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My Favorite Microphones for Recording Audio Narration

Rapid eLearning

While I’ve covered audio recording tips and tricks in the past, one of the most frequent questions I’m still asked is about microphones. Sometimes if I can’t get rid of the noise, I will play some music softly in the background–not Eminem, but something a little softer. Microphone Recommendations. Here are some of the microphones I use.

eLearning: Two Awesome Microphones

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

In this article, I cover two of my favorite microphones for voiceover recording: the Heil PR-40 and the Shure MV51. Each of these microphones delivers high quality sound for eLearning and podcasting applications. Dynamic microphones have a downside; they require a good quality microphone preamp to generate adequate recording levels. The cost of a MV51 is $200.

Punk learning

Learning with e's

By 1977, punk music had emerged as a creative force to be reckoned with. It was a form of music that was furiously loud, aggressively energetic and full of discordant anger. Others were energised and inspired by punk rock - some enough to take up a guitar or microphone and give it a go themselves. Punk learning (some would call it Edupunk ) reflects that seventies music ethos.

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Two Ways to Edit Your Background Audio that You Didn’t Know About

eLearning Brothers

Tutorial makers have a fear of background music. How many tutorials have you watched online that have had background music playing? Generally, the ones with music are the ones where the instruction is all given in text on screen. It’s because music will compete with the vocal track. The music can be distracting, or overpower the vocal track making your video unwatchable.

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13 Tips for Recording Your iPhone, iPad, or iPod

Visual Lounge

Turn off in-game music. If you’re recording a game that has both background music and sound effects you should turn off music within the game settings. Because if you edit the video later, the music will sound like it’s jumping. Ideally, you want to get ahold of a good-quality USB mic like an Audio-Technica AT2020 or a Blue Microphones Yeti. Use music.

Creating The Desired Impact From Audio-Conferencing: Some Tips To Increase Effectiveness


Take care not to disrupt the call with pressing wrong buttons or letting the annoying background music interrupt the call. Speakers should take care not to be too far away from the microphone when speaking. But though conference calls are aplenty, many organizations feel that their conference calls are usually chaotic and counter- productive. Voice creates a huge impact. e-Learning

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Screencasting: From Script to Screen

Visual Lounge

Ideally, you should use an external microphone to record your audio, but if you’re using an external webcam , they might already have a great microphone built-in, test it out. Also, check your microphone settings under the recorder’s audio output setting. When it comes to using licensed music , it’s incredibly important to do your research. Music Licensing.

Video is the New Text.Hmmm!

Will at Work Learning

Inexpensive wireless microphone. I also endeavor to use some aesthetic sensibilities; developed over the years regarding audio, music, visuals, cinematography, etc. based on who knows what (going to art museums, listening to music, playing music as a kid, observing the craft while watching videos, movies, TV, etc.). For years I've been telling clients they ought to use more video in their learning programs, especially their elearning offerings. My arguments have been as follows: People react to well-crafted videos and audio with increased attention. Roll the credits.

5 Mistakes eLearning Developers Often Make


Use a high-quality microphone, positioned properly (normally 8-10″ away). End the segment with an interactive exercise that offers music, points, and feedback. Migrating from a traditional learning environment to an eLearning environment is not always smooth. A lot of hurdles need to be toppled during the cross-over and, of course, many hearts need to be won. Next come the tools.

Thank You ScreencastCamp Supporters.

Visual Lounge

Blue Microphones - Blue Microphones is sending several different microphones for Campers to try out over the weekend. I love the option to hook up an external microphone for high quality audio. This is a great product to edit your audio, make your own original music for your screencasts or use Sony's ready-to-use music, and create DVDs of your screencasts.

Create a Holiday Greeting Card Video with Camtasia Studio 8.4 – Part 1

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You might share them via text or social media, however, have you ever considered using Camtasia Studio to create holiday video cards to make your images come alive with music and your voice? Microphone. Additionally, the Clip Bin is filled with images and music clips to use in your video. Add Music Track To Timeline. This post is the first in a 3-part series. link].

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Camtasia Small Business Drive: Netvantage, Week 4

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For longer videos I've noticed that even if someone's mic'd up properly (we used a wired lavaliere microphone) that they become fatigued and their volume fades towards the end of a presentation. She enjoys singing and playing the ukulele, a cappella music, running, and a good game of Euchre. Netvantage. netvantage. Bottom line?

iPad for eLearning


iPad was not created for supporting eLearning and (or) mLearning instead it was created as a media device that supports books, magazines, newspapers, games, music, video and web access. As you can understand it has a microphone and speakers that can be used with Skype and Google Voice. I have read several articles about iPad for eLearning and I believe that we are missing the point.

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Listen Up! It’s Time to Add Podcasts to Your e-Learning


Do you need to be listening to music, or a book on tape, no matter what you’re doing? Anyone with a microphone and a computer can create a podcast. Are you an auditory learner? Do you remember things better when you hear them? If you answered yes, you’re going to LOVE this blog. Why am I so excited about a podcast? Because it’s approachable! The number is expected to double by 2015.

Top 10 Screen Recording Software for Windows

eLearning Brothers

The ability to make a screencast video can also be used to showcase your creativity when playing games like Minecraft and recreating scenes from movies and/or filming music videos in simulation games like The Sims. Screenflow allows you to capture everything on your computer, including your entire monitor area, webcam, and microphone and computer audio simultaneously. CamStudio.

Podcasts in eLearning


Podcasts are truly excellent when music and language are involved, but they may be difficult to produce if the subject is visual. Select music according to your audiences. Make voices clear and pleasant by investing in a good microphone. Have you ever used radio programs or audio CDs for learning? You cannot deny their popularity in all age groups.

Episode 1 of The Forge is in the Can!

Visual Lounge

Chris McQueen also reviewed the Blue Yeti microphone and I talked with Matt about who is screencasting and what makes a great screencast. The screencasts I referenced were: "Again & Again" music video by the Bird and the Bee , the Lab Rats , Coding by the Sea from Red Gate Software and Google's " Parisian Love " screencast. Write this day down in history. Today we shot the first episode of The Forge ! In this episode, Matt Pierce talked with Jon Udell all about screencasting. One of the things they discussed was the history of the name "Screencast". The video runs (35:38).

10 Free Audio Programs to Use for E-Learning

Rapid eLearning

The two best things you can do are: Invest in a good microphone. I’m surprised that organizations will invest hundreds of dollars in software, pay someone thousands of dollars to build courses, and then only let them buy a cheap microphone for $20. Even if you’re on a limited budget, you can get a good microphone for about $50. Free Music Archive. I’m no audio engineer.

Silence, in eLearning, is Not Always Golden


Think about getting a good microphone, excellent script writing, how to “do-it-yourself” and when to hire a voice-over professional. Consider sound effects and music. If you’re creating your first eLearning course with a new LMS, here’s a tip: Grab your slide deck (PowerPoint, Haiku Deck —whatever you use) and upload it. You can always delete this “test course” later. No audio.

DevCorner: Outside the Eye – Where App Innovation and Creativity Meet

Visual Lounge

It allows you to open a web page or document with chords and lyrics on your phone and record yourself with the camera or microphone as you play through the song. Jukey is an Android music player, designed to mimic a Jukebox. It allows guest to easily browse through a music collection and enqueue songs. Jukey is an iOS music player, designed to mimic a Jukebox.

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It’s Not Too Late! How to Reduce Audio Noise in Your Recordings (For Free)

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Even if you can’t hear anything, a sensitive microphone will pick up ventilation noise, computer fans, and more. Frequency smoothing: The default setting is setting is 3, settings lower than this tend to favor music and higher settings tend to favor spoken word. Audacity is great for cleaning up audio for a podcast or music. Recording clean audio can be tough, especially in noisy environments. Whether it’s background noise or less-than-ideal equipment, sometimes you end up with hissy audio. Luckily there is a free method to make your track easier on the ears.

Kern Kelley & Michael Ruffini: ISTE 2015 Presenter Profiles

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Explore steps for using Camtasia to record your PowerPoint presentation, add narration, music, images, and sound effects, then publish the video for your students to watch anytime. Continuing our series , we have two more educators to introduce! Both of these educators will also be presenting in our booth, 2500, at ISTE 2015 this year. Check out more details of our booth schedule here !

Camtasia Small Business Test Drive: Gravity Works, Week 4

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So moving forward, I do not personally expect to invest time (in tutorials) or money (for a more-advanced microphone) until the software can run in my preferred environment, which includes USB-connected monitors. She enjoys singing and playing the ukulele, a cappella music, running, and a good game of Euchre. Gravity Works. gravityworksdd.

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TechSmith User from the Beginning

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I wrote a script, recorded my computer screen, and was very easily able to edit those together in Camtasia and then add a dash of music. Tim : I find the perfect combination for me to create videos is the iPhone or an inexpensive HD camera, a good microphone and Camtasia. Meet Tim McLain, an avid marketer and TechSmith loyalist. TechSmith: Can you tell us a little about yourself?

Camtasia Small Business Test Drive: Loudpixel, Week 4

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Do you see yourself looking into screencasting tutorials, or maybe more advanced equipment like a nice microphone? She enjoys singing and playing the ukulele, a cappella music, running, and a good game of Euchre. In the final week of the Camtasia test drive, Loudpixel Co-Founder Allie Siarto reflected back on their month of screencasting. Loudpixel. loudpixel.

How to Create Screencasts You Can Be Proud Of

Rapid eLearning

Record the best audio you can by using a good microphone. You can get a decent microphone for less than $100. Here’s an example of two different microphones on the same laptop in the same room: $30 headset and $72 desktop (with no pop filter or any other type of adjustment). You’ll notice that the headset microphone doesn’t sound as good. Check them out. No Metallica.

Opening Keynote with David Pogue #DevLearn

Learning Visions

Ocarina is an app that turns the phone into a musical instrument. You blow into the microphone and play the touchscreen with your fingers. Books, music, learning, movies. These are my live blogged notes from the opening session at this year's DevLearn, hosted by the eLearning Guild and happening in Las Vegas. Forgive any typos and incoherencies. David Pogue with Yahoo Tech. "My

An Army of Davids

Clive on Learning

I particularly related to the early parts of the book where Glenn described his experiences working from home (or local mall or anywhere else that took his fancy), publishing and engaging online with similar-minded people around the world, and then 'relaxing' by producing music in his home 'studio' (i.e. a PC with a microphone, keyboard, speakers and a lot of fancy software). I've just finished reading Glenn Reynolds' excellent book, An Army of Davids. If you don't know him, David is a celebrity blogger responsible for the Instapundit site. My own experiences are so similar.

TCC09: Podcasting with Section 508

Experiencing eLearning

microphone–dynamic or condenser. He also has a keyboard (the piano kind) for music too. lots of music, instruments, etc available. Podcast logo. Liveblogged notes from the TCC online conference. My comments in italics. Presenters: Dr. John R. Kallis, California University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Chris Patti, California University of Pennsylvania. million (2007). Can be mp3.

Key Steps to Preparing Great Synchronous Interactions

Experiencing eLearning

Share example = Microphone. Like a monitor speaker for music performance. These are my live blogged notes from Karen Hyder’s webinar, Key Steps to Preparing Great Synchronous Interactions from the Training Magazine Network. My side comments in italics. Any awkward phrasing, typos, or mistakes are mine, not Karen’s. Tip #1: Get participants to commit to participate. Ideas.

Making Sense Of The iPad For Online Learning

The eLearning Coach

The iPad is well-equipped for delivering movies (sans Flash), music, narration, graphics and text. It does have a built-in microphone and stereo speakers so it is audio ready. The noise about the release of Apple’s iPad has been a bit overwhelming. Were you too busy to read the reviews, analysis and opinions? No problem. Its 9.7 It’s only 0.5 inches thick. Weight. and 1.6

Podcasting for E-Learning: Setting Audacity Preferences

The E-Learning Curve

In this case, I’m selecting the SigmaTel sound card, which takes input from the microphone that I’m going to use to record some voiceover narration. If you’re recording music, select the Record in Stereo check box. This ensures that the sound source and playback options are set correctly as well as bit-rate, quality indicators and so on. Set Audio Input & Outputs. More….

4 Tutorials to Help You Become an Audio Pro


Some other areas where audio helps make an impact include: Course introduction or transition screens: Using music can give high-visibility training (e.g. tradeshow kiosks or conference booths): Grab and keep your audience’s attention by combining music and narration to drive home your message. Using Audacity to Combine Narration & Music. When to Use Audio.

iLust? Changing the game

Clark Quinn

Like him or not, he’s changed the face of our digital lives several times: popularizing the GUI interface with the Macintosh, changing the music market with the iPod, and upending the mobile market with the iPhone. It’s been equipped with a bookstore to complement the iPhone Store (media and apps), will play movies, music, and apps. It’s got a moderate suite of PIM, including contacts, calendar, and notes (no ToDos, ahem), and a microphone. I don’t consume a lot of music and movies. netbook in size). It’s really just a big iTouch.