Quality microphone gear is almost as important as the microphone itself. Check out these two recent purchases…
The first is a pop filter. I got the OCTO 842S. I had been using the Stedman ProScreen XL for years and I love it but I wanted one that’s more travel-friendly (easier to pack and doesn’t get flagged by the TSA). I’ve noticed they’re about the same when it comes to reducing pops. It was $64.94.
The second is a shock mount. I got the Eggsnow universal shock mount & mic clip. One of my mic clips broke (I like having one for home and one for the road) so this replaced the home mic clip quite nicely. It was $9.79.
BTW the microphone is a Sennheiser MK416. I blogged about it when I first got it and you can read that here. I’ve had it for over 4 1/2 years and it’s a workhorse.
In case you were wondering, the mic stand is a Proline MS235 floor mic stand. I don’t remember how much I paid for it back then (I don’t even remember when “back then” was!) but now you can get it for $44.99.
When I travel, I use an On-Stage DS300B Posi-Lok 7″ Mini Desktop Microphone Boom Stand. I would have bet money they don’t make it anymore (I got mine in 2006) but they still do! Nowadays it costs $21.95.
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There is a lot of quality, relatively inexpensive microphone gear out there. What I got works well for a shotgun mic like my Sennheiser 416 so it may not necessarily be best for your mic. There are some great folks who are far more qualified then I am to recommend microphone gear like George Whittam or Dan Friedman so I encourage you to look them up.
NEWS AND NOTES
RIGHT NOW!!! I was a guest on the Voice Acting with Veronica Barerra podcast. Check it out here!
Thursday, November 19th @8PM EST: My next Edge Studio Business and Money 201 webinar will be ‘Managing your Money’. In this one-hour webinar, we’ll talk about what to do with your paycheck, how to manage your finances, credit cards, insurance, and retirement. This webinar caps at 25 attendees and sells out fast. Click here to sign up.
Wednesday, December 9th @8PM EST: ‘How do I Market my Demo?’ I got my shiny new demo YAY!!! What the hell do I do with it?! In this 90-minute webinar, we will discuss general marketing strategies and some specific tactics to help you determine how to get your voiceover demo into the right hands! FYI if you have produced your demo with me or graduated from the Mentorship Program, you get 50% off! Sign up here.
December: My next Edge Studio Marketing 201 webinar will be ‘Thriving in a Smaller Market City’. In this one-hour webinar, we’ll talk about how to build a successful voiceover business without living in a metropolitan area. This webinar caps at 25 attendees and sells out fast. Registration opens soon…!
December: My final Edge Studio Business and Money 201 webinar of the year will be ‘Goals’. In this one-hour webinar, we’ll talk about how to design your voiceover business model, craft a plan, and stick to it. This webinar caps at 25 attendees and sells out fast. Registration opens soon…!
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Tom Dheere is a voice actor who has narrated thousands of projects for hundreds of clients in over a dozen countries. In addition to voice acting, he is a voiceover business and marketing consultant known as the VOStrategist. When not voicing or talking about voicing, Tom produces the comic book “Agent 1.22”. You can subscribe to his weekly blog and the monthly VO Strategist Learnin’ Stuff Notice here.