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. I've had wonderful luck using the microphone built into my MacBook Pro.

Microphones and Audio Information

Tony Karrer

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!

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Social Learning Demonstration: How to Be a Backup Singer

Dashe & Thomson

2.0 – Get a huge microphone that looks like a spaceship. Video social learning backup singers general hilarity Informal Learning video video demonstrationWe talk a lot about social learning on this site. And we link to lots of others who talk – and talk, and talk.

Tips on Using Videos in Your Online Courses


However, they only really like them if they are done “right” The way that we consume information is changing. A good microphone can be the difference between a professional presentation and an amateur one. Don’t worry though, you can get a decent microphone for under $100 on Amazon. Whatever you do just don’t use the microphone on your computer.

Quick Take: Six Reasons to Record Your iPhone Screen

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For even more polish, use a microphone. If you’re going to narrate your video, your device’s built in microphone will capture your voice (and everything else going on in the room). A microphone can be a great way to better isolate your voice so you’re more clearly understood. For more information on mics, check out this great blog post from my colleague Matt Pierce. With the release of iOS 11 , iPhone and iPad users finally can record video of their screens.

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


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. Therefore, I recommend buying a high quality microphone.

IoE in Learning

ATD Learning Technologies

With the growing prevalence of sensors, bots, beacons, AI, cameras, and microphones, it’s becoming easier to leverage technology to design and control experiential learning environments. How does the IoE help a person work with information more efficiently?

TechSmith Tips – Getting Started with Video Webinars

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There are a number of ways to host a webinar, but most often they are live events that either inform or train the audience with the opportunity for the audience to provide input via chat. Microphone system (XLR output). What is a Webinar?

Thank You ScreencastCamp Supporters.

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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. We're just a few days away from the first ever ScreencastCamp.

Join Us Tomorrow On. The Forge!

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We're hoping that tomorrows episode will provide you with great information all about screencasting. One of our instructional designers, Chris McQueen, is also going to be reviewing the Blue Yeti microphone. Blue Microphone was kind enough to loan us a Yeti for the review.

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

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

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. It can become a security risk if you leave your email or personal information visible. by AJ Walther. Online classes are here to stay.

Count Down to 24 Camtasia Screencasts in 24 Hours.

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Microphones? You'll have a chance to win copies of Camtasia Studio and Camtasia for Mac as well as some fun things like microphones, books, TechSmith t-shirts, mugs, the coveted TechSmith spork and more! Our 24 hour marathon for Camtasia is just around the corner.

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

Sponge UK

The auditory cortex is where all this information is processed. In production, it uses a range of small microphones placed around a model head. Because that head has density, these microphones capture sound as it would be received by human ears.

10 Reasons to Convert Your Credentialing and Certification Programs to eLearning

Association eLearning

equipment (projectors, monitors, microphones, etc.). • More consistent delivery of information. Need a reason to convert your existing instructor-led credentialing and certification programs to eLearning? How about 10?

Maximizing Retention In E-Learning – Part 3

Edmego Learning

A USB microphone can be purchased at a relatively low cost and still produce great content. Would you like more information about what Edmego can do for you? Maximizing Retention In E-Learning – Part 3.

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


Can the information be communicated in another way? • Speakers should take care not to be too far away from the microphone when speaking.

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Webinars – Providing the Flexibility of Digital Learning with Human Interaction

CommLab India

All you need is an Internet connection, a microphone, and a webcam to use these virtual learning methods. The attendees of a webinar ask the presenter for information and receive it instantly. Webinars = Flexibility of Digital Learning + Human Interaction. Do you agree with this?

7 Technical Tips for Creating Video Lectures

eLearning Brothers

In a classic setup where it’s just you and your webcam, consider standalone equipment instead of an embedded microphone. Bridge the gleaned information with a learning management system (LMS) for better analysis and follow up.

How to Map Out Your Video Production With Blocking

eLearning Brothers

Was it the sudden addition of new information or assets? Your stage is only 16×9, and your information has to fit comfortably and clearly. Heard of blocking?

Repurpose Your Content: Make a Blog Video!

Visual Lounge

Ana Hoffman of Traffic Generation Cafe has some great information on the topic of content repurposing–she describes it as getting the most bang for your content buck. If you are using voice narration for your video, be sure to use a decent microphone to capture your audio.

Tune in – We’re Making 48 Videos in 24 Hours

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Remember, back in school, when you’d pull an all-nighter and try to learn and cram as much information in 24 hours as you possibly could? You just need to have a webcam, microphone and good internet connection.

Supporting our Brains

Clark Quinn

However, technology (camera, microphone, sensors) can recall it all perfectly. We also have limited ability to carry information around for the same reasons, but we can create external representations (such as notes or scribbles) that can hold those thoughts for us.

Cognitive prostheses

Clark Quinn

The same adaptive capabilities that let us cope with information overload in both familiar and new ways also lead to some systematic flaws. We’ve created tools that allow us to capture things accurately: cameras and microphones with audio recording. We ‘chunk’ information together as we learn it, and can then hold more total information at one time. Processing information in short term memory can lead to it being retained in long term memory.

5 Mistakes eLearning Developers Often Make


Use a high-quality microphone, positioned properly (normally 8-10″ away). Graphics and photos that allow learner interaction, like hotspots, exploding diagrams, drag and drop and touch points that balloon into more information are also hot features.

Extending Mobile Models

Clark Quinn

To be clear here, capture is where you use the text insertion, microphone, or camera to catch unique contextual data (or user input). Now, if the system uses this information to do something different than under other circumstances, we’re contextualizing what we do.

How to Make Video: Before Starting Your First Video, Part 2

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As you’re creating your script and storyboard, you should make a note of objects and information you need to gather, and a few items to arrange before you start shooting.

Localization & eLearning: The Translation Process

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

SP capabilities, time coded DAT, Neumann microphones, Industrial Acoustics sound booth. A reputable vendor will be proud to share this information with you. 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. The 'unknowns' can make you feel a bit fearful about moving forward.

The State of Rapid Development Tools for Mobile Learning: Webinar Recording Now Available

mLearning Revolution

I’m very happy with how the webinar turned out and I would like to thank Jeff Tillett and Chad Udell from Float Learning for having me, as well as Robert Gadd for sharing the microphone with me. Please stay tuned for more information on this.

Tools to make you drool – video training toys for IDs

Dashe & Thomson

While it allows you to integrate video into the e-learning module, you can set up an interface that pulls out bullet points and diagrams (from a Powerpoint deck or other document) in a sidebar to support the video and provide additional information.

Welcome Camtasia Relay 2!

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Audio at a glance - Camtasia Relay displays the audio levels for all connected microphones and guides presenters to choose the best one. Curious about Camtasia Relay and need more information? We're celebrating today at TechSmith and we hope you'll join in too! We're happy to introduce Camtasia Relay 2! If you're new to Camtasia Relay , it gives you enterprise-wide screen recording and enables multiple people to record meetings, training, lectures and more with just three clicks.

Future of Education 2020 Summit

Jay Cross

Finally, following a panel session, we were invited to stand at a microphone if we had questions. True to form, the LMS vendor supporting the show twisted the definition of “informal learning” so it could claim to have some: What’s informal about purpose-built content?

Small E-Learning Budgets? Create Your Own Training Videos

CommLab India

It is an effective way to communicate information quickly, caters to multiple learning styles and pairs beautifully with microlearning, to provide short, compelling content. Short videos that offer bite-sized information which learners can quickly consume should be your aim.

Green Screen on a Shoestring: Part III, Production

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

For audio, make the appropriate connections with the wireless microphone system and ensure the audio levels are within an acceptable range. In addition, John teaches freshman information systems courses at UCO. by John Gillmore and Bucky Dodd.

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


Anyone with a microphone and a computer can create a podcast. Oral storytelling is one of the oldest ways our society has shared information and knowledge. Are you an auditory learner? Do you remember things better when you hear them?

Double Your eLearning Return on Investment

eLearning Architect

Use a lapel microphone to capture high quality audio from the presenter. It is easy to ask a learner 10 questions once we’ve spoon fed them some information. I was recently invited to speak at the annual Learning Technologies conference in London.

4 Ways to Make Your Audio In Your Courses Better


There is the software to record your audio, the microphone and other hardware to capture your voice. The greatest drawback is that this could overwhelm the learner with excessive information. When it comes to creating audio for eLearning, there are a lot of factors to consider.

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Meet Ron Hogue, 2012 ScreenChamp Training Category Winner

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Ron said, “I wanted it to be informational, so whether or not you cared about Ron Hogue or cared about Camtasia, it should be something that’s helpful to you.