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What is the Best Microphone?

Visual Lounge

One of the most difficult parts of a video is getting quality audio, in my opinion. And, there have been studies that show that the quality of your audio affects your audience’s perception of the quality of your presentation more than the visuals. So, I thought I’d round up a bunch of different microphones at work and compare them for you. Matt Pierce, the Training Manager, and I headed to our soundbooth and tested 6 different microphones. We tried to have as much consistency as possible, but we had to adjust the audio levels on each microphone.

eLearning: What's the Best Microphone for Voiceover Audio?

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

I received an email asking the following: What specific advice can you give about the kind of microphone to purchase for making good quality audio narrations to accompany my Captivate training sessions, minimizing echo and other audio problems? I would prefer the versatility of a standalone microphone on a stand that could sit on my desk rather than a microphone built into a headset. When it comes to selecting a headset or microphone, it will often come down to personal preference. I've had wonderful luck using the microphone built into my MacBook Pro.

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. I’ll have to admit, I’m no audio pro and I’m also a bit less dogmatic about audio quality than some elearning developers. You want to record the best audio quality you can initially. Microphone Recommendations.

How to Record High Quality Audio for E-Learning

E-learning Uncovered

We all recognize the sound of poor quality audio when we hear it. There’s also a perception that creating top-quality audio yourself is equally costly. The truth is, recording and creating high quality audio for e-learning doesn’t require professional-grade tools, special training, or a multi-thousand dollar budget. Choose a high-quality microphone. Not at all!

4 Simple Tips for Recording High-Quality Audio

Rapid eLearning

But it all falls apart if the audio quality in your course is not very good. Today we’ll look at the microphone and recording environment. Invest in a good quality microphone. When it comes to microphones, you typically get what you pay for. A good mic is going to give you good audio quality. Place your microphone away from your computer.

How to (and Why) Produce High Quality Audio for E-Learning

Mindflash

For example, there are free audio recording software application out there and most computers come with built in microphones. Look for the microphone icon at the bottom of each tab. Get a Good Microphone : Even if your computer comes with a microphone, it might not be the best one to use. Audio quality is the most important element of any multimedia content.

Affordable Audio Equipment For A High Quality Recording

DigitalChalk eLearning

Want to record quality audio without breaking the bank? Don’t worry – there are affordable microphones out there that can give you a high quality recording that won’t leave a massive dent in your wallet. One important thing to be aware of when searching for a microphone is to see if it is an omnidirectional or unidirectional microphone.

Microphones and Audio Information

Tony Karrer

that were asking about quality differences between a Blue Snowball mic and SHURE mics. The keywords on the left are highly related to audio as well, so I'll drill down to pages on Audio Voiceover or Audio Microphone. On the Audio Microphone page I scroll down to the Best of Posts and see a bunch of great posts: Microphone Round-up! eLearning Technology.

How to Record Voice Overs for eLearning (Part 1)

eLearning Brothers

Background noise and humming can cause voice overs to sound like they were recorded with a laptop microphone or worse. The highest quality microphone still won’t sound good if you’ve got a ton of background noise. Other possible solutions to help with noise cancellation are portable microphone isolation shields or booths. Choosing a Microphone.

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Accessories for Recording Audio Narration

Rapid eLearning

In a previous post, we explored some inexpensive microphones for recording audio narration. However, sometimes having a microphone is not enough. There are other accessories that help put the microphone in the correct position and offer other assistance for recording the best quality audio. Use a Microphone Stand when Recording Audio Narration. Want to learn more?

Do You Hear That? It’s Your eLearning Course Sounding Better

eLearning Brothers

Quality audio is more important than you realize. There are several things you can do on your own to secure better quality audio without having to spend loads of money. Even if you happen to have a microphone, it should be noted that there are tremendous differences in audio quality between the plethora of mics available. Clip 2 – Shure SM-58. Clip 3 – Shure PG-42.

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Audio quality does matter

Clive on Learning

and in which communication is more rapid and spontaneous, we might be tempted to put out any old thing, recorded using poor quality equipment and with little care. Once you're set up, you can make high quality voice recordings without fuss, as easily as you did using a headset / built-in mic or whatever else you used before. So, audio fidelity does matter. All for under £100

Best Practices for Voice-Over

CourseArc

Studio microphone and pop shield on mic stand. Even though.wav files are much higher sound quality (which is not necessary for most eLearning courses), they can potentially slow down the bandwidth. If you are designing and developing eLearning, you are most likely going to need voice-over work. Multimedia Principle – People learn better from words and pictures than from words alone.

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Microphone Round-up!

Visual Lounge

One of the most difficult parts of a screencast is getting quality audio, in my opinion. And, there have been studies that show that the quality of your audio affects your audience's perception of the quality of your presentation more than the visuals. So, I thought I'd round up a bunch of different microphones at work and compare them for you. Matt Pierce, the Training Manager, and I headed to our soundbooth and tested 6 different microphones. We tried to have as much consistency as possible, but we had to adjust the audio levels on each microphone.

Recording Skype and Google Hangout Video Calls

Visual Lounge

You might recommend a microphone for them to use but at the very least don’t let them use the microphone built into their laptop. It’s probably good enough if you were just having a conversation but the quality for your video will be disappointing. If they have a external webcam, it probably has a microphone built in that will probably be good enough. Background Noise.

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Do You Know About This Video Tool?

LearnDash

Now your online courses can have video explanations with a professional visual quality. Take it one step further by purchasing a recording microphone from Amazon. You don’t need to spend hundreds of dollars to get quality audio equipment. If you are creating an online course then you know the importance of video. Text can be cold and impersonal. training tools

Learning videos - anyone can do them, but that doesn't make them easy

Clive on Learning

I'd say there were three main areas in which people underestimate the need for care and attention with a learning video: Sound : The microphones built-in to cameras are omni-directional (they record sound coming from every direction) and very poor quality. Most learning videos involve speech and you simply cannot record speech to a satisfactory quality with a built-in mic. If your camera does not allow you to hook up an external microphone, ideally a shotgun (directional) mic or a lavalier (lapel) mic, then your viewers will have to put up with awful sound. video

User Generated Learning Content – Making it Happen

Learning Cafe

Can we use Employees to share knowledge and expertise through User Generated Learning Content in form of videos, blogs, podcasts using the now ubiquitous smartphones and tablets with high quality cameras and microphones ? What about quality of learner generated learning content ? Wed, Sept 30, 2015 12 – 1 PM AEST , Register. Remember the time we got all our news and entertainment from traditional media such as TV, Newspapers and Radio and experts. Fast forward to now and we are increasingly consuming user generated content on YouTube, Facebooks, Blogs, Wikipedia etc.

Voice Over Tips for eLearning – During Recording (Part 2)

eLearning Brothers

This vital step will allow you to adjust the input level of your microphone to avoid clipping. It is a good idea to test out the microphone input by saying some words with “plosives” and speak as loud as you think you will get when reading the script. As with microphones, there are countless options when it comes to good studio headphones. Soundcheck! Hydration.

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eLearning: When Should You Record Your Voiceover Audio?

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

  On the other hand, easy doesn't necessarily translate to quality. Is there a particular microphone you use? (I've by Kevin Siegel      Adding voiceover audio to eLearning enhances the learner experience. And before you spend thousands of dollars hiring voiceover talent to record your audio, you should know: your voice is fine (nobody likes their own voice so trust me on this, yours will do nicely). I've been creating eLearning for years (and years and years).   But when should you record your audio? wait for it.  more informal. 

How To: Creating the Mindflash Example Course

Mindflash

Audio: Microphones. The AKG 820 is the microphone used in most Mindflash voice overs. It is a great high-quality mic and will give you a natural sounding result. Beyond having a great microphone, it’s important to make sure you are considering the factors that will affect your recording negatively. Voice Overs and Screen Captures. The AKG 820 Perception Tube Mic.

PowerPoint 2007: Adding Voiceover Narration to Presentations Converted to Movies

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

  Note:  You can use the microphone built in to your computer for narration. However, if you are looking for better sound quality it is usually better to use an external microphone.   Since you have previously added audio, this will prevent the microphone from picking up that audio in your narration and causing an echo effect. by AJ George.

How to turn heads: The essential need for positional audio in immersive learning

Sponge UK

Conversely, if the sound is of poor quality and the learner is having to strain to hear, or the sound doesn’t fit correctly with the visuals, learners will quickly become fatigued and disengaged from the reality you are trying create. In production, it uses a range of small microphones placed around a model head. The auditory cortex is where all this information is processed.

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How To: Creating the Mindflash Example Course

Mindflash

Audio: Microphones. The AKG 820 is the microphone used in most Mindflash voice overs. It is a great high-quality mic and will give you a natural sounding result. Beyond having a great microphone, it’s important to make sure you are considering the factors that will affect your recording negatively. Voice Overs and Screen Captures. The AKG 820 Perception Tube Mic.

Three Reasons Not to Use Audio Narration in Your Online Training

Rapid eLearning

On the flip side, if you do record your own audio narration: Get a good microphone. You can get a decent microphone for about $75. People will tolerate less than perfect image quality before they accept bad audio narration. Audio narration is part of multimedia and adds a lot of value to your elearning courses. However, there are times when it makes sense to NOT use audio.

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Online Training: Best Practices for Attending a Live, Online Course

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

Free up your hands and improve your audio quality at the same time! Although you can get away with using a microphone and speakers (or your computer's built-in mic and speakers), to get the best online class experience, beg, borrow, or steal a headset. While a headset with a microphone will help eliminate background noise, nothing will totally block out all noises. by AJ Walther. Online classes are here to stay. They're easy, they're environmentally friendly, they're economical, and they're extremely effective. Things come up. Worst case scenario?

The Art Of Voice Overs – Part 2

Edmego Learning

You can quickly isolate the imperfections in your voice quality. With some very simple tips you can make some major corrections in your voice quality. The microphone picks up everything. The Art Of Voice Overs – Part 2. Producing voice overs is an acquired skill. Just because you talk all day does not mean that you are fully qualified for voice overs. Posture. into play.

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5 Mistakes eLearning Developers Often Make

eFront

What can you do to improve the quality of your multimedia? Use a high-quality microphone, positioned properly (normally 8-10″ away). 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. Let’s look at each proactively. Use a script.

Hands On: How to Produce Your Own Video Resume

Visual Lounge

Even most smartphones now shoot video in a quality high enough for the web, and it works great! The final piece of gear I recommend is a quality microphone or external audio recording device. For camcorders or DSLR cameras with a microphone jack, you could use the TechSmith lapel mic. Part 1: Pre-Production. What points do I want to highlight on my resume?

Tools to make you drool – video training toys for IDs

Social Learning

In my last post I examined several characteristics that make for hi-quality learning videos – [link]. IDs have been able to embed video in a Captivate timeline for years but, with Captivate 6, Adobe has built in a new capture-as-a-video workflow allowing you to create high-quality product demos. It allows you to edit video, and add transitions, smart shapes, audio, and captions.

10 Tips for Successful Webinars

360 Training

Check audio quality. Good quality audio is critical. Keep in mind that a good headset will often provide better quality audio than a laptop’s built-in microphone. The headset will help ensure that the microphone remains a consistent distance from your mouth, no matter which way you turn your head as you speak or move. In addition, use of a headset means that the return audio is piped into the earphones, rather than the computer speakers, keeping that audio from getting picked up by the microphone. Check video quality. How do you look?

Rethinking The Holiday Rush

Nick Leffler

My plan was to use the microphone on my iPhone ear-buds. I knew this would present some problems including not the highest quality recording (although it was not too bad). The holidays is always the busiest time of year. Everyone is out and about doing last minute errands and trying to get that last project out the door before going away for the year. My rush has been a bit different this year. While it still has that normal rush at work trying to get projects out the door, I have a new rush for December. I wanted to make the rush just a bit more rushed. New Tech.

Top 10 Screen Recording Software for Windows

eLearning Brothers

CamStudio’s website claims the file size of the videos you create with their software will be smaller in size than other leading video screen recorders, and have great quality. SmartPixel claims to use advanced video compression technology to create high quality videos that improve on disk space utilization. . Videos are excellent tools for visual and auditory learners. Ezvid.

Localization & eLearning: The Translation Process

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

SP capabilities, time coded DAT, Neumann microphones, Industrial Acoustics sound booth. Reliable translation providers will use a translation process that adheres to basic industry quality best practices. Don't be afraid to ask your vendor about their internal translation and quality management processes. by Jen Weaver. You are ready to move forward with your translation project, but despite your preparation you still feel a bit in the dark about what steps will be involved in creating your translation. Evaluation. Casting of Voice Talents based on client approval.