Now that you’ve penned your scripts, it’s time to dive into recording your audio! Let’s be real, most people don’t have a state-of-the-art recording studio but the good news is it’s still possible to achieve broadcast quality results without breaking the bank! In this blog post, we’ll walk through tips on how to get the best possible recording for your SMS-based program.
Set up your recording space properly.
- Alright, first things first, let’s start with the basics – like finding a quiet room. Pay attention to things like noisy fans or refrigerators. Also, keep in mind that materials play a role. Bare walls and hardwood floors can lead to a lot of sound bouncing around and creating echoes. It’s better to opt for a room with more absorbent materials, such as carpet. And hey, don’t overlook the possibility of using a closet!
Consider investing in a decent microphone if possible.
- Make sure to use the highest quality microphone available to you. Avoid relying on the built-in microphone on your computer or phone. Dedicated plug-in microphones, will give you the best results and there are options available at almost any price point.
Put your phone in airplane mode.
- Nothing will disrupt a great recording flow quite like your Mom calling with some family gossip. Just go ahead and switch to airplane mode.
Keep your same distance from the microphone.
- When recording, try to avoid any unnecessary movement. Keep in mind that your microphone is super sensitive, so the distance between you and the mic can make a big difference. Be aware of this and try to maintain a consistent distance, whether that is 2 inches or 8 inches the most important thing is to STAY PUT.
One message at a time… (multiple takes are encouraged).
- When recording, focus on just one audio message at a time. Don’t blast through every audio message on one single hit of “record”. Start with your first message. Once you have a successful take, save the file, take a deep breath, and record it one more time just in case.
Take a moment to pause.
- When you hit ‘record’, try counting to three in your head before you begin talking. Remember, you can always trim later, but you can never get back that extra breath you might need during editing. This rule is also important for the end of your recording.