I’m not a voice over expert, so take this for what it’s worth. The first suggestion I would make is to experiment with acoustically treating the room to try to reduce reflections. You can get very fancy with this and buy expensive acoustic foam, but you can also get decent results with just household materials like a couple of blankets on chairs to either side, on the floor if it’s not already carpeted, on the desk, etc. This probably wouldn’t look good on camera , but at least you could see if it makes a noticeable difference, and if so come up with a prettier solution.
I don’t have experience with the mic you linked to, but you probably will get better results with it since you’re closer to the source and can isolate it away from room reflections and other noises. Depending on the quality you’re looking for, it looks like there are less expensive options for lavalier mics, though.
I was wondering if a dynamic mic like a Shure SM7B (349 USD ) or even an SM58 (99 USD ) would be a better fit than the more sensitive 2020. However, neither one of these will be optimal either if you have to keep them 2 or more feet away. The SM7B especially needs a good preamp to boost the signal.
And yes, you would need an XLR to USB connector or interface for these mics and the one you mentioned. I haven’t tried it, but Blue makes one for about $60 if you’re going on the cheap: http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/Icicle.
Congratulations – amazing work!
Pretty awesome – congratulations!
Sorry one more question.. What do you mean with hooking up with a videohive author? How does it work? Thank you!
A more accurate phrase would have been “collaborating with a VideoHive author.” “Hooking up” could be taken the wrong way, I suppose .
Often times VideoHive authors will use watermarked AudioJungle files in their previews. This provides some extremely valuable cross marketing and in my experience can boost sales. Check out this link for more info:http://notes.envato.com/authors/achieve-more-videohive-and-audiojungle-author-collaboration/
Hey Paolo and Lucio,
Welcome to the Jungle, and congratulations on your immediate success! There’s been a lot of discussion on this topic, and many differing opinions. Here are a few things that I’ve experienced:
1. On AJ at least, a couple of my absolute favorite tracks have sold minimally, while my current all time best seller is one that I wasn’t as happy with and I thought would hardly get any sales. It could be that the better selling one just fits better with more video projects, perhaps because it doesn’t stand out on its own the way some of my favorites do. In any case, it’s been my experience that I’ll post a song that I think is going to go gangbusters and all I hear is crickets. Fortunately, the opposite has been true as well
2. I think a steady stream (say, once a week) is better than all at once. Others might have different opinions on that.
3. In my experience, sales are impacted far less by the initial exposure you get when posting than posting quality work, tagging it well, getting yourself exposure any way you can (especially if you can hook up with a VideoHive author – can’t stress this one enough), and overall just patiently building the best portfolio you can given your skills and tools.
4. AJ specific advice – take advantage of song packs. They are easy to make and offer better and longer term exposure than single songs.
Hope some of that is helpful. I’m sure others will be able to add or argue those points. Also, search past forum threads – this has come up a lot and there’s a lot of good advice out there.
There are a couple of things in Ultimate that made it worthwhile IMO . Alicia’s Keys is pretty nice for an NI piano. I haven’t yet messed much with the Solid or VC effects but they seem decent and I’ll probably make use of them. Session Strings I’m sure is not comparable to other string libraries but it’s a step above strings that come with Komplete. Also I’m liking the Scarbee instruments.
I don’t think I would have paid the full price for Ultimate, but to me the extra goodies were worth 425 USD (upgrade price plus GC discount). Also I’m a sucker for marketing .
However, I think you could definitely make the case that moving from 7 to the standard 8 version isn’t really worth it. Given how fast they went from 6 to 7 to 8, maybe you could just wait a few more months for version 9, and either get that or get 8 at an extreme discount.
I can’t offer too much information because I’ve never used the Avalon, but the Great River (solid state – no tubes) I’m using now doesn’t exhibit similar behavior. It depends on the mic, but normally my input will be at about 3:00 and output level at about noon. This can vary depending on the amount of “color” I want in the channel. The other pre I’m mainly using is the RNP , and there’s only a single gain knob which is normally at 1:00 – 3:00. The RNP is solid state also.
I used a Digitech VTP -1 (tube) at one point long ago, and I remember that the output knob was generally pretty low, but I don’t know whether this is normal for all high end tube pres. Also my memory may be fuzzy . Also, calling the VTP -1 a “high end” pre is a bit of a stretch.
Not sure what the Focusrite is that you’re using. I have an ISA One and that has a switch that controls how hot the pots are – I would need to have it on for an SM7 but then pull it back for my AKG vocal mic.
Since the Avalon also has an EQ and compressor component, is it possible that one of those is affecting the levels? Can you bypass these and run a test? Also you could try a gear forum like gearslutz to see if other Avalon owners are experiencing the same thing.
Sorry I couldn’t really help on this one
I’m a simple guy who likes simple folk / rock / bluegrass tunes. Verse/chorus/verse/chorus/solo/chorus and… scene. Rarely a bridge – just don’t like ‘em, usually. It always seems like the sole purpose of a bridge is to lengthen a song to radio length.
Not that I don’t enjoy and respect jazz, classical, epic 9 minute rock songs, etc., but I always come back to the folksy stuff. My favorite kind of music is the kind that sounds fun around a camp fire and anyone with a year of guitar practice could play.
Congratulations on the first sale! It’s a pretty nice feeling .
I’m the same as you – full time job, family, band, and yeah, there’s not a lot of time in between. I’m lucky to get 10 hours in 1-2 hour segments during the week to compose, record, mix/master, etc, and usually more like 5. One good thing about being pressed for time is that you get seriously focused in the short amount you do have.
Fortunately for me, I’m not creating epic scores for trailers, etc. – mostly just simple, light background music with a few instruments. Someday I hope to free up more time and start creating more complex works, including an album or two, but that might be 10 years from now . The best thing sites like AJ have done for me is to keep me musically active, as I had stagnated up until 2 years ago (almost exactly!) when I joined up here.
Anyway, I feel your pain , but you definitely can build momentum even with a limited amount of time – never as much or as quickly as you’d like, but as Scott Wills says, it’s a marathon, not a sprint.