No matter what they say, good quality audio is crucial if you are recording your own music, making a film or an e-learning course. Way too many things depend on a decent sound to ignore it. How to get this decent quality and make your record as professional as possible? There are indeed some tips for that one, proved by many people with an experience in the field.
How to Get Good Audio Quality
- Get a good microphone.
A good microphone can do magic! If you’ve ever tried to work with a cheap one and then with a high-quality one, you should have noticed the difference it makes. Of course, even with a cheap mic, you can try to improve the sound in the end, yet it’s the time and effort issue. Before buying the mic read the reviews carefully and know what you’re going for. Also, its position can make much of a difference, so experiment with that one.
- Get rid of the ambient noise.
People get used to the sounds quickly and it doesn’t really bother them since no one really hears them all the time. Even when you’re sitting in the house in silence, equipment makes a lot of noise you are not aware of, however, your mic will most likely pick up the sound. This is why, when you listen to home recordings it seems so stuffed with some cracking and hissing. Try to eliminate all the white sounds, turn off the equipment.
- Put beats first.
Tracks are rhythmic and that’s what makes them perfect and makes it easier for us to relax with that music. But some good beat down first to put the listener into the right feeling, shape the track.
- Understand the place you record in.
You should be aware of the room, how it sounds, what about the acoustic, etc. Walk around, clap your hands and listen to how the room sounds on its own. Many rooms are stuffed with noise, that’s why some people like to record in bedrooms, where the furniture softens it.
- Try 24-bit.
It would weight more than 16-bit but will broaden your horizons and perspectives. The extra dynamic range can be crucial for you.
- Think cubicle or booth.
There are pretty cheap versions of portable sound booths that dampen the sounds and help you a lot with your recordings. You could improvise and build something like this yourself, actually.
There are many ways to improve your sound quality and some of them are quite simple. The list above won’t take much time or money, but if you start doing it, you’ll notice the difference soon enough. And remember, trial and error method is your best friend here. You could achieve great quality if you have the skill needed.