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GF is looking into perusing voice over / voice actor work.  I can get her started with my gear, but she will need something simple which she is able to set up and easily operate herself.  I'm thinking some USB podcasting type microphones are now of sufficient quality and will allow her to plug directly into a Windows laptop or Ipad.

Recommendations, caveats, other words of wisdom?
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Re: Recommendations for a USB microphone for a novice voice actor?
« Reply #1 on: July 21, 2020, 01:38:04 PM »
I don't have any firsthand experience, but the AT2020USB PLUS looks very interesting.  The headphone monitoring built into the mic seems like it would make things that much simpler for her.

I know I've seen the Blue Yeti recommended a lot as well, but again I have no firsthand experience.
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Re: Recommendations for a USB microphone for a novice voice actor?
« Reply #2 on: July 21, 2020, 02:14:04 PM »
Thanks, I'll take a look at those.  Built-in headphone monitoring does seem ideal.
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Re: Recommendations for a USB microphone for a novice voice actor?
« Reply #3 on: July 21, 2020, 04:41:21 PM »
Thanks, I'll take a look at those.  Built-in headphone monitoring does seem ideal.

I worked on air in commercial radio for over 15 years. While I was "developing", my mentors cautioned against listening to myself over headphones as the sole method of gauging progress.

While helpful to monitor the various inputs, the best way to hear what you are really sounding like is to record and listen back. That's why air check machines were set to turn on and start recording every time we cracked open the mic.

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Re: Recommendations for a USB microphone for a novice voice actor?
« Reply #4 on: July 21, 2020, 05:22:09 PM »
That makes sense too.  Excellent entry in the words of wisdom category, thx!
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Re: Recommendations for a USB microphone for a novice voice actor?
« Reply #5 on: July 21, 2020, 10:10:44 PM »

I have a friend who works in voice over so I asked him what he recommends. First answer is the old standby mics - EV RE20, Shure SM7b.

I asked him again specifically for USB and he said he has a Blue Yeti that he carries with him all the time as a just in case or a fix it mic since it has selectable patterns but can sometimes be a pain since if the desk is low. He has to put something under it to raise it up to be comfortable.

Pointed out that you can get the AT2020 USB in a package with a boom and a pair of cans from B and H for $200. https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1435261-REG/audio_technica_at2020usb_pk_at2020u_usb_plus_studio.html like mentioned above. Seems like a good startup package.
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