6 Great Suggestions For Improving Audio in Your Screencasts

This is very opportune. On the heels of my post yesterday comparing audio quality from a few of the microphones I've used over the last year, I then today came across these excellent posts by: Tom Johnson over at the I'd Rather Be Writing blog (What's the Best Microphone for Screencasting), and this one by Scott Skibell over at the MacScreencasting blog (Audio and Microphone Comparison for Screencasting)

You'll want to read Tom's post because of the comprehensive analysis and interactive examples he gives for the effect that additional equipment, such as a mixer and an audio interface, can have on the quality of sound. But, there's much more; it really is worth a thorough read if you've been thinking about those little extra oomphs to take your screencast audio to the next level.

Meanwhile, you'll want to read Scott's post because of ideas he gives for different types of microphones you can use for mobility (lapel microphone) and iPhone connectivity. There's also a tip he gives for the use of a cost effective Radio Shack stereo converter for one of the mono mics he demonstrates. And, you'll also find Scott to be a charismatic presenter with some personal touches he puts into his screencasts that I think you and I would do well to take a lesson from.

All told: my post yesterday, along with Tom's and Scott's articles, all listed above, give a compelling laundry list of 6 accessories to consider for improving your audio:

  • Microphone
  • Mixer
  • Audio Interface (analog-to-digital)
  • Pop filter
  • Acoustic shielding
  • and the role Music can play in screencast audio

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Mel is the online training architect and screencasting wizard at Kareo, one of Forbes' 2013 list of 100 Most Promising Companies in America. He's also the creator of Digital-Know-How, a training website devoted to developing learners' skills for screencasting and web video course development. Mel is also the chief blogger of ScreencastingWizard.com; Mel's personal blog. The comments and opinions you read here are Mel's and not associated with any other company.
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5 Responses to 6 Great Suggestions For Improving Audio in Your Screencasts

  1. Mel,

    Thanks so much for the kind words. It’s amazing how we’re both tracking in the same direction. I hope one day we can meetup so I can buy you a drink and we can swap techniques. Hey, maybe we can even work on a project together.

    In the meantime, I love the work you’re doing. It makes me think. And, I’m glad we can share our findings with everyone else too.

    Let me know if I can ever do anything for you.

    • Mel says:

      Hi Scott,

      I look forward to that drink, my friend. :)

      It is indeed a great community. Love the exchange of ideas. Keep yours coming, as well, because I definitely do learn a lot from you and our other friends in this space.

  2. Tom Johnson says:

    Interestingly, I just came back from the audio store, where I bought some acoustic foam and foam adhesive. I’m going to try to make a real podcasting mini-booth.

    • Tom, I know you’ll keep us posted on the results. I’m curious if it makes that much of a difference. Let us know.

    • Mel says:

      Hi Tom. I just did the same thing. Bought some acoustic foam and fashioned it into a “poor man’s audio booth.” 😉 Unfortunately, I’m getting mixed results.

      When I use it out of my home office where I’ve got the environment a little better locked down, so to speak, the “booth” tends to enhance the audio quality of my projects. But, when I use it out of my main office where an exhaust vent in the immediate area of my office tends to act as the bane of my project existence, I find that the audio booth still doesn’t quite compensate well enough.

      I hope you have better results, my friend.

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