It can be daunting when first approaching voiceovers and setting up your home studio as there are so many different types of equipment and it’s difficult to know not just what brand to use but what you actually need. In the below, I will tell you what equipment I use, cheaper alternatives and where to find it.
Essentially all you need is a quiet space that has no echo, a microphone and a computer with some editing software. Before I purchased all my equipment I used an old USB mic I had, Audacity (free editing software) and would pull a duvet over my head and there you have it, your own home studio. Of course, this is good for smaller perhaps unpaid jobs, to gain experience and build your portfolio.
If you are going to invest your money in anything when it comes to setting up your own voiceover business I would have to suggest that you put your money into your voice reel as this is what people will hear first. Don’t try and edit your own one together as it is unlikely to sound professional. I used www.voice-reel.com, who not only is fantastic at putting reels together, but also offers a 4 week kickstarter course….for free!