Kevin Brook from Soundbite Recordings shares some great tips on how to make voice recordings from home better.
Kevin’s top tip
Use a duvet to deaden sound, just one behind and one in front will make a big difference.
Shure SM58 microphone
Zoom portable recorder H4 or H1n
Connect your microphone to your PC using an audio interface, like M-Audio M-Track.
Record in a quiet space, somewhere with soft furnishings to absorb the echo.
Use a duvet to deaden sound, turn off appliances and close all doors and windows.
Ideally all the walls in the room would be covered with duvet’s (as well as the ceiling). But just one behind and one in front will make
a big difference. The front one should curve round the mic, so as to shield the sides of the mic too.
Put your phone, or microphone, on a stand or, if you have to put it on a table, put a towel underneath it to absorb any vibrations from the hard surface.
Don’t forget to speak directly into the mic.
Kevin Brook is an audio recording and production engineer, specialising in high-quality recording for literature, poetry and spoken word.
Video edited by Helen Dewbery during lockdown.