13125: A $59 VO Insurance Policy
Hey there, hero!
They’ve done it again.
I don’t know how long it will last, but AudioTechnica has lowered the price on the AT-2020 USB Plus (the microphone I use and recommend and teach people with)…again.
Earlier in the year, the price dropped from $149 to $100…then it dropped a couple of months later to just $70.
With no drop in quality.
And they now dropped the price to less than $60. Here’s the link:
So let’s consider the purchase of a second, spare mic as a really cheap insurance policy.
Make sense to you? Let me know in the comments below.
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real quick I have what is essentially a
one penny less than 60 dollar insurance
policy for you right now in this episode
of the vo Heroes podcast
nothing we put in our Studios is
permanent even though it can appear to
be uh everything has a shelf life and
that includes cameras and lenses and
computers and earbuds and microphones
and there’s never a good time for those
devices to fail and fail they will
eventually sometimes a lot longer years
decades as opposed to months or days but
it can happen
and one thing that you can do is you can
be prepared for that especially if you
consider yourself to be a professional
that makes their living doing this sort
it might be a good idea for you to take
out an insurance policy on those things
that are most acute in terms of Need For
What You Do
and right now I don’t know how I mean I
do know how but I don’t I still don’t
believe that they’ve achieved these
economies of scale but they somehow have
because I’ve tested the new microphones
and they work great they sound exactly
like the old ones but they’re less less
than half the cost okay so today I go on
and the at2020 USB plus microphone that
I use for my voiceover work is one penny
less than 60 dollars
I don’t know how they do it
I just like saying that I don’t it’s a
mystery to me but here’s the thing you
can take advantage of this
and use it as a very inexpensive
insurance policy just in case you plug
your microphone into your computer and
it doesn’t work
I would get a second one I would also
get a second set of earbuds I would also
get uh some sort of backup disks for
your computer and I have a whole a whole
crazy over engineered thing about that
but right now sixty dollars is a small
price to pay for you to be able to say
oh this isn’t working let’s put a
replacement in place or to carry around
with you when you’re on travel so that
you don’t have to move the one that’s on
your desktop right so
I didn’t I didn’t uh plan on doing this
episode about this but the fact of the
matter is is that this seems to me to be
a no-brainer especially since it’s so
Central to what we do so if you go to
Amazon right I got a link for you in the
show notes uh if you go there it’s 59.99
it may be different when you end up
going there but right now as I’m
recording this as I’m releasing this to
everybody less than 60 dollars for the
central core pickup device for all of
our work in voiceover at least for me
and for my students and for my clients
and for many of you so if you want to
get a spare just just in case now is a
good time to do it and it seems like a
pretty cheap insurance policy do you
have this approach with other things let
me know in the comments below I’d love
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the 17th I thank you so much for
watching and for listening go get that
spare okay yeah and I will see you in
the next episode of the vo Heroes
Done. It’s now a dollar even cheaper. Just got it for $57.99.
About 6 years ago my old AT2020USB didn’t survive a move. I must have not packed it carefully. I kept thinking it was my new recording space. I frantically called you, David, and you calmly replied, “I’m gonna recommend you get a new mic(rophone).” I did, problem fixed.
I have clients who expect a quick turn around for IVR work. So I definitely don’t want to be stuck again!! Great advice, thank you for sharing.
Wow! $57.99 as I write this! What a deal!
Done! Thank you, David, for the heads-up.