Typically when I need to record a voice over for an OliviaTech video, I simply read or speak into a lavalier clipped onto the lapel of my shirt. I’ll use one of our Sennheiser G3 wireless microphones and record directly into a Zoom H4N. With this workflow, the audio files then need to be transfered from the external recording device onto a computer. Aside from this type of workflow, the quality of the voice recording isn’t exactly up to par with professional voice overs recorded in sound booths, as I’m speaking into a lav microphone in an untreated room.
There are a multitude of better alternatives out there and in the video above, we explore one of them. Editors Keys sent over their Vocal Booth Pro 2 and SL150 Mic Bundle. This kit was easy for me to set up and there was no software to install. I plugged the SL150 straight into my computer, altered the “audio” settings so the input was “Editors Keys SL150″ and then simply hit record on Final Cut Pro X, which was the software I happened to be recording my tests with.
The USB mic sits in a shock mount and the included dual layer pop filter helped to deaden the plosives that can occur when harsh bursts of air are picked up in the microphone with P’s and B’s.. Peter Piper Picked a Pickled Pepper. Plenty of plosives present there.
The vocal booth works by allowing the sound to pass through individual layers of foam and aluminum. The ‘Portable Vocal Booth ‘ gently diffuses the acoustic waves surrounding the microphone, preventing the sound from bouncing back towards the mic. This can change the sound of your recording. The booth’s design is made to improve the detail and sonic character of your recordings and give vocals a crisp and clear quality of sound. Turn your speakers up, play the video, listen to the audio comparisons few times over, and let me know what you think.
There are a variety of home and studio recording kits from Editors Keys and can be found at their website at http://EditorsKeys.com.
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