As a video editor I've mainly cut interview stuff recorded with Sony ECM-77 but now I have the opportunity to set up a small recording booth for narration / voice-over work and have 2 microphones at my disposal:
an AKG C414 B-ULS or a Beyerdynamic MC740N(C) P48. Which would you recommend for my purposes ? And would there be an advantage in buying a mic preamp over just using 48v phantom power from my Soundcraft board.
Both of those mics are excellent VO booth mics. I would recommend giving both a critical listen with a wide range of voices and determine which one works best for which voice.
I have the AKG 414 and the Beyer 742 (a stereo version of the 740) and I use them both for VO recording and more. If I had to give some specifics, I would say use the 414 for big male voices and the 740 for young and female voices. In a booth, use omni paterns on both.
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