Point and Shoot! Why a Shotgun Mic might be Right for You!

While listening to one of the many Voice Actor chats on Clubhouse recently, I stumbled upon a comment from an "engineer that's been working for 30 years" regarding shotgun microphones. He said, "Those mics are not for voice work and shouldn't be used". In a recent Facebook thread about shotgun mics, another person pointed out that a famous voice actor absolutely hated their voice on the shotgun, and they had no place in a studio". Everyone is entitled to their opinion. But these folks happen to be wrong.

These days, most studios offer the Senheiser 416 alongside the ubiquitous Neumann U87 (or similar). But the 416 wasn't designed for voiceover work. It was originally designed as a boom mic or film and TV set recording. Anyone who has purchased the 416 has probably noticed that tiny mic cable that it comes with. That's for attaching it to a boom pole... not an error in mic cable length. And while the 416 runs around $1,000- you might also consider the Synco D2, which currently sells for $223 If you haven't already seen it, check out the Booth Junkie YouTube video comparing the two!

I want to talk about why these mics work so well, and address some of the poor advice given on how to set them up!