Thanks to audiobook narrator and coach Chris Ciulla who gave me permission to re-publish this information and chart he created and originally shared on Facebook. Chris surveyed a group of professional narrators about their choice of microphone, interface, and pre-amp.
I was taking a poll to see what the most popular choices were for working narrators. I did it for my student base to understand what pros are using.
The bold items are the most popular.
The blue items are my suggestions for them to keep their total initial home studio costs under $1K, since they’re newbies.
Other resources on this topic:
- The ACX blog offers a lot of info about microphone and other equipment choices in this article.
- Narrator Erin deWard’s site StepUpToTheMic.net contains a fantastic number of links about all phases of studio configuration.
- In this article, narrator Steven Jay Cohen shows you how to position your mic properly in no more than 11 steps.
- You’ll find people who can help you fine-tune your studio sound listed in the Welcome Center.