Mics for Voiceover and ADRThe standard LDC (large diaphragm condenser) recording studio mic for voiceover is the venerable Neumann U87, known for it’s broad dynamic range, reliable quality, and availability all over the world. It’s often the first mic I look for in a studio’s mic locker when working with another animation dialogue recording studio. The standard when selecting mics for ADR is the Sennheiser 416 shotgun mic. It has a strongly defined on-axis address which helps to isolate the voice it’s pointing towards. Ninety percent of animation dialogue recording is captured with a U87. These mics are our baseline for recording great sounding reliable audio, day in and day out. Many studios for voiceover recording find the price point of the U87 can be out of reach, but every studio specializing in dialogue should obtain at least one as most professionals, directors, sound supervisors, and post production coordinators rely on these voiceover mics to capture the best performances of their talent. When I first used the U87, I smiled, as I recognized that I was hearing the sound of so many great dialogue recordings and songs that I had listened to my whole life. I rely on the U87 every day as one of the best built voiceover mics for movies and film. —Mark
Initial CommunicationWhen searching online for the best ADR studios in LA or anywhere, one of the best ways to create a short list is by eliminating any that don’t respond in a timely manner. Production managers have hard deadlines for studios completing ADR and looping. Time is a huge factor, as is a courteous and prompt response not just to booking requests but to confirmation of session details or answering any questions.
Project Portfolios and Studio FeaturesThe best ADR studios for live action television, feature films, and voice over for advertising in Los Angeles or other major cities, such as New York or London, will have a number of top clients and interesting portfolios of recognizable work. They are also likely to have a résumé of voice over recording for clients from premiere corporations. When working in smaller markets where studio credits may be less recognizable, the quality of the studio build out, the selection of microphones, and having the most up-to-date technology can signal that a studio has the chops to meet your TV, film, or advertising production needs.
The ApproachIt can be a challenge to vet ADR studios to discover their approach to projects. Do they understand the client’s post production requirements while providing the highest quality service? Can they cater to audio post production workflow specifications? How do they handle media security? Do they offer a comfortable environment for execs and talent? The best ADR studios in Los Angeles or Albuquerque should have clean, modern, and comfortable facilities and offer the technical solutions production managers look for, such as IP-based video services so that production teams from multiple locations can fully interact and engage in each project in real time. The best ADR studios shine in the details. A solid post production studio will take care of everything from having comfortable spaces to the latest audio technology. It will also offer superior client service with a willingness to customize based on a client’s ADR needs. Studio staff will be prompt, locations will have multiple stages and a team of professionals with the best recording and editing equipment in the industry. It takes time to look at the details for every ADR studio from approach to delivery. When you do, you can find an ideal partner to work with on your next project and many more to come.
Recently, we introduced new security measures to protect client assets via high level digital media encryption. Whether working on our ADR or mix stages in LA or New York City, client files can only be played after a 4-layered decryption process on our systems. If you’d like a demonstration or more details about these measures, please contact .
Congratulations to Mickey Mouse Shorts for winning the Annie for Outstanding Achievement for Directing. It was a scream working with the Disney team on “The Scariest Story Ever: A Mickey Mouse Halloween Spooktacular”! We are honored to have recorded the dialogue for several of the 2017 nominees from Disney and Amazon. Thank you for being just amazing to work with!