Voice Recording Tips - Record Better Audio
"The better audio you record, the better the final production."
If you are recording your own audio book, podcast or any other voice over, you will want to capture the best quality sound you can. Unlike post production that needs detailed knowledge and skills to carry out, the recording process can be easy. The better the audio you record, the better the final production.The truth is that by following some simple steps and by having little understanding of what you are doing, then you can come out with very good results. Put it this way: If you have a 2000 dollar microphone and use it in a bad sounding room, with an unsatisfying input setting and wrong positioning, your results will come out bad.. Use an 150 dollar mic in a good sounding room, with good positioning and input levels, you will have better results. Bellow you will find an easy guide on how to have the best results with the equipment you already have.
1. THE ROOM - Know where the sound you are recording is coming from. The signal you will record in a session, does not only come from your voice but also from the room you are in. The sound of your voice travels through the air, hits the walls, the floor and bounces off to another wall creating a "tail" called "reverb" If you are in a room where the sound of your voice reflects on the walls and creates a reverb-echo or boomyness just after you stop talking, most likely that sound will be recorded along with the sound of your voice. This is usually an unpleasant thing and can mess up the quality of your recording.
Tip: Try to record in a quiet room with minimum sound reflections from the walls. You can use furniture to dampen the room, hang things on walls, move around the room and try to find a spot where you hear less reverb-echo or boominess. That will be the best spot to place your microphone.
2. MIC POSITIONING: If you are sitting too far from the mic then your voice will sound distant and you will capture more room sound. If you are too close then the chances are that your sound will distort. Distortion will have a bad impact on the quality of your recording. Where will you sit?
Tip: Place the microphone at the height of your mouth and keep a distance from 15 to 20 cm away from it. Do some test recordings and see where it sounds best to you.
3. INPUT LEVEL: If your input level is too low, then your signal might end up having electrostatic noise and you also lose important frequencies of your voice resulting to a poor sound. If your input level is too high, then again, you will end up distorting your sound and also end up with too much hiss noise from the pre amp.
How to I set the input levels? Normally you would want to have the loudest sound you can have without having the sound distorted. Tip: Put your headphones on and carefully listen to the sound as you are turning up the input level if you are using a pre amp or an audio interface. Position your self towards the microphone and start talking. Keep turning the input level up until the led indicator on your audio interface or pre amp hits RED. Now turn the input down. Try to get the highest level you can WITHOUT ever hitting RED. Red means distortion and clipping. Make some test recording, use the highest volume you think your voice will be as you talk and if it hits red, then either move a bit away from the mic or lower the input level. All pros do some tests and listen to what sounds best before they start .
4. FOCUS ON THE RECORDING: If you are going to record, it would be great if you have prepared in advance, make some test recordings to get into the mood. Dont just read the text. Instead, tell the story. Don't worry about mistakes. They can be removed later on. If you make mistakes, clap your hands once or twice close to mic to indicate a mistake and carry on. Have a glass of water with you, try to talk clean and move the emotion.
5. FREE REVIEW. If you are hesitate about the sound you are capturing feel free to make some test recordings and tell us about it. We will give you a free review and suggestions on how to get the best results with the equipment you already have.
6. When you have recorded your audio it is our job to clean it all up, put it all together and make it sound professional and offer a greater listening experience to your followers.