Good Audio recording does require some effort, but good audio recording is as important to your finished product as the recorded video. It’s better to optimize the quality of the audio at the time of recording rather than fixing the substandard audio in after production. Poor audio can ruin everything, even if you employ expensive software to create your podcast or use the best equipment to record videos. The best videos can be underrated if the audio quality is not up to par. The key to producing the best quality sound is to record the clearest audio. With that in mind, here are some essential tips to record better audio.
1. Limit Background Noises
If you want to record clear audio, you have to limit the background noises. You have to be aware of the subtle sounds that could affect the quality of your audio. These sounds may include humming from fans, jingling from your pet’s collar, bird tweets, or traffic noises. Use soundproof materials to insulate the external noises. Although good audio editing tools can be used to remove constant background noise, variable noise cannot be removed easily. Therefore, the key to record clearer audio is to limit background noises.
2. Minimize Echo
Make sure your recording room doesn’t produce echo when you talk or sing. That means the sound you produce to record should bounce minimally off the walls and back to the microphone. Hardwood floors and bare walls will cause a lot of bouncing as there are no objects to absorb the sound. Use materials on your walls and objects in your studio that absorb sound rather than bouncing it. A thick rug or a comforter can do this job. If you intend to record your voice with echo, you can do that in post-production by using the best free recording software programs.
3. Don’t Let Wind Reach Your Microphone
If the wind is hitting your microphone, it can sound terribly loud in the audio recording. While the wind may not sound so loud to your ear, it can cause a lot of distortion in your audio. This wind is the one that comes out of your mouth when you pronounce certain letters and words like ‘p.’ You can block wind from reaching your microphone by using windscreens, dead cats, and pop filters.
4. Upgrade Your Microphone
One of the greatest recording limitations come from the quality of the microphone you use to record your audio. No matter how much you try to control the noises around you, poor quality hardware will affect the quality of your audio. If you are recording video, add an external microphone into the microphone jack of the camera or use a professional microphone to record the audio separately.
5. Use Cue Cards
When the speaker stumbles over his own words, it ruins the flow of the audio. Although it is better to rely on your memory than a script if you want to sound more natural. But when you totally rely on your memory, you are more prone to make mistakes, and you have to start over the recording again. Cue cards are the best solution to this problem. Cue cards have important points written on them that you wish to discuss in your recording. You can use them to refresh your memory at a glance.