Alright, so I'm not sure if the title for the article is appropriate for what I'm going to talk about since it's about a few things I need advice for. So if anything is wrong, I'm incredibly sorry and I will correct my info/thread headline if I am allowed to.
So I will be taking a voice acting workshop for a few months at the start of July and I am in DESPERATE NEED of some upgrading. I am currently using a donkeys year old Blue Yeti mic (Hardware) and using Audacity (Software) to record in.
Now I have been told if I want to be taken more seriously in the VO work, ESPECIALLY if its to record more professional work, I need more equipment, such as condenser mics and pre-amps, as well as better software. ANd maybe mic stands if that also applies with these types of mics.
Now I was told we would be communicating and learning from the tutors over a voice-chat software, most likely Skype or Discord. So saying that, as I have no true experience with using microphones in live situations, I need to account for this as well.
If you can recommend any microphones, pre-amps, recording software, or other software to help when using platforms such as a Skype/Discord/etc, that would be phenomenal.
I don't mind how in-depth you go from personal experiences with microphone/preamp quality, or the interface of certain pre-amp/recording softwares. Or even if there are some videos or websites online that do in-depth into these sorts of things as well.
Having said that, the Blue Yeti you have should work fine with Skype and Discord. A number of forum members use Blue Yeti mics in the Discord server. If you'd like to get some live streaming experience prior to your workshop, hop on in the Discord server (with your Blue Yeti!) and take it out for a spin:
Before jumping on the new mic bandwagon, assess what exactly it is about your sound you're hoping to address. A lot of ills stem more from the acoustics of the room in which you're recording rather than from the mic you're using. One of the best illustrations of this is a video from Mike Delgaudio, in which he records with a Neumann mic in his shower and describes each piece of acoustic treatment he adds to change it from sounding like an echo chamber to sounding like a vocal booth:
And before anyone mentions it, the point he's making by using the Neumann mic isn't that you need one to sound good. It's that even his Neumann sounds awful when it's used in an awful space like a shower.
If you're interested in pursuing voice acting professionally, you really will eventually need to upgrade your mic at some point. But be sure your recording space is offering you the best sound you can get with the equipment you already own.
Post by LadyStardust on Jun 26, 2018 22:59:01 GMT -8
I don't think the whole Skype/Discord thing should really be a factor in what type of mic you look for. You want to find a microphone that will sound good in your actual recorded files! If you are hoping to upgrade from the Yeti, your next step would be to buy an audio interface and an XLR condenser. I highly recommend checking out the links benedict posted above for more info on this.
That being said, I don't think you need to stress about upgrading your mic BEFORE the workshop happens. Workshops are first and foremost a learning experience, and the live read is less of an "audition" and more a chance to get feedback. So long as your gain is set at the proper level, it doesn't really matter if you use a USB mic for the purposes of Skype/Discord calls. You don't want to call in from your phone or from a gaming headset as it may cause distorted audio especially on loud lines, but you don't need an amazing high-end mic to do a live read in an online class. I would look around at the mic and interface you want, read reviews/listen to samples, and then save up for the one you really want!
Only just got around to reading these. My VA classes start tomorrow so I wouldnt have time to upgrade anyway. I'll stick to what I have for the moment (the Blue Yeti) and make sure to save up and look into the links benedict sent, as well as ask for feedback during the sessions themselves as I'm sure I will be learning even more info during the classes themselves.
Regardless, thank you all for the feedback and I'll make sure to take this going forward as well as do more research based on what you have suggested so far.
Last Edit: Jul 9, 2018 7:43:27 GMT -8 by ddraigins
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