7 Reasons Your Mic is Good Enough

by | Mar 12, 2012 | Mics | 2 comments

Guys…I’m talkin’ mostly to you.  Some of us (ahem) tend to be geek/tech heads about voice acting (you know who you are!).  We can easily make the mistake of believing that a better mic/preamp/DAW/mic cable/mixer/shockmount/USB interface/yada/yada/yada will make us sound better.

That’s true up to a point of diminishing returns, usually reached quickly.

Comparing your AKG mic to so ‘n’ so’s Sennheiser, or her Rode NT-1 to his Neumann is chasing the wind.  What works best for your voice, your studio, your audio chain, your DAW???

In that spirit, I’d like to humbly submit my 7 reasons why your present mic is good enough:

  1. Most mics will last a looooong time if you keep them fairly clean and dry.  That means covering it when it’s not in use.
  2. Only about 1/10th of 1% of anyone listening to your auditions is going to be able to tell the brand of the mic you’re using or how much it cost.  They’re just gonna want to know that your sound is clean, has a low noise-floor, and you can get that same sound consistently.
  3. You haven’t tried re-arranging your studio environment to better take advantage of your mic’s unique characteristics since you bought it.  Right?
  4. Get feedback on ways to improve your mic technique from someone like Dan Lenard , Dave DeAndrea, or Dan Friedman.  Send them a couple of auditions you did recently, and ask them purty-please to give you some feedback.
  5. How are you addressing the mic?  Meaning:  how are you positioning the mic in relation (distance, angle) TO your mouth?
  6. Read up on how your audio interface/preamp/DAW is set to work with mics in general and your mic specifically.  Talk to someone else who has your mic…experiment with new ways to tweak the settings.  You might be surprised at the results.
  7. Is your mic hanging down, or sitting up?  Change it around, and see what happens. Adjust your pop filter’s distance from the mic.

….and the honorable mention reason why your present mic is good enough:  “Oh, so you have a few extra hundred dollars lying around to buy a new one?”

CourVO

 

 

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  1. Phil Staudt

    Good points you made. I was a DJ and musician in my early years. I took several courses on using mics for best results, and found for myself that it is good to have several sets of mics for different occasions, because of different acoustics. My fav mics were Nakamichi mics I bought in the 70’s.

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    • CourVO

      Hey Phil!

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting. ‘Glad you agree…thanks for adding to the conversation.

      dave c

      Reply

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