Using the Smartphone’s Microphone

Well… it may work. 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. Do not expect super-duper quality though… and by the way, the same is true for headset microphones.

Such stuff still might be accepted by ACX, but if you are looking for really good quality for your product, use the better microphone.

Keep in mind these simple rules during the recording session via the smartphone/tablet:

  1. Don’t be too close to it
  2. And don’t be ‘on axis’ (see the image) — in other words, place the device VERTICALLY in front of you.

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.

If you need an advice or assessment, or you want me to prepare your audiobook for publishing, please don’t hesitate to contact me!

And always work with those you want to hug ツ

— Stan