I've read that it's best to a have mic at a 45 degrees horizontal angle, pointed not towards the mouth, but at some point in front of it. Is it really the case? What advantages does it have?
Currently I own Sennheiser MKH416. I'm looking for the perfect position for my voiceovers. I found two positions that I like:
- for reading: directly in front of my face, ~20cm from it, popfilter directly in the middle.
- for commenting video games (I need to see the whole screen in front of me + keep mouse/keyboard clicks rather quiet): pointing at my mouth from above the screen (~30deg vertical angle), ~20cm distance, no popfilter needed.
Pointing the mic like in the article results in rolling off highs, making it hard to monitor on my mid-focused headphones because I can't hear myself clearly enough. When I review recordings from such tests it is obvious to my ears that it was not a direct speech.
Am I doing something wrong? Do I fool myself into thinking that these highs are good? We all know how our ears can fool us, so I wonder if it's the case. I can hear the difference in highs between using a popfilter and not (that's why I'm using a special popfilter that doesn't affect SQ negatively at all), and I like highs, so maybe I'm oversensitive.
Any help would be greatly appreciated!