Voiceover Dispatch No. 2


Voiceover Dispatch September 19, 2017

This week I’m finishing up a short novella I’m producing through ACX, the Audiobook Creation Exchange, and as I finished the recording aspects and move into mastering I had a moment when I had my recording setup near my photography setup (I’m also a professional photographer).

What struck me was how both of these professions require specialized gear, that is available at lots of different price points and supposed suitability for professional work, but ultimately it comes down to the ability of the user.

While I’m faced with decisions about camera bodies, lenses, and lighting systems for photography, I’m faced with decisions about microphones, preamps, mixers, DAWs, and room treatments for voiceover. It can be really overwhelming.

The problem is that no matter what gear you use, there is always the nagging suspicion that the Neumann or CAD, or Sennheiser you don’t have is holding you back.

When I made my decision to get it VO work I tested a number of different microphones to find one that best suited my voice. I chose the Sennheiser MKH 416. I haven’t second-guessed the decision…but I’d be a liar if I didn’t admit that I still follow up on forums and YouTube videos about other mics.


I guess what I want to say is that looking at the grass on the other side might be greener, but if you can get the best gear for you initially. In the long run, you’ll be better off than continuously trying to hit an ever-moving target.

And that is my VO Dispatch. Talk to you soon.

Published by D. Manny

Photographer. Writer. Mad, bad, and dangerous to know.

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