Better Audio with an Impromptu Recording Booth

If you’re like me, then you must travel for work. Thankfully, it is very easy to stay connected almost anywhere you go which means you can keep up with work and see some interesting places all at the same time. This week I am coming to you from the coast of North Carolina because I am treating my family to an impromptu vacation.

I can be with my family to enjoy the coast and still get plenty of work done at the same time. One of the items on my to do list this week was this blog post. I was writing on another topic because I wasn’t in my normal sound studio and I felt like the audio quality would not be as good as my typical recordings. That got me thinking. I bet there are a lot of you out there that have found yourself in a similar situation. You are away from your sound booth and need to record some audio. Or, perhaps you are struggling with the fact that you don’t have a dedicated sound booth. So, I thought that I would take this opportunity to share with you how I created a working sound booth here in a rental house. 

This particular property had an extra studio apartment that was detached from the rest of the house. This is where I chose to work as I would not disturb my family while I was working and vice versa. While this location was perfect for writing reports, checking email and developing an e-learning prototype, it wasn’t so good acoustically. Take a listen.

In this space, you can hear the reverberation or echo of my voice bouncing off the walls, floor and ceiling. Not so great to listen to now is it? I could pull this recording into my favorite audio editor, apply some filters and maybe produce a sound that is passable, but I think that there is a better way.

If I move my laptop to another room and add some sound deadening materials, I can improve the acoustics and capture a better sound. As the adage says, garbage in garbage out. The better the audio quality I bring into my audio editor the better the results and with less work. Take a listen to this recording I made in my impromptu audio booth.

As you can hear, a change of venue and a few simple modifications can go a long way toward improving your audio recordings. So, whether you are on the road like me, or just don’t have access to a dedicated sound booth, give a closet or other small space a try. Hang any soft materials around you, including the floor and you are on your way to creating audio worthy of any training course.

If you would like to learn more about improving your audio and video, then make plans to come see me in Las Vegas at DevLearn 2019. I will be there presenting my Audio and Video on a Budget series where I will show you all the equipment you need to create amazing video and audio.

William Everhart
As the E-Learning Authoring Tools Trainer for E-Learning Uncovered, William is focused on helping others to overcome their software challenges. He holds multiple Adobe ACE certifications as well as CompTia's CTT+ certification. William travels the creative and professional learning conference circuits inspiring others to create amazing and educational content.

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