So I thought today would be a good day to do another microphone shootout. I have selected a range of mid range mics that all sound very nice, and have their own pros and cons. I hope that this post will help any voice over artists who are looking to buy new gear on a mid level budget.
Recently, I purchased the Rode NT1 and it has since become a steady workhorse microphone here in the studio, and has been dubbed “The Catherine” as that was the name of the voice actresses who first used it (and she sounds great on it). Also, over the holidays I purchased an AKG P420 – mostly because for it’s variable polar pattern – and I was in a pinch … ( It’s tough to be a voice over artist on vacation without a mic) So that got added to the ever increasing collections of microphones. To be honest – I quite like it, and it will happily sit in the mic case along with the others.
The mics: Sennheiser MK4 / Rode NT1 / AKG C3000B / AKG P420
So on to the test.
For the test – I recorded two mics simultaneously – The Rode and the MK4 – and the AKGs together. THey were run through two identical preamps – SSL X-logic and then through the apogee symphony for I/O. I didn’t touch them beyond that.
and without further ado – the microphones: