How to Record High Quality Audio for E-Learning

Here is an article I found written by Tim Slade at eLearning Uncovered. It’s very informative and discusses the steps in recording great sounding audio for e-learning. It also gives a few examples of the types of programs and equipment that you would need to use, without having to spend a fortune.

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We all recognize the sound of poor quality audio when we hear it. Whether it’s unwanted static, an echo, or ambient room noise, bad audio can distract your learners from the content in your e-learning course and prevent them from clearly receiving your message. Although I am a big fan of using professionally recorded narration, the cost alone can prevent this from being an option for many people. There’s also a perception that creating top-quality audio yourself is equally costly.

The truth is, recording and creating high quality audio for e-learning doesn’t require professional-grade tools, special training, or a multi-thousand dollar budget. All it takes is a few simple, cheap, and sometimes free tools and tips.

Here are five tips for recording your own high quality audio for e-learning.

1. Choose a high-quality microphone.

Microphones are like cars. No matter how much—or little—money you spend, a car will get you from point A to point B; however, the driving experience between a $10,000 car and a $50,000 car differs greatly.

The same is true for microphones. A cheap microphone will record audio just like an expensive one, but the quality won’t be the same. This is very important, as you can rarely compensate for bad audio recording quality after the fact.

Does this mean you should purchase a top-tier microphone like this one for $4000+? Not at all! I think the sweet spot for a quality microphone, at a consumer price, would be this Snowball USB Microphone by Blue Microphones for $70. I use this as my everyday audio recording microphone, and it serves me well.

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2. Use a noise-cancelling device.

Even a quality microphone won’t eliminate ambient room noise, static, and echoes. As a result, you should consider using a noise-cancelling device with your microphone. Because most of us can’t afford to cover an entire room with acoustic foam to create a recording booth, there are several cheaper options.

In my case, because the Snowball USB Microphone is encased, it already has noise-cancelling properties. Another option is to create a smaller version of a recording booth. A popular option is this Porta-Booth Plus, which you can purchase for $189.00. If that’s still outside of your budget, I’ve also seen people construct their own table-top recording booths, like this:

 

If none of these options work for you, you can also try recording your audio in a walk-in closet! The clothing will help dampen outside sounds and echoes.

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