Dig My Mobile Recording Rig! – The Not Silent Blog 9/19/17

I head out to Faffcon 9 in Charlotte this week so what a better time to talk about my mobile recording rig?

We talked about this same subject a few years ago, coincidentally before I went to Faffcon 7. Since my gear has changed a bit, I figure it’s the perfect time to re-hash. The pic below has a link to the older blog entry.

Wanna See My Mobile Rig? 😉 – The GKN Weekly Update 9/9/14

 

…and this is the new rig.

Some is different, some is the same.

This is a Senheisser MKH-416 microphone on my desktop mic stand. We talked about the 416 in severe detail last year in this blog entry.

This Star-Wars decorated pipe-bomb-looking thing holds the 416 when I travel. I built it thanks to the super-useful blog written by Marc Scott.

 

I still use the same Mic Port Pro. It’s a compact pre-amp used to power your microphone. It has volume controls for both your mic and your headphones.

 

Instead of my tablet I now use a custom-built laptop designed for mobile recording thanks to the fantastic voice talent and tech-guru Sean Caldwell. My audio-technica ATH-M45 headphones are still going strong.

 

TIP OF THE WEEK

I’ve been using this mobile recording rig for over a year now and it’s been fantastic. Despite how great it works, it only works as well as the space you are recording in. Since the majority of the time this setup will be used in a hotel room, here are some hotel room recording tips.

Choose your space wisely. I recommend either a corner of the room, a desk, or a closet.

Pillows are your friend. They deaden the space and can be placed at angles. Angles are your friend, too!

Luggage racks and ironing boards rule. They make a great confined space. You can line them with pillows and stick your mobile recording rig right in there.

This is from APAC in Chicago last year.

This is from WoVO in Las Vegas last year.

If they look too open it’s because I draped a bath towel over my head so it wouldn’t echo.

If you have a mobile recording rig, please share it along with your tips and tricks!

 

NEWS AND NOTES

Our friends at the Voice Over Body Shop had a great episode last week discussing the VO Agent Alliance. You can watch it here.

Tuesday September 19th: “The Year’s Top Hard Science Fiction Stories” will release! I had the pleasure of narrating “RedKing” by Craig DeLancey, “Number Nine Moon” by Alex Irvine, and “Something Happened Here, But We’re Not Quite Sure What It Was” by Paul McAuley.

Tuesday September 19th: my next Edge Studio “Business and Money 201” webinar topic will be ‘Workflow’. Click here to sign up.

Friday September 22-24: I’m heading to FaffCon 9 in Charlotte, NC!

Tuesday September 26th: my next Edge Studio “Marketing 201” webinar topic will be ‘What Your Website Says About You’Click here to sign up.

November 1st to December 15th: ACA Enrollment

 

HAPPY HAPPYS

Happy Constitution Day and Butterscotch Pudding Day!

 

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

If you don’t know, say you don’t know. Only politicians and middle managers find shame in ignorance and the irony of that should not be wasted on you. Philip Banks

 

From my village to yours; this is Tom Dheere, The H is Silent, but I’m Not.

Tom Dheere is a 20-year veteran of the voice over industry who has narrated thousands of projects for clients in over a dozen countries. He is also a coach at Edge Studio, voiceover business consultant known as the Voice Over Strategist, and is currently producing the comic book “Agent 1.22”.

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