Microphones

Hey everyone! So I have been interested in understanding audio better, as it is a huge part of animation, and I have been seeing some of Podcastage’s video reviews. They have been very informative, as he breaks down what makes the microphones worth having, as well as the possible downsides to them.

If you are looking to be a voice actor for your own creations and/or other animation projects, check him out! Here are some review links below for some of the common mics animators and voice actors on YouTube use:

Blue Snowball (used by HotdiggedyDemon)

Blue Yeti (used by Jaiden Animations

Samson C03U (used by Domics)

Rode NT-1A Anniversary Condensor (used by Kylee Henke)

Dynamic vs. Condensor Mics

USB vs. XLR mics

anonymous asked:

I'm not sure if this was answered at all but... What kinds of Microphones would any of you recommend for someone having interest in getting into Voice Acting?

I’m assuming that by ‘getting into’ you mean as a hobby, rather than as a career. 99.9% of people who ask me this question have a very limited budget, so I would recommend the Blue series of microphones (Yeti preferably, Snowball if budget is especially tight), or the AT2020USB+, both of which sit at around $150. As USB mics they plug directly into a computer to interpret sound, which differs from the high-tech mics used in most professional studios. They require an interface to connect from XLR to USB, which is its own expense. That being said soundproofing is far more important to having a good quality recording than the microphone itself, and for people on a budget that usually means lining a box with foam and putting the mic in there.

-Alex

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A desperate request from a sound tech

When using a microphone, PLEASE test it by speaking into it, NOT tapping it.

The part of a microphone that makes it work is a very very thin, fragile skin stretched tight inside the microphone. When you hit your hand against the top (or snap or clap into it), there’s a sharp, strong burst of air that hits this fragile skin. Every time that happens, the vital part of the microphone is weakened and will eventually lead to its breaking.
Also it’s really loud and makes people jump. And it makes me cringe and then start crying inside.
TL;DR: TEST MICROPHONES BY SPEAKING INTO THEM, NOT TAPPING IT WITH YOUR HAND.
please