We’ve already given you some tips on how to choose a great pair of headphones, so now we’d like to focus on the voice actor’s best friend: the microphone. Just like headphones, there are many microphone brands and types. The one that works the best for some may not be the one that works the best for you, so choosing can get really tricky.
Think about the sound you want. You have only one voice, but the way it’s captured can make a huge difference in how it’s perceived by others.
- If you have a deep, loud, and strong voice, you may want to get yourself a microphone with a good response in the lower range such as the Shure SM7B or an ElectroVoice RE20. These microphones provide a nice controlled boost to mid-low frequencies which will give your voice a smooth, warm, and natural depth. If you’re getting one of these mics, you may need to get a microphone signal intensifier or a good pre-amp as they require quite a good amount of gain to work well. Keep in mind as well that these mics are dynamic microphones meaning that they don’t need phantom power to work.
- Image: Shure SM7B
- If your voice is more on the bright and younger side, you may want to get a microphone to boost these qualities. For these types of voices, it’s important to find a microphone that will capture all those nice high frequencies without making your voice sound thin in the process. You should find a microphone that will boost the presence of your voice and, at the same time, help keep your bright color. For these types of voices, we would recommend the AKG C414 XLS or the Blue Bluebird. These are condenser microphones so make sure your audio interface has phantom power for them to work.
- Image: AKG C414 XLS
Remember these are all suggestions. There are tons of microphones out there for you to try, so if you have the chance, head over to your nearest audio equipment store and try the mics until you find the perfect one for you!
Also, remember that the pop filter is a microphone’s best friend. Pair your mic with a good pop filter and you’ll be able to rest at ease while taking the best out of your voice.
Do you have a specific microphone you love? Do you own any of the microphones listed above? Let us know in the comments! We’d love to hear what you think.
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