Welcome to audio paradise.
My studio is my workspace, my man-cave and easily my favourite room in the house. Here's why.
Its excellent directivity and compact design, high consonant articulation and feedback rejection make the MKH 416 an incredible voice over microphone. There's a good reason why it's been named "The world's best voice over microphone".
The most important tool in a voice over studio is the microphone. My weapon of choice is the legendary Sennheiser MKH 416.
Acoustic treatment can be a tricky process when setting up a studio, but a crucial part of getting a clean vocal recording.
Because my studio room is larger than the ideal sound booth, I use a combination of materials.
The walls are lined with premium, 'eggshell' acoustic foam. This is industry standard material and ensures that my voice over recordings aren't affected by any spacial reverb from the walls.
I also have a neat microphone shield. It's from a brand called Neewer and helps to keep the vocal sound controlled and not travel across the room.
If you're like me and don't have the space for a full mixing desk, then this little guy will solve all of your problems.
Zoom are a Japanese brand who make some really brilliant handheld recorders. This is their top tier portable recorder, the H6.
With 4 microphone inputs and an interchangeable X&Y ambient microphone at the top, I've used this piece of gear for recording voice overs on the go and even recording live music! It's been a part of my studio for nearly 10 years and it's still going strong.
As a Hi-Fi nerd through and through, I find that great quality audio starts and ends with the programs that you use. I use a couple of them for different styles of projects.
Adobe Audition is my 'old faithful'. It's what I use for 80% of my projects because it does everything. Well, everything audio at least. Recording, vocal editing, effects, multi-track production are just some of the tricks this puppy can do!
Sony Vegas Pro is a new addition to my software collection and it's what I use when producing On-Hold Messages. It has a beautiful and smooth way of fading background music in and out of voice over samples, so I love it for that reason.
For clean audio mixing, I'd be lost without my studio's star of the show - the Yamaha HS5.
These beauties are Yamaha's best selling studio monitors. They're the smallest in the HS line at 5 inches, but boy do they pack a punch. They're the standard in the voice over industry as they give an incredibly accurate reference sound. That means that what goes in is exactly what comes out.