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yarg28
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 20, 2017 3:07 pm    Post subject: softer sound - less sibilant Reply with quote

I'm not getting complaints about sibilance but I just notice that it seems pervasive in VO in general and my sound is just bumping up against it.

My only microphone experience is 416, TLM 103, AKG214. What microphones tend to be a bit softer on the "s" and "sh" sounds?

There are quite a lot of reads that I do where I'd love to have a softer sound, elearning, narration, etc.

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Bruce
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 20, 2017 3:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am not a sibilant person, but, every once in a while I let through some hissy noises and I swear it's my equipment, not me. Still, I rethink how I'm enunciating and then roll down the EQ above 7 or 8 thousand and everything's better. If it's occasional I wouldn't worry too much. If it gets worse try the above and if that fails..... see a dentist? Shocked



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PostPosted: Thu Apr 20, 2017 11:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I caught myself worrying about this and then realised that it's the performance of the voice not the EQ of the mic. Capture the audience not the =2db 87,000khz range in the three field system.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 23, 2017 11:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You need a mic that is not hyped in the upper frequency range like the ones you mention. Consider a TLM 193 or 414B-ULS. Either will tame the problem instead of accentuating it.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 23, 2017 2:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Or you're just going batty coocoo with self-conscious conscientousness.

(Suck on that sentence for a while, talkers!)
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 27, 2017 1:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bravo! Sibilance is a nasty unwanted barrier to effective communication. Tape based systems used to soften these nasties to a certain extent. I've owned a TLM 103 and it's a great mic, but, oh those esses can really fly if you're prone to sibilance.

This is a subject and a half...
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Rob Ellis
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 27, 2017 4:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have found the U87ai to handle sibilance quite well, at least on my voice.
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