A List of Necessary Equipment

WHAT YOU’LL NEED!

Here at VoiceBox, we welcome all voice over artists or subtitlers with the necessary enthusiasm and skill to work with us. But ideal candidates must also have with them the right equipment.

Microphone

A microphone is required to capture the sound of the talent’s voice. The quality of your microphone will have a large impact on the overall quality of your recordings, so it is important not to go too cheap here and buy a decent large diaphragm condenser microphone.

Preamp

The preamp or preamplifier, amplifies the electrical signal generated by the mic and converts it into a language your recording device (computer & recording software) will understand before it enters the system. The preamp is also an interface that supplies power (48v phantom power) to the condenser mic.

Headphones

You need to be able to hear the recording, so good closed back headphones are essential.

Mic Stand

You shouldn’t handle the microphone. When the mic stays in a fixed position on a mic stand, your recordings will be more consistent and even-sounding and free from rattles and vibrations.

Shock Mount

A shock mount suspends a microphone with rubber or elastic bands (or utilises similar kinds of suspension systems), which eliminates most of the vibration and handling noise the mic would otherwise pick up.

Pop screen/Pop filter

Sensitive condenser mics can easily pick up the plosive sounds that the mouth makes and create ugly pops on the recording (“P” sounds pop). A pop filter is a screen that diffuses these sounds.

Recording/ Editing Software

There are many audio recording software programs on the market. This could be Audacity, Adobe Audition or Pro Tools.

Acoustic Treatment

Being able to hear the ambience (echo) of a room is very undesirable for all voiceover recording, so it must be controlled if you aim to achieve professional results. Essentially you need to create a home studio. Your home studio must be able to keep unwanted external noise out and at the same time control the sound reflections within the space.