How to get the most from your Rode NT1A Microphone, M-Audio Fast Track Interface
First my previous microphone - Behringer C1.
Used to use a Behringer C1 Microphone and found this microphone to be a little difficult to get the right sound. It was listed as being a Podcasting Microphone and states studio quality, I didn't find this.
My present microphone - Rode NT1A and M-Audio Fast Track Interface.
I decided to go for a Rode NT1A with M-Audio Fast Track Interface. Wow! what a difference is all I can say. Very pleased with the Rode brand of mic. The microphone and my voice work hand in hand to produce a warm, tonal crisp sound. Best use in my opinion is to stay about two fists away from the mic and put a pop shield in this area between you and the mic. Try to get rid of as much sound as possible from your recording space so that you don't have to noise reduce (NR) after. What you put in to the recording is more important than over editing extensively afterwards.
If you are new to voice over, you can't go wrong in my opinion with this mic and as long as bought it from a recommended dealer Rode will give you a 10 year full guarantee free of charge.
As usual pay attention to acoustics at the back wall of the mic and make sure you have some blankets or some sound absorbing material handy on facing walls to cut down on room echo that bounces the sound back in to the mic.
The biggest mistake most newbies make is either too much acoustic foam in the wrong places or none at all. Never disregard a simple thick blanket to help in your acoustics, even some of the big players still use some blankets strategically placed for there acoustic set-up, or some other kind of sound absorbing material, something to absorb the sound rather than to send it back at you and into your mix.
Good luck and make sure you enjoy your voice overs. It is not just about the money!!!