We are glad you had fun listening and voting in the tests. We can now reveal which microphone was which and so you can which microphone you preferred. We were surprised at the results and so do tell us which mic worked for you, what reassured you and what surprised you about this shootout.
The Pro Tools Expert VO Mic Blind Listening Test Group 1 - The Neuman Family
- Mic A: Neumann U87 (the named reference mic)
- Mic B: Neuman TLM 193
- Mic C: Neuman TLM 103
MOST PREFERRED: Neuman TLM 103 (40%)
The Pro Tools Expert VO Mic Blind Listening Test Group 2 - The Dynamics & The Shotgun
- Mic D:Shure SM58
- Mic E:Shure SM7b
- Mic F: Electrovoice RE20
- Mic G: Sennheiser MKH416
MOST PREFERRED: Sennheiser MKH416 (35%)
The Pro Tools Expert VO MIC Blind Listening Test Group 3 - The Large Diaphragm Condensers
- Mic H:Audio Technica 4040
- Mic I: sE Electronics 4400
- Mic J:Sontronics Saturn
- Mic K: AKG 414 (This is the mic that I have and choose to use for all my voiceover work).
MOST PREFERRED: Sontronics Saturn (47%)
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The Pro Tools Expert VO MIC Blind Listening Test - The Pro Tools Super Session
To make auditioning easier now the cat is out of the bag, we have decided to release our Pro Tools super session. This is the original 24 bit 48Khz session mastered to -23 LUFS with a playlist per microphone
More Voiceover Mic Tests To Come
James and I got so carried away having fun doing this test we decided to open things out to a more “boutique level” and make it more interesting. Just what happens with some more esoteric microphones? Stay tuned for more microphone madness….