October 27, 2014 at 7:14PM

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What kind of condenser mic should I go with?

I want to record v.o. and setup a sound shield in my home office. What brands have you worked with? Like a lot of products, you get what you pay for.

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For voice-over I would look at the more affordable large diaphragm Audio-Technica mics that start at $100 and can go up to $1,000. Buy the best that fits your budget. ( I've used their $300 mic and it was absolutely great when connected to a decent mic pre-amp )

October 28, 2014 at 10:17PM, Edited October 28, 10:17PM

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Guy McLoughlin
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Thanks Guy - will do!

Jake the film guy Keenum

October 29, 2014 at 11:43PM

I have a whole locker full of mic but Im a big fan of the Rode NT1-A.. the kit comes with a the mic, shock mount and a pop filter. Great warm sound and can't beat the price. Guy also makes a good point, the mic is only as good as how you get it into the computer so a decent preamp is also something to consider.

October 29, 2014 at 9:42PM

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Scott Selman
Content Creator | Filmmaker | Producer
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What preamp have you used in tandem with your Rode?

Jake the film guy Keenum

October 29, 2014 at 11:44PM

I have a Focusrite Scarlett - nothing fancy, just a decent input. Its done well so far.

Scott Selman

November 3, 2014 at 9:38PM

Thanks Scott!

Jake the film guy Keenum

November 13, 2014 at 2:25AM

If you have the money to go for a Neumann U87 definitely go for it. Mr. Selman also has a good recommendation with the NT1-A which is also more affordable if you are looking to go that route. Good Luck with your purchase.

October 31, 2014 at 4:04PM

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Juan Ortiz
Producer At Redd Pen Media
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Not yet, but that is a great suggestion - looks promising. Nothing negative over on B&H. Will put it into the budget. Thanks Juan!

Jake the film guy Keenum

November 3, 2014 at 3:08PM

Rode NTG-3 is a warhorse.

November 4, 2014 at 3:44PM

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Ragüel Cremades
Film producer and director
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Thanks Raguel!

Jake the film guy Keenum

November 7, 2014 at 2:59AM

I have $6k worth of mics in my home studio. There are some really good microphones for $50. Esp for spoken word, there is no need or benefit for spending thousands, esp when there are oodles of Chinese condensers for under $100. My best advice would be to go to a music store with a large selection of microphones within your price range, most have a quiet room and name the mic when testing, listen back to compare. Check out the microphone reviews on Tape OP, it is available for free and online you can check free back issues. There is no need to spend more than $50 and likely you will find one that is fantastic on your voice and likely better sounding than the multithousand dollar solution by just trying them out.

November 25, 2014 at 1:13PM

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I did want to recommend the Heil brand of microphones that are patented technology esp for spoken word, but also great on most everything. Bob Heil literally invented the modern concert PA systems and the talkbox for guitarists.

November 25, 2014 at 1:15PM, Edited November 25, 1:15PM

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Before I can recommend a mic I would need to know what type of preamp is being used with it. I can say get this mic or that mic, but if you have a garbage preamp then you're doomed. A great sounding pre and a bad mic will yield satisfactory results in most cases. A bad sounding pre and a good mic...well you're asking for trouble.

November 25, 2014 at 3:49PM

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AARON T
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I just picked up a Rode NT1 + Zoom H5. You can use it for on location work that way as well. It's such a good mic compared to anything else I have, I find any excuse to use it.

An NTG1 / 2 /3 would probably be good as well.

November 25, 2014 at 5:44PM, Edited November 25, 5:44PM

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Josh Wilkinson
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