5 Tips For Recording Audio Like A Pro 

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5 Tips For Recording Audio Like A Pro 

by | Feb 26, 2024 | Uncategorized | 0 comments

Let’s face it: the quality of a video is only as good as its audio. You can have the most beautifully edited videos, but without good audio, your audience will not watch it. There are ways to fix this though.  

Here are 5 tips on how to record audio like a pro: 

  1. Prep your environment 
  1. Work on your vocal projection 
  1. Invest in a microphone 
  1. Use a pop filter to reduce plosives 
  1. Use audio and restoration software in addition to editing software 

Tip #1: Prep Your Environment 

The first thing that needs to be assessed is the environment in which you will be recording. Ideally, you should choose a space that will not reflect your voice back into the mic. Usually a smaller room or even a closet is a good place to record. Additionally, carpeting, wall hangings, curtains, and furniture will help with the acoustics of the room and avoid voice echoes.  

 

Turn off all appliances that create a buzz. Additionally, turn off all smartphones or computers to avoid distractions and noise. Close any windows that might allow outside noise into the room. 

 

If you are recording audio outdoors, make sure to scout the area beforehand to see if additional measures should be taken. Uncontrollable nature sounds (like wind and waves), traffic, and crowds can interfere with sound quality, so you’ll want a place that has as little background noise as possible. 

 

Tip #2: Work On Your Vocal Projection 

Practice boosting the volume of your voice, especially if you tend to talk very softly or are somewhat timid about being recorded. Speak from your diaphragm. You should speak clearly and directly into the mic, the less distance between your mouth and the mic, the better.  

 

If you struggle with speaking loudly, remember that practice makes perfect. Think of singers and performers who take voice lessons to improve their speech and control their voice. You should record yourself, listen, and make adjustments until you are comfortable with the volume of your voice.  

 

Tip #3: Invest In A Microphone 

The type of mic you use depends on what and where you are recording. It is a good idea to have more than one type of mic while recording to use as backup.  

 

Lavalier mics (also called lapel mics) are wired, so the person wearing the mic does not have the freedom to move around much. They are ideal for broadcasting and sit-down interviews because they are discreet and can be moved closer to the mouth if needed.  

 

Handheld mics can be used in a studio or permanent recording area. They are mainly used during concerts, shows, and speeches. Performers sing very close to the mic in order to isolate external sounds and avoid distortion. 

 

Wireless mics are the best choice for on-the-go videographers. They are generally more expensive and allow for freedom of movement. Some of the drawbacks include dealing with low batteries, interference ruining audio, and sound degradation due to its frequency. It is best to have both wireless and wired mics on hand in case a problem occurs with either one. 

 

Shotgun mics are generally used for speeches, conferences, or lectures. Podcasters generally use this type of mic in their studios or recording space. The range in which to capture audio is only 4 to 10 feet. Even a mini shotgun mic attached to your camera can be effective in capturing a clean sound while out on-location when you need the audio to record along with the video.  

 

Tip #4: Use A Pop Filter To Reduce Plosives 

Sometimes when you talk into a mic, the air pressure can cause a pop or sound explosive (hence the word “plosive”). Consonants usually cause plosives. To avoid this, set up a pop filter, which is a screen that absorbs the air made from consonants. This will create a consistent sound. 

 

Tip #5: Use Audio And Restoration Software In Addition To Editing Software 

To take your audio up a notch, the standard video editing software just won’t do. You should look into using a dedicated audio or restoration software to edit out unwanted noises. Peak Pro, Sound Forge, Digital Performer, and Vegas Pro are just a few of the audio software available that will give you more audio editing options. Restoration plug-ins or applications can be used to remove background noises like wind, clicks, pops, or any other noises you don’t want.  

 

In conclusion, these are some simple tips that you can use to create the greatest quality audio. Getting the right sound quality takes some time and patience. Be sure to record audio in numerous locations, whether inside or out, and with different equipment so you can discover what works for you. Remember, good videos and good audio go hand in hand! 

 

 

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