BIG, fat, huge, colossally important note!
This is coming to you from a guy who has listened to over 2 million auditions and 100,000 demo uploads in the past 4 years. You should not cut corners when buying a voice over mic! 5 really bad mic purchases equals 1 really great purchase! Take your time, and save for the right one! A great mic will not make you read better, but it will be there for you when you do. There are many brand names available, but you cannot approach buying a voice over mic with the mindset, ‘I will spend as little as I can’. For more info on voice over mics, take a look at this article.
Finding the right microphone for the online voice talent can be a labor of love, and one should be diligent about finding one that provides the best audio quality, and fits your voice. There are voice talent selling equipment online. When it comes to buying voice over equipment, it is helpful to buy from people you can get in touch with online. A measure of knowing whose opinion to trust on mics, and who may be ‘just writing something for someone else to increase sales’ starts with being able to contact that person online. The end of anonymity behind websites demands business integrity. Harlan Hogan is a well-known figure in the online voice over community, and someone many voice talent trust for their equipment. It also helps to know the person, if you have to return anything.
When voice talent discuss voice over mics, the most common types of mics mentioned:
- Dynamic mics; much tougher mics like Shure, usually associated with on-stage performing. They can take a rockstar’s punishment for years! Hopefully, your home studio will not become a rockstar’s hotel visit.
- Condenser mic, which is seemingly most common for voice artists, and generally more expensive than dynamic microphones. They are used in studios/home studios because of their sensitivity to loud noises.
- That is just a couple of them. Remember that the mobile market is still working on offering a mic that is studio quality, and mobile. I see instances and reports of people recording in closets, under blankets, or under coats while walking on the street, but these are rare situations.
Check out the article, The 9 Best Microphones for Voice Over Work. The article is a great resource for all levels of voice over artists and all different budgets.
General rule of thumb, be it somewhat painful to accept: The ears will always know what is better for you than your wallet!