Using the smartphone’s microphone

Using the smartphone’s microphone

Well… it may work. Really! While I would definitely suggest you to use a standalone condenser microphone for your recordings (and a pop-screen and a vocal booth as well!), yes — you still can try to record yourself through your mobile device’s microphone. Just keep in mind these simple rules:

Don’t be too close to it
And don’t be ‘on axis’ (see the image)

The reason is — plosives. They would be considered as a defects and your engineer will spent a lot of time (and your money) to reduce them.

 

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Don’t ever rely on it completely!

Don’t ever rely on it completely!

Yeah… some people consider breaths in their recordings almost as a defect and want them to be removed completely, some just want to reduce them slightly… but the fact is that many of us frequently struggle to remove/reduce them manually, and it’s very boring!.. That’s why major developers (iZotope, Waves) offer their ‘Breath Control’ modules. But do they work as we want them to?

Check out some stuff about the automatic Breath Control procedure — why it’s not the best idea to completely rely on automatic tools yet.

By the way, the same is true for De-Clickers… absolutely!

 

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Cues for your engineer

Cues for your engineer

If you are an indie author, who narrates own books, or narrator, who’s working with outsourced audio engineer, please don’t forget to give your engineer clear sonic and visual cues to work with…

What am I talking about? When you make a false start or an error (almost inevitable both), make it clearly marked! Snap your fingers, cough, clap your hands, whatever… Audio engineer uses these sonic (and visual! see screenshot) cues to speedup the editing process. Such a simple thing speeds up the editing process by two times! If you pay your engineer on a hourly basis, it’s — literally […] Read more