I’m struggling to achieve a good, clear voiceover sound.
My setup consists of: The Shure 55SH II, the Behringer XENYX Q802USB and Logic Pro X — with a ton of relevant Waves plugins at the ready (including MM Triple-D, GW Voice Centric, Vocal Rider, NS-1, RVox + the entire Gold package).
The breadth of my efforts: I’ve tried recording my voice with all kinds of different mixer settings (EQ, gain, built-in compressor), all kinds of mic techniques (angles, distances, in a muted walk-in closet) and – naturally – a plethora of plugin combos and settings.
The problem: No matter what I do, the resulting sound is always tinnier than I want it to be – and not that natural sounding. My concern is that, with the 55SH, I have to be superclose to get the full tone, but when I do get that close (an inch or less), the plosives are nuts – even with a popfilter.
My goal: To have a similar sound to Michael Barbaro on “The Daily” or Jon Lovett on “Lovett or Leave It”.
I know the 55SH was not the ideal mic for voiceover/podcast work, but I fell for the cool looks – and I’m still hopeful I can achieve the desired sound. But I’m also very close to buying a MXL 770, since it gets amazing reviews (not least for its price class) and seems more catered to what I’m trying to do.
Any helpful input will be most welcome!
Thanks in advance,