Re: selecting a microphone (and then straying off topic)

Subject: Re: selecting a microphone (and then straying off topic)
From: voxwoman <voxwoman -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: Sarah Blake <Sarah -dot- Blake -at- microfocus -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2009 07:55:19 -0500

On Tue, Jan 27, 2009 at 4:54 AM, Sarah Blake <Sarah -dot- Blake -at- microfocus -dot- com>wrote:

> > Microphone technique is also critical. If the microphone is too close
> to
> > your mouth, your breathing will mess up the sound, anbdebrythng
> > wllsoundlkethis. If voices or music are too far from the mike, or if
> the
> > room has nothing but bare walls, the result will be indistinct, or
> > perhaps sound like you are in a barrel. If there is ambient noise,
> > you'll pick that up unless your mike is directional.
>
> In fact, I'd say that mike technique is more important than mike
> quality, once you get past the really cheap end of the market.
>
> I used to voiceover a lot of demos for my last employer. I found that
> offices are basically no use for recording in (too bare, too much
> ambient noise); I used to work at home for my 'recording days', which
> improved the sound quality no end. Keep the mike a couple of inches
> away from and below your mouth, so you're not breathing on it, and once
> you've found the best position, keep absolutely still until you've
> finished recording to avoid any variation in the sound quality.
>
> S.
>
>
When I was doing some multimedia projects that required voiceovers, one of
my colleagues who had a lot of prior experience with this mentioned that a
car is a very good "portable sound booth" - there is little to no
reverberation/echo, and it's pretty well isolated from ambient noise
outside.

(we will not discuss the day when I was planning on recording vocal tracks
for my last album was also the day my neighbor decided to have a dumpster
dropped off in his driveway, 4 feet from my studio wall, and then fill it
with the walls and kitchen cabinets he was renovating).

-Wendy
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References:
selecting a microphone: From: Ava Cassidy
Re: selecting a microphone: From: Suzanne Chiles
Re: selecting a microphone: From: CL T
Re: selecting a microphone: From: Chris Morton
Re: selecting a microphone (and then straying off topic): From: Peter Neilson
RE: selecting a microphone (and then straying off topic): From: Sarah Blake

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