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Audio Recording For Online Instructors Made Easy

How to easily record great sounding audio for your online course without any expensive gear or audio editing software.
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Created by Laurence Kim
Last updated 9/2015
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What Will I Learn?
Easily record great sounding audio
Understand what gear you need - and what you don't
Set up your recording room for the best possible sound
Use proper microphone technique
Troubleshoot common audio problems
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  • Students need some type of software for recording Udemy courses such as Camtasia or ScreenFlow

Are you struggling with recording great sounding audio for your Udemy courses?

Lots of Udemy instructors struggle with producing great quality audio.

Then they look online and find lots of tutorials requiring expensive gear or complicated techniques and software.

It doesn't have to be this way!

Getting great sounding audio can be super simple and inexpensive.

In this course you'll learn how to get great audio with a minimum amount of gear and without using ANY audio editing software.

We'll even get decent audio using a $12 microphone!

Here's what you'll learn:

  • Why great sounding audio is so important
  • Gear that you need - and what you don't need
  • Specific microphone recommendations
  • The basics of acoustics
  • Setting up your room for the best possible sound
  • Recording technique (microphone positioning, etc.)
  • Recording workflow from beginning to end
  • Troubleshooting common audio problems
Audio is so important for Udemy instructors. Bad audio can result in an unpleasant experience for your students, bad engagement, and bad reviews. It can even result in your course being rejected by Udemy!
Take this course and learn how to record audio the easy way.
Who is the target audience?
  • Udemy instructors
  • Anyone who wants a simple system for recording audio
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Curriculum For This Course
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3 Lectures 05:42

Good audio is critical for your Udemy course. In fact, it's more important than your slides and video! Here's why.

Preview 02:15

How good does your audio need to be? It needs to be good, but squeezing out that last 5% probably isn't worth it.

Preview 02:08

Here's what we'll cover in this course.

Preview 01:19
5 Lectures 15:05

Using a real microphone gets you 80% of the way there to great sounding audio.

Preview 02:31

It's time to get a microphone! Here are some of my recommendations.

Preview 04:00

Lavalier microphones are essential for field recording, or just for looking great on camera! Here are a few things to think about.

Lavalier microphones

In this lesson we cover microphone accessories, including pop filters, shock mounts and mic stands.

Pop filters, shock mounts and mic stands

I keep telling you that audio recording doesn't have to be expensive. Well how does $12 sound?

Is a $12 microphone good enough?
Setting up your recording room
3 Lectures 07:42

A really basic primer on room acoustics.

Principles of room acoustics

Here's my exact process for setting up my room for the best possible acoustics.

How I set up my room to record

What if you're also recording video? You don't want a duvet showing behind your head! Here's how I modify my setup when shooting video.

Room setup for talking head video
Recording Technique
6 Lectures 14:57

The distance between your mouth and the microphone affects not only the quality, but the character of your audio.

Mouth-to-microphone distance

Even if you use a pop filter, you can still run into problems with plosives. Here's how you can minimize them.

Reducing plosives

Siblance is harder to tame than plosives, but we'll learn a few techniques that help.

Reducing sibilance

You might need to record audio while away from your computer. That's field recording. This lecture gives you a few things to think about. Keep in mind that this is more of an intermediate/advanced topic and in order to do field recording you may need to learn how to synch audio with video in your video editing software.

Field recording

Audio editing software is great for audio engineers, but unnecessary for Udemy instructors.

Why you don't need audio editing software

Remember the name of this course: Audio Recording for Udemy Instructors made easy.

In this lecture I'll lay out my audio workflow from top to bottom. It doesn't get any easier than this.

My complete recording process
Wrap up
3 Lectures 07:04

A quick checklist of things to try when you have problems.

Trouble shooting

You don't need any fancy gear! Everything you need to make great sounding audio can be had for less than $100 total.

Total costs

A summary of what we've learned, and some bonuses for my other courses of interest to Udemy instructors.

Course wrap up
About the Instructor
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Photographer, Small Business Coach and Teaching Expert

I've been teaching people from both Fortune 500 companies as well as individual entrepreneurs for more than 10 years. Throughout my career, I've been a Vice President in a major financial services firm, a freelance professional photographer, and a small business coach.

I've taught topics such as sales, marketing, software and business development. I've delivered approximately 2,000 training sessions during my career, both to individuals and to groups.

Now I want to bring my training experience to a world-wide audience through Udemy.

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