How to record audio like a pro

How to record audio like a pro

Have you ever wanted to compose and record your own song? Maybe you need to record a phone call to someone. Perhaps you’re looking for the perfect soundtrack for a video or slideshow you created. Here’s how to record audio, depending on the source you’re recording and the type of audio you need.

Voice Recordings

How to record audio like a pro

Plenty of options exist for a simple voice recording. Telephone microphones are designed to pick up the normal range of the human voice. This gives you several options for creating a voice memo on your phone. The first way is a simple answer that works no matter what type of phone you have: Leave yourself a voicemail.

If you have a smartphone, your options are expanded quite a bit. Evernote is one of my favorite program for all types of notes, including audio notes. If you’re unfamiliar with Evernote, this video will give you the basics to get started, and this video will show you how to record an audio note. Using Evernote, you can easily access your voice audio recordings from both your smartphone and PC/Mac.

Recording Phone Calls

How to record audio like a pro

Recording a phone call is a little different. Every state has different laws on whether or not you need to inform the other party prior to recording a phone call and the purpose of such recording. This is why you hear a recorded warning that “this call may be recorded for quality purposes” when calling customer service. For specific information on such laws where you live, check out the Digital Media Legal Project’s phone and conversation recording page here

Once you understand the legal ramifications of your actions, you need to decide among your options. If you have a smartphone, download TapeACall Pro from iTunes for $9.99 or Auto Call Recorder from Google’s Play Store for $6.99. These apps allow you to record phone calls from your smartphone with no extra equipment needed.

If you’re still using an old cell phone or want to record a phone call from a landline phone, the Olympus VN-702PC Voice Recorder is a great option. Simply hook it up to your phone’s headphone jack and hit record. If your phone doesn’t have a headphone jack (common in old corded phones), you’ll need an additional adapter to utilize the phone’s handset jack for call recording.

Recording Live Musical Instruments

While voice recording is easy, things get a little more complicated when recording music. This is because each instrument has unique attributes. It used to be that the only way to obtain a professional recording of a musical instrument was to pay professional fees for a professional studio with tens of thousands of dollars of equipment. Those days are long gone, but the art and science of audio recording isn’t.

How to record audio like a pro

The first thing you need is recording software. Macs come equipped with a home audio recording and production program called GarageBand. Find more about how to use it here. PC users aren’t as lucky with preinstalled software, but that’s okay. Regardless of what type of computer you use, Pro Tools, the software used by professional recording studios, comes free with the audio recording equipment you’ll need.

The 3 pieces of hardware needed for a professional audio recording are a microphone, mic cable, and computer interface to connect it to your computer. Professional studios use the Shure SM-57 as an all-purpose instrument microphone. It’s capable of making professional, CD-quality audio recordings from just about any instrument. You should be able to find one for $100 or less at your local music store. Otherwise, click this link to purchase one from Amazon.

You’ll also need an audio interface device. The M-Audio MobilePre is a great all-in-one solution that comes with a basic copy of Pro Tools and a USB cable to hook it up to your computer. You can purchase one from Amazon here. Once you have a mic and interface, all you need is a microphone cable to connect everything and you’re ready to start producing professional, CD-quality music recordings.

File Conversion Software

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No matter how you record your audio, chances are you’ll eventually need to convert the audio file to another format. While most recording software has options to do this, occasionally you need to play or create a file format that isn’t supported.

Audacity is the most expansive and intuitive program for this process. Download the free program from their website, and drag and drop the file you wish to convert. You can perform minor tweaks to the file and save to a large variety of the most popular audio formats.

If you’re on a public or work computer and can’t download software, learn how to convert audio files to MP3 on the web for free here.

Audio Recording Tips

How to record audio like a pro

Audio recording is both an art and a science. Recording professionals go to school for 2-4 years to learn the basics, and it takes years of practice to find the exact settings and style that work for you. Here are a few tips to get you started:

How to record audio like a pro

It takes time to find your own techniques and develop a unique sound whether it is musical or for audio mixing. No lessons or tutorials will make you the best you can be overnight. Only working at something with consistency, diligence and passion will perfect your craft.

These simple tips will help you get your projects done faster, with better quality, and guide you to develop technical knowledge to start producing professional results. I have developed these tips over many years from trial and error and I am still learning after 20 years in the industry.

1. Acoustically Treat Your Studio

One important issue that people overlook is sound treatment. Now, we say sound treatment because we are not soundproofing here. Soundproofing is when you totally isolate and block sound from transmitting to another room or space and vice versa. Here we want to reduce sound reflections and bass.

Mixes not translating?

If you have an untreated room, you may find that you are not getting accurate references to your mixes. Ever mix your song and played it in your car just to find you had too much or too little bass? This is because your room may amplify the bass or absorb too much bass in the room. There might be a lot of sound reflections causing you to make the wrong EQ choices. You will need to treat the room with bass traps and acoustic foam.

Treating the entire room can get expensive so just treat the main problem areas in the room. This means corners, reflections, and walls. You can also search for acoustic foam on eBay and Amazon that are more affordable and still give satisfactory results.

  1. Use bass traps in the corners that may reflect sound and build up the bass. This is a very important treatment to make. It will also reduce flutter echos.
  2. Get rid of reflective items in the studio that may cause sound issues. This includes mirrors, metal objects, metal trash cans, and flat surfaces.
  3. Carpet treat the floor. This will save you money on treating the ceiling.
  4. Add studio absorption wall foam to certain parts of the wall. You can have someone move a mirror around the walls while you sit in the mixing position. Anytime you see a speaker in the mirror, that section of the wall needs to be treated with an acoustic panel.

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2. Invest in a Quality Microphone and Interface

If you are recording live sound sources such as voice and instruments, you need to make sure you have a quality microphone and preamp to capture the sound. If you use a cheap microphone and preamp, your end result will not suffer. The mixing process will be more difficult and the final mix will never be as good as it could have been.

3. Make a Session Template

In your audio software program, make a session template. This is a template with all the tracks labeled, basic plug-ins inserted on each track, sends with buses, and initial settings for recording. You will use the custom templates when starting a new project. The goal here is to save time! You will be amazed how much time you will save in the production process with specific templates designed for sessions and artists.

You can make session templates like the following:

  • 2.0 stereo
  • 5.1 surround sound
  • hip hop, pop, rock, classical, etc.
  • Commercial and post audio

4. Make Custom Presets for each Artist

Another great tip is to make individual plug-in settings for each artist you record. This way when you record, you just bring up the plug-in setting for the artist and you are ready to go. You will save time preparing and processing the tracks during a session. Each artist should have a custom preset. One preset for one artist won’t necessarily work for another.

5. Record with Flat EQ and Light Compression at the Front-end

How to record audio like a pro

Audio engineer recording an artist in the production studio.

Have you ever had to re-record or punch in a vocal performance days later? After you have re-record, does the new recording sound different and just doesn’t blend in with the previous takes? You then spend hours trying to EQ and process the track to no avail.

The Front-end Settings

The most critical setting to keep consistent is at the front-end of the DAW. You want your mic, preamp, mixer, and interface to be at the default setting as you go from session to session. This will keep continuity to your productions when recording. You should change and customize the tracks inside the DAW to fine-tune the sound without changing the original audio signal.

Audio Compression and Filtering

Use light compression, just enough to tame the dynamics of the vocal performance or instrument while recording. You can never remove compression on audio after it’s been recorded. You can add as much compression as your heart desires after the fact in the DAW.

If your microphone is picking up a lot of low-end rumbles, you can try enabling a high-pass filter on the microphone itself (if it has a high-pass filter) or on the interface. Try not to filter out low frequency above 75Hz.

How to record audio like a pro

If you are not exploring all your smartphone’s breathtaking features, you aren’t getting the real value for your hard-earned money. Yes, you read that right! No doubt, your phone does more than making/receiving calls and sending tons of messages.

Narrowing it down, you shouldn’t just gift yourself an iPhone because it’s from a big brand. Nope! Instead, you should enjoy all its fantastic capabilities. Out there, many people have no idea how to record audio on their iDevices. For some reason, they don’t seem to give a hoot. So, if you don’t know how to record iPhone audio, you are not alone. However, rest assured that your narrative will change after going through this guide. Without much ado, get ready for you aha moment!

Part 1. How to record iPhone audio on the device

Perhaps you didn’t know, iPhone allows you to record audio in pages, numbers, and keynote documents. You can edit and play the recording backward at your convenience. How awe-inspiring! With the built-in microphone, you can record audio. Aside from the built-in microphone, you can use a Bluetooth headset and a compatible headset.

How to record audio like a pro

To do that, you should follow the steps below:

Step 1: Open the document and tap the Add + button. Afterward, you have to tap the Media button.

Step 2: You have to tap the Record button to start recording at once.

Step 3: When you are done recording, you can stop it by tapping the Stop (notice the difference between Record and Stop). Afterward, you will find the clip at the audio editor close to the bottom of the screen.

Step 4: At this juncture, you can pat the Preview button. You can still swipe through left and right to preview it from a specific point.

Part 2. How to screen record with sound on iPhone with built-in feature

You see, screen recording from your iPhone is no brain surgery. In this segment, you will learn how to screen record with sound on iPhone. Note that the built-in recorder in question will only record the internal sound of your iDevice by default. However, you can also set it to record your voice during screen recording.

Step 1: The first step is to add a screen recording icon to your home (Control Center). If you have iOS 14 or later, you should make your way to Settings > Control Center > More Controls (Please note that it is Customize Control in iOS 13 and the older versions). Later, you have to scroll down and then pat the round symbol with the + sign.

Step 2: From the bottom of your smartphone, swipe the screen upwards. Nevertheless, you need to do the opposite if you use iPhone X or later. In other words, you have to swipe downwards from your screen’s upper-right corner.

Step 3: Once you have taken the previous step, you have added the icon. Now, you should press the round icon with a hole in it and pat the microphone. Notice that the icon was not previously there. However, it appeared because you enabled the screen recording. Once you hold the icon, it will enable your microphone, which allows you to add audio to it. More importantly, you will see many different operations to choose from. The mic is off at this time, but you should turn it on.

Step 4: Hit the Start Recording button tab.

Step 5: To stop the activity, open the Control Center and tap the round red button at the top of the screen. You will see the recorded clip on your screen as an icon. To watch it, you should tap it. Afterward, it starts playing.

Part 3. Sound screen recording apps for iPhone

Alternatively, you can download a sound screen recording app to do it for you. As you know, when you have multiple ways of accomplishing a task, it makes the task more fun.

How to record audio like a pro

Now I’m just wondering is there anyway to make live recordings sound like studio recordings. Because i have a whole load of live recordings i want to make a clearer sound to. but I’m not sure how. is there any software or tips you could give me? it dosn’t have to be perfect just cleaned up if you know what i mean?

thanks for any response in advance.

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How to record audio like a pro

Hell Your Barry Gibb you should already know these things. LOL

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lol i wish. but serriously someone help me if you can?

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BarryGibb wrote: First off sorry if this is in the wrong place?

BarryGibb wrote: First off sorry if this is in the wrong place?

Now im just wondering is there anyway to make live recordings sound like studio recordings . it dosn’t have to be perfect just cleaned up if you know what i mean?

thanks for any response in advance.

You will have to select your operating system, as I haven’t a clue what it is. Well, I know it operates, but is it a Gates or a Job? This century or last century, that type of thing.

One that caught my ear is EasyTools, only because it is a sweet suite.

http://audacity.sourceforge.net
Well recieved and free audio production software, Audacity, has a few “noise” removal tools.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Audio_restoration
A broad primer on audio restoration with links to high quality, cost based, restoration software.

I did some “clean up” on stuff I found on 1/4 inch tape and cassettes of bands from many years ago. One thing I can say from personal experience: Lower your expectations.

When you lower your expectations you may find that you can get comfortable with your results easily. Thats a good thing.

Alternative is, you keep thinking “this crappy software just isn’t doing the job” and you get locked into thinking to yourself that you can get more out of the audio restoration then is mechanically possible.

They say take it easy and have fun with it. I say ditto.

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So much of it depends on how it was recorded in the first place.

So much of it depends on how it was recorded in the first place. If you’ve got good isolation for each track, you should be able to clean things up, gate and mute as needed, etc. etc. If it’s all close-mic’d, you’ve got a good shot at clean, crisp tracks without a lot of ambience – unless you WANT ambience, of course.

I have done a number of recent live recordings on fairly large stages, with lots of mics on anything that made sound. One was a muliti-mic/instrumental & vocals folk festival recording, and the other one was a 90 piece orchestra with two soloists in the front, and dual choirs in the back (120 adults, 100 children’s choir). Both recordings were surprisingly dry in both cases, largely due to the deadness of the area they were performing in (although the halls themselves were large and fairly ambient out past the proscenium arch area.)

When tracking shows like these, I actually put two mics out in front on the audience/hall to capture ambience and applause, etc. that gets lost with all the close mic’ing. Even so, I often have to dial in a little room sim to get it sounding live.

Again, if you close mic and capture it all onto separate tracks, you should do OK when it comes time back at the studio to mix it all.

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There are many variables. The venue is likely not a small acous

There are many variables. The venue is likely not a small acoustically treated space. Like J said, separation/bleed is a big deal.

Musicianship is usually my biggest barrier. Studio tracks have samples, loops, lots of layers of sounds to get big meat drum sounds sometimes. The instruments, backline, etc must be top notch.

There is an endless list. All you can do is capture what it there.

When you mix, you will not be able to hyper compress like modern pop/rock studio albums are compressed. our noise floor is huge and you will have the bleed through from other sources that will conflict with any overdubbed/corrected parts.

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BarryGibb wrote: Now im just wondering is there anyway to make l

To “help” answer your question. lemme ask one. Why would you want to do that? Live recording is not the same as a studio recording.

Not sure if I completely understand what you are looking to clean up. Live recordings are going to have the bleed and ambiance of the venue. period. You’ll have crowd noise, and interaction. That’s what makes it “live”! You kill all that and it’s just another studio track, which I’ve found is just about impossible to do.

Funny, most people at some point want a studio recording to sound live.

Can you be a bit more specific in what you’re trying to clean up? (drums, gat, bass, crowd, vox, etc. )

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MadMax is right on. Most people like live shows because they DO

MadMax is right on.

Most people like live shows because they DO have dynamics sans normalization and too much limiting.

How to record audio like a pro

Record narration and timings for your presentation to give it a professional and polished feel.

Record narration and timings

Select Slide Show > Record Slide Show.

Choose from two options:

Record from Current Slide – to record from a specific slide

Record from Beginning – to record from the beginning of a presentation

When you’re ready, select Record and start speaking.

To record from a specific slide, go to it, and then select Record.

Note: Narration won’t record when slide transitions happen so let these play first before you start speaking.

Manage narration and timings

There are different ways to manage recordings in your presentation:

Pause – to pause a recording

Stop – to end a recording

Replay – to replay a recording

Pen, Highlighter, or Eraser – use the pen, highlighter, or eraser tools to mark up your recording

Remove narration or timings

An audio icon appears on a slide when narration’s available.

You can also remove narration or timings from your slide.

If you’re in record mode, select Clear.

Choose from two options:

Clear Recording on Current Slide – to delete narration and timings on the current slide

Clear Recording on All Slides – to delete narration and timings from all slides at once

Save a recording

When you’re done recording, save and share your presentation as a PowerPoint file or video.

Select File.

Choose an option like Save or Export.

Your recording will automatically play when someone opens the presentation.

How to record audio like a pro

Can we move sound recordings partially or even completely to the iPhone or iPad? Can you achieve as convincing a result as with professional audio equipment? Here come the answers.

Smartphones and tablets have long since become pocket-sized computers. They offer performance and storage capacities which should also allow the recording of audio formats commonly used in film! For image capture, there are already some examples that impressively show that the smartphone can serve as a camera. Be sure to read the article on how to make an iPhone video.

Using iPhone or iPad for Sound Recording

Let’s start from the following question: What is available to me in the Zurich area if I had an assignment in a few days’ time that required my work on the set for sound recordings as well as in audio post-production?

At the end of 2017, my esteemed colleague Tino Scherer from Light + Byte sent me some pictures. He had equipped his new iPhone X with microphones from the company Røde. Microphones specifically designed for good sound recording for the iPhone/iPad. Or which can be connected to it without any problems.

I let him know that he had made me very curious and that I would pay him a visit at Light + Byte. Their range of products is tools that also appeal to the broad market and are accessible and ready for testing by everyone.

The microphones, which were used in this article for the tests to sound recordings, come thus as already mentioned from the Australian company Røde as well as from the Japanese manufacturer Zoom. Røde and Zoom both make products that are tailored to Apple devices (only). Sorry, dear android people.

Further, I don’t want to get too technical in this series of articles about sound recording. That’s because it’s meant to appeal to anyone interested in audio recording with an iPhone or iPad, not discourage it. At the end of the day, it’s what we hear that counts. And this pleases us. Or we just don’t like it. My main interest in testing was therefore always the result, which I finally got to hear.

Fundamental: What makes good sound?

It goes without saying that when it comes to microphones for sound recording with smartphones and tablets, it is also an advantage if you already have experience in the field of music, sound design and recording, know the audio terminology and therefore know where and how to get the maximum out of such a product.

It doesn’t get more technical than this section to sound recordings – promise!

The recorded audio signal should have a sampling of at least 48kHz and higher in the film range and a bit depth of 24 and higher. The signal should therefore be allocated 48,000 fixed points in time every second.

A bit depth of 24 means that a signal 2 can assume 24 dynamic states: this results in 16’777’216 states. The sampling rate thus stands for the number of samples taken on the horizontal (time), while the bit depth stands for the dynamic range and thus for the vertical (amplitude). In addition, one works with uncompressed file formats such as .wav or .aiff.

We would like to record audio tracks with our smartphone and tablet, which are also suitable for post-production. It is important to leave so called ‘headroom’ for sound recordings. In digital audio, the conventional measurement scale is dbfs (Decibell fullscale). Here, threshold 0 marks the absolute maximum before it becomes ugly and unusable.

At 0 we have no more headroom: digital clipping is the consequence.

What is clipping?

Clipping (exceeding the maximum dynamic range, which can vary depending on the bit depth) is not good and sounds unpleasant. So on set you want to make recordings that are not fully modulated. Not too strong, not too weak. A voice at normal volume may fill the level bar by two thirds or more (up to -6). The audio material is further optimised in post-production. It needs headroom for that.

I mentioned earlier the outcome and how we see this as either good or just bad. Sound lives from details.

Let me put it this way:

A so-called sine tone has no personality in sound recordings. Personality creates the overtones. A sine tone has none of these overtones because it consists of a ‘perfect’ waveform. In other words, a sine tone with a frequency of 440Hz and the A-string of a guitar (the second thickest, which is tuned to 440Hz) sound exactly the same without overtones. Without these small nuances, which give a sound personality, people, animals and instruments would sound as similar as the start signal at a ski world cup race.

Sounds, unlike tones, do not have a dominant frequency. A waterfall, for example, produces a noise that covers the entire spectrum perceivable by humans (20Hz-20kHz). However, no fundamental tone can be established here, as is the case with a voice.

Microphones should therefore be capable of meeting and recording these sound-ethical demands. There are microphones that are better for voices and others that are better for sounds.

What is good sound?

And let’s face it, really good sound can only really be judged by a handful of people when it comes to sound recording. And secondly, you need the appropriate equipment to reproduce the tonal finesse in detail. Oh yes, and then we would need a room which distributes the sound waves optimally and passes them on to our hearing. All well and good. But I’m sure it will be different by the time of the final 5.1 or 7.1 mix, where it makes a lot of sense to mix and master this in a facility created for that purpose.

Therefore: Enjoying sounds in a studio costing millions is certainly not bad. But it does not correspond to the reality for sound recordings. It’s a bit like the writer who can only write on his 10,000 franc Mont Blanc ballpoint pen.

The series of articles on sound recording with iPhone and tablets

All about sound recording with iPhone and tablets:

  • Sound recording with iPhone or iPad: the ultimate guide (this article)

Do you have any input? We’d love to hear about your experiences in the comments section!

This article was automatically translated into English using AI. If you would like to help us improve the quality, we would be happy to hear from you.

Just bought your new shiny USB condenser microphone? Then learn how to use it well, plus learn how to edit your recordings, put in the correct effects and export out high studio quality recordings. This course will take any beginners who is new in the world of recording and make you a pro at the end of the course.

Designed with simplicity, you won’t be bombarded with too many technical jargons in the course. With simple to follow and everything explained, anyone can follow the course effectively and at the end of the day be able to create studio quality recordings.

Are you someone who is planning to record vocals and instruments from the home studio? Or someone who is interested to provide quality voice over service? Perhaps you just want to make good sounding podcasts. We will cover them all.

A packed total of 42 minutes of video tutorials, you will basically go through the fundamentals of setting up and recording with a USB microphone on your computer. It does not matter if you bought a different condenser microphone like the Samson CO3u, Blue Yeti Mic or even if you are on a Mac or PC, it’s all covered. Next, you will explore techniques to edit your recorded audio on your computer. The best & most productive ways of editing will be revealed.

After editing is done, you will then learn how to use various effects on your vocals or recorded instrument. And after you got your effects patched on and optimized the audio levels, you’ll learn the best ways to export your recordings in the correct formats depending on where you are distributing the recording or music to.

Voice Record Pro is a professional voice recorder. It allows you to record voice memos and on-site sounds at unlimited length with configurable quality.
Recorded voices are in standard AAC/MP4/M4A format. Voice Record Pro can record directly in MP4 (AAC), MP3 (MPEG) and WAV (PCM) formats plus convert function for all supported formats.

With recorded files you can:

– Export to and import from Google Drive™
– Export to and import from DropBox
– Export to and import from Microsoft® OneDrive
– Export to and import from Box Cloud
– Export to and import from iCloud Drive
– Export to SoundCloud
– Export to FTP server
– Export to Any Web base Script
– Send to other devices via Bluetooth
– Download directly to PC using built-in web server via local WiFi connection
– Upload from PC using WiFi connection
– WebDav support using WiFi service
– Convert to a movie clip and export to Photo Albums
– Post as a Movie Clip on YouTube
– Export to other apps on your device that can handle the audio file
– Import from other apps
– Send Audio or Movie by email
– Send Audio or Movie by SMS/iMessage
– Add notes to records
– Add photo to records
– Add bookmarks to records
– Modify ID3v2 tags
– Append a record to another record
– Split a record into multiple parts
– Join multiple audio records into one
– Apply effects to the recorded or imported file including:
– Echo
– Volume/Gain
– Pitch & Speed
– Reverb
– Distortion
– 3/6/10 Band Equalizer

Additionally you can:

– Convert the records to other formats
– Trim the records
– Duplicate the records
– Append records
– Protect the app with a passcode

Want to learn how to use the Voice Recorder on your Galaxy device to either share to friends and family, set as a Notification tone or even convert your speech to text? Follow the below guide to learn how to use the pre-installed Voice Recorder on your Samsung phone. Once you have learnt to to use the Voice Recorder app you can also use these recordings as a Notification tone, check out Customising my Notification tone on my Samsung Phone for more information.

Please Note: This guide is designed for Australian variant Galaxy devices, if you have an international device and require further support click here to reach out to your Samsung Subsidiary. Screenshots were captured from a Galaxy Note10+ 5G operating on Android OS Version 9.0 (Pie), settings and steps may vary depending on your Galaxy device and Android OS Version.

If you would like to learn how to add your Voice recordings to a video check out our guide Adding a Voice Recording to a Video on my Samsung phone for step by step instructions.

1 Head into the Voice record app

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2 Tap on to start recording

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When starting a Voice Recording you can choose between 3 different recording modes, you can select either Standard, Interview or Speech-to-text. When using Interview mode the sound is amplified from the top and bottoms of the device and reduces the sound from the sides. This mode works effectively when recording sounds in a noisy surrounding.

With Speech-to-text mode you can convert up to 10 minutes of speech to text. When recording in speech to text it is recommended to keep your phone within 8cm of your mouth and speak clearly.

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To locate your Voice Recordings in the My Files app please follow the below steps;

Most online videos you’ll see around on the inner webs have one big thing in common:

The audio sucks really, really bad!

And it doesn’t have to!

In fact, I will show you in this blog post how, with some simple tools and some preparation, you can take ANY microphone and make it sound like you are recording your voice in a professional studio.

Why Use A Microphone For Online Video?

Always use an external microphone if you can. The sound of your camera will suck always big time and can only be used when seated or standing quite close to the camera in a very quiet room.

Even then, you will often hear the intern motor of the camera alongside your voice and you will certainly pick up a lot of “room noise”

Which Microphone Do You Use Best?

It is recommended that you use a clip microphone for most “talking head” videos or interviews.

The best clip mics around are definitely Lavalier, which you can buy anywhere.

How To Use A Clip Microphone?

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For a video where you sit or stand still in front of the camera, you can be “wired” because the wire will go under your shirt and when needed taped to the back of your pants.

In this case you can plug the microphone directly into the camera.

If you want to work “wireless”, in case you are filmed in a wide shot or walking around, you have different options:

  1. Plug your microphone into a digital voice recorder, press rec and put it in your back pocket. Sync up the video and audio afterwards in the editing process.
  2. Plug your microphone into your iPhone (or other smart device), you can use any of the voice recording apps out there like for instance the Apple Voice Memo app. Press rec and put the iPhone in your back pocket. You will also have to sync up the video and audio afterwards in the video editing process. To plug in a Lavalier mic you will need an iPhone microphone adapter.
  3. Use a Sennheiser wireless system that you can plug in directly into your camera. This is the best, easiest and most professional solution but it will cost you a couple of hundreds though.

How To Easily Sync The Audio And The Video In The Editing Process

How to record audio like a proBefore you start your presentation or whatever you want to shoot, use something that is called a “slate” or a “clapboard”, you probably have seen it before. Put the camera in recording and clap the thing together.

In the editing afterwards, when you import your audio file, you will see a huge spike in the wave form where you clapped the slate. Place this spike right under the frame where you see the slate come together in the picture.

This may require moving the audio a few frames forward and backward until it matches perfectly.

If you don’t have a slate you can clap your hands together.

What Microphone To Use When Doing A Screencast?

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When doing a screencast video you can use a USB microphone or a USB headset like the Logitec G330 or something similar.

When using a headset make sure that the microphone is not right in front of your mouth, it’s better to turn it right under your chin to avoid too much plosive sounds, breathing sounds and lip smacking sounds.

How To Make Your Voice Recording Sound Really Really Professional?

When your video is edited, before exporting the whole thing to a file, first only export the audio to .wav. On this audio track you want to apply some filters that will make it sound GREAT!

For audio editing I use Adobe Audition, but you can also use Apple’s Garage Band or the free Audacity. Even Camtasia and Screenflow have some audio editing filters built in.

No matter what kind of recording you made and what audio software you use, some basic principles apply to all. You want to get rid of the background noise and you want your voice to sound warm and rich.

To clean up silent parts, use the “Denoiser” or “Noise Redution” filter

To even out the volume levels, use a compressor filter like “Dynamics Processing”

You can apply some other filters if you would like to do so, like the “voice over filter” or “hard limiting”. Just play around with the different filters and find a way how you can make your voice really stand out.

Save your new audio file and bring it back into your video editing software, replace it with the old audio or “overwrite” it and then you can export your video.

Applying these audio filters will make your audio sound 100% better so be sure to try them out on your next audio recording.

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