Say goodbye to crappy audio quality
in your video projects.
Your video is NOT going to be compelling if its narration
sounds like it was recorded with a tin can and string.
“Sounds great, but we don’t have thousands of dollars in the budget, nor room in our office, for a dedicated studio space.”
People seem to think you need some glorious, gilded, hermetically sealed booth in which to record your stuff, along with a gold-plated bespoke microphone and a mixing board the size of your dining room table. Not of that is true.
And it’s frustrating because audio quality is so often the hissy, staticky weak link in an otherwise impeccable video. The silver lining here is that these things are easy to correct. Some slight adjustments to your recording and editing technique, along with basic soundproofing measures and a decent mic, can mean the difference between a ravenous fan base and being perpetually blown off as an amateur.
And in the grand scheme of things, it’s really cheap. Between the equipment and the education you’ll need to get things set up correctly, you’re probably looking at a maximum investment of $250. In fact, if you go much over that, you’ll likely end up with some seriously diminishing returns.
Now, I put a course together called Video Narration Wizardry. It is laser-focused on getting the very best audio quality on your video narration. And it covers the three basic components of quality sound recording:
- Audio equipment basics
- Prepping your recording environment
- Recording/editing technique
This is what you’ll learn in each of its nine lessons:
Lesson 1 – Choosing a Microphone. We’ll discuss microphone types, and learn about the four basic qualities of a mic, specifically its pickup pattern, frequency range, resolution, and sample rate. I’ll also tell you the best places to shop online, and will have specific mic suggestions for you.
Lesson 2 – Miking Your Camera Video. Bonus lesson! We’ll look at the pros and cons of using camera-mounted, boom, and lavelier miking systems. I’ll show you the two units that earned a place in my own kit bag, and give you real-world examples of their use.
Lesson 3 – Preamps, Audio Interfaces, and Mic Accessories. In this lesson, we’ll discuss the rest of your audio equipment chain, including preamps and audio interfaces. I’ll also give you the lowdown on all the accessories you’ll need to complete your setup, including your stand, shock mount, pop filter, headphones, and cabling.
Lesson 4 – Vocal Processors. Bonus lesson! In this lesson, we’ll take a look at manipulating what our microphone hears, with a special piece of hardware called a vocal processor. Radio DJs have been using them for decades to lend a warmth and presence to their voices, and if you want, you can do the same for a couple hundred bucks. I’ll also give you a full tour of my own Symetrix 528e.
Lesson 5 – Acoustic Treatment. Up to now, we’ve been talking specifically about the equipment you’ll need to get better audio quality. In this lesson, we leave hardware purchases behind to talk about acoustic treatment. You’ll learn about noisy distractions, both coming from outside your studio space as well as within it, and how best to conquer them. You’ll find out about soundproofing materials of every type and cost, including some that are nearly (or completely) free.
Lesson 6 – Miking Technique. In this lesson, I’ll guide you through the physical setup of your equipment and show you how to use it. We’ll discuss microphone placement and addressing, setting levels, food and beverage choices for recording, breath control, minimizing the noise you produce when recording, and more.
Lesson 7 – Recording Your Audio. Now that our equipment is bought and set up, we’re going to get into the actual recording process. I’ll be using Adobe Audition in this lesson, but its core tenets apply regardless of the audio tool you use to record.
Lesson 8 – Audio Tools Round-up. In the previous lesson, you learned about recording footage using my recording tool of choice, Adobe Audition. Now we’ll be “auditioning” three other applications that are a bit easier on the wallet: Camtasia, Audacity, and Acoustica.
Lesson 9 – Beating reverb in post. Bonus lesson! You won’t always have the luxury of recording in an acoustically treated space. In our final lesson, you’ll learn how to overcome this, and knock out reverberation during the editing process by using a special plugin.
The course is about 3 hours in length, so not a huge time commitment for you. And the best part is that both the equipment recommendations as well as the soundproofing, editing, and recording techniques won’t add time onto your process (it’s all very set it and forget it). In fact, it’s going to save you time, because you’ll no longer need to futz around in the editor trying to figure out how to salvage a decent signal from your crappy original recording.
You get all six core lessons, plus three bonus lessons, totaling three hours of amazing content, for a mere $59.
Still not convinced? Check out reviews below:
As a product trainer for a global software company, I'd like to say that Daniel creates some of the best training courses out there. Audio is something that is rarely covered in online tutorials on video editing, but even more important than the editing, is the quality of the audio you start out with. I have learned so much in this course, especially as the whole hardware side of things was an absolute blind spot for me until now. Thanks so much Daniel!
Well done combination of instruction, technical expertise and humor. Something for everyone whether a beginner or advanced user.
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