the HOME Studio has become almost industry standard, and there are many paths one can choose. Here are some of the VOC's favorite equipment, software and extras. This will be the stuff you use for your business daily, choose well, choose wise and choose what's right for your voice, not just what works for others.
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From the top of the line U87 to the industries favorite TLM 103 to the newly favored (and slightly cheaper) TLM 102. You can't go wrong with Neumann. Be sure to test it out with your studio and voice before a full commitment.
The Sennheiser Mic
The MKH 416 has become an industry standard for promo work. It is now one of the go-to mics for home studio's! Also below are some incredible headphones that are exceptional for travel and home studio use. Joe Cipriano has been working with BSW for some incredible deals with this Mic as well! In fact enter promo code 416 to get $200 off the MKH 416!
the Aston Spirit Microphone
An Extremely Affordable Mic that rival the best!
The Aston Spirit
The Spirit is designed to deliver a beautifully open sound with sparkling harmonics. This highly accurate microphone gives a stunningly natural and transparent recording, capturing all the detail in the high range but without adding the harshness that some condenser microphones seem to.
It's even has that famed U87 sound!
SwiftShield combines the Aston Swift shock mount and the Aston Shield pop filter into one bundle, to give you the perfect set up for your studio vocal mic.
The Halo is the perfect travel companion as its light as a feather. It’s made from recycled plastic bottles that are sliced thinner than a hair. The Halo is more effective at tackling the ceiling/floor issue that is left open on other similar products
Other Mics of Mention
Here are some other VOC favorites! From the 'cream of the crop' to the 'get's the job done'!
And here are some budget friendly VOC recommended mics!
Equation F.20 $280
Townsend Labs Sphere $1,500
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Not ideal for VO
Low cost microphones ready to plug in and start recording! Many people start off with a USB mic while they are getting into voice over. One of the great things about them, is they are great for travel audition mics later on down the road as you build your pro studio! Here are some of our favorites!
The Tula Mic
One of "The Booth of Us'" favorite travel mics The Tula is all the equipment you need to intuitively capture and record high-quality sound no matter what you’re doing! They teamed up with a well-known Swedish music software company to create an embedded version of their noise-reduction algorithm. With just the touch of a button, you can get rid of unwanted background noise such as fans, air conditioners or even traffic.
So many to choose from out there! The higher end one's are great for those of you with that sound engineer ear. Whatever you get, just make sure it's for pro sound or studio use. Headphones made for leisure music listening just don't cut it.
Preamps / Converters / Interfaces
When you upgrade that mic, it's best to get an external Pre & Converter, or just an Interface that combines both. The purpose of a preamp is to amplify low level signals to line level, i.e. the “standard” operating level of your recording gear. More info here. Once you've done some learning, here are our favorites!
Top of the line (if your mic cost over $600)
Budget Friendly or Travel (if your mic cost under $600)
The New CEntrance MIXERFACE!
MixerFace integrates your iPhone, iPad or Android device into the audio production workflow making mobile recording easy for broadcasters, musicians and VO artists on-the-go. Combined with a long-lasting rechargeable battery, two Neutrik combo jacks, headphone monitor and 24-bit/192kHz converters, you get an unbeatable mobile production tool, right in your pocket.
Enter code : CE-VOC at checkout to let them know you found them here! :-)
Sound Panels & Making your booth Pro
EVERY single space is it's own beast. Your best bet, is to find someone who knows what they are doing and have them help. Here are some places to start looking and researching. All booths (or closets) are unique and they all need their own TLC.
Create your own!
VOC member Tim Tippets shows you how it's done!
Visit him at Votechguru.com
Get expert advice!
Here are some VOC members who are experts in Helping you figure out your home studio!
The Tri Booth!
Created by VOC members Rick Wasserman & George "The Tech" Whittam,
Tri-Booth manufactures professional sound isolation booths for home & portable recording studios - voice over, broadcast, audiobooks, animation, and more, all size spaces & budgets. Reclaim your closet with Tri-Booth!
Full Custom Booths
And sometimes you just want to buy one that's perfect. There are many VO Booth manufacturers out there. The prices range from ridiculous to affordable. Do your research, try it out first if you can and then get the one that fits you and your style and your home the best. Keep in mind. It's an investment for your future and you will be spending A LOT of time in these. Make it count.
Studio Bricks Booths are just wonderful. Not only do they look great, they are a favorite among VOC members. Studiobricks booths isolate 45 dB and up. And there is a wide range of custom options!
Scott Peterson is a voice actor and custom booth maker! They take a little longer to create, but they can be tailor made to your needs and budget! Check them out!
VocalBooth.com has been creating some awesome Vo booths for years. Available in a single or double-wall design, and are also offered in a pentagonal shaped design called the Diamond Series in four sizes.
Sound Blocking & Sound Absorption DIY
Buying sound booths & getting things custom made can be very pricey. Many don't have the funds to spend at the start. So here are some great options to get you started. As an added plus all of these can be used to set up mobil studios while traveling or on vacation!
The misconception that sound solutions are soundproof-based commonly occurs. But when fixing sound issues, blocking all sound is not always the best or desired solution. While both acoustic products reduce unwanted sound, they accomplish sound reduction by different means, and are best suited to different applications. Below is a great video that explains in more detail.
Sound absorption materials absorb unwanted noise, like an echo, within a room. Sound absorption is the process by which sound waves are taken in or soaked up by soft surfaces.
Sound-insulating or "blocking" materials effectively block or stop sound waves from traveling to adjacent spaces. Soundproofing materials and products are typically found inside walls, making soundproofing efforts inconvenient to accomplish once a structure is built.
Ways to hang it!
Then of course, you'll need ways to hang it. You can always drill nails into walls, but we've found these products below seem to work great! TIP If you go the PVC route, make sure to get the same size connectors!
From industry standard to VOC favorites. Here's what we recommend you record and edit your audio with!
Travel Software & Apps
Recording from your laptop, iPad or phone? On the go!? Apple or Android device!? Here's what works for us.
Audio Software Plug-Ins
So you've got it all, you've learned your audio editing software, no grab some plug-ins
and learn how to make everything sound better and your life even easier!
Flexible dynamics processing for classic and modern compression styles
Add amazing color to your recordings!
Making the digital connection
All three of these platforms digitally connects the voice-talent, who is at one studio and the client (producer) who is at another studio.
Integrated Services Digital Network is a system of digital phone connections, which allow recording studios to ’link up’ digitally, and share and transmit audio files simultaneously around the world with digital quality. Usually $2,000 for the ISDN unit, plus a few hundred dollars to have your local telephone company hook up ISDN phone-lines (if they can) into your home-studio, plus standard monthly fees from your telephone compnay. This info is from Edge Studios
Source-Connect is a VOC Favorite and just happens to be the most popular world wide solution for VO talent and Producers to record and monitor remotely over the internet or for bridging to ISDN. Source-Connect is backed by the best live support team in the industry, visit Source-Elements.com.
ipDTL is ISDN in the cloud. With just your web browser, you can dial and receive ISDN calls, setup a phone-patch, or send a link which your client can open up in their browser to connect with you. A Day Pass costs just $15
ConnectionOpen....the ULTIMATE ISDN replacement technology is a stand alone application that allows multi-participant, uncompressed audio sessions with near zero latency & also has a solo and session recording feature built right into the application and has a plug-in suite (AAX/VST/AU) that integrates directly with your DAW. With superior quality and reliability, we believe ConnectionOpen can not only redefine the expectations of VOIP, but also revolutionise its use in business, education and entertainment. An online communication tool that enables users located thousands of miles apart to connect and interact as if they were in the same room. As a cost effective software solution, the accessibility of our system unlocks a whole new world of possibilities to explore; the key is ConnectionOpen.
Things we all find VERY useful in the world of voice-over. Let's start with Pop Filters.
Extras & Accessories
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So you are ready for your demo!?
Below are VOC Recommended demo producers along with audio samples.
One place to compare and contrast and see what's best for you!
Don't spend money on a demo until you are ACTUALLY ready!?
Any workshop or class that offers a demo at the end of it, is usually a rip off.
Ask around before committing to making a demo.
$=$500-$1,000 $$=$1,100-$1,500 $$$=$1,600-$2,000 $$$$=$2,100+
As one of LA’s busiest VO casting directors, Tina produces demos that sound like a compilation of actual commercials. She strives to make each individual spot tell a story and allow the listener to get a sense of the talent's authentic personality and showcase their acting ability. Tina uses contemporary music and tailors the scripts to reflect the products and delivery styles that are currently trending in the industry. Her engineer is a talented musician, as well as a master sound design technician, and together, they're able to create layers, dimension, and nuance through sound design that compliment and draw focus to the voice and the story being told. Tina collaborates with an award winning comedy copywriter to create personalized scripts that are unique to each actor. Her demos have been well received by the agent community, resulting in clients obtaining representation at top talent agencies.
Tina Morasco Demos
WCD is a boutique voiceover demo production team for the contemporary voice talent. Offering consultation, copywriting, direction, and full production.
Custom tailored demos for Animation/Video game, Interactive, Narration, and Radio Imaging.
West Coast Demos
Edgy, modern, deliberately dynamic. Jordan Reynolds produces bold, personalized, high-quality demos that get results. Many of his clients have quickly signed with multiple agencies, including some of the top agencies in the country. As both a working voice actor and demo producer, his finger is always on the pulse of the latest voiceover trends. No cookie-cutter formulas. Just the cutting-edge, custom sound of you — at your very best.
Demos with Chops
BOOKABLE creates professional demos for all areas of voiceover that capture your unique voice and read so that you can land an agent and start booking. We work together to identify your signature brand, write your copy, record when you are ready, and you are given every opportunity along the way to make changes so that you are completely satisfied with the result. Plus, you'll receive your demo on your own BOOKABLE 2GB thumb drive. (Swag, baby!)
Whether you are a beginner, intermediate, working pro or somewhere in between I can take your voice over career to a whole new level. For the past 33 years I have directed, produced, booked, engineered, edited, schmoozed, drank and ate voice over in one of the most competitive markets in the world…...Hollywood, Ca.!! THERE IS NO ONE WHO HAS A BETTER INSIGHT IN TO THE VOICE OVER BUSINESS OR WHO IS BETTER EQUIPPED TO MAKE YOU SUCCEED
Marc Graue Demos
Toonhouse Inc is a boutique custom demo production house that caters to your individual strengths. You’ll be treated to one on one coaching with Disney legend Bill Farmer to find what you do best. From there, we write custom copy just for you to showcase all that makes you so unique. We also don’t stop with edits or rerecords until you are satisfied. All of this at a price that is hard to beat. Reach out to;
firstname.lastname@example.org to set up your free consultation!
J. Michael Collins and the JMC DEMOS sound design team might be the hottest demo production brand in the industry today, producing demos in almost every major VO category. With over a dozen Voice Arts Awards for VO, Production, Audio Engineering, and Copywriting in the last two years alone, J. Michael Collins is the producer you want When Quality Matters.
A BraintracksAudio demo affirms not only a legit proficiency for the necessary skills of our trade (mastery of acting, rhetoric, melody, phrasing, context, mic technique, voltage-of-engagement, cultural nuance, advertising patterns, etc. only taught the way they are taught here), but also creatively showcases what is unique & useful about your personal style. Beginners now compete with Top Market Pro talent for exactly the same gigs. Therefore, Top Market abilities and an undeniably riveting Top Market portrait of your voice-brand are critical for beating the actual competition and getting paid. Nancy Wolfson and Braintracksaudio.com affiliates specialize in creating award-winning voice talent demos.
Promo Demos, Radio Imaging, In-Show, Live Announce and Trailer demos…custom created for each individual talent. We use writer/producers who work in the promo and marketing at the networks to do the creative on your content specifically for you. We then produce each segment for the talent to “read to” during the recording session. We produce demos the same way I voice promos and do in-show at the networks. I always strive to find content for a demo that provides a personal connection for each voice over talent I work with.
Collaborative, unique, and current. GVAA Demos is one of the premiere demo production studios in the industry! We take a collaborative approach to each demo, working in tandem with coaches, talent, and producers to ensure its relevant, on brand, and shines a bright light on the talent’s performance and personality as an actor. Results matter, and GVAA Demos delivers. We have a stellar track record of talent signing with multiple agencies and booking right from their demos! We pride ourselves on delivering the best possible demos, helping talent progress on their journey, and achieve their goals!
Are you ready to cut through the bull$#@! and take your voice over career to the next level? With our combined experience in voice casting, audio engineering, and performance, we understand the latest trends in what books. Here's what you can expect working with us: original scripts, voice direction, full production and a quick turnaround. Ready for the next level? Schedule a free, no obligation phone call so we can connect:
Next Level Demos
Visual VO Demos
Are you a voice actor who is looking to take their marketing to the next level? VO Collective member Mike Brang heads up this incredible service! Video has an over 80% higher conversion rate than other methods! Let our Emmy Award Winning team make your voice demo come to life. With decades of experience in primetime television graphics and design, we marry your current commercial, promo or other voice over demo with actual spots! We are endorsed by LA's top demo producers, casting directors and television producers.