Hi, I was wondering if someone with experrience can recommend a good affordable easy to use equipment for voiceover.
If you want to sound fairly professional for a cheap price get yourself any lower cost high-quality condenser microphone (I use a rode NT1A), an interface (like Scarlet 2i2 Focusrite), microphone stand and a pop filter. Then you’ll need software to edit and record your audio files in, a good one for what you need is Audacity - I believe it’s cheap or free (I use FL Studio).
If getting a microphone and interface are too much still, you can get a USB microphone that will plug directly into computer. However, from my understanding the quality does diminish.
Then further down the road when you’re ready, you can even get software/plugins that help edit out noise, and compress the audio to sound even more professional.
It sounds like you are starting out - welcome to voice over! The reason I said that is because you are asking about “a good affordable easy to use equipment for voiceover.”
My reco is to spend your budget on the best mic you can buy. There are many USB mics that plug right into your laptop, and you can get bundles with a pop filter for under $200 on Amazon. Also, get a nice set of headphones. I just did a quick search and found a Blue Yeti package here https://www.amazon.com/Blue-Microphones-Microphone-Studio-Headphones/dp/B00TREF98S/ref=sr_1_4?s=musical-instruments&ie=UTF8&qid=1496212185&sr=1-4&keywords=blue+yeti
As far as software, Audacity is free! It’s terrific to start out on. There are countless YouTube videos to learn how to take advantage of all the program has to offer. You will learn how to master noise reduction and repair those pesky electric zaps.
I hope that is helpful. Cheers to your new chapter!
Hi, thanks very much for both the replies. I was thinking of Blue yettie as it seems less complicated to use, have anyone here used or is using it?
The Blue Yeti is a great plug and play. Pattern and gain are on one side and the mute and volume are on the other. I think it’s a good value for the money. Best, ~Lisa
Ok, thanks a lot for your help, I’m not living in USA so I don’t want to get somethhing and then hav to get the other, so I’m still hesitant, USB seems a better option for both money cost and ease of use but still many ppl say USB miks are not good enough. I wonder if most ppl use something like rode NT1A and I should just loook fr a used one.
The only mic I will suggest is Rode NT1-A to sound professional.
Ok, thanks hope some others will tell me abou their experience
I recommend the Blue Yeti microphone. It is top-quality, and works well with almost any computer set-up. I’m an actor myself, and I use it to record my character work in a popular online audio series. I agree… your most important piece of voice-over equipment is your microphone. Obtain the best one that you can find. You’ll thank yourself later.
Hi Susan: Welcome to the VO world. You’ll find lots of advice, some seasoned, some based on personal experience.
Your recording space quality is far more important than your mic choice starting out.
Be sure you take some time to learn about the room and sound treatment. You can start with a closet (leave the clothes in there) AND put blankets/quilts/pillows on the walls/ceiling. If the space is weak, no mic will save you.
Get on Facebook (FB) and join the groups related to voice over.
If it’s me, I’d start with a good entry level interface and XLR mic. Something like the PreSonus Audiobox 96 (https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/AudioBoxUSB96) Plus you get a free copy of Studio One Artist, which allows you to do Punch and Roll, making recording far easier AND higher quality than something like Audacity.
I’d then go to Monoprice and get their entry level mic. Gets killer reviews in the audiophile publications, and around $70. An excellent way to get started.
You can upgrade your mic later if you wish, as you have a decent interface and can roll into something higher end if needed.
Again, your recording space will be the major factor related to your sound quality starting out. A better mic is a win in a great space.
(BTW - My husband has decades of recording experience… He’s forgotten more than I’ve ever known about this stuff. He runs a couple large FB groups on VO and audio processing…)
I am going to paste from a response I gave not long ago in a similar thread. There is terrible misinformation about microphones going around.
Realize that you have opened the Pandora’s box of asking for an equipment recommendation. When it comes to audio/video equipment (just as in photography discussions) people fall prejudice to what they think they know, and what they are already loyal to. Some of the top manufacturers of microphones are Sennheiser, Neumann, Shure and Electrovoice just to look at the tip of the iceberg. Here’s a great article on the Shure blog that kills the top 8 myths about microphones. Including the USB/XLR one in all but the most demanding situations. I prefer the RE20 from Electrovoice, and the Shure SM7B, but if you are starting out and cannot afford the $400 plus price tag, by all means get started with whatever you can. As Shure points out, many USB microphones have the exact same capsule (guts) as the XLR version. You have to shop around and I suggest renting a mic or two before you spring for a higher end one.
But don’t get hung up on the mic, (just like the “My Nikon can kick your Canon’s ass” argument that ruins so many photography discussions when the participants should be discussing composition, exposure and the like. There are tons of people out there who either use a thousand dollar Neumann mic thinking that it will make them sound like Don LaFontaine https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PjWKE-IJ4R8 but have absolutely no mic technique. and the truth is that when you run that mic through a $200 interface, it becomes a USB mic anyway. Only difference is that the USB interface is in a separate box not built into the mic body. Yes a $3,000 Neumann plugged into a USB interface becomes a Blue Yeti or Spark. That’s not bad, I just wish that the folks who plug an XLR into a $200 interface would realize that they have just dropped the quality of that mic to the specs of the USB interface. The final result will only be as good as the WEAKEST piece of equipment in the chain, and that is the USB interface, whether external or built in to the mic.
Experiment and see what sounds the best. But make sure you start with the best you can afford, work on mic technique and keep an open mind. I’d trust Shure on this one. Here’s the link:
Cheers, and good luck.
Top 8 Microphone Myths Exposed | Shure Blog
There are microphone myths just like there are urban myths. We’re setting the record straight on 8 myths that we keep hearing.
Great point about acoustics in the recording space. Often overlooked!
I agree if you pair the cheapest interfaces with the higher end mics. The article says “May be true” and that applies if you use the older, cheapest interfaces, vs the USB version.
(The latest $200 interfaces have some very strong tech these days.)
The AC/DC converters in the $200 interfaces are far superior to the ones in the USB interfaces. The interfaces also tend to have better headphone amps for direct monitoring. (That said, the USB mics continue to improve, but the interface tech/pre-amps are also getting better every generation too.)
A $3000 Neumann plugged into a USB interface is NOT the same as a USB mic, assuming a decent interface. Certainly on a mic like that, you would pair it with a far higher quality interface (Guessing $400 and up… although I’m impressed with what is available these days for $200 or so…)
I agree there’s tons of bad info out there. (FWIW, Neumann has been a division of Sennheiser over 15 years now…)
I’d still take a well treated room and a lower end mic to a hi-end mic paired with a poorly treated room any day.
Although in an ideal world we have a great room with a quality mic/interface, and the skills/experience to get the most out of them.
@susanibraheem: Once you’re making some money, reinvest in additional gear. You’ll have some experience.
Note that VO is a highly competitive area these days (just look how many VO artists on Fiverr). The cost of getting started is relatively low, so lots of people try it for a time.
If you want to earn decent money, you also benefit from strong production skills. Voicing/recording is step one, then you have to produce the spot.
Meaning you know your recording/editing software well, you have a strong collection of royalty free music, you can edit/produce quickly, and have a good ear for audio balance.
You can learn all that, but expect to do some homework.
At Fiverr rates, if you take too long to produce a spot, it’s difficult to make money, compared to other options in life.
Go for it: Just start learning/practicing, and don’t stop.
Ok, thanks Lisa, seems like voiceover is harder than I thought. I was thinking of learning animation videos but then iit seems everything has to do with voice over.
VO is harder than most think IF you want to do it well. I would guess 30-50% of my daily sales come from people who do animation and they need someone to do the voice over.
I don’t do animations, and while some of them will do their own VO, most outsource to a set of voices.
That way they have the right voice for each animation. I may be perfect for some animations, and a weak fit for others.
In other words, you can do animations if you wish, and outsource the VO. Or you can do VO and be the one a group of animators use. Your choice.
In both cases there is plenty of competition, but you can do either well if you are willing to learn, practice and continue getting better.
It’s rare someone jumps into either category and gets successful quickly UNLESS they have some decent prior experience and/or a related skill.
None of the equipment matters, nor the software, nor your sound environment, if you do not have the voice for it.
You can have a Grammy winning studio at home, but would not matter if you have a ROBOVOICE.
I have sampled many a voices on fiverr’s VO artists, and most turn out sounding like a .
Take it from a DJ who’s been listening to audio profiles of all kinds for over 15 years.
###Voice is key, accentuation knowledge is King. (In Voice Overs)
well if you are learning how to animate, you could use someone else to do the voice overs for you.
Hi, thanks dj, in fact a’m not even a native English speaker, my mother lang is Arabic but I can see Fiverr market has aplace for ppl of every level. I don’t have to be a star to do something but outsourcing Vo for animation could be a good option as well.