As a voice-over artist, it’s important to have a microphone that captures your voice with clarity and gives you the ability to record high-quality audio.
In this guide, I’m listing the best microphones for voice-over, along with my top choice, so you can pick the best one for you.
What is the best microphone for voice-over?
While there are a few different types of microphones that can work for voice-over, my favorite is a condenser microphone.
Condenser microphones are known for their clear, detailed sound. They’re also very sensitive, so they can pick up even the slightest sound. And there's one condenser microphone that is a great choice for voice-over.
In my opinion, the all-time best microphone for voice-over is the Neumann TLM 103. Even though it's a more expensive mic, it's worth it in order to get that warm, clean sound which is perfect for recording voice-over.
Choosing the best microphone for you
Here is my list of the best microphones for voice-over.
These mics all have XLR connections, so you'll need some kind of audio interface to connect them to your computer and record in your DAW (audio recording/editing program).
One may be better for you than another based on your specific needs, but you can't go wrong by choosing any of these for voice-over work.
BEST OVERALL MICROPHONE
The Neumann TLM 103 is a large diaphragm condenser capsule cardioid microphone known for low-noise and a warm sound.
I use the Neumann TLM 103 ever day in my own voice-over studio. I love it's warm, clean tones. If you go with the TLM 103, it has a great chance of being your mic for life.
BEST NOISE REDUCING MICROPHONE
Made for recording audio in film, radio, and television the Sennheiser MKH 416 is a short shotgun microphone with excellent directional control.
As a unidirectional, the MKH 416 is great at narrowing in on your voice and preventing outside noise from getting picked up.
The Rode NT1 is a large diaphragm capsule with a cardioid pattern. With an ultra-low self-noise and affordable price, it's one of the better options available when starting in voice over on a budget.
BEST BUDGET MICROPHONE
Don't let it's low price fool you, the MXL V67G is comparable in sound quality to some of the most sought-after and well-known voiceover microphones in the world. It's a top choice when wanting the best budget microphone for voice over.
Finding the right mic for your voice
There are a lot of great microphones out there that are perfect for voice-over work. This guide listed some of the best options, along with my top pick.
So, whether you’re just starting out or you’re a pro, you can find the perfect microphone for your needs that will give you clean voiceover recordings. But it's important to keep in mind, all voices are different.
So it's hard to say which mic would sound best for YOUR voice.
For more information on picking the right voice-over mic, check out the podcast episode below to learn:
- Why there is no single "best microphone for voice-over
- The most popular mics used by voice actors
- And what's even more important than the microphone you pick.
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