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  • 1. Creating Studio-Quality Audio on a Budget
    Presented by Jeff Graunke
    Chicago e-Learning and Technology Showcase
    August 16, 2011
  • 2. Introduction
    What does your audio sound like?
    Shortwave radio
    AM Radio
    FM radio
  • 3. Recording Process
    Write Script
    Select Voice Talent
    Selecting a Location
    Record Audio
    Edit Audio Files
  • 4. Write the Script
    Saves Time
    Script = written road map
    Read it aloud
    Make Copies for everyone to follow along
    Larger Font Size (14+ pts)
    Take Notes
  • 5. Select Voice Talent
    Clear voice
    Familiar with Material
    Alternate Male and Female
    Recruit coworkers
  • 6. Location, Location, Location
    Find the quietest room possible
    Beware of:
    AC/Heat vents
    Outside Traffic
    Ringing Phones
    Noisy neighbors
    Buzzing lights
    Humming printers
  • 7. Recording Session
    Make it fun
    Later in the morning (voices warm up)
    Water for everyone!!
    Stand Tall
    Set up early
    Save early, Save often!!
  • 8. Hardware (Studio in a Box - $558)
    USB Microphones
    Samson CU01**
    Mic stand
    Pop Filter
    Acoustic Panels
  • 9. Recording Studio in a Box
  • 10. Recording Studio in a Box
    Less than $599
    Microphone$99 – Samson CU01 Condenser USB mic.
    Mic Stand $25 - The floor stand allows great flexibility. The narrator can sit or stand.
    Pop filter$35 - You need this to eliminate the popping of the "P" sounds.
    Acoustic Panels $399 - Reduce/eliminate the echoes and absorb stray sounds.
  • 11. Software - Audacity
    It’s Free
    Multi-track digital recording and editing tool
    Wiki, Forum, other Resources
    VST Enabler – allows use of plug-ins.
    LAME MP3 Encoder –create MP3s
  • 12. On Air
    Any volunteers?
  • 13. Tips & Tricks I
    Get a good microphone
    Changing Mic volume:
    Volume  Options  Properties
    In Mixer Device field, select Microphone & click OK
    Volume popup displays
    Record a sample and Listen to it
    Stay away from outside rooms near high traffic roads
  • 14. Tips & Tricks II
    Vary voices. Use male and female voices for better voice texture.
    Save early, Save often (It’s Chicago)
    Backup files
    Make a copy of original file for editing
    Record first, edit second
  • 15. Summary
    Invest in good audio hardware
    Find a quite place
    Write a script
    Pick your talent
    Use Audacity
  • 16. Questions
    Do you have any questions?
  • 17. Graunke Consulting, Inc is a Chicago-area based consulting firm specializing in eLearning development.
    Visit us at: www.graunkeconsulting.com
    Company founder Jeff Graunke is an executive, trainer, instructional designer, project manager and writer with more than 20 years experience in the areas of writing, training and computer systems.
    Contact Jeff at: jeff@graunkeconsulting.com