, the Shure KSM 32 is my go-to choice, if you don’t have that in your budget try the Apogee, and failing that, get yourself a nice Blue and fool around with that until you’re ready to move up a bit.
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