Getting a good sound recording quality is a dream for a musician. With a simple way and simple technology, it can be realized.
1. Invest in a good quality microphone
When it comes to microphones, you typically get what you pay for. A good mic is going to give you good audio quality. This isn’t to say that you can’t make do with an inexpensive microphone.
But the truth is that when you compare the acceptable low-quality audio with similar narration recorded with a better microphone, there is a noticeable difference. The good news is that you don’t have to spend a lot to get a decent microphone for recording narration.
Personally, I prefer a desktop mic because it gives me more control over the audio quality. Plus, I find it kind of gross sharing a headset mic if I have to record someone else. But that’s just me.
When choosing a microphone, your best bet is to go with a unidirectional mic. It records sound from one direction. This is great for recording narration because it only picks up the sound coming from the narrator, so you won’t get a lot of the ambient noise.
2. Maintain a consistent environment.
- Try to use the same room and maintain the same settings on your computer and the microphone set up.
- If you’re using a desktop microphone, use a mic stand and measure the recording distance so that the next time you record you have the same set up.
- Use a screen to help prevent the popping p’s that plague so many amateur recording sessions.
3. Get rid of as much of the ambient noise as you can
- Unplug office machines. Turn off fans and air conditioners.
- Place your microphone away from your computer. You might not realize it, but your computer makes a lot of fan noise.
- Tell everyone around you to be quiet. Put signs on the door :D, do whatever you have to do to get rid of the noise.