GEAR UP FOR VOICE OVER SUCCESS Having a properly equipped voiceover home studio is crucial so don’t let your gear be the weak link that holds you back from getting an agent or booking more jobs. My 30-plus years of professional recording experience coupled with recommendations from my go-to home studio tech gurus, offers YOU the best gear options for your home studio, from microphones and preamps to software and accessories. So whether you’re on a tight budget or ready to GEAR UP like a pro, below are some of my trusted voiceover equipment recommendations. I’ll let you in on a little secret… You only need 8 essential pieces of equipment to set up a professional voiceover home studio. Disclosure: I only recommend and endorse products and services I trust and would use myself. All opinions expressed are my own. This page may contain affiliate links that at no additional cost to you, I may earn a small commission. Microphones You’ll want to go with a cardioid large diaphragm condenser microphone for your home studio. Cardioid microphones reject sound from the rear, so they are a great choice for less-than-perfect recording spaces. I would stay away from USB mics. USB mics are better suited for podcasting and are not intended for professional broadcast high-quality applications. Here are my Best Picks for voiceover microphones. Preview Product Price TZ Stellar X2 Large Diaphragm Cardioid Condenser XLR Microphone $199.99 Buy on Amazon RØDE NT1 5th Generation Large-diaphragm Studio Condenser Microphone with XLR and USB Outputs, Shock... $249.00 Buy on Amazon Shure SM7B Vocal Dynamic Microphone for Broadcast, Podcast & Recording, XLR Studio Mic for Music &... $399.00 Buy on Amazon Sennheiser Wired Professional MKH 416-P48U3 Short Shotgun Interference Tube Microphone,Black $950.00 Buy on Amazon Neumann TLM 103 Large-Diaphragm Condenser Microphone (Mono Set, Nickel) $1,195.00 Buy on Amazon Mic Preamps Most voice actors choose a USB audio interface. This important piece of studio equipment allows you to connect your microphone, headphones, and speakers to your computer - but it’s also an essential component to your sound quality so don’t skimp here. Below are my Top Picks for audio interfaces and preamps. Preview Product Price Cloud Microphones - Cloudlifter CL-1 Mic Activator - Ultra-Clean Microphone Preamp Gain - USA Made $149.00 Buy on Amazon Audient Audio Interface iD4 MKII, Class A Console Microphone Preamp (High Speed USB-C, Monitor Mix... $197.00 Buy on Amazon Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 3rd Gen USB Audio Interface for Recording, Songwriting, Streaming and... $189.99 Buy on Amazon SSL SSL2+ 2-In/4-Out USB-C Audio Interface $249.99 Buy on Amazon Universal Audio Apollo Solo Heritage Edition, APLS-HE Solo Thunderbolt 3 $439.12 Buy on Amazon Universal Audio Apollo Twin MkII Heritage Edition $849.00 Buy on Amazon Microphone Stands & Accessories Well, this little ditty is not very exciting but it’s an essential piece of gear. You don’t need to spend too much here but you’ll need a good quality balanced XLR cable. A great cable will contribute to the overall quality of your sound while a cheap cable may add hiss and unwanted noise. And whether it’s a floor or desk mic stand, stay away from the super cheap options out there because they’ll wear out and break and you’ll find yourself quickly replacing the stand. Below are my Top Picks. Preview Product Price Microphone Arm Stand, TONOR Adjustable Suspension Boom Scissor Mic Stand with Pop Filter, 3/8" to... $34.99 Buy on Amazon Mic Stand w/Adjustable Height for Home, Studio, Office or Stage Use - Standard Clutch Single Unit... $38.77 Buy on Amazon Mogami Gold STUDIO-06 XLR Microphone Cable, XLR-Female to XLR-Male, 3-Pin, Gold Contacts, Straight... $59.50 Buy on Amazon Kensington Flex Clip Copyholder (K62081BF), Black 9-3/4" Wide $9.92 Buy on Amazon Pop Filters & Headphones If you’re recording voiceover or vocals you’ll definitely want to invest in a pop filter. These aren’t very expensive but they will stop plosives from ruining your recordings. And for headphones, you basically have two options: closed-back or open-back headphones. Closed-back are typically for monitoring audio when you are recording and open-back are more suited for mixing. For voiceover you’ll want to go for the closed-back headphones. Preview Product Price Pop Filter,PEMOTech [Upgraded Three Layers] Metal Mesh & Foam & Etamine Layer Microphone Pop... $9.99 Buy on Amazon beyerdynamic DT 770 PRO 80 Ohm Over-Ear Studio Headphones in Gray. Enclosed design, wired for... $169.00 Buy on Amazon Acoustic Sound Treatment One of the biggest issues voice actors have when setting up their home studio is badly underestimating the importance of room acoustics - And assuming that just because they have a nice condenser microphone and expensive preamp, great sound will automatically be present. The truth is… the acoustics of your room have more to do with sound quality than perhaps anything else in your studio. If you don’t have a professional vocal booth you’ll need to acoustically treat your room, closet, or designated recording space with sound foam, fiberglass panels, or sound blankets to soak up the natural reverb ambiance of the room. When recording voiceover, you want to use as “neutral” of a room as possible. That way your results aren’t being colored by the sound of your recording space. Here are a few of my Top Picks for sound treatment. Preview Product Price Audimute Sound Absorption Sheet - Sound Dampening Blanket - Soundproofing Sheet (Steel) 96" x 48"... $79.00 Buy on Amazon ATS Acoustic Panel 24x48x2 Inches, Square Edge, in Black Microsuede $78.45 Buy on Amazon Fstop Labs Acoustic Panels, 2" X 12" X 12" Acoustic Foam Panels, Studio Wedge Tiles, Sound Panels... $23.99 Buy on Amazon Gorilla Heavy Duty Spray Adhesive, Multipurpose and Repositionable, 14 Ounce, Clear, (Pack of 1) 1 -... $12.84 Buy on Amazon Portable Vocal Booth Preview Product Price Snap Studio Vocal Booth - #1 Recommended Recording Booth Studio Equipment for Crisp Dry Echo Free... $499.99 Buy on Amazon Computer & Recording Software Your last and final piece of gear you’ll need is a computer. Any modern computer will work for recording voiceover but go for a Mac or PC with a powerful CPU and at least 8GB of RAM and a quiet SSD drive for the best performance. You also need to consider the operating system. Personally, I have found that Apple computers are much more reliable and stable when working with audio. Once you have your computer, you will also need to choose and download recording software before you can actually record. As for recording software, there are a few DAWs (Digital Audio Workstations) that I recommend for Mac & PC. Although there are many other DAWs on the market, here are a few recording software platforms that are most often favored by voice actors. TwistedWave is super simple to use and a lot of voice actors including pros use this audio recording and editing software. Mac & PC, 30-day free trial. The cost is $99.90 Reaper is full of great features for voiceover with all the bells and whistles. You can evaluate REAPER in full for 60 days. Mac & PC. The cost is $60 Pro Tools is the industry-standard audio production software so if you already know how to use it, stick with it. If you’ve never used Pro Tools, it’s going to take some time to really learn how to navigate this beast. Mac & PC and it will cost you $299 for a 1-year subscription then $199 per year. Adobe Audition is a comprehensive toolset that includes multitrack, waveform, and spectral display for creating, mixing, editing, and restoring audio. Mac & PC. Free trial available. $240 per year subscription. Audacity is an easy-to-use multi-track audio editor and recording software for both Mac & PC. This software is Free.