Gear & Resources

Recommendations from the pros.

Here’s the best voice over equipment and gear we could find.

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Sennheiser 416 XLR Mic

The Sennheiser MKH-416. The VO gold standard.
There’s a reason why this mic is so common in pro recording studios. It’s directionality, consonant articulation and feedback rejection make this the ideal VO mic, especially for commercials and promos. Pictured here with a windscreen, which may be sold separately.

Neumann TLM 103 XLR Mic

The Neumann TLM 103. This mic’s capsule is derived from the legendary U-87, allowing for amazing sound for a quarter of the price. An excellent choice for a range of VO, from commercials to audiobooks.

AKG 214 XLR Mic

The AKG 214. An XLR Mic for the price of a higher-end USB mic. The 214 is a cost effective alternative to large diaphragm mics costing three times as much.

Sennheiser MK4 USB Mic

The Sennheiser MK4. Sennheiser is a trusted name in studio mics, and the MK4 is the company’s solution for affordable home studio recording. An excellent choice for male or female voice actors.

Audio-Technica AT2020 Mic

The Audio-Technica AT 2020. Some version of this mic has been around since the advent of digital home recording. The most current example features an integrated headphone jack for self-monitoring. A solid choice for recording on a budget.

RODE NT USB Mic

The RODE NT USB Mic. RODE is known for high quality mics, and the NT does not disappoint. This side-address mic (as opposed to shotgun-style) comes with a desktop stand and pop filter.

Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 2-Channel Interface

The Focusrite Scarlett 2i2. This little red box has inputs for both XLR and USB, great sounding preamps, and easy plug and play capability. It also works flawlessly with Audacity. A VO staple.

PreSonus AudioBox

The PreSonus Audiobox. Two mic inputs, 48v phantom power, plus it comes with all kinds of goodies for recording music, if that’s your thing. A very flexible piece of gear.

Centrance MicPort Pro 3rd Gen

Centrance is the leader in small, portable signal adapters. The MicPort Pro is now in its 3rd generation and it sounds amazing. Make this part of your travel rig and record anywhere: hotels, cars, or on location.

On-Stage MS7701B Freestanding Mic Stand

A mic stand is a must. This popular floor stand does the job. Most stands have a 5/8” threaded tip to receive a microphone mount, and chances are your mic comes with one.

Elgato Wave Deskmount Boom Arm

Low on floor space in your booth? Fasten this sturdy yet flexible boom arm to your desk instead.

Mic Mount For Sennheiser 416

The Sennheiser MZQ 100. A quick-release mount for the legendary Sennheiser 416 mic. If yours didn’t come with one, it’s an inexpensive must-have.

Neumann Shock Mount for TLM-103

The Neumann EA-1 Shockmount. Isolate your TLM 103 with this mount and you can accidentally bump your mic stand all you want and no one will know.

Mogami Gold XLR Cables

Ask any VO talent which brand of cables they use, and they probably won’t know. But the ones who do will likely say Mogami. These are super quiet and last forever, which is not something you can say of cheap cables.

RODE XLR Cables In Funky Colors

RODE makes a nice cable and you can brighten up your booth with fun colors like yellow, blue, and purple.

Aokeo Pop Filter

The Aokeo Pop Filter. An indispensable piece of gear for less than $15. A double-layer mesh filter prevents the polsives and pops which can ruin your auditions and takes.

Auralex Acoustic Panels

Auralex Studiofoam Panels. All booths need acoustic treatment and Auralex is a top name in sound absorption. These 12” x 12” panels allow for flexible positioning so you can tame the echoes and flutters that plague your home recording space.

Auralex Bass Traps

Auralex Studiofoam Bass Traps. Help reduce low-frequency bounce and eliminate the “boxy” sound of your recording space by putting these in the corners.

Filmcraft Acoustic Studio Blankets

There are moving blankets, and then there are these. Specially designed for treating environments for clean audio, Filmcraft blankets are go-to items for DIY booth builds. Spend a little more, but get much better sound insulation than with a typical moving blanket. 

Sony MDR 7506 Headphones

You’ll find these Sony headphones in many, many professional recording studio globally. Tremendously popular because of their clear and true sound and adjustability for comfort. If you’ve been getting by with a cheap pair of cans, they’re well worth the upgrade.

Replacement pads for
Sony MDR 7506 Headphones

Use your 7506 headphones enough and the ear cups will begin to flatten and crack. These $20 replacements are awesome and save you from buying a whole new set of headphones.