Great Audio and Podcast Recording on a Budget


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In this episode we discuss the sound quality and minimum requirements for producing a top sounding quality audio broadcast!

5 Steps to great sound quality whether your recording your own audio podcast, a video or a voice over to your screen flow tutorial include:

  1. Untitled design-3 A decent external mic
  2.  A quiet room without echo
  3. A wind screen or Popfilter
  4. Your mouth placement in relationship to the mic
  5. A good audio editor

I record using Audacity – a free recording software
When I’m doing a live interview with someone I do the following…

I do a Skype call (just audio) and I use my external mic setting to select the ATR Audio Technica ATR2100- USB 59.00.  I found it on Amazon and it ships in 2 days.

http://www.amazon.com/Audio-Technica-ATR2100-USB-Cardioid-Dynamic-Microphone/dp/B004QJOZS4/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1429027378&sr=8-4&keywords=audio-technica+mic

It sounds weird to say this, but a closet is actually a great place to record.  It’s typically very quite and there’s no echo or wind.  You want to stay away from hard surfaces like, hard wood or tile floors.

I use a 6 dollar Dragon Pop Filter attaches to my mind stand.  This is a MUST!  It’s a wind screen that filters out the pops… the pop pop from your mouth.

http://www.amazon.com/Dragonpad-filter®-Microphone-Flexible-Gooseneck/dp/B008AOH1O6/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1429221103&sr=8-1&keywords=dragonpad+filter

Bossjack – Iphone app for MP3 Recordings.  This is awesome for recording directly to your phone!  The sound quality is crazy good.

Skype
http://www.skype.com

Call recorder for interviews via Skype
http://www.ecamm.com/mac/callrecorder/

The Free Sound editing software I use
(Warning: It’s web based. So be sure to save your work on a regular basis as web based applications are known to freeze up and or crash! Bummer!)
http://audacity.sourceforge.net

Sound proofing desk top booth
(But honestly… you only need this if you’re in a space with tons of echo or external sound!)

http://www.amazon.com/Auralex-MudGuard-Isolator-Dampening-Charcoal/dp/B004VM5R7Y/ref=sr_1_10?ie=UTF8&qid=1429030887&sr=8-10&keywords=studio+soundproofing+foam

Editors can be found on:
Fiverr.com
Elance.com

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