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CETS 2011, Jeff Graunke, slides for Creating Studio-Quality Audio on a Budget


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CETS 2011, Jeff Graunke, slides for Creating Studio-Quality Audio on a Budget

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