By Stephanie Ciccarelli
May 7, 2009
Having a home recording studio is a given if you want to be a professional voice talent in today's world.
Even if you do most of your work outside of your home in local studios, you will still need to have a basic setup available to you 24/7 in the comfort and convenience of your own home.
Hear about some new pieces of audio recording equipment that might be an attractive fit for your digital home recording studio via advice from Sweetwater Sound's Mark Magdich courtesy of the Voice Coaches Advanced Marketing Expo.
When you start a voice over business, you'll need to make a modest investment in your equipment, however that being said, you can't just buy anything and expect that it will meet your needs and approval of those in a position to hire you.
Depending on how savvy someone is, they'll know in one look at your profile, or listen, what kind of equipment you are using to record your voice. Perception can make or break your studio because people in the know are going to notice.
Last year, I covered the fundamentals of a home recording studio for voice talent. This article will be shorter and focus on a few items that Mark Magdich of Sweetwater Sound referred during his presentation.
You may be afraid of Pro Tools, perhaps in part to it's complexity and price, but it is good to know that it provides both a hardware and software solution. Many of you won't have a need for the multi tracking capabilities that Pro Tools provides, however, if you do get into any kind of production work, this is the industry standard.
Another product to be aware of is the Mbox 2 Mini. This fits in the palm of your hand, comes with Pro Tools and is integrated as a hardware / software.
One of the more nifty things mentioned was the Bluebird Microphone, styled upon the 50s bottle mic, similar to what Frank Sinatra used. The beauty of this microphone is that it makes your voice bigger. The closer you get, the louder and more full your voice sounds. This microphone retails at $299.
sE Electronics Reflexion Filter
If you're looking for more noise reduction or need something that will give you the portability of a voice booth, you might want to do a bit of research on the sE Electronics Reflexion Filter. This piece of equipment sits on the mic stand and acts as a portable booth, weighing all of 11 lbs. The Microphone mounts right into the center of it and it can be used in any room to turn it into a studio environment. The sE Electronics Reflexion Filter will also act as if you are standing in a whisper room or recording studio. Obviously, if you have a lot of external noise (road traffic) it won't block it out but is very good otherwise for recording in a quiet room.
A few other elements that were mentioned in the presentation include the Wavelab Essential - Personal Audio Editing System by Steinberg; Peak LE 6 - Essential Audio tools for your digital lifestyle; and Secrets of the Pros - basics and beyond ProTools DVD: Volume 1.
Mark Magdich (Fort Wayne, Indiana)
Home Recording Expert and Sales Engineer Mark Magdich from Sweetwater, America's leading recording equipment retailer, is an accomplished musician, playing nine different instruments and singing the theme songs for numerous animated series, including the New Adventures of Speed Racer.
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