Category: AUDIO

The Quick and Dirty Vocal Booth

If you ever have to record in a less-than-ideal environment, you may be able to reduce noise and/or unpleasant room acoustics by building a makeshift “vocal booth.” The one you see here consists of two blankets draped over microphone stands; the recording microphone is on a third stand in front of the surrounding baffle. You could build a similar framework…

Sounds and Music in Presentations

Theme music and/or sound effects can really dress up a presentation, but if you decide to use them, be careful. Either can be distracting if it is too loud or too soft, or doesn’t fit your presentation’s style or content. Sounds must blend smoothly. If you record a presentation for later playback, you can create a perfect mix in which music and sounds are synchronized to…

Recording Narration: Best Practices 1

The simple audio recorders in most presentation programs are convenient for recording narration, but I almost always end up wanting more functionality than they deliver. So unless I’m in a big hurry, I prepare audio separately in a dedicated recorder/editor such as Audacity or Garageband, and then upload it to my presentation. It’s another step, but in the end the process is easier and less frustrating than trying…