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QUICK OVERVIEW OF BASIC MIC TYPES
July 1, 2018
Mics are always a great place to start when it comes to audio equipment. They are one of the first things that come to mind when one thinks about voice over.
There are four main types of microphones: USB, Dynamic, Condenser, and Tube mics. I don’t cover tube mics in this section because personally, I don’t find them worth the investment and especially not for people just starting out. There are people out there whom adore tube mics and that’s completely fine! However, there are some reasons I personally don’t care for or highly recommend them.
Tube Mics work with heated tubes inside of them. The pro from this is it can lead to higher sound quality. However, these tubes can very easily break or overheat and completely destroy the mic or at the very least, need to be replaced which is not cheap. Speaking of cheap, tube mics are the very epitome of that often running price range between $3,000- $15,000. Needless to say, I don’t recommend any beginner jump out there and spend as much money on a microphone as one would…Oh, I don’t know… a car!
With this though, if you have a tube mic and you adore it, then that is completely okay. The reasons above are why I don’t recommend it for those starting out. But once you’re consistently working and have the money to spare, you may want to try one out and see how it works for you.
Mobile Mics: I cover this because it’s the exact opposite of tube mics. Mobile mics, or mobile recorders, refers to recording with a smart phone. This is NOT ideal, however, there are some uses. In the chapter three, I talked about messing around with voices. Mobile phones are incredibly helpful if you do a voice in your car or hanging out with friends and you want to remember it for later. If in a quiet area, you can also record lines and auditions on your mobile device. I actually started out recording voice over in my car on my ipod. The audiophile in me now finds this hysterical, but I was able to get some projects from it. Were they paying? Of course not! But it was nice for me to be able to see if I was even able to get roles in this medium before I went out and spent money on a real mic. I’m sure the audio quality hurt my chances of getting roles and if you choose this route, it probably will for you as well. So just make sure you include asking for feedback in auditions
There are some draw backs to mobile recording. They often have very poor audio quality and you rarely can edit audio on the takes (With the exception of using a paid app to record like Garage Band). But the pros would be it’s great for remembering voices and you often have the device with you.