Whats a Good Microphone for Voiceovers

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  1. michael-appleru macrumors regular

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    Whats a Good Microphone for Voiceovers on Final Cut Express. I would be using a mac mini for it. (I would need a high quality mic that connects via USB, and one Thats cheap)
     
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    too bad it doesnt come with a nice one like the mbp ;)
     
  4. BurtonCCC macrumors 65816

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    As far as I know, no really good mics are going to connect directly to USB. The cheapest solution if you're using a mic without Phantom Power is going to be the M-Audio Fast Track USB. This is a USB Preamp. Basically, you plug either an instrument or mic into the Preamp and then the Preamp to your USB port. This particular one does not have Phantom Power. To use a condenser mic, which gives, in my opinion, about 200 times better sound quality, you'll need Phantom Power, in which case you'd want the M-Audio MobilePre USB. If you're looking for sound that will do the job, the Fast Track USB and a Shure SM58 mic (the industry standard, no bells, no whistles, sturdy-as-hell vocal mic) will do the trick. You're going to get terrible sound if you're looking to do this for about $50. Check eBay for the items you're trying to get.

    Daniel.

    P.S. Just for reference, what exactly is the project you're working on? Knowing might help me direct you to some other routes to completing your project...
     
  5. spicyapple macrumors 68000

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    You can plug your earphones into a mic input, and it'll also act as a microphone, although a really crappy one at that! And you'll have to shout. ;)
     
  6. Sesshi macrumors G3

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    All I can suggest in that case is looking for the Samson USB mic, used.
     
  7. milo macrumors 604

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    So you really don't want "high quality". You just want halfway decent, something that sucks the least for that price.
     
  8. michael-appleru thread starter macrumors regular

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    well i wan to use the mic for voice overs and i dont want ot spend a lot of money
     
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  10. michael-appleru thread starter macrumors regular

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    well whats a cheap microphone thats good for voiceover??
     
  11. Sesshi macrumors G3

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    :rolleyes: :rolleyes: :rolleyes: :rolleyes: :rolleyes: :rolleyes: :rolleyes: :rolleyes: :rolleyes: :rolleyes:

    That is the best deal you're going to get. You'll need a preamp of some sort whatever Mic you get because the Macs don't have a built-in preamp. If you buy say an iMic and a crappy mic it's still going to be $30 + $10~$20.
     
  12. iMeowbot macrumors G3

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    If $50 is too much, just pick up a cheap PA or tape recorder mic and be done with it. If you're careful while speaking you'll get away with it.

    If you would rather have something halfway decent and don't want the cash outlay, try scouring the Goodwill, Sally's, pawn shops etc. It's not unusual to find ancient but decent stuff that needs little more than a cable or a dab of solder, and you'll have a nice pretty chunk of vintage metal sitting on your desk.
     
  13. Jopling macrumors 6502

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    This is going to sound extremely stupid, but I like to plug my Xl2 into my computer via firewire and I can use the mic that it came with or plug a mic in through xlr and do a voice over. I find the built in mic sounds absolutely great.
     
  14. michael-appleru thread starter macrumors regular

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    Ok All I want now is an all in one solution AND I DONT CARE HOW MUCH IT IS well maybe less than $200
     
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    My god! Are you thick! Look at Sesshi's link;)
     
  16. michael-appleru thread starter macrumors regular

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    well i think i have my answer im either getting the Blue Snowball or the Samson C01U Condenser Microphone
     
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    Any halfway decent condenser and a USB or Firewire in will work. I'd check around ebay and froogle.
     

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