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Jeff David
Best way to do voice over and what sound equipment or mics should I get?
on Jul 8, 2015 at 7:45:47 pm

I edited all of my project and now need to do voice over.

Then, I need to apply a sound track.

But first on my plate is to do the voice over.

This is my first project so I have no clue what mics etc I should use.

What would you recommend I get?

I assume I need some type of microphone.

I already stripped the sound off of the original footage.

I only have a modest budget but I assume I need at least a good quality microphone.

Don't really know what else.

I'll be studying the help section and youtube vids for coaching on the sound and how to best go about the voice over.

Thanks in advance for any help!

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John Rofrano
Re: Best way to do voice over and what sound equipment or mics should I get?
on Jul 9, 2015 at 11:49:33 am

[Jeff David] "I only have a modest budget but I assume I need at least a good quality microphone."
On a low budget I would highly recommend this microphone:

Audio-Technica AT2020USB+ Cardioid Condenser USB Microphone $149 USD.

Since you have no other kit you might want to spend an extra $50 and get this:

Audio-Technica AT2020USB+ USB Microphone Kit with Headphones, Stand, Clamp,... $199 USD

The Audio-Technica AT2020USB is their AT2020 mic with a USB audio interface built in. If you already had an audio interface I would just get the AT 2020 ($99 USD). So you're paying an extra $50 for the built-in audio interface. This mic has a really nice sound for the price. I don't believe you'll find another mic in this price range that sounds as good. I have one and it sounds almost as good as my $400 AT4033/CL (i own both).

~jr

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Jeff David
Re: Best way to do voice over and what sound equipment or mics should I get?
on Jul 10, 2015 at 5:01:26 pm

OK once again John, thanks a million!

I'm going to buy exactly what you recommended!

Your an expert so I'm definitely taking your advice.

Also, the price is awesome! Definitely in my price range!

I can't thank you enough John!

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John Rofrano
Re: Best way to do voice over and what sound equipment or mics should I get?
on Jul 10, 2015 at 10:10:44 pm

You're welcome. I think you're gonna love the sound of that Mic.

~jr

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Jeff David
Re: Best way to do voice over and what sound equipment or mics should I get?
on Jul 14, 2015 at 2:40:23 am

I ordered the microphone John.

Is that good enough for professional purposes?

Ok that's prob a silly question that it's suitable for tv or cable broadcast but, well is it?

Not that I have ever sold a show to tv or cable but hope springs eternal.

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John Rofrano
Re: Best way to do voice over and what sound equipment or mics should I get?
on Jul 15, 2015 at 12:22:44 am

[Jeff David] "Is that good enough for professional purposes? "
It should be fine. I've used it for voice over work. As I said, I have both the AT2020 and a $400 AT4033/CL and I couldn't believe how great the AT2020 sounds. I use my mics through a firewire audio device which has a very low noise floor. I've never used the USB version but I trust AudioTechinca quality (I have several other mics from the and they are all outstanding) so I'm sure it will be great. I've heard really good things from other people who have purchased it.

What you want for voice over work is a Condenser mic with a Large Diaphragm and that mic has both. The rule of thumb with microphones is that it's better to have a cheap mic that close to the source than an expensive mic that's far away because proximity is everything. For voice over work, that mic in close proximity will sound excellent and be fine for broadcast work if you get it.

One other thing that I use is iZotope Nectar. This is great for voice over work because it has VO presets built right in. I use it on all of my Boris training episodes to add punch to my dialog. Even getting the less expensive Nectar Elements would be a good addition to your kit. Look around. Amazon has it for $59 USD.

~jr

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Jeff David
Re: Best way to do voice over and what sound equipment or mics should I get?
on Jul 15, 2015 at 1:19:06 am

"What you want for voice over work is a Condenser mic with a Large Diaphragm and that mic has both."

Oh wow. Good stuff! Amazing how inexpensive broadcast quality video equipment is now. My camcorder cost about $1,000 and I'm told it's broadcast quality.

Prob lots of beginners like me thinking they can make shows and sell them.

I read an article by a top video guy that said it's a real longshot to sell a show or video to cable or tv. They always have other contacts that they give the work to and even if you do sell something, you might be lucky to get $10,000. Of course, you are simply selling the broadcast rights in certain areas. Of course, I'm telling you stuff you already know.

However, in the article, the video dude said there IS a market for educational purposes, i.e. schools. Well I don't know much it could be a lot of wasted time but it's something I wanted to do anyways.

The part I did not realize when I bought my camcorder and started to do this, is that the difficult part is not shooting the footage but the EDITING!

But I'm getting it a little at a time.

I just watched a Youtube video on titles. Doesn't look too hard.

Hopefully I'll finish my project. It's all about battle route for the day of the revolution. I video taped all the key points along the route. There's lots of books that have done the same thing using pictures so I simply did a video. Nobody did that yet, as far as I know. Then I'll put the pics into a book. Although many books like that have been done, mine has the best and most pictures and in color. Most of the older books that did this are in black and white.

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John Rofrano
Re: Best way to do voice over and what sound equipment or mics should I get?
on Jul 15, 2015 at 1:34:55 am

[Jeff David] "Amazing how inexpensive broadcast quality video equipment is now."
Considering that TV episodes have been shot on iPhone's I'd say that quality equipment is within everyone's reach. ;-) It's really knowing how to get the most out of the equipment that you have, making sure you use light to your advantage, and being able to tell a compelling story. ...it's all about the story.

~jr

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Jeff David
Re: Best way to do voice over and what sound equipment or mics should I get?
on Jul 15, 2015 at 1:49:22 am

Sure np - light. Yes - I have been learning about light. The funny thing is, I did not know for awhile that my camcorder has an adjustment to lighten up a dark picture and vice versa. I finally realized it.

Once I was at the top of the Bunker Hill Monument shooting out this tiny window. Well the window was not open but I was way up there high and you can see all over. Because I did not know to adjust the exposure, I actually got the best shot ever as the sun was coming and shining over the port of Boston and it's an epic view and the fact I did not adjust the camera exposure made it an incredible shot. It's my first scene now. Had I adjusted the exposure, it would not have been as good.

I mostly just use the camcorder on auto focus but now, when I need to, I can increase or decrease the exposure as on auto, there are limits to how light or dark it will pick up.

But I'm picking up on the light thingy.

As far as the story, I was reading an old book about the first day of the revolution that is in the public domain. I said, wow this is an awesome story and then I realized all the spots they were talking about in the book were right near where I lived so I went and video taped them all. I will use the book as my voice over as it's in the public domain.

The name of the book is, The Battle of April 19th, 1775 in Lexington, Concord and Lincoln.

Here's a link to it on Hathi Trust

http://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=yale.39002004528155;view=1up;seq=9

Hathi trust is cool as there are 1000's of books you can read for free that are in the public domain.

At first, I felt like I was cheating just using a book someone else wrote but then I realized, that's where most Hollywood people get the topics for their movies. And w the books in public domain, you don't even have to buy the rights.

Then I realized, that's where Disney got the ideas for most of his movies and loads and loads of Hollywood movies are simply based on books someone else wrote. As far as I know, Spielberg never wrote anything! Not that what I did is a Hollywood movie nor am I anywhere close to a Spielberg!

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Jeff David
Re: Best way to do voice over and what sound equipment or mics should I get?
on Jul 16, 2015 at 4:11:01 am

"In Cold Blood" is on. Seeing that movie, just hammers home your statement, that it's the story that matters. What a story. Totally riveting.

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John Rofrano
Re: Best way to do voice over and what sound equipment or mics should I get?
on Jul 16, 2015 at 12:41:55 pm

As you said... that's why Hollywood makes movies about great books. ;-)

~jr

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