How can I improve my audio quality?

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Eleanor C

Last Update há 2 meses

First, we (and our students) thank you so much for your concern with quality! 

 

There are several things we recommend:

  • Condition your space. Choose a location that's fairly small and has lots of soft surfaces; a walk-in closet is ideal. You can create that smaller space by using room dividers/folding screens with blankets draped over them too.
     
  • Upgrade your mic. There are lots of good quality choices that won't break the bank. Check our Recommended Equipment list for suggestions, but check ratings and always be sure you can return it if it's not working with your setup.
     
  • Got hum? Unplug it! If you're recording with a laptop and you're getting a hum in the recording, try recording with it unplugged. 
     
  • Spring for an SSD (Solid State Drive) on your computer...they are much quieter! You can also try moving the mic as far away from the computer as possible.
     
  • Place a towel under your mic or get a boom arm mount for your mic to prevent table vibrations from creeping into your audio.
     
  • Be sure you have adequate input volume. You may see this referred to as signal to noise ratio. We need a strong signal (your audio) to noise (your background noise) ratio to ensure good audio quality. 

Please check out this mini-lesson about setting up your home studio as well.

Audio Post-Processing

A word about post-processing is in order as well. We use audio post-processing to condition the audio and it can do wonders...but it can't handle everything!

 

Please check out this video about what our processing can handle...and what it can't.

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