Equipment

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Look around the forum I moderate, Voice123 forums in Tech Tips, and you will find many types of sound equipment used. It varies among voice talent, usually based on their sound engineering skills. I share this small tip! Businesses sell sound equipment packages online that can help you cut costs. There are sound equipment packages available with professional equipment including:

  • Pre-amp
  • Mic
  • Editing software
  • Headset
  • Mic Stand
  • Windscreen/pop filter
  • Mixing board

Let us be straightforward. It is best to not start a career feeling desperate. It will affect the way you audition. If you run right out, and buy everything you see related to voice over equipment, and think, ‘Great, now I just need to audition’, you have created a business snafu by investing before knowing what to do with the equipment. Psychologically, you will also begin to feel entitled to work because you spent the money, and that will lead to disappointment or misdirected frustrations. What is necessary is to take the time to shop around. Go to a Guitar Center, Best Buy, or Musician’s Friend, and see if they have displays you can test out. Also, know your limits! If you are just starting out or do not engineer sound, buying a mixing board, if you have no idea how it works, will not be a good idea. Why? By the time you learn how to use it, it will be outdated, and the money would have been better spent on classes or some of the other more immediate needs for a voice talent.

If you have never recorded from home before, try this microphone selector from Edge Studio. It is completely cool. It happens. Check out the 9 Best Microphones for Voice Over Work to see where you stand as a professional and how it will impact your wallet. The best way to approach it is to have fun with it and expect to learn. You will have perfectionists out there who are professional sound engineers. Just remember to do the research into what you need, before making expensive purchases! Take it from this voice talent, who has a graveyard of mics and sound equipment that were purchased in haste…and became waste.

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2 Comments

  • Vince

    August 27, 2013 at 9:14 am Reply

    Yep. That’s me. I don’t engineer, so I guess it’s no use getting a mixing board. You seem to echo that, since, in this page, you stated that I should either take classes OR invest in other more pressing needs for the voiceover person. Trying to say that I am an engineer is like me saying I can sing, when I know that I cannot, like some of those kids on American Idol. One thing about me, like Clint Eastwood, I am a man who knows his limitations.

  • Dale Carter

    September 23, 2016 at 3:49 am Reply

    Although your advice on not buying a mixing board if you don’t have the skills to use it is sound, a quality analog mixer is never outdated. In fact, the most coveted ones are 40-50 years old and my best preamps are designed to emulate those old consoles. Unless you are doing multiple simultaneous inputs, you don’t need a board.

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