Rumble Studio takes care of your audio recording settings for you. We also apply some post-processing techniques to add audio sparkle to your recordings.
That said, the quality of your audio recordings is most dependent on your recording environment, the microphone you use, and your microphone technique.
How to set up your recording environment
- Find a small, quiet room, ideally one that contains soft furnishings, curtains and carpets. Large rooms with hard flat walls and objects create a lot of echo, which will greatly affect the quality of your recording.
- Close the windows and doors to eliminate any traffic/street noise or wildlife.
- Turn off any fans, air-conditioning units, and even loud computer fans.
- Disable the ringtone and notifications on all devices.
- Unplug or mute any smart speakers / voice assistants (e.g. Amazon Alexa / Google assistant), so they aren't accidentally triggered. This includes the one on your smartphone.
- Tell your colleagues you'll be recording, so they don't enter the room while you're recording.
- Use a wired internet connection if possible, or a strong wifi connection.
Which microphone to use
The microphone you should use depends on whether you're using Rumble Studio on desktop/laptop computer or a smartphone. Check out our guide on which microphone to use, for more information.
How you use a microphone is very important. Here are some basic tips to follow:
- Maintain a distance of around 10cm (one fist's width) between your mouth and the microphone. Any closer, and you will start to hear breathing in the recordings. Any further, and your voice will start to sound faint.
- Move the microphone to the side of your mouth. Positioning the microphone directly in front of your mouth can lead to recording more pops from uttering plosives.
- Use a pop-filter. These aren't always necessary if you position the microphone correctly, but they can help (and they look cool).
- Adjust the gain level to avoid overload. Some microphones and audio interfaces have a gain control to raise/lower the level of the recorded audio. Create a few test recordings at different settings, and listen to the results - you want to find the highest gain level that doesn't create distorted recordings.
- While recording, avoid touching the microphone, the desk, and other objects around you. Microphones can be very sensitive, and things can sound much louder in a recording.