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Guide for students working with the HROHP to create quality audio

Best Equipment to Use

Media Center Equipment

Blue Yeti


Tascam Recorder


Zoom H6


Samson Meteor





Tips From a Media Librarian


When recording voice for this important project, make sure you know your equipment!  The Media Center has quality voice recorders to use, that will give you decent quality.  Never use a microphone located inside a computer.  External microphones are fine when hooked up to a computer, but make sure your computer is actually using that microphone.  

We recommend using Audacity (computer program) when recording onto a computer.  

Pro Tip!  Use headphone to monitor what the device is picking up.  Microphones are typically more sensitive than your ears.  They can also be very unforgiving in what they capture.  Every cough, sniffle or chair creak will be captured.  

Test:  Do a test recording and make sure your audio is at a good volume and is picking up what you want to capture.  Then, play it back on the device to make sure everything is working.

Gain:  Adjusting the gain on a microphone is great for picking up a voice that is quiet and soft.  But beware, it also magnifies other sounds such as background and ambient noises that you may not realize are being recorded.  

Ambient Noises:  Those sounds that seem to be really distant, but can be picked up in a sensitive microphone.  These can be florescent lights humming, air conditioning blowing, the wind, door squeaks, etc.  Some you can control by just choosing a better place to record.  

Surroundings:  Be aware of possible interruptions and sounds that might leak in due to the location you are recording in




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