Old Lyme, CT (January 6, 2012)—Dave Fennoy, the “Voice of Hulu,” heard online daily by 35 million viewers, relies on a Neumann TLM 103 as his workhorse microphone.
Fennoy, who began his career as a musician and then moved into broadcasting, recognized the importance of choosing the right microphone early on. Once he broke into voice acting in the early ’90s, he noticed Neumann U 87 microphones in all the studios he was working in. “I learned that this was in fact the industry standard and that it reproduced sound very accurately,” he recalls. The other microphone he noticed was the Sennheiser MKH 416 shotgun microphone. “This was one of the favorite microphones in Los Angeles—they were being used for on-air promos at all the networks.”
Since then, there have been a few changes in the voiceover industry: the biggest one being that voice acting work has gradually migrated into the home studio with the advent of the DAW. “If your home studio is going to be professional, you’ve got to have the right equipment. For me, that meant it needed to have Neumann and Sennheiser.”
First, Fennoy acquired a Neumann TLM 170 and Sennheiser MKH 416, before adding a TLM 103, a U 87 and a TLM 102 to his collection over the course of several years. But Fennoy’s mic of choice is now the Neumann TLM 103, which he likes because of the detail, clarity and “because it picks up all the nuances of my voice. With the TLM 103, you can get very, very quiet, but it can also handle the sound pressure levels when you want to get loud.”
While travelling, Fennoy takes along his Neumann TLM 102, a compact large diaphragm microphone, recording into an iPad running TwistedWave editing software.