Do you think you’ve got what it takes to be a voice over artist? I was asked the other day by a friend who was thinking about getting into some freelance work about the audio equipment necessary to create quality voice overs. This is a great thing to think about – even if you’re not into voice over work – because you can apply these same methods to your music recordings.
The first thing you need if you’re doing voice over work is a solid and reliable system to record with. Everything from a MacBook Air to a Mac Pro will do the trick, as well as just about any Windows machine on the market today. A good solid DAW should do the trick – GarageBand seems to be the favorite. On the Windows side, Cubase LE or a similar product would be a great place to start.
Now that you’ve got a system, you’re going to need a decent microphone. My suggestion for voice over work is always the AT2020 USB mic. It’s a quality mic that doesn’t require an audio interface – it plugs straight into your USB port! Along with a mic, you’ll want a decent pop filter and a way to deaden the sound – which is where it gets interesting, even for us music folks.
It’s almost necessary to have a good, treated sound for voice over work, and just about as important for your vocals in your productions. An obvious solution is a vocal reflection filter, which we looked at in depth here.
But here’s a thought for those who are looking for a little bit more of a dual-purpose product. Certain cases can act as a safe way to store and protect your mic and a make-shift refection filter all in one! Of course it’s not going to be quite as effective as a designed vocal reflection filter, but it’s amazing what it’ll do for your sound! And for a voice over artist, it’s nice to protect your cargo on the go!
So there you have it – if you’re thinking about voice over work – that’s really all you’ll need! It’s a great gig – if you’ve got the pipes!