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  • Recording sound for Short Film & Voice Overs with Mbox and Rode NT2 mic on WinXP

    Posted by Serg Merci on September 5, 2005 at 2:17 pm

    Hi All,
    I’m new to Creative COW and love it here! I’m an enthustic individual highly interested in putting a short film together for a local festival here in Melbourne-Australia.
    I am some-what familiar with video editing, compositing etc as a hobby. I own a Canon XM2 3CCD camera. I am comfortable with recording, editing an so on, however, I have always been daunted by the “sound” factor. I have read many things on the web about recording sound for film, but still don’t feel confident enough with myself to feel that I have a grasp of “sound for film.”
    I am 27 and a one man show, so to speak, and have been teaching myself as much as possible about film creation. I am in the medical profession and unfortunately, none of my friends or people I know are in the industry of film or sound. So I go to short courses after work (when time permits now and then) and read books and tutorials to educate myself in the art of film making.
    Anyway, my question is this.
    I run Win XP with descent system specs. I use Pinnacle Liquid Edition for my edits. Now, I own a digidesign MBOX with Pro Tools LE 6.4 and a RODE NT2 condenser Mic.
    Is the Mbox with Pro Tools and the NT2 an adequate setup to record film quality sound and voice overs???
    Or do I need something else?
    Like I mentioned earlier, I am on my own and do this for the love of creativity – a hobby. I don’t do this for money, so I am ofcourse, working on a low budget as well.
    Can anyone shed some light on this topic???

    Your responses are much appreciated.
    Melbourne – Australia.

    Serg Merci replied 18 years, 10 months ago 3 Members · 3 Replies
  • 3 Replies
  • David Jones

    September 5, 2005 at 6:27 pm

    You should be just fine.

  • Brian B

    September 13, 2005 at 11:14 pm

    Looks like you’ve done some reading by going with ProTools.
    One suggestion though if you plan on doing some production audio with that Rode mic I would shy away from it. For VO it’ll be fine.

    If you need to do production go with a shotgun.
    Shure SM89
    Sennhieser ME-66
    those three are pretty decesent low-budget mics. But of coarse you get what you pay for. If you want a great mic go with the industry standard Sennhieser MKH416 ($1500 + -)

    Good luck with your films.
    by the way how is the Melborne Film Festival me and some friends are sending out shorts to the festival curcuit and would like to know about that festival?

    Brian B

  • Serg Merci

    September 14, 2005 at 7:27 am

    Thanks for the handy tips Brian,

    Much appreciated.

    The film festival I am looking at entering my short into is called the Sony TropFest. Their website is

    It is an Australian short film festival that attracts BIG names. For example, we had Geoffrey Rush and Brian Singer on the judging panel last year.
    Winners are given great opportunities to do greater things.

    I think it’s only for Australian films made for the Tropfest though. Check out details on the site.

    Otherwise, yeah, it’s my first time doing a film for any festival and I’m going to do my best.
    If you have any further queries, feel free to email me.


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