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How to Choose the Best Voice Over Microphone

Updated on October 12, 2010

Shure SM58

Choosing the best voice over microphone for you can be simplified to 3 different levels.

Level 1 - You are at the stage in your voice over career where you may or may not have made a voice over demo.  You do not have a studio at home and a really just starting to take voice overs as a career seriously.

At this stage I would recommend getting a good quality dynamic mic, such as the Shure SM58.  This microphone costs around $100.  It is very durable, will last you forever, even if you drop it from a 4 story building and will also get you good quality audio to practice with.

Rode NT1-A

Level 2 - You have a demo and are signed to an agent and are getting enough gigs to make voice overs your full time career.  You are trying to upgrade your voice over microphone setup so that you can practice at home with the realistic sound of the studio or maybe you are recording auditions at home now and thinking about building an in home studio to start doing your voice over sessions from home.  At this stage I would recommend the Rode NT1-A.  This is the best large diaphragm condenser microphone under $1000 and it only costs around $220.  The special quiet technology used by the Rode NT1-A is not used by any other company besides the boutique hand crafted mics that cost upwards of $3000 dollars.  This mic, as with any large diaphragm condenser microphone is fragile.  Do not drop it, you will likely break it.

AKG 414 Series

Level 3 - You are making a fine living doing voice overs and have converted a room in your house so that you can record voice overs in you underwear.  I would suggest upgrading your voice over microphone set up to at a minimum the AKG 414 series or Audio Technica 4060 for around $1000 and if you are really feeling like you have made something of yourself get yourself a vintage Neumann U87 or even a newer model.  This voice over microphone can cost you between $3000-$6000 but is the best of the best.  Both of these mics can also be sold for around the prices you buy them.  So it is an investment also, not lost money.  A vintage U87 may actually increase in value of the period you own it.

Don't put too much of your hard earned money into a microphone until you know that money is going to be making you more and more money.  Each voice over microphone purchase is a new investment in your next step as a voice over artist.

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      Gene 

      3 years ago from Greensboro, NC

      Really like this one

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      AlanSwenson 

      6 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Did it take you anywhere?

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      AlanSwenson 

      6 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      That's what the article is about. Reread and pick one.

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      Mena 

      6 years ago

      Thanks for the great info. Im thinking about creating an audio version of my book in my home, i want to setup a recording studio for just voice, which mic would you suggest?

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      Sonya 

      7 years ago

      Thank you for this post. I am just getting started and don't have the cash for expensive equipment. Off to purchase a Shure SM58 and see where it takes me!

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      JCShelton 

      8 years ago from Seattle, Washington

      Great hub. Answers many of the questions I get asked frequently, as a voice-over artist. I have several microphones and love my Sure SM7B. Thanks for a great hub!

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      Vishal 

      8 years ago

      Great article. Its easy to get humbled with all the details and specs and opinions spread on the internet. In such cases all you need is straight suggestion based on some solid framework (VO talent's experience in this case). You have given me a starting point to go further into my research into a suitable mic for myself.

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