When you’re preparing for audio recording and purchase your microphone, it’s important for you to know how to use it effectively. This post will guide you through the correct strategies to use and to care for your microphone.
Tip #1 – Get High-Quality Microphone for Audio Recording
I have a few options for high-quality microphones – Zoom H4N, Blue Snowball, and Blue Yeti. You can use your Zoom H4N with a lavaliere microphone. You can pin the wireless lavaliere to your shirt and get an incredible audio recording. If you’re using a lavaliere (also known as a lapel mic), place it about eight inches from your mouth. Don’t place it too low, or you’ll get too much of a bass noise from your chest.
Tip #2 – Proper Microphone Usage for Audio Recording
Make sure the microphone is facing up towards your mouth to get the best audio recording output. Also, if you change the direction of your head it may affect the audio. So, try to look in one direction while recording. I love the ease of the lavaliere and the sound it gives you.
If you have a USB microphone, invest in a pop guard. When you say words with letters such as “p”, for instance, there is sometimes a puff of air going directly into the microphone that distorts the sound. The pop guard helps filter out these annoying sounds.
Try to stay the same distance away from the microphone for each lesson. You don’t want to sound louder in one lesson and softer in another. This may become very annoying to the viewer. Additionally, you never want to hit the peak point of your audiometer. The three-quarter mark is the best sign. If you’re looking at a decibel meter, a record between -12 and -6 dB for great audio. On the Zoom H4N, the recording level is on the device itself and not on the computer. So, ensure you check your device if you can’t find the meter on your computer.
Tip #3 – Choose Convenient Audio Recording Environment
The third and final tip that I need to give you is to create your own audio recording environment. It’s really hard to get rid of environmental noises like cars outside or loud neighbours. However, you can minimize it by closing all the windows and doors, turning off the air conditioning, and turning off any electronics that may be creating a buzzing or whirring sound.
Try to make the environment for the Audio Recording as quiet as possible. Even hard floors and walls create a weird echo. You can address this by recording in a room with carpet or even putting a blanket on the floor and pillows or a blanket on the wall. Placing additional furniture in the room will also absorb some of the sounds that you don’t want to be recorded on the microphone. You can edit background noise out of your audio using the free application, Audacity. YouTube has lots of great tutorials for getting rid of background noise.
Build your own audio studio by placing pillows and blankets around the room. Practice recording audio and listen to it afterward. Try to find sounds that may be annoying to a listener and get rid of them if you can.