First of all, hello. I'm J-curl. I'm new to this forum and pretty much the whole world of voice over work. Now, I've been interested in voice acting and more recently, podcasting for the past couple of years but work, school, and other pursuits have left me little time to really research what's required for voice work. So while I've been trying to learn, I'm still a bit confused on what equipment is necessary, what some things do, and what overall affects the quality of audio that is produced.
That's why I have come here, I'm hoping that some of you will be able to answer some of my questions and help me along the learning process. I have a lot of questions so ANY and all advice and help will be extremely appreciated.
Ok, so here we go.
(oh, before I forget, when talking about equipment and cost, while I don't want to spend thousands of dollars on equipment, I'm not opposed to spending a little bit of money for materials that will be able to provide me with a high quality, professional sound. Up to about the $400 range for a piece of equipment, depending on it's necessity and importance)
I read through a lot of that sticky on microphone review, but my question is a bit more simple. For Podcasting, Voice over work, basically just speach in general, what is the actual audible difference in quality that Condenser mics provide versus Dynamic and Usb mics? What is it that makes them sound different?
On that note,
So, if I understand this correctly, Condenser mics require a pre-amp to increase the naturally weak audio signal (I don't know the terminology) that recording on the mic itself provides while ideally keeping noise reduced to a minimum is that right? If not please correct me.
What else do pre-amps do if anything, and are there differences between pre-amps that have different effects on the mic that you're using?
When people refer to tube connections (or something like that) what are those? And when they say it "colors" the audio, how so? What are the pro's and cons to using tube set ups vs ssd or should they be mixed?
How does this help and is it necessary for straight vocal recording and not necessarily singing or music.
Internal or External? What should I look for in an audio card? Recommendations are welcome.
Ok, I don't want to scare you guys off with my wall of text so I'll end it there. This is just my researching phase. I want to learn about the equipment, the process, what I'm getting myself into, and budget before I make any purchases. ANY help is greatly appreciated. Thank you very much.