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Download the free Audacity software to get started. Then learn a bit about it here, or watch some videos (onetwothree). To learn more about demos, go here. And if you want to get really geeky, check this out.


The microphone we recommend is the under-$100 MXL 2008 or  2006 from Marshall Electronics (MXL), the company that builds many popular mics for other companies. This is a mic designed for voiceover—it sounds awesome: deep tones without heaviness and a silky, never harsh top end. Listen to amazing audio comparisons of it (click hereand choose the “Downloads/Videos” tab) with other mics that cost up to $2300 (if you can’t tell the difference—and you won’t—buy this mic!)

One of the most popular microphones for voiceover has been copied many times: the Audio-Technica AT2020. A well-reviewed “knock-off” of this microphone is the BM 800.

A good USB mixer is the Behringer XENYX502 5-Channel Mixer. For under $8, get this 6-foot XLR cable to connect the mic to the mixer. (Shorter cables are less likely to introduce hum). And here are some tips on headphones.


Walk-in closets with plenty of clothes work great for voiceover.

Another popular bargain approach is buying towels from a Goodwill or other used/charity store turn out to be one of the most inexpensive AND effective materials. Here’s a video of some acoustic tests and how to add the towels into sound panels.

A folded towel at least four layers thick absorbs the most sound from all frequency ranges compared to many other inexpensive materials. You can do this and ignore all other info!

However, for spaces that need a lot of insulation, Rockwool Safe ‘n’ Sound has effective sound absorption (pdf data sheet, NRC=1.05, FAQ) and is inexpensive (60 sq feet for under $50!), but keep it out mostly of your eyes when opening, and make sure you always have it covered / wrapped in your space. Source for this info: http://www.voiceresults.com/#equipment (Also look for an announcement from us later this month about another good budget option.)


Here’s a sample of a voiceover website you can create by yourself in just a few minutes. This video covers the first steps to creating your website. If you want to try WordPress instead, click the links in the left column at this website to go step-by-step.