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Old November 8th, 2008, 04:18 PM   #1
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Recording VO with a 416

I'm currently working in a short film and the last thing we'll do tomorrow is recording some VO.
We don't have access to a vocal booth and the only mics available are a Sennheiser 416 and a Shure SM57 (I mention it because is the only alternative, even though I don't think is a good idea to use it for this purpose).
I look all around the place to found the quietest and less reverberant room (4 square meters and a low ceiling).

Have you been in a situation like this? Any advise you can give me to get the best results under this conditions?

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Old November 8th, 2008, 04:57 PM   #2
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If the film was made with a 416, then use the 416 to match the sound.

Use a duvet to tame the sound - two mic boom stands with the booms together and the duvet hung over them should do it.

Put this behind the person doing the talking to minimise reflections back into the mic.

Only use a second duvet (in a different position) if this is still too reverberant.

I hope this helps.
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Old November 8th, 2008, 05:44 PM   #3
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Thank you John, that is a great idea and I will definitely do it.
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Old November 9th, 2008, 02:17 AM   #4
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It may be better to try recording in a good-sized closet that is full of clothes (on hangers). I believe that the 416 is often used close miced for voice overs.
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Old November 9th, 2008, 02:20 AM   #5
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If you are doing voiceover (as opposed to dialog replacement or other on-screen voice), you might try the SM57. Some people like the sound and you will eliminate most problems that might be caused by the room. You may or may not need a windscreen or pop filter with the SM57.

The point is, if the other mic is not giving you what you want, try the SM57.
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