Capture Sound: An Introduction to Audio Recording


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For those who want to record good quality audio, the following steps will guide you through the basic to-dos of audio recording – and all you need is great content, a computer/laptop, a USB microphone, an audio editor software, and a completely soundproofed room. 

Audio Recording Basics

For entrepreneurs aiming to create online courses or sales videos with high quality audio, there’s good news: It’s never been cheaper or easier to do so! With today’s technology, there is no need to record audio in studios. These days, you can record good quality audio from the comforts of your own room.

I’ve seen more and more entrepreneurs great money from their online courses than every before, and maybe you’ve been noticing this trend too. But keep in mind that their courses wouldn’t sell as much if they had low-quality audio. No matter how great your content is, if you have noise in the background, or a low-quality microphone, and just upload the first thing you record without any editing, you can forget about the big bucks.For those who want to record good quality audio, the following steps will guide you through the basic to-dos of audio recording – and all you need is great content, a computer/laptop, a USB microphone, an audio editor software, and a completely soundproofed room.

How to Soundproof Your Room

One of the disadvantages when recording in your own home is that there will often be background noise unless you start recording when everyone is sleeping and traffic is quiet. Unless you want to record in the wee hours of the night, soundproofing is the best way to go.

Believe it or not, soundproofing a room is actually simple.

In order to soundproof a room, you first need to focus on the door. Doors allow sound to enter from either the gaps under or the sides. If you have the finances, you may simply buy a soundproof door. If you don’t, then you can soundproof the door by yourself! You may do this by simply covering the gaps with Styrofoam (Alternatively, you may use paper egg cartons). Styrofoam are great vibration absorbers, thus soundproofing the room.

When the door is finished, concentrate on the walls. You may also use Styrofoam or egg cartons to cover the ceilings and the walls.

If your room has a window, then you may follow the same steps in soundproofing your door.

Choosing the Best USB Microphone

A good quality microphone is also essential when recording good quality audio. This is to make your audio recording smooth with zero or minimal noise or feedback. If you want the best quality recording, it is important not to settle for your cellphone’s microphone. Instead, if you’re serious about quality first, invest in a good quality USB microphone.

Your USB microphone doesn’t have to be expensive. If you look around, there are suitable inexpensive USB microphones that can record good quality audio. The following are some examples of good quality, inexpensive USB microphones:

  • The Blue Microphones Snowball – cheap and with great quality
  • Audio Technica AT 2020 USB – another USB microphone that belongs to the category of cheap USB microphones with considerable reviews from users
  • Rode Podcaster – one of the few USB microphones that can record clean and clear audio in a room with bare walls
  • The Shure PG42 USB – this mic is side-address microphone for vocal as well as amplified and acoustic instrument recording, has a large diaphragm condenser for clear highs and strong lows, a cardioid polar pattern, and a shock mount 

Using a free Audio Editor Software

Once you have successfully recorded your audio, you might need to cut and edit the auto track. You’ll need audio editors to add fade-ins and fade-outs, minor quality adjustments, and noise reduction. Even if you have the best quality microphone, you might still need to edit out the minimal noise in order to perfect your recording.

You can start with a free audio editor software, as these work well enough for most needs. Once you’re making enough money from your courses to justify it, or when you need next-level audio editing capabilities, you may move on to the ones with a price tag and purchase a premium software.

There are numerous audio editors out there. The best free ones include Free Audio Editor 2015, TwistedWave Online Audio Editor, WavePad Audio Editing Software, and on and on. Keep googling until you find one you like!

With these, you can start recording good quality audio for course content creation as well as video sales pages. Good luck and get recording!


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