The title above says it all. Or does it? Welcome to another addition of questions voice actors ask on Facebook! Today’s entry appeared in the Voice Over Pros Facebook Group The question about which microphone to use for voice over comes up A LOT. Whether or not to use one or both of these particular microphones, the Sennheiser MKH 416 or the Neumann TLM 103 comes up nearly as often. Heck, even I’ve used them both and done reviews on them. You can check out my review of the very similar MKH 415 here :https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DEuEAkMn6i8
So, because these two mics have become ubiquitous in the voice over business, people tend to get snarky when talking about them. Me too. My answer in the post was “Either, neither, or both”. Sorry, I couldn’t resist! In fact, I did take my own advice once upon a time. I DID own both microphones individually. Then, at the same time. Then decided neither one of them worked for me and resold them both!
Here’s the thing about microphones. They are VERY subjective. What works for one person may not work for another. In fact, what works for one person in a specific booth or recording space, may not work for the same person in a new booth. This is what happened to me. In my new Studiobricks booth, I can no longer use a shotgun mic. Of course I no longer use the TLM 103, but that’s a whole other story!
Your best bet as a new or aspiring voice talent is to rent or try as many mics as you can in your recording space until you find the right one.