What are some of the best Voiceover recording equipment to dub audio?

Hey WSN,

I'm interested in purchasing a professional voiceover recording equipment/software to dub audio on Mac. I'm trying to find something that's affordable but also gets the work done. Any recommendations?

Thanks for your help.


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Depends on your budget and your needs. I have an Audio Technica AT-897 shotgun mic that does an excellent job in studio or location settings. http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/300615-REG/Audio_Technica_AT8... But there are a world of microphone options. For a good small diaphragm condenser mic on a budget, you might try Oktava, I have a friend who swears by them. For a recorder, your laptop with an M-Audio Fast Track will give you an okay A/D converter with an XLR input to the computer and includes a light version of Protools. http://www.m-audio.com/products/en_us/FastTrack.html If you're recording on location and doing voiceovers and replacing dialogue, make sure to get some ambient location sound and for studio work, try and find a quiet, dead room to record in. The less naturally occurring reverb, the better. A decent stand with a shock mount for the mic will help and a pop screen will also be very useful. If you're shooting outdoors, you'll want to do everything you can to isolate your mic capsule from wind noise. I have a Rycote zeppelin that does a really good job but there are less expensive options out there.

Appreciate it, Lindsay. I'll look into your recommendations. :)

Just checked the audio technica at-897. Price within range... I'm sure I could find it cheaper on Craigslist. Question: Is it comparable to Sennheiser ME66?

It holds up pretty darn well compared to the Sennheiser for about half the price. There really aren't any mics that compare to the AT for quality in this price range.

Here's a review of the mic... http://www.videomaker.com/article/12670/

Thanks Lindsay. :)

I usually record in to a H4N and Rode ntg-2 shotgun mic. I'm happy with it. Comes with soundforge.



Appreciate it Rachel. :)

Most importantly, whatever you use  make sure you are powering your equipment through a clean source. You can have the best equipment but if there are spikes in power or you are using poor quality cables your audio will suffer. 

Thanks Mike. Clean source as in direct wall power?


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