There’s an old saying in the voiceover business: “If you want to book a gig, go on vacation.” Inevitably, anytime you leave town you’re bound to get a job. So, alas, I go out of town with no gear at all with me and yes, I get the call. Fortunately, I had my laptop…and a Best Buy in the area. I jumped on in and found this gem: the Yeti USB Microphone by Blue Microphones. Easy plug and play capabilities produced a perfect recording. The Yeti saved the day! Thank you, Blue Microphones!
A little more about Yeti from their website: “Create unparalleled recordings with your computer using Blue’s best-selling Yeti family of USB microphones. Thanks to our proprietary tri-capsule technology, Yeti microphones produce pristine, studio-quality recordings with legendary ease. And four different pattern settings offer incredible flexibility so you can record vocals, instrumental music, podcasts, audio for video, interviews, or even cryptozoology lectures in ways that would normally require multiple microphones. Whether you’re recording at home, on the road, or in the Himalayas, Yeti helps you produce studio-quality recordings every time.”
So after that experience, I ALWAYS packed a microphone when on the go, but honestly, airplane travel with the Yeti is a bit cumbersome, so I found this little gem: the Shure Motiv MV88 iOS Digital Stereo Condenser Microphone. The drawback is you need an iPhone or iPad, but if you do, this mighty microphone is not only perfect for auditions, but I actually recorded a broadcast voiceover job with it.
According to Shure, “Plug the MV88 into any iOS device and angle it so you always pick up detailed stereo sound from exactly where you need to. The ShurePlus™ MOTIV™ Video app gives you on-screen audio metering and integrated controls, while the ShurePlus™ MOTIV™ audio app lets you customise the MV88 exactly how you want.”
And regarding bringing microphones on a plane, it is legal, but remember to take them out of your carry-on bag when going through TSA. Apparently, they might look suspicious (lesson personally learned) when running them in a bag through the x-ray machine.
Of course, these are just two of a ton of other microphones. Some talent like to bring a full recording kit with them, so your mileage may vary.
Happy traveling and recording!
An avid record collector, lover of all desserts and sometimes seen wearing multiple Swatch watches, Dave has been lending his voice for over 20 years heard on such prominent brands as Intel, RCA, Eddie Bauer, Kellogg‘s, Pizza Hut, Lexus, and infomercial giants Guthy-Renker and Beachbody. His narration projects include Japan’s preeminent automobile series Best Motoring International and Hot Version, along with GTChannel, QVC, Universal Music Enterprises, and ViSalus Sciences.