VO: 1-A Voice-over Microphone
- THE VoiceOver Microphone
- Studio Condenser Microphone tailored to the unique needs of voice over recording
- Foam-lined travel case and fleece-lined protective storage pouch
- MXL quick mic clip & amp; shock mount
- Fifteen foot Marshall XLR microphone cable
- 3 YEAR WARRANTY & 30 DAY 'No Questions asked' refund policy
- Gold sputtered diaphragm
- Wiring by Mogami®
Harlan has partnered with Marshall Electronics to create the MXL VO: 1-A Signature Series microphone, the first mic designed for voice over performers by a voice over performer.
The MXL VO: 1-A faithfully captures deep tones without sounding too heavy and has a silky smooth top end that is never harsh - a perfect sound palette for most male and female voice over performers. But Harlan always advises voice talent to "audition" a microphone before deciding it's their mic of choice so the VO: 1-A is sold with a 30 day no-questions-asked refund policy. The VO: 1-A also has a three year warranty, state of the art class A circuitry, balanced/transformerless output, and a gold sputtered diaphragm.
The VO: 1-A package includes everything you need to begin recording studio quality voice overs immediately!
The Voice Over Microphone made for Voice Over Performers
We've also set up a microphone "Bake-Off" comparing the sound of Harlan Hogan's Signature Microphone to some much more expensive competition! Then we'll share a few behind-the-scene construction details that make the VO: 1-A tick and why it truly is: The Voice Over Microphone ™
What does the VO: 1-A sound like?
Listen to tracks by Harlan and other voice artists recording with The Voice Over Microphone™
Linda Ristig is a professional voice talent based in the Washington DC area. Her refined, compassionate, and trustworthy voice is in high demand and her on-site studio features state-of-the-art recording equipment, including the VO: 1-A.
Dan Lenard left broadcasting in 2004 to become a full-time voice-over performer. He soon discovered that many voice actors were having trouble setting-up a personal studio and recording professional quality audio. Dan began consulting and teaching as: "The Home Studio Master."
Randy Anderson on the VO: 1-A:" .... Rick Gordon was the one that told me to go for the mic, I recently joined Commercial Voices and had a conversation with him. A vocal coach I was working with (Terri Apple) said try different mics until you get a sound you think is a good reflection of my voice. I do like this mic and as I said I plan on using for all work."
The Voice Over Microphone ™ "Bake-off!"
When we asked VO: 1-A owners what they thought of their new mic we got more than we bargained for! "We're lovin' it" was the most common reaction and several people sent recordings along comparing the VO: 1-A to mics much more - expensive. Here's s a side-by-side comparison of the VO: 1-A to three very popular industry standard microphones. Listen and you decide!
The VO: 1-A vs. The Sennheiser 416
VO: 1-A Sample One
VO: 1-A Sample Two (The Ride)
A half hour after unpacking his brand-new VO: 1-A, voice actor Brian Haymond made this recording comparing The Voice Over Microphone™ to his Sennheiser MKH416.
"The comparison proved exactly what I had hoped. ... The VO-1A from Harlan Hogan & MXL has superb quality and it fills a void in my arsenal very well. As a matter of fact, my plan is to now use the VO-1A for all my narration & eLearning projects...it's that good."
The VO: 1-A vs. The ElectroVoice RE20
VO: 1-A Sample
Dave DeAndrea is not only a Voicey Award winner, he's a producer at Lighthouse Radio Group.
I'm lovin' the VO: 1-A!
This mic is like a combintion of the warmth of my Elctrovoice RE-20 and the crispness of my AKG C3000b all in one. Plus, I always had to EQ the RE-20 to achieve the brightness that your mic naturally has!
The VO: 1-A vs. The Neumann U87
VO: 1-A Sample
"The VO: 1-A's response is almost identical to my ear across nearly the entire frequency spectrum. The physical construction of the microphone is quite impressive, and consisent with the quality we've come to expect from MXL, giveing their German counterparts a run for their money."
What People are Saying
Harlan, what I liked and what attracted me to the concept was the fact the mic was designed by a VO guy
Mics are designed, by techs and sound engineers who approach the job in terms of musicality, frequency response, noise floor and all of that....but without a specific application in mind....and certainly not voiceover. Singing, yes...and broadcast, which is a whole different world as you know. But VO is a specialized animal
This mic would be great value at twice, or even three times the price
|I love my VO:1-a and pop filter, it is my go to mic in my studio. .. never a dull sound when I use my VO:1-a and pop filter :-)|
Thanks for your timely response and customer service! It is appreciated! The richness of sound this microphone picks up is fantastic. I love this microphone!!
I switched to your mic back in October. The first four auditions I did not only landed me jobs, but also repeat work that I can be trust on for submitting quality work.
^^^ True story. ^^^
Youre the best!
Thanks Harlan and MXL, fantastic mic that I am sure will help me grab the next VO gig for a long time to come.
I'm very pleased with the sound of the mic. I can hear a difference. I'm especially happy that now the voiceovers done in my home sound just like the ones recorded in studios here in Tokyo, where the Neumann U 87 is the standard mic.
So now my voiceovers done in the full-service studios, and which are on my voice demos, match up to the sound of my voice on home-studio projects which are on my voice demos.
I had a 6 channel board and a starter condenser Mic prior to the VO 1A. This microphone has taken me from beginner to professional voice over sound over night. The warmth is incredible yet it still has just the right mids and highs. The whip cream on top is the customer service. I recently had my Mic fall off a stand which was over 5ft off the floor at least. The mic still worked fine but the top screen was bent slightly. I emailed Harlan and Terri Lee. They got back to me within minutes. They contacted the manufacturer and got them to replace the screen that had dented for free!
I FINALLY got around to testing the VO 1-A. I don
- "None of the nasty edge (distortion) that I've heard with other, earlier Marshall microphones."
- "A nice mid-range boost, very much like a close-miced 416."
- "Surprisingly quiet. I measured it at 8 dba which means compares favorably with much more expensive mics."
- "Priced right with a sound very similar to the much more expensive Shure SM7."
Upon receiving my VO: 1A mic, I recorded a side by side comparison with my RE-20 and sent it to about a dozen audio guys whose opinions I trust.
The responses were unanimous in favor of the Harlan Hogan VO: 1-A!
One day my mic suddenly stopped working and I couldn't figure out what was happening; I finally decided to write Harlan Hogan and he replied within 5 minutes telling me: "If it's defective we'll get you a new one, but make sure the phantom power on your Mic Port Pro is on! It's a tiny push button and glows orange - dynamic mics don't need phantom power but the VO: 1-A does".
That was the problem! I was relieved and happy, not only because I got my mic back to record an important audition, but also because Harlan's customer service was awesome! Thank you Harlan!
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I wanted to let you know that I have gotten so much great feedback from clients since I made the switch from an RE20 to the VO 1-A. I think it's a nice fit for my voice. Thanks so much for making a great mic so affordable! I've attached an MP3 of a industrial voice over I did with the VO: 1-A last week.
My wife and I recently returned from a cross Canada drive and of course I needed some portable recording equipment. I bought a good lap top with lots of RAM, Harlan's VO1-A mic, Mic Port Pro and I already had his porta-booth. I was so impressed with the mic I bought 3 more for CommercialVoices.com.
It has been my mic of choice ever since it arrived at my doorstep, but I didn
On most of the voices I have tested the VO: 1-A on it creates better results than a U87 - and yes I've done direct comparisons! It's just as accurate and pleasant, especially on rich, baritone voices. I use a MicPort Pro and audition 3, and the results will generally surpass my Avalon and Firewire 610. I found that slightly irritating at first, but what I want is a result, not a listing of expensive pieces of equipment. Plus, simpler is better.
It's hard to see how anyone could go wrong with this product. Well done.
We have a number of singers who love the mic, including an opera singer in Washington DC. As I
Just a quick note to say "thanks" for recommending your microphone to me recently. I ordered it, along with the CEntrance MicPort Pro, from your website and, once again, it arrived in just a couple of days - I continue to be amazed at how efficient your fulfillment process is.
Back to the microphone - the VO: 1-A is an incredible value. It's sound far exceeded my expectations, and I could not have been more pleased. I know it carried a "satisfaction guaranteed or return for a full refund," but there's no way I'm sending it back!
I am just getting restarted in voice overs and have tried several mics...I went with your VO 1A on advise of others and after trying it and getting to know it...I booked a job in the UK from an audition I did with the VO 1A...I completed the project this week...So I am staying with the mic and hopefully my VO work will continue to grow...
Is it possible for my voice to actually sound better because of the mic? I think it is!
Harlan and MXL have done a great service to our industry by providing a product that is a 'no brainer' for beginners and pros alike.
It has the perfect characteristics needed for a Voice Over studio condenser mic!
The best way I can describe it is it makes my voice more 'present'.
Makes a difference in your performance...I swear it does!
Thanks again for your call helping me set up the VO" 1-a shock mount the other day.. I LOVE my new mic!!