How to Make Voice Recordings at Home

 

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.

Recommended Devices

Your phone
Shure SM58 microphone
Rode NT1
Zoom portable recorder H4 or H1n
Tascam DR05

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.
Soundbite Recordings

 

Video edited by Helen Dewbery during lockdown.