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Do I Really Need Headphones?



It's a Voice Actor's Secret Weapon...

As a voice actor, I practically live in my studio, working on audios and recordings. Headphones are essential in my line of work, and for me, they need to meet two key criteria: comfort and accuracy. That's why I absolutely love my Audio-Technica headphones. They not only come in fantastic colors like red, orange, and blue, which adds a stylish touch to my brand when I'm in front of the camera, but they're also incredibly comfortable. Since I wear them for extended periods, comfort is a big deal for me. These headphones are lightweight and ergonomic, ensuring I can focus on my work without getting a headache or a sore neck. Plus, they come with both long and short cables for flexibility.

Fun Fact: The colors are limited edition. The latest addition is the 'Ice Blue.'

Quality is crucial for a voice actor's headphones. You don't want headphones designed for enhancing music like Beats. Studio headphones like Audio-Technica offer a true and unaltered sound. You want to edit and hear your true voice as it is, without any additional bass, treble, or warmth adjustments. That's why I prefer closed-back headphones. They isolate outside sounds effectively during live directed sessions, preventing feedback into the microphone. While open-back headphones offer comfort and breathability, I stick with closed-back for their comfort.

 

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My Headphone Recommendations

Here are a handpicked collection of headphones that have been my faithful companions throughout my voice over journey. As a dedicated professional, I love discovering an amazing pair of headphones. Join me on this exploration of exceptional audio gear, and let's uncover the secret to immersing yourself in flawless soundscapes.


Red Tula USB C Microphone

These cans are a voice actor's dream with their plush comfort for long sessions, precise sound quality that brings out vocal nuances, and excellent noise isolation. The DT770 Pro 80 Ohm headphones offer a superbly balanced sound signature. The bass response is rich and full without being overpowering, which is crucial for voice actors looking for that clear, articulate tone. The mids and highs are crystal clear, allowing you to hear every nuance in your voice and your audio projects. Whether you're narrating an audiobook or diving into character work, these headphones give you the clarity and precision you need. They're durable and designed to handle the rigors of our work.


Black TLM 103 Microphone

Comfort is key when you're in the studio for hours on end, and the ATH-M50s excel in that. The cushioned earcups and adjustable headband make them comfortable for extended wear. Let's talk about sound quality. These headphones offer a balanced sound profile. The bass is punchy without overpowering the mids and highs, which is crucial for voiceover work and music production. When I'm recording voiceovers or editing audio, I can trust that I'm hearing every detail accurately. One standout feature is the closed-back design, which provides excellent noise isolation. It keeps external sounds out and your audio in, ensuring a focused and professional recording environment.


One of the best thing about the ATH-M50s are that they come in so many colors. Black, grey, white, red, blue, purple, orange. And they're always coming out with limited edition colors!


Want more recommendations? Check out my Studio Gear guide >>

The world of headphones is vast and diverse, offering something for everyone. Whether you're an audiophile chasing sonic perfection or someone simply seeking a reliable pair for everyday use in the booth, the right headphones can make all the difference. So, equip yourself with the knowledge you've gained, trust your ears, and embark on your own audio adventure. Your perfect pair of headphones is out there, waiting to transport you to a world of unparalleled sound


Check back soon for more recommendations!

Thanks for reading,

XO

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About Anne Ganguzza

Recipient of multiple Voice Arts Awards for Outstanding Narration Demo - Anne Ganguzza is California-based Voice Over Coach and award-winning Director & Producer specializing in target-marketed voiceover Demo Production. Anne's production team creates SOVAS-nominated demos across several genres, including Commercial, Corporate Narration, and eLearning, and her VO BOSS podcast is the winner of SOVAS Outstanding Podcast in 2022.


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