Microphone Recommendations for SFX and Voice Acting?,
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Posted 19 December 2009 - 05:41 PM
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Posted 20 December 2009 - 09:53 AM
If you are just going to buy one microphone to do it all I would go for a decent shotgun mic.
Normally you would use a large diaphram condensor for voice overs, a shotgun mic for location recording, and maybe something more intimate for general effects recording.
Personally I record with a Rode NT4 for general sound recordings, but the thing is I don't think it would be good for voice overs (I use Studio Projects C1 for that). If you want that 'voice of god' close proximaty effect then something else would be better. If you don't need amazing voice over recordings and would only be recording indoors or ambient sounds out doors I would recommend the NT4, but if you want to record for example, a bird outdoors, it is going to capture way too much ambience.
A shotgun mic is perfect for location recording, it can be fairly good at voice over recording and it's flexible. Another bonus is if the place you normally record at doesn't have the best isolation, it captures mainly what you point it at and little on the sides or back..if that's what you want though =p
Oh and one more thing.. the preamps you have make just as much difference. When I bought my Focusrite Saffire audio interface, it made such a big difference to my previous cheap unit. Also, the acoustics make a big difference heh, when I bought some room acoustic isolation, it made as big a difference as the preamps =/ Some people's houses are naturally OK to record in, but mine is terrible. Hopefully yours is OK, cause it's not cheap =p
Good mic > Good Preamps in good acoustic space = professional sound without any tricks or mastery.
Hope this helps a bit.