My dad is thinking about putting the basic version of source connect in my studio. I read that the pro version is good, but its too much right now. Anyone used it and what do you think of it.ThanksContinue
HERE'S A LITTLE ABOUT ME AND MY VOICE OVER EXPERIENCE
Commercial Voice Over training by Kate McClanaghan and company at Sound Advice.
Workshops at Sound Advice
Voice Over and acting training at Entertainment Today Inland Empire
RECENTLY BOOKED PROJECTS
Star Trek movie Vulcan Student
Quanada PSA TV spot for Victims of Sexual Abuse, 2009
New York Science Museum radio spot, 2009
Voice of the new Condor display for the LA Zoo, opening Sept.
I hate describing myself so here are the tags others gave me and the proile my dad wrote.
suburban teen, best friend, everyday child, youthful, fun
REAL TEEN - For Authentic Teen Sound.
I produce a wide range of reads, such as energetic, young and fun for commercials and quirky for animation. I can provide a soft, honest, and soothing sound for narration and presentations. I also play the girl next door with a fresh bright sound.
I take direction well and am flexable so I don't get too attached to any one type of read.
DIALECTS, Character voices and vocal impressions
VOICES I AM ABLE TO PERFORM
Young Adult Female, Teenage Girl, Child Female
AUDIO DELIVERY METHOD
ISDN, Source Connect, MP3, WAV
I have a custom Gold 6x6 Vocalbooth, a Rode NT-1 condenser mic, an Audio Pro 610 interface, a Mackie 402 VLZ3 Mixer an Apple Imac where my dad edits my work with Twisted Wave. I also have a JK Audio phone hi-bred phone patch and Source Connect.
There is also n sound studio two blocks from my house.
EQ and Compression can be fickle, and funny mistresses. It's probably not a bad idea to learn a bit more about them. If you want to hear the difference in treated versus untreated files, I can send you a little primer.
As for the U87...it's a mic I have talked on in virtually every studio I've ever walked into. For the longest time, my 416 was my go-to mic, but I wanted to have a U87 in my mic kit, so I could have the same sound I was getting in every studio I walked in.
For my purposes though, the U87 was still a bit finicky on the sound...it required a bit of playing around with it to get it to sound the way I wanted it to.
But now one of my clients wants me to use NOTHING on the chain...no eq, no compression, nothing at all...so that mic sounds a bit weird to me.
But they're able to make the sound I send them sing on the other end...so it works fine for me.
But a U87 ( any mic really ) will benefit from a judicious amount of compression, eq, or a really high quality mic preamp.
I just ordered a John Hardy M1 preamp, which is supposed to be super clean and transparent, which will be a nice change from what I currently have...
I'm hoping it'll make my changing from session to session, need to need, a bit easier to deal with.
Sorry about that on the M49...it's a nice mic, it really is...but to be honest, I don't think you'd be finding any radical difference between it and your TLM 103. It's a bigger capsule, and it does have a bit more "depth" to it, but I don't think it's worth the money necessarily...you'd likely find a bigger change in sound going the shotgun route as you seem to be leaning in that direction.
As for the NTG-3, it's a really great mic. It's shockingly similar in sound to the 416, but not quite the same. It's got a bit of a wider pickup pattern than the 416, not MUCH wider, but wider nonetheless. This is nice in that if you suddenly shift off-axis a smidge while recording, you're likely not going to get a noticeable drop...which can happen if you get too far off-axis on the 416.
For my money, if you could find a used ( carefully used ) 416 on ebay or elsewhere, I'd probably shoot for one of those first...but even used, they often still go for just north of $800. I bought my first 416 used on ebay several years ago. It blew the capsule after about 6 months...I sent it to Sennheiser, and a minor flat repair fee and shipping costs later, it came back to me just like it was a new mic. They even touched up the paint on the logo!
I still have that one in use in my home studio, and I purchased a second one, new, when it was on crazy sale at Sweetwater...like just under $800. I couldn't pass it up.
Anyway, if you can't or would rather not swing the dough for a 416 ( and I can't blame you...that's alot of cash to part with ), and you want a shotgun like, NOW, you can hardly go wrong with an NTG-3. Heck, for the price, you could get two...one for home, and one for the road.
But here's something I learned after many years of buying mics that were "almost" or "just like" what I really wanted in the first place...I always wound up getting whatever that actual mic was over time. In other words, I bought 3 different big capsule mics before I wound up finally just biting the bullet and getting a U87...had I just saved the money I blew on the "almost" mics, I probably could've gotten the U87 quicker.
So, if your heart is set on a 416...hang on until you can get one...if you're itchin' to get into a shotgun mic, the NTG-3 isn't a bad one to have, and later if you pick up a 416 somewhere, you can feel confident in using the NTG-3 as a backup or a road / travel mic, and have little discernable difference in sound.
I'm so sorry it's taken me so long to thank you. I find all of this very interesting--being that I've been a Star Trek fan from its inception.
I've noticed that you're not shy about asking and answering questions on Voiceover Universe. I've just created a group on Facebook called Voiceover Central, a question and answer forum for voice actors, and in the last couple of days membership has exploded to almost 100. Problem is, everyone seems to be a little hesitant to speak-up and ask questions. I need someone who can get in there and get people talking. I think that's your gift. If you have a Facebook account would you mind joining my group? Here's the link: http://www.facebook.com/?ref=home#!/home.php?sk=group_159979897367788&ap=1
See if you can get your Dad in on it, too.
Thanks again for answering my Star Trek question, and I hope to see you at Voiceover Central. :) All the best, Dan Bailey