A crucial step in setting yourself up for success as a voice actor is ensuring that you choose the right microphone for your voice.
Once you’ve settled on the best microphone for your voice (and for your wallet) you want to make sure that you care for and preserve your microphone so that you can get the most out of your investment.
So what are the proper ways to take care of your microphone and ensure that you keep it in pristine condition over the long-term?
Here are 5 tips for preserving and caring for condenser microphones:
Tip 1: Consider a pop filter
In the industry there is a debate on whether or not pop screens are needed and if they are even useful. Well, one great thing about a pop filter is that it will intercept any saliva that may be headed towards the mic during recording and will keep the diaphragm and electrically charged capsule clean.
Over time, a contaminated capsule will eventually have a negative impact on the high frequencies that are emitted and cause unwanted feedback and discharge noise.
Tip 2: Keep distance between your mouth and the microphone
A general rule of thumb is to keep your mouth about 6 inches away from your microphone during a recording session. This will prevent plosives from damaging the capsule.
If you are too close to the mic and accidentally pop your “p’s” too hard, the continuous popping sounds will eventually wear down the capsule of your microphone.
Tip 3: Turn off microphone properly
Make sure that you connect the cable from the power supply to the tube condenser mic before turning the supply on. Shocks from a live power supply can damage the tube of the microphone.
Tip 4: Store microphone safely
It’s a great idea to store your condenser microphone in a plastic bag when you are not using it. A plastic bag will stop dust and particles from settling on the capsule.
Put your mic in a plastic bag when you are not working and make sure to bag the mic before storing it back inside the case. If your microphone is set up in such a way that it’s not possible or convenient to store it back in its case between uses, just cover your mic with a plastic bag wherever it lives permanently.
Tip 5: Be aware of where you set down your microphone
Condenser mics are very sensitive instruments that respond to very minimal pressure changes. Think of it this way – you should not put your condenser mic anywhere you would not put your ears (e.g. near speakers is a definite ‘no’).
Also be sure to store your microphone in a place that is not damp and at room temperature. Avoid cold or hot rooms.
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