The best Voiceover Mics...here are the best Voice-Over Microphones arranged by price... but remember its your natural Voiceover Talent that can make any mic the right mic!
A perfect first mic and a classic Voice Over Microphone. The Rode NT1-A offers high quality voiceovers in the $200 price range. A no ring resonance and similar frequency response to other voice talent microphones. The Rode NT2-A and the Rode NTK are also excellent Voice Over microphones. Other Rode microphones we recommend for Voice Over Talent are Rode K2 Tube Microphone and the Rode Classic II Tube Microphone...another great first mic for a great price is the Marshall MXL 2003 Condenser Microphone.
Street price $199
Pickup Pattern: Cardioid
Frequency Response: 20Hz ~ 20kHz
Maximum SPL: 137 dB (@ 1% THD into 1kOhm)
AKG C 414
A Voice Actors reference-quality microphone with three switchable bass cut filters and three pre-attenuation pads with LEDs for quick visual indication. Smooth and sweet
Street price $899
Frequency Range: 20 Hz to 20 kHz
Polar Patterns: Cardioid, Hypercardioid, Omnidirectional, and Figure-8
Maximum SPL for 0.5% THD 140 dB (160 dB@-20 dB) at 1 kHz 134dB (154dB@-20dB) 30Hz-20kHz
Net/Shipping Weight: 11.3 oz. Neumann TLM 103
Neumann TLM 103 is great for narration and just about anything else available at any price for voiceover. Often compared to it's big brother the U87 and almost three times less money. The Neumann TLM 103 delivers. This Mic is like Milk Chocolate and one of the quietest microphones available. The Neumann TLM103 makes any voice over actor sound great.
street price $999
Freq. Response 20Hz-20kHz
Kind Large Diaphragm Condenser
Max. SPL 138 dB
Available in Black or Nickel
Polar Pattern Cardioid Sennheiser MKH-416
The Sennheiser MKH-416 P48 microphone is a shotgun mic used on television sets. Voice Talent Artists use this for Movie Trailer Voice-Overs and anything else when they need a microphone to cut-through the mix. Known as the L.A. mic, because of it's popularity in the Los Angeles area. The Sennheiser MKH-416 is the screaming bullet you may want. The Sennheiser MKH-416 is in our personal microphone collection and we often use it for ADR.
street price $1299
Pick-up pattern super-cardioid/lobar
Frequency response 40–20,000 Hz
Max. sound pressure level 130 dB at 1 kHz
Power supply phantom 48 ± 12 V
Dimensions in inches .74 x 9.84
Weight approx. 5.82 oz U195 Bock Audio
The Sounddelux U195 is now called the Bock Audio 195 microphone. Bock Audio 195 large-diaphragm FET microphone is practically two mics in one, as it lets you select between "fat" and "norm" modes for bass response tailoring, as well as providing a lo-cut switch. A unique variable pad allows the 195 to operate in even the highest SPL situations. This handmade premium microphone has great extended high and low frequency response, fantastic dynamic impact, and no typical FET mic high end "fizzle". Voice Over Talents will stand out in the sonic quality of this bad ass microphone! Big Bang for the Buck.
street price $1099
FET w/ Stable Bias, medium to low gain
Frequency range: 10-20kHz
Max SPL: 125dB @0.5%
Power supply: Phantom powered, user provided Telefunken RFT AK47
The Telefunken R-F-T AK47 microphone provides an exceptionally clean and warm tone, substantial gain, dark sounding and extraordinary low end with extended high frequency response, while preserving the classic tube sound of the Telefunken microphones and landing somewhere between a Neumann U47 and Neumann M49... For Voice Over Talent the Telefunken R-F-T AK47 is a must have in your mic locker. A remote 9 polar pattern external power supply and a New Old Stock Telefunken EF732 sub miniature tube will make this baby purrr. With no compromise in sonic excellence, this large diaphragm condenser microphone will give you the growl you've been looking for. From Telefunken USA.
street price $1599
Frequency Response: 20Hz to 20KHz
Field Pattern: Remote Variable 9 Pattern
Tube: GE JAN 6072a
Maximum SPL 125 dB (for 1% THD @ 1 kHz)
Power Supply: 110 Volts switchable to 220 Volts AC
Capsule 1-inch dual-diaphragm condenser Voice Talent Brauner Phantom C
Brauner Phantom C sounds natural and un-hyped with nuance and depth. A Cardioid only polar pattern and abundant warmth for Voiceovers. The Brauner Phantom C is also available in the Brauner Phantom AE (Anniversary Edition) in Black or Nickel. The new Brauner Phanthera is often used for voice overs when you need more character and not a clean sound.
street price $1750
Acoustical Principle - pressure gradient transducer
Sensitivity - 33mV/ Pa-Cardioid
Pattern - Cardioid
Frequency Range - 20 Hz-22 KHz
Maximum SPL - 142 dB SPL @ 0,3 % THD
Power Supply - 48V Phantom Lawson L47MP MKII
This Tube Microphone has some growl to it....the Lawson L47MP MKII features the Lawson reproduction of the M7 capsule used in the legendary U47 and M49 microphones. The Lawson L47MP MKII utilizes the 6N1P vacuum tube ... the same tube used in the award winning Lawson L251. The sonic characteristics with the Lawson L47 are endless with the ability to select an infinite number of patterns using the pattern control in the same way you adjust a volume control. The L47MP MKII features the Lawson Quick Change Capsule System that is easily removable and may be plugged into all other Lawson mics.... world-class tube condenser sound!!! For Voiceover talents this Mic has it all. And the Lawson L47FET is another winner!..
Street price $1995
Tube: 6N1P dual triode
Pattern - Cardioid omni-directional, figure 8
and infinite intermediate patterns; also cardioid-only position
Frequency Range - 20 Hz-22 KHz
Maximum SPL - 128 dB (138 dB SPL with -10 dB pad) Neumann U87 AI
This german microphone fine piece of art to be the King and is the most recognized voice recording microphone in the industry. Voice Talents on the Neumann U87 love its warm and natural sonic characteristics. Great for Movie Trailer Voice-Overs and narration. Paired up with the Avalon VT-737sp or Mindprint DTC the Neumann U87 will take your voice overs to the next level.... or you can mod your U87 with the InnerTUBE Audio U87 RetroFit kit that will convert your U87 into a U87 tube microphone.. recomend using NOS E88CC NOS Mullard Tube (Holland)....The Innertube U87 RetroFit adds a sonic dimension and clarity that to us sounds even better than the stock U87....Neumann U87 Innertube RetroFit ads a lot more bottom and much more open on top...much, much, "bigger" sonically than a stock 87 that will make your voice cut through. We Also recommend looking into the Neumann M147 tube microphone.
Street price $2799
InnerTUBE RetroFit price $1500
Freq. Response 20Hz-20kHz Kind Large Diaphragm Condenser
Max. SPL 117 dB
Notes Bass Rolloff, Pad, Available in Black or Nickel
Polar Pattern Cardioid/Omni/Figure 8 Manley Reference Cardioid
Manley Reference Cardioid Microphone has that rich tonal balance and liquid character with Warmth and Clarity. Manley Reference Cardioid Microphones proximity effect offers pretty good immunity from pops and sibilance problems. The Manley Reference Cardioid will add more testosterone to any Voice Talent.
street price $2700
Freq. Response 10 Hz-30 kHz
Kind Tube Condenser Microphone
Max. SPL 150 dB
Polar Pattern Cardioid HORCH RM2J Tube Microphone
The HORCH RM2J Tube Microphone - JAN-tube circuit gives a solid bottom...open and smooth sound...detail, full, like velvet... this is one nice sounding microphone. With the styling of an old German U-47 microphone and the unique characteristics of either multi pattern shown in (blue) or fixed cardioid in (red) and able to turn off rear of capsule for capturing perfect cardioid reproduction. The HORCH RM2J has combinations of flavors that ads to its own unique sound signature... This is a killer mic!
street price $5000 Telefunken U47 M
Our Voice Talents love the Telefunken U47 M microphone for the smooth in-your-face presence and punchy tone. A meticulous recreation of the classic tube microphone. Telefunken U47 - a must have for your Microphone collection.
street price $6995
Frequency Response : 20Hz to 20KHz
Field Pattern : Cardioid and Telefunken U47 M Omni Directional
Tube : VF14 or EF14
Weight : 21 oz Neumann U47
This is the Holy Grail of Microphones. Big Bottom End with Wonderful Low-Mids/Mids/Upper-Mids. Since they don't make the Neumann U47 anymore you can find used Neumann U47 on the net. Do your research on the condition and the specs of any used U47 mics out there. The VF14m tubes and the power supply and capsuls are a must to take a long look at and ask questions about when you buy it somewhere.
Tube : Telefunken VF14m