Just starting out? Here’s our recommended ~$100 budget voice over recording starter kit. Click the categories above for more options. As an Amazon Associate we earn from qualifying purchases.
In order of importance:
- Recording space. Hunker down in a closet (walk-in closet, if you’ve got one). The more clothes hanging, the better. Your mic is only as good as the space you record in. Hang up moving blankets or thick comforters on exposed wall surfaces.
- USB vs XLR mic: Start with a USB mic–one you can afford. Any XLR condenser mic will require you to purchase a XLR cable and an audio interface, increasing cost.
- Pop filter: Always have one, even if your mic claims to have one “built in”. Give 3-6″ between the mic and the filter–otherwise it won’t be useful. A foam windscreen/sock can also work well, depending on your mic and your mic placement.
- Software: If you’re on a Mac, GarageBand works great. But Audacity works better, plus it’s free. Free is good.
- Hardware: Any modern Mac or PC will do the trick. You’re editing audio, not video–so you don’t need anything high end.
- Headphones: Make sure it’s a closed back set of cans so your audio can’t be “heard” by your mic as well.
Free. Free, open source, cross-platform audio software for Mac and Windows. Audacity is an easy-to-use, multi-track audio editor and recorder. If you’re starting out and have no budget, consider starting here.
Audio-Technica ATH-M20x Professional Studio Monitor Headphone
Recommended for our Starter Kit. The ATH M20x professional monitor headphones are a great introduction to the critically acclaimed M Series line. Modern design and high quality materials combine to deliver a comfortable listening experience, with enhanced audio and effective isolation. An excellent choice for tracking and mixing.
EJT Microphone Pop Filter
Need a budget pop filter/wind screen? There are plenty of pop filters out there, but sometimes you just need something inexpensive that works. This is your boo. Just remember to keep at least 3-6″ of space (your fist) between any pop filter and your microphone otherwise it won’t be able to do its job.
Fifine USB Condenser Microphone
Can a sub-$50 USB mic be good enough for voice over work? Reviews on YouTube and the intarwebs seem to state so. Of course it’s not going to truly compare to something more expensive. But if your budget is tight and you’re just starting out, give it a shot. It’s a USB-A so if you’ve got a newer computer/tablet with only USB-C you’ll need a converter.
Heavy Duty Cotton Moving Blanket
Real sound blankets can be expensive. You can actually get by on the cheap with regular moving blankets, depending on your environment. These are made of recycled cotton and are a great way to stop reflection and deaden your recording space.