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    Go-to Mic for Voice Over work

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    Hi,

    Any suggestions regarding the go-to mic (around 1000$ budget) for Pro Voice-Over work ?

    Thank you in advance,
    Lemec

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    What type of voice over work are you doing? Radio/TV? Corporate presentations? Youtube videos?

    The EV RE20 and Shure SM7b are broadcast standards for a lot of radio and off camera TV work and would work perfectly fine for presentations and Youtube stuff. TV production use a lot of clip on lavalier mics to avoid being visible on camera.

    Prices are under $500. Both have very controlled polar patterns which make them nice for that type of work.

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    The VO-Pros that I know have the Sennheiser 416 shotgun, for that price range.
    Since I earn far less than they do, I get along with my RE-20 and SM7B for audiobooks, and AT-4033 and CAD e100S, when I need a condensor.
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    This is the third forum I have seen this exact same question posted ?????

    High quality and affordable and around your budget - the Gefell M 930.

    More expensive - the Neumann U 87

    The MKH 416 is a gun mic. and best used for dialogue replasement when the original was also recorded with a 416 - a bit noisy by modern standards (the MKH 60 and 8060 are much better).

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    Another vote for the EV RE20 and Shure SM7b. I have the SM7b and it does a really nice job of rejecting background noise. It's relatively cheap ($399) and you can spend the rest on you money on signal processing. If you go wth the SM7b, make sure your preamp has enough gain. Some don't and the SM7b requires a lot. So you may also have to purchase a Cloudlifter.

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    Approx $1000 .... Neumann TLM 103.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Orson View Post
    Approx $1000 .... Neumann TLM 103.
    Or the TLM102 if you don't like the extra top end on the 103.

    Thee are a ton of great mics out there for VO work. If you have a quite area then you might consider condensers mics. If not you would probably want to stick with a good dynamic. As stated the RE20, and SM7b are great choices. Rode makes a couple good mics for VO, both condenser and dynamic. I like one that is a bit cheaper but sounds very good, is the sE Electronics SE4400, it has nice detail without having hyped high end.

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    The term "pro voice over" now could mean so many things. We're in the middle of dozens of click tracks for a production coming up and we've got lots of very quick and critical voice counts over the click tracks, and I've got an EV and the Shure sitting here, and we selected an AKG 414 in the end as being better in IEMs and headphones. The intro starts were actually hard to call between them - SONG TITLE, GUITAR START, 1-2-3-4-1 PLAY for example work on any mic but in the middle when everyone is playing, we might have TEMPO - 2-3--4-- as a warning call, and the AKG simply cut through better when the live sound and the other ear mix were busy.

    Your choice depends on what you are doing. The SM7, for example, I like on male voices, but it's quite weedy on higher female ones. You also need to consider the room. Close in an intimate is forgiving on room acoustics, dangled over the top of a desktop with papers and a greater distance might not work.

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    What kind of environment will you record in? A "studio" mic generally needs a studio with sound treatments. If you are working out of your house, you may need something totally different.

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    Quote Originally Posted by radi0j0hn View Post
    What kind of environment will you record in? A "studio" mic generally needs a studio with sound treatments. If you are working out of your house, you may need something totally different.
    Yes and no - you can work very well at home with a mic. like the M 930 (or U87, TLM 102/3, etc.) and a duvet hung over a mic. stand.

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