Recording Good Audio
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Good audio is important

Good audio is key for an engaging Story. But not everyone has a professional recording studio available when recording audio for We Are. Here are a few tips on how you can ensure that you get the best possible recording quality with the equipment you already have available.

  1. Choose a Quiet and Controlled Space: Begin by selecting a tranquil recording environment that is free from distractions and external noises. Opt for a room with minimal background disturbances. It's a good idea to close windows and doors to keep out street noise or any other ambient sounds. This step is crucial as it forms the foundation of clear and professional-sounding recordings.

  2. Thoughtful Microphone Placement: Pay close attention to where your laptop's microphone is located. If possible, position it closer to the sound source - that's you! This proximity ensures that your voice is captured with greater accuracy, resulting in a more defined recording. When speaking, maintain a steady distance from the microphone to keep the audio consistent. If using an external microphone, ensure it's properly connected and aligned.

  3. Recording Levels for Optimal Clarity: It's essential to strike the right balance with your recording levels. Adjust the input levels within your recording software to find the sweet spot that delivers clear and balanced audio. Avoid pushing the levels too high, as this can lead to distortion and a loss of quality. Experiment with different levels until you achieve a crisp and well-defined recording.

  4. Break it Down into Short Segments: Instead of recording long stretches in one go, consider breaking your recording into shorter, manageable segments. This approach not only minimizes the chances of errors but also makes it easier to maintain a consistent level of quality throughout your recording. Pausing between segments allows you to focus on each section, resulting in more polished results.

  5. Articulate Clearly and Mindful of Positioning: Enunciate your words clearly and articulate each syllable. This practice not only makes your recording more understandable but also reduces the need for post-recording editing. Additionally, be mindful of your positioning in relation to the microphone. Avoid abrupt movements and turning your head away to ensure a uniform sound profile.

  6. Stable Angle, Stable Audio: Consistency is key when recording on a laptop. Maintain a steady angle to the microphone throughout your recording session. Changes in angle can result in variations in audio quality, impacting the overall clarity of your recording. By holding a stable position, you ensure that your voice is captured consistently, making for a more professional end result.

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