Microphone Techniques With Rodney Saulsberry

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Voice-Over actor and best selling author Rodney Saulsberry takes us through a series of microphone techniques in this short video clip. This presentation is an excerpt from his audio book, 'You Can Bank on Your Voice; Your Guide to a Successful Career in Voice-Overs.'

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  • gr8 tips
  • Yet another great video and pearl of wisdom, Rodney! I agree that the pop shields often block the copy. I used to employ the metal kind that one poster mentioned ; however, Klaus Heyne, who modified and maintains my Neumann U87 said that they don't stop contaminants from breaching the mic and landing on the capsule, as do the nylon covered loom type. Believe me, no sound engineer is going to want to have to keep sending his expensive Neumann U47s or AKG C-12s back to have the spit cleaned from the capsules (every time you clean them, you're wiping away a tiny bit of the gold sputtering on the mylar capsule; the inevitable replacement is quite pricey). I use a shield that is a DOUBLE loom, which works very nicely. I would strongly recommend using this type of pop shield, especially when using a capsule mic. Used in conjunction with you "sideways technique," you should get a great sound.
  • Rodney - Thanks for sharing your time, techniques, and insights. Best, Al
  • Hey man, good stuff....I always enjoy listening to and learning from a pro!
  • Most excellent, professional information and instruction as usual my friend. Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge. It's always wonderful to see your videos and insightful posts.
    -Barry
  • Hey Rodney, being aware of how I approach the mic has become a common practice for me since I got your CD.
    Thanks for the help.
  • Very helpful. Thanks, Rodney!
  • Thanks Rodney!!

    Good words of wisdom.
  • I've found from my own experience that the feeling of needing to shout is almost always remedied by asking the engineer to give you a better monitor mix, ie. to bump up the gain on your own voice, relative to whatever else is being heard on the track.
    As to dealing with plosives, it isn't always possible to work off-mic; all too often it's at the expense of vocal presence. Pop filters (the windscreen type can make it challenging to see the copy, and many sound engineers are less than enthusiastic about the foam caps. I've learned that very good technique can be obtained (with persistance!) by practicing your plosives a couple of inches away from a lit candle. The object of the exercise is not to have the flame flicker on the plosives. Rodney, thanks so much for generously sharing with us!
  • Attention to this detail is always good...as is attention to graphic detail....I think you mean vocal "chord" and not "cord". Hopefully this chord is not attached to an electircal outlet. :)
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