Voice Over Equipment, Resources & Tools I Use Everyday
Being a voice over actor requires me to use voice over equipment, tools, software, websites and resources every day in order to meet deadlines and help me get each job done.
These are the tools I have in my studio right now that make my job a lot easier! Which is why I keep them around and use them everyday.
Of course if you're just getting started as a voice actor, there are some other less expensive but still pretty impressive options available. I'll cover some of these alternative options in future voice over guides.
I hope you find this list helpful in your voice over career. I'll add to it as I find new or better ways to do things, and I'm sure I'll be mentioning tools from this list in the future. Enjoy!
This is one of my favorite pieces of gear in the studio!
The TLM 103 from Neumann is a large diaphragm condenser microphone. It picks up most vocals in a very warm, clean and crisp sound. The quality of the build is excellent.
I’ve had it for years and I still consider it one of the best purchases I’ve made.
Plosives are a pain and have to be prevented!
I’ve gone though many pop filters over the years, fabric and plastic ones. The Stedman Proscreen XL pop filter is different. It’s a stronger, better built pop filter that uses something like metal as the wind screen. It’s high quality and does a great job of preventing plosives.
The first time I ever used a Symetrix 528E voice processor was when I worked in radio years ago. I liked it so much I bought one to use as a part of my original voice over studio setup.
I can’t believe it but 15 years later this thing is still going strong and is still the only voice processor I’ve ever owned!
Auralex Roominators Project 2 acoustic sound control kit is what I use in my voice over studio. The kit comes with 2″ Studiofoam Wedges and LENRD Bass traps for sound absorption. The sound absorption foam prevents room echo and reverberation.
Auralex also offers a free personalized room analysis which can show you exactly where to place the materials in your studio.
Adobe Audition was originally Cool Edit Pro many years ago before Adobe took it over.
Adobe Audition CC is simple enough to use for recording voice over but is also capable of more advanced features like multi-track recording and batch file saving. I’ve tried other programs but I’ll stick with Audition. I use it. I love it.
Source-Connect Now is amazing! It enables direct audio connections over the internet using a Chrome browser.
It’s like a direct XLR (mic) cable connection (almost) studio to studio. Clients can listen in and give direction while you voice. The quality is so impressive, clients can record the voice over session remotely. It takes the place of ISDN for me.
To top it off, Source-Connect Now is FREE!
Voices is an online voice over marketplace connecting those with voice over jobs to voice over talent. You’ll receive invitations to audition for newly posted jobs everyday.
I’ve been a member of Voices since 2006 and I wouldn’t be if it didn’t pay off. It’s a great source for gaining new clients and also because of the sheer number of auditions, it’s helpful for VO newbies who want practice.
If you’re interested in the premium membership, use promo code VOICEACTINGAFF and you’ll save $40.
Flash Renamer is an all-in-one batch file renaming utility. You can do all kinds of batch renaming tasks with it. I find it especially helpful when saving out e-learning voice overs which sometimes call for thousands of individual files with specific names. It saves a lot of time!.
From time to time, I’ll get a script that contains a word I’ve never seen or heard before. This tends to happen more on technical and medical type projects.
With Oxford Dictionaries, I can usually find the word and quickly listen to the pronunciation. Just search for the word and click the speaker icon to hear it.
So when a word like “Otorhinolaryngologist” shows up in a script, I can knock it quickly. It’s very helpful! Go ahead, try it!