Essential Voice-over Gear for Voice Actors
by Eguaogie Eghosa Dec 02, 2021 Views (225)
Great audio gear can make your voice shine, whether you're recording voice-over for a TV show, film, commercial, podcast, or audiobook. It doesn't have to be expensive. The emergence of powerful (and affordable) audio equipment has democratized the market, allowing you to practice, record demos, and swiftly lay down vocals for competing jobs from the comfort of your own home. Many voice-over artists now work from home studios, where they are more at ease and have greater control over their hours and productivity.

10 Types of Voice-Over Recording Equipment:
A home audio recording equipment is a great investment for your business, whether you're a seasoned voice actress or a rookie without an agent. Start with the most basic voice-over equipment, then as you gain experience, gradually increase.

1. A computer
Is the first piece of equipment you'll need, as it lets you save and transfer audio recordings to clients. Look into refurbishing newer model Macs and PCs that can handle the task you wish to undertake if you don't already have one. It's worth paying for cloud storage, such as Google Drive, iCloud, or Dropbox, or a plug-in external hard drive, to back up your information and avoid filling up all of your computer's capacity.

2. Software for recording and editing
A Digital Audio Workstation, or DAW, is required in every home studio. This enables you to record, edit, and enhance voice-over recordings so that the final product sounds perfect. Use Audacity or Pro Tools first if you're a complete beginner. GarageBand, which comes preloaded on most Macs, also has rudimentary mixing capabilities, but they're not as advanced as you'll need for professional voice acting. Adobe Audition is a program that allows you to mix and edit audio at a higher level. Pro Tools, a high-quality recording program utilized by most recording studios and voice actors, is the next step up.

3. Microphone
Although USB microphones are portable and plug directly into a computer, they are not the best choice for voice-over work. Instead, an External Line Return microphone is the best option. Cardioid condenser microphones and shotgun microphones are the two types of XLR microphones used in home studios and require an XLR cable. The Rode NT1-A is a lovely mid-level option, while a more established voice talent may opt for a top-of-the-line large-diaphragm condenser microphone like the Neumann TLM-103. Cardioid condenser microphones minimize background noise and pick up the bright, full sound even if you speak at an angle. The Rode NTG4 is a good shotgun mic, and the high-end Sennheiser MKH416 is a more expensive alternative that's great for reducing extraneous noise and capturing exceptional voice recordings.

4. An audio interface
Is the hardware that manages and transfers the signal from your microphone to your computer, boosting your voice's sound. A powerful built-in microphone preamplifier system—known as a mic preamp in the industry—boosts sound and pushes the microphone's signal strength in good interfaces. A microphone preamp also supplies phantom power (the direct current voltage that powers condenser microphones), making it compatible with any microphone. The Behringer Q802USB is a good affordable option, and the outstanding Universal Audio Apollo Twin is a great option if you're want to go all out.

5. Headphones or studio monitors
Headphones and studio monitors allow you to listen to the true recorded sound without the use of filters like bass boost, compression, or other sound restricting techniques. The Sony MDR7506 headphones are comfy and robust, which is important for long recording sessions. OneOdio produces good DJ studio headphones at a reasonable price. Because of its powerful sound and overwhelming power, the KRK Classic 5 floor-standing monitor is a familiar sight in professional studios.

6. Pop filter (also known as a pop screen)
A pop filter (also known as a pop screen) is a shield that you connect to the front of your microphone for speech recording. It prevents your mouth from exhaling air while pronouncing consonants, which are created by restricting airflow with the lips, teeth, or palate—a set of sounds known as plosives collectively. The filter reduces the harsh pop noises, resulting in a more pleasant, cleaner sound. An analogue volume meter's needle will jump into the red if a "P" or "B" is announced without one. Pop filters are available in nylon (which is less expensive but prone to tearing) or metal (which is more expensive but not as prone to tearing) (expensive, durable, easy to clean). The Nady MPF-6 is a ubiquitous, inexpensive nylon filter for basic home studio setups, but you can go all out with Blue's excellent metal filter, The Pop.

7. Microphone stand or boom arm
Depending on your setup, you may require a microphone stand or boom arm to keep your microphone in place—essential for home recording, even if you're moving your body to generate sounds. When you're recording and editing at the same time, a scissor arm mic stand, such as the InnoGear Microphone Arm or the RDE PSA1, fits neatly on a desk. An On-Stage Tripod should suffice if you have a recording booth separate from your editing setup.

8. A shock mount
Minimizes mechanically transmitted noise from your audio recordings by using a suspension mechanism. When you move your feet, for example, a shock mount keeps your microphone from picking up vibrations that go up the mic stand from the floor. A shock mount keeps your microphone from picking up vibrations caused by touching the table if you use a boom arm attached to a table.

9. Stand for your music
Some jobs still require you to read from printed scripts; it's a good idea to have a stand on hand so you can move around between reads without rustling the paper. The Kasonic Dual-Use 2 in 1 Stand can be set up on the floor or on a desk. However, you may most likely make your own stand out of household objects.

10. Soundproofing
Once you have all of the essential equipment, utilize soundproofing and acoustic treatment to keep unwanted noises out of your home recording studio or vocal booth. Applying acoustic foam to your walls and ceiling air gaps under your doors can help soundproof space and block outside noise.

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