Got My Eye on You, My Kaotica Eyeball that is!

IMG_0064As you may or may not recall, I acquired a Kaotica Eyeball last fall (Oooh! That rhymed!). Needless to say, I was pretty stoked. I’m always down for finding ways to improve my audio. The only problem was the Eyeball would not fit over my microphone. Bummer! So, the little guy just sat in my study until I did a complete studio makeover! It’s been a few months since I upgraded my equipment and added the Kaotica Eyeball to the mix, so let’s talk about it!

For those of you who don’t know, the Kaotica Eyeball is an acoustic treatment device that isolates and channels sound directly to your microphone. By isolating and channeling sound, the Eyeball is able to accurately capture the pure vocal tone while greatly reducing room reflections and ambient noise.” So yeah. It’s this rad looking sphere that goes over most any microphone. It’s lightweight, has a built-in pop filter, and requires nothing more once slipped over your mic. But the real questions you may have are A) Does it work? And B) Is it worth purchasing? Well, here is my honest opinion:

Bad audio? Ain't nobody got time fo dat!

Bad audio? Ain’t nobody got time fo dat!

The Kaotica Eyeball does work. There’s science behind it! Anyways, I do believe it makes my studio sound cleaner, and it exceeds my expectations for lowering my noise floor. I wish I had recorded some before and afters, but ain’t nobody got time for that.

Is the Kaotica Eyeball worth buying? It does cost about $200. If you have the budget, I say go for it! If you are looking for a way to improve your recording space but don’t have the resources for a complete sound treatment, the Eyeball can help immensely. I also hear the Eyeball is great for travel set-ups. I’m looking forward to testing that out. It makes sense to me. Since travel spaces can be inconsistent, I would think adding the Eyeball to the travel line-up would easily improve less than ideal recording scenarios.

I do want to throw something out there though. I blogged about this years back when writing beauty reviews for a cosmetics app. People can have unrealistic ideas of what a product can do. You have to have reasonable expectations, People. No mascara is going to make stubby lashes suddenly be a mile long. No fad diet is going to make you look like Heidi Klum in one month. No skin cream is going to literally make you look 25 years younger. And…the Kaotica Eyeball is not going to magically make a crappy recording space and setup sound like a professional studio. Like, don’t stick your iPhone in this thing while at a red light to quickly record something and expect oohs and ahhs over the pristine quality of your audio. Because…that is ridiculous. Just stop. Like actually just stop and Prentice Silly - croppedenjoy some tunes on your radio at that red light. Or have a sip of that iced latte and calm the eff down.

That being said, I love my Kaotica Eyeball, and I think it makes a wonderful addition to my studio. I would definitely recommend it. Heck. I like mine so much that I didn’t remove it for my Voxy Ladies profile pics. This thing rocks.

About purrrentice

Fantastic Voiceover? How About PRENTASTIC VOICEOVER?!?! I'm Prentice Osborne, a full-time, freelance voiceover talent out of Atlanta. My specialty is Millennial, teen and everything in between, and I work in multiple genres of VO, from e-learning to games to cartoons to radio and TV ads. I love the entire VO process, from pen to paper, mouth to mic, cursor to waveform. It's totally Prentabulous! Need some voice work? Bring it on, World! Freelance Prentice is here to blow your mind with laughs, creative magic, mad skills, and a little bit of razzle dazzle!
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2 Responses to Got My Eye on You, My Kaotica Eyeball that is!

  1. Deepak says:

    Will the eyeball work in an untreated space? I live near a busy traffic junction, will i still be able to achieve quiet and clean audio with it?

    • purrrentice says:

      The Eyeball will certainly improve your sound floor in an untreated space, but I can’t really say if it will give you the result you want or not (The Eyeball is awesome, but it isn’t a magical, spherical noise destroying wizard). Every recording space is different, so it’s hard to give a definite answer. I do think it is safe to say that a treated space would give better results. I live by a major interstate separated by a metal wall. There is also an air force base near my neighborhood, so I have to wait for planes to pass over sometimes. Lol. I record my VO in a treated closet I converted that is toward the center of my home, and I reduce sounds from within the house as much as I can (turn off air conditioning/heat, close all access to outdoors, turn off noisy appliances near my space, etc). My recordings in there were already adequate, but the Eyeball does make it even cleaner. Let me know what you end up doing. 🙂

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