Making indoor recordings does not have to be a complicated process if you want to produce a quality recording. Neither is this something that requires a massive invesment in music equipment. There are few ways how to go about making the indoor recording that you need for your video channel. I will share couple of methods and some tipis that will deliver the best results for your money.
First off, you don’t need to invest in expensive recording gear. That also implies you don’t have to buy the most expensive microphone. Unless you are recording sound for a feature presentation that will appear on television, then you can get great results on a near-shoestring budget. Start with the question “what is the lowest level of tolerance to the quality of your recording?” Your audience probably wants to get the point – of you talking or presenting, in the middle of the natural environment where the recording occurs. The speech needs to be understandable but you also don’t want to cancel out the ambient noise.
A way to achieve this is by purchasing a field recorder. There are a few out there that work on two AA batteries and are under $300. Quite frankly, most of these (save for the cheapest one) will deliver great results when you record using their built-in mic. However, if you want to record yourself speaking, then bring the recorder closer to your chin in order to catch the surrounding environment as well. The key here is to play with the settings. When talking directly into the mic, bring down the gain to the lower levels – say 30% of 100%. Play around, see how much sound it picks up. If the line goes all the way in the red levels, then turn the gain down.
Setting the Frequencies
Some field recorders have an option to pick up or cut low frequency sounds. You will probably want to have this option turned off, as the recorder will focus on a broader spectrum of sounds. Furthermore, you can use a sponge or a “muffler”. You can buy one that wraps around the recorder’s microphones or you can improvise it. You can build one yourself from cotton or cotton gauze. Use rubber bands to hold it into place. This way, the cotton will keep out high frequency sounds that tend to deafen the ear because they occur suddenly and you can’t control against them.
Cell Phone Recording
The second way to go on recording yourself in a closed environment is by simply using your cell phone. Make sure to install an app that lets you play with the settings. You want to have the app record at 44 KhZ in a Wave format to ensure you get the highest quality. Here you can also improve the recording by purchasing a lapel microphone for $20 or under. Peg this onto your shirt and record away. The downside to cell phone audio recording is that it is hard to control what frequencies are filtered in or out. You can also attach some cotton on the lapel microphone to keep the high sounds out.
Indoors Casino Recording
Finally, any of these methods should be used by people who record in casinos and post videos on Youtube. Most times the videos have very poor sound, so these tips are of high order for the slots reviewers out there.