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Sennheiser 416 Shotgun Microphone
The 416 was originally intended for location sound recording and has a very tight pick up pattern - turns out it is a very good voice-over mic as well. It rejects significant amounts of noise, a plus for home and on-the-road recording. It's not inexpensive however and the performer has to be very focused & still when recording to stay "On-Mic."
Rode NTG! Shotgun Microphone
Rode - of Australia - builds terrific microphones that won't break the bank. If you are looking for that "In Your Face" Shotgun sound but can't justify the investment in a venerable 416 this is a very good alternative.
Avalon V5 Class A Microphone Preamp
An absolutely beautiful looking and sounding preamplifier and a favorite of professionals since the mid eighties. It is a very powerful amp with a deep bass and crystal-clear mid range with pure Class-A amplification. The additional one year Free Extended Warranty makes it an even better investment.
Neumann TLM 102 MT Microphone
You'll find Neumann microphones in every professional recording studio throughout the world. However, the build quality and sound of a Neumann was outside of the budget for most home studios for many years. The TLM 102 however is a large-diaphragm studio mic with legendary Neumann sound & quality at an affordable price!
Mackie MR mk3 Series Studio Monitor
Self-powered 5.25 " Five Star " studio monitor at a very affordable price. The speakers are perfect in a home studio from a power, price & performance standpoint. I've used Mackie monitors in my studio for close to 20 years they are simply great.
Recording Voiceover: The Spoken Word in Media
I've worked hundreds of time with recording engineer Tom Blakemore he's a great guy and great friend. His new book is not only unique it's highly entertaining and well-written, It's aimed at audio engineers but it would benefit all of us who record ourselves as well.
Apogee Duet Audio Interface
I've used an Apogee Duet for the last 10 years in my home studio it's rock-solid gear and with this new version even more versatile since you can record not only to you Mac but your iPhone & iPad too. It's small enough to take on the road and with two USB channels @ 24-bit/192kHz perfect for your home studio as well.
On Stage MSA9508 Posi-Lok Sidemount Boom
It's a 7 inch long "Mini-Boom Arm" originally used to add a microphone to a stand when miking drums etc. At VoiceOver Essentials we discovered that this was the perfect way to mount a Porta-Booth® Pro or Plus on a microphone stand. You use the main boom arm to support the booth and use this guy to hold the microphone!
On Stage Microphone Clip Quick Release
This is one of my favorite studio gadgets. If you have more than one microphone and just one stand you'll love it. You can instantly connect and disconnect your mics with a push of a button. It works on any stand and mic with Standard (USA) threads and cost a little over ten bucks.
Heil Sound Microphone Boom
Bob Heil is a legend in the music industry and manufactures rock solid gear for professionals. His boom arm is no exception. It's made of strong steel and balanced by four external spring - not the more common two. It can hold mics as heavy at two and half pounds in perfect position.
My Life as a Ten Year-Old Boy
Nancy Cartwright, one of the nicest people I've ever met in voiceover has written a delightful behind-the-scenes look at the world of the Simpsons and her role as the voice of Bart. In addition we hear about her personal journey from Ohio to Hollywood.
Scenes for Actors and Voices
Daws Butler was the master of voice acting. He was the voice of Yogi Bear, Huckleberry Hound, Quickdraw McGraw, Elroy Jetson, Cap''n Crunch and on and on. He also conducted a voice acting workshop for many years and his scenes, exercises and advice for voice actors has been compiled into this terrific book.
Voice Acting For Dummies
A good starting point for folks interested in becoming voice workers. Written by the founders of voices.com an online voice casting service the authors never let the book become an ad for their company as unfortunately so many other voice over books do. Well laid out in the traditional 'Dummies' series style it's an easy and very informative read.
True and False: Heresy and Common Sense for the Actor
In 1999 David Mamet turned the scholarly world of the actor on it's collective ear. He told actor's to: stay out of school and that "interpretation", "sense memory", and "The Method" was nonsense. IMO it's the finest and most pragmatic book on acting ever written. EVERY actor in whatever medium or media they pursue must read and re-read this book.
Mogami Gold Studio 15 foot Microphone Cable
Magma make the finest wire & cable in the world. In fact, my VO: 1-A Microphone is internally wired with Mogami. It's expensive and it's worth every penny. Your microphone's sound will suffer if you go cheap on a junk mic cable. Trust me. End of lecture!
Manhasset Copy Stand
This is such a nicely made all metal copy/sheet music stand that I can't imagine how they can sell it for less than $40.00. I use one in my studio for scripts and a second one to perch my Porta-Booth Pro on when I'm on the road. It will last you a lifetime.
K & M Boom-Arm Microphone Stand
This is a nice German-Made telescopic boom arm mic stand of better than average quality. The legs are longer than most portable stands which adds to it's stability. I'd still suggest using one of our ABS Straps with heavy or valuable microphones because the standard wing nut adjustment boom arm will - in time - sag.
Ultimate Boom Microphone Stand
OK this is the real deal - at a price of course. From the locking rollerblade wheels to the five and three quarter pound counterweight (you don't need our ABS with this stand!) This is professional grade stand and all the adjustments are as smooth as silk - highly recommended if your studio has the room and the budget.
Voice-Over Voice Actor: What It's Like Behind the Mic
Yuri Lowenthal and Tara Platt have created a good primer for people interested in the VO: business. It's funny and conversational without ever talking down to the reader. There's good basic business sense as well as a glimpse into the world of recording studios.
Voiceovers: Techniques and Tactics for Success
Full disclosure: Janet Wilcox is a pal of mine. We met when she attended one of my books signings in LA a few years ago. She's a gifted performer and a serious student & teacher of the art of acting. Along with her writing Janet includes a CD with vocal exercises and interviews with voice-over actors. Her gift is a pragmatic approach filled with actionable activities.
AmerTac Hand Held Wireless Switch
If you bought one of our Voice Over Recording Signs this is the perfect accessory. Just plug the sign into the wall adapter and you can turn it on and off from as far away as 100 feet. I have my VO: sign upstairs near my wife, Lesley's desk. When I'm about to record I click the little remote and Les knows keep the noise to a low roar. A definite marriage saver for less than twenty dollars!
Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 USB Audio Interface
Two channels of award-winning Focusrite preamps in a solid aluminum case so you can use it in studio or on the road at an amazingly low cost. 24-bit and up to 96 KHz, sampling with phantom power and you are good to go. WAAAY better than using an 'all-in-one' USB microphone.