I’ve been recording a lot of MP3 audio over the past year (for info-products, teleseminar recordings, etc.) and have a few tips that I’ve learned along the way:
- Make sure you have a foam cover on your microphone, which will limit popping of the “p” sound.
- Limit outside noise – don’t record when traffic outside your office is heavy, or when your neighbor is mowing the lawn.
- Limit inside noise – send the dog out for a walk with someone, make sure your house is nice and quiet (or barricade yourself in the quietest room).
- Limit echoes – don’t record in the bathroom. Even if it’s the quietest room.
- Bookend with an introduction and conclusion that mention your website/brand if appropriate.
- Test the sound a few times before going for the whole recording – listen for background noises you’ve missed, make sure you’re not breathing directly into the mic, etc.
- If you’re doing a longer recording, consider breaking it up into sections and recording 1 at a time and then splicing together in software. You’ll be less likely to get voice fatigue.
- Have water, Kleenex, all that sort of stuff nearby. Warm water helps me to recover my voice.
- Consider recording while standing up to keep up your energy levels.
Do you have any other tips that you’d like to share? Do so in the comments! I’d love to know.