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Old 10-13-2011   #1
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I think it would be nice to have a sticky (or even a sub-forum, since it's not technically discussion about the acting aspect...) where we can discuss equipment, software, room treatment, acoustics, etc.

Sound like a good idea?
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Old 10-13-2011   #2
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Indubitably. We'll get that going. Remind me if I forget.
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Old 11-03-2011   #3
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Now that I have some free time...

Here's the recording setup I use at home:

Mic: Audio Technica AT2035

http://www.audio-technica.com/cms/wi...2ee/index.html

I heard about this mic from a few professional VO's on another forum & decided it was worth replacing my Behringer C1 (which had replaced the Behringer dynamic mic that came with my Podcast Studio.) One of the people who recommended this mic liked it even more than their Neumann TLM103, so that speaks volumes! It is a "large diaphragm condenser" (LDC) mic & has some nice features, including a switchable 80 Hz high-pass filter and 10 dB pad. It also comes with a shock mount. Since this is a standard XLR mic, you can't just plug it into your computer (like a Samson C01U.) It also requires phantom power, so you'll need a preamp...

Preamp: Behringer Tube Ultragain MIC200

http://www.behringer.com/EN/Products/MIC200.aspx

This is hands down the "weak link" in my signal chain, but any preamp in the sub-$100 category is going to have its limits. That said, it does the job I need it to, mainly, providing the phantom power (+48V) my mic requires. It also has a 20dB pad (which I switch on for screams or loud laughter), low cut & phase reversal. It also has an LED meter, which lets you know if your signal is too hot. One of the neatest features is the "Preamp Mode" switch, which allows you to color your sound by adding limiting and/or tube to your signal. (Personally, I like the "Valve" setting.) There are 2 inputs & outputs: (2) XLR and (2) 1/4" TRS.
Now, to hook into my PC...

Audio Interface: E-MU 0404 PCIe

http://www.creative.com/emu/products...=505&pid=20022

Essentially a PC sound card on steroids, the 0404 is connected to my preamp by a 6' TRS patch cable. I used to have a cheap $20 Behringer USB audio interface & have to say this card not only removed a huge chunk of line noise, but also gave me a dedicated signal processor to add effects like reverb, echo, phase & flanger, etc. My biggest complaint is that it doesn't always play well with Windows 7, but I found a workaround I can live with.

Misc:

I mostly use Audacity to record, but have played around with Raptor, which you can try for free & only costs $40 if you want to buy. Other things I consider "must-haves" are a pop filter & mic stand. I've also set up a PVC frame system which has moving blankets draped over them to mitigate room reverberation. Recording at night & turning off fans & the AC helps keep background noise down.


Thanks for taking the time to read all this! If you have any questions at all, post 'em & I'll get back to you.
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Old 11-07-2011   #4
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Tech talk is always healthy!
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Old 11-17-2011   #5
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Getting advice from VO or audio experts is always a good thing. Getting free advice from someone who is both a voice talent and audio engineer is even better! Check out this 2 part interview with Dan Friedman, where he discusses mics, mic technique, room treatment & more.

The videos are presented by Bill DeWees (VoiceOverExpert). It's definitely worth subscribing to his YouTube channel, as he regularly posts useful & interesting information about voiceover.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature...=P-42IY7mmvk#!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MMCJV...layer_embedded
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A good resource to check that has hardware and tips / tricks is Voices.com podcasts. They have a TON!
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Crispin Freeman has a toolbox section on his blog that talks about equipment. I'll post the link.

http://www.voiceactingmastery.com/toolbox
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Need to control some of the reverberation in your room? Tim O'Brien from palmcitystudios.com was nice enough to post the plans & pictures for an easy to assemble (and disassemble) sound wall that can easily be used to build a booth: http://www.palmcitystudios.com/timob...oundbooth.html
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Old 11-10-2012   #9
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What the Neptune is doing is Home Record Studios at my house?
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Hello everybody! My name is Alberto Mares and I am just now starting to give voice acting an official try. I am looking to get a minimal home recording studio to audtion for roles, but I have absolutely no clue on what I should buy. This is all very new to me. If somebody could help me out, it would be greatly appreciated! Thank you.
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