Audio matters a lot in a video as, without well-recorded audio, your video project will be dramatically worse. With the help of the right equipment and mic placement, recording quality audio is easy. Achieve your success in business with good audio. If the audio quality is not correct, then even if you are a great instructional designer and efficient in creating the most engaging course will all go waste.
All of us might not be fortunate to have a sound booth or an environment ideal for recording audio, but this should not spoil your videos. Continue to read to make sure how to record good audio for your videos.
1. Choose a good quality Microphone
You get the best microphone if you pay the better price. The Right mic is going to give you good audio quality. This does not mean that inexpensive microphones will not do well. Keep in mind some of the tips while purchasing a good quality microphone. There is a lot of difference when low-quality audio with the same narration is recorded with a better microphone. You need not spend a lot of money to get a decent microphone for recording purposes. Check it out and buy a good quality mic.
Even a desktop mic gives more control over the audio quality. Choose an unconditional mic as it records sound from one direction instead of going for an Omnidirectional mic that records sounds from all directions. An unconditional mic is great for recording narration since it picks up the sound coming from the narrator only and hence won’t be able to get a lot of the ambient noise.
2. Keep a Consistent Environment
You can take control of all the sounds in a recording studio. It would be best to take control of the recording environment for recording audio in better quality. This will prevent you from taking retakes at different times. Maintain a consistent environment and procedures to record the audio quality better.
• Maintain the same settings and use the same room on your computer, and set up the microphone.
• Use a mic stand and measure the recording distance if you are using a desktop microphone so that the next time you record the same setup.
3. Dampen the Sound
Usually, in the recording studio, the walls are designed to absorb the sound wave, and you can also use them. Cubicle walls are designed to absorb sound. You can prefer to use your office to record which has a small cubicle set up.
You can convert a storage closet into a makeshift recording room. Place rails on the walls and hang some blankets from them. Books help to dampen the echo of the room. They cover the hard surfaces and also absorb some of the extra noise. To make it the professional way, add some acoustic materials like a sound dampening panel or acoustic foam.
4. Rid of the Ambient Noise as you can
Sometimes there is complete silence, and you can listen to your recording and start to pick up all sorts of noise. Usually, the sound comes when you are about to record something. This can be audible to you when you listen to your recording and listen to all sorts of noise. Some organizations pipe up with ‘White noise,’ so it is easier to concentrate and be less distracted by surrounding conversations.
If you want to get rid of the noise, you have to gain control over –
- Switch all the machines in the office like the fans and air conditioners.
- The microphone should be placed away from the computer. The computer makes fan noise, which goes unnoticeable and can be avoided.
- Tell everyone around you to be quiet, or you can put signs on the door.
5. Sample Recording
Take a sample recording with your microphone that you will use, and then listen to the recording. Listen to it carefully. You can now eliminate the noise before you start to record. It is preferable to capture about 30 seconds of what the room will sound when it is quiet.
The audio can be used while editing and apply a noise removal effect to it. Of course, you will not be able to get rid of big problems but can make your audio sound better.
Ways to remove the background noise from your recording
While editing the video, you can remove the noise which has been recorded in your video. Audacity is a tool wherein you can export your audio tracks to clean them up. In this way, you might have to re-sync your audio and video again.
If you have already cut the clips in the timeline, then the efficient way to remove noise is by editing your audio and video.
Camtasia has a built-in noise removal feature that easily enables you to reduce the background noise from your recording.
The removal of noise on the timeline enables you to save the trouble of importing and exporting back and forth from an external program and is easy to make quick changes.