5 Quick Tips For Improving Your Audio Recordings

The quality of your recording tells listeners a lot about you. A good quality recording demonstrates a degree of professionalism. Additionally, if people struggle to hear what you’re saying, they just may tune out. Improve your voice recording and boost your business. Here are a few tips to help you do just that….

microphoneUse a Good Microphone

The microphone you use makes a huge difference in the quality of your recording. Many camcorders and computers come with built in microphones that generally don’t pick up sound well and can have background noises and distractions. That’s not to say you won’t get a good recording with the built-in microphone, because it’s possible under the right conditions. Check out condenser microphones for consistent recording quality all the time.

wireless_headsetTurn Everything Off and Listen

Ideally you want to have no background noise at all. If you’re recording from home then aquariums, air conditioners, refrigerators and other ambient noises can interfere with the quality of your audio. Turn off whatever you can hear running in the background before you begin recording.

music_noteAdd Music Later

Some people add audio to their podcasts. The audio file might operate as a sign that the podcast is beginning or ending or it might be part of the podcast itself. For example, a meditation podcast might have soothing music playing in the background. Instead of trying to talk over it, add the music to your recording during the editing phase.

Experiment with the Positioning Of the Microphone

If the microphone is at a bad angle your P sounds may sound harsh. Too close to you, too high or too low and you may get a hissing S. Test your microphone distances and angles until you have the clearest sound. If you’re still hearing P’s and S’s, try adding a pop filter to your microphone, it’s inexpensive and it can make all the difference.

Consistency

While you will have fluctuations in your tone and volume, too much of a variation can cause problems. Your body movements play an important role in these fluctuations. When you’re recording, try to sit relatively still. Find a comfortable sitting position that is a good distance away from the microphone. When you’re relaxed, your breathing will be relaxed too and that will help control your volume.

Another feature that will help maintain a consistent volume and tone will be the placement of your microphone. Try to keep it directly in front of you rather than off to the side.

Finally, make sure to record your audio in a room without an echo effect. Generally if the room has furniture, carpet, and other materials they’ll absorb sound. It won’t bounce and you won’t have to deal with an echo. Test the sound in various rooms in your home or office to find the best space for your podcast. You may be surprised to find that you’re recording in your bedroom or at the kitchen table.

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