Record & Edit With Your USB Microphone Like A Pro

Learn how to record and edit great sounding audio on your USB microphone that will be accepted by broadcast standards.
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  • Lectures 13
  • Length 1 hour
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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Published 5/2015 English

Course Description

If you're recording on a USB microphone, you're probably recording a podcast, voice over or even recording a vocal take.

This is where this course comes in. This course is designed to take you to the next level of recording & editing great sounding audio, so your recordings would be accepted even for broadcast and TV.

Grasping the know-how to produce great audio will open more opportunities to what you can do. When you mastered the art, you can:

  • Record and sell yourself as a voice talent
  • Be more sought after with your podcast quality
  • Produce better home recorded vocals & demos
  • Create better sounding videos that your fans would love watching
  • Be seen as a pro through your media work. (People hate substantial video with bad audio quality!)
  • Create better YouTube videos with great audio

This course is structured to bring you from buying your first microphone to exporting your recording. Here's the flow from start to end.

  1. First, you'll learn which microphone you should invest in. Different microphones give you different sounds.
  2. Then we'll talk about what software you should use.
  3. Recording techniques and editing your recordings is then really important
  4. After that we'll clean up your audio to make sure they sound GREAT
  5. Before we export your recordings, you'll learn how to use commercial effects to spice your recordings or vocals.
  6. Finally, learn the best way to output your audio and share it out with the world.

If that's not enough, you can count me in for any questions you have regarding recording, editing and producing your voice over or vocal recordings. I'm always connected, so I'll be at your service.

See you in class.

What are the requirements?

  • Audio Editor - Use Audacity, it's free
  • Get a microphone or let me help you find one in the course
  • PC or Mac - Doesn't matter which, you just need a computer

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Record on the microphone like a pro with recording techniques
  • Cleanup and edit broadcast sounding audio
  • Apply effects and produce good sounding audio, vocals and recordings
  • Know which microphone to invest in

Who is the target audience?

  • People who wants to record podcasts
  • Home musicians
  • Vocalists
  • Voice talents
  • Instructors who wants good audio in their recordings

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Let's Start Recording Like A Pro

Don't get the GAS (Gear Acquisition Syndrome)! Buy what's necessary and focus on your craft and skills.

In this lecture, we'll talk about which USB microphones you should buy. Different microphones have different pros and different sound.

The microphones that I'll be touching on in this lecture are:

  • Samson Meteor USB (Which I'm currently on)
  • Blue Snowball
  • Samson CO1U
  • Samson CO3U
  • Audio Technica AT2020 USB

I've often found myself to be more versatile with an XLR microphone. But if you're just looking for convenient and an easy way to record without the hassle of being a producer, then go USB.

Going pro? XLR, no questions asked.


If you're doing strictly audio editing, I would recommend you to go for a audio editing software not a DAW (Digital Audio Workstation).

Although both can be used to record audio, you'll get more audio editing capabilities on a dedicated audio editing software.

Some examples for audio editing software are:

  • Audacity
  • Adobe Audition
  • Cool Edit Pro
  • Sony Sound Forge

Examples of DAW

  • Logic Pro
  • Cubase
  • Ableton Live
  • Fruity Loops
  • Studio One

On a Windows machine? We'll start recording straightaway with Audacity.

If you are using a Mac, go for the next video and see how we do the same thing on a Mac.

Important matters covered in this lecture:

  • Plugging in your microphone
  • Setting audio inputs
  • Setting levels
  • Recording in audacity

Watching this lecture means you're on a Mac. That's okay, I'll just show you how to set your microphone and record on a Mac in this lecture.

Important matters covered in this lecture:

  • Plugging in your microphone
  • Setting audio inputs
  • Setting levels
  • Recording in audacity
Section 2: Cleaning & Treating Your Recordings

You'll learn how to denoise your audio in this section. This includes noise from your AC, atmosphere and sometimes even little sound annoyance.

I'm doing this in Adobe Audition (that is why I recommend Adobe Audition!), but you'll get away fine with Audacity as a start.


Hisssssssssss and sssssssssss went the singer. This lecture is de-essing those annoying 'S' usually found in vocal recording takes.

Here's how I do it in Adobe Audition.

Again, if you have some questions or need help in your audio editor, let me know. I'll come to assist you.

Section 3: Recording & Editing Techniques

Microphone techniques is next. Get the best possible sound in your recordings.

For this demonstration, I got Alvin Chong, a singer to help. You'll hear recording samples from him that might be a little hard to differentiate if you're new in audio production. However the more you go into audio production, you'll begin to train your ears to hear even the most subtle differences.

Let me know if you have questions throughout this lecture.

The Samson CO1U microphone is being used in this lecture.

3 questions

Let's see if you're ready to take on professional recording


Learn some basic editing first before going into advanced editing. This lecture will make sure you'll edit your audio effectively for them to sound great.


Getting good sound does not mean you'll have to run out and but all the audio gear you can find. Here I'll show you how to sculpt your recorded audio into a polished sound.


Effects is the fun part. You can use the effects that came with your software.

If you want extra effects, you can always buy or look for free 3rd party effects.

Either way, the effect techniques you learn in this lecture will be applicable to all of them.

Section 4: Exporting Your Audio

That's right. This is usually my happiest moment in production.

The final frontier. Exporting my work and sharing it with the world.

But before you make an export mistake and get the world frowning at you, I'm here to show you how to export it correctly. Below are some helpful reminders.

MP3 (Compressed. Low end & high end frequencies are generally cutted off. The frequencies we humans can't hear are removed for a smaller file size)
16bit / 320kbps << For the highest quality

CD Quality
16bit / 44.1kHz

DVD Quality

24bit / 96kHz

Blu-Ray Quality
24bit / 192kHz

2 questions

One more quiz before you take on the world!


Questions & support? I'm here for you, I promise.

As the Audio Mentor, it's my job to make sure you I can inspire you, teach you what I know and continue to help you in anyway I can. :)

Plugins, effects and more. Just ask.

Thank you again. I hope you enjoyed the course as much as I did creating it.

Reuben Ch'ng the Audio Mentor

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Instructor Biography

Reuben Ch'ng, The Audio Mentor

Hello. My name is Reuben Ch'ng and I'm a music composer & producer who have worked for names like History Channel, Sony, Ridsect and more.

My work in the production industry are usually recording & mixing for TV plus music compositions for films and documentaries. I've also had the honor to make music for some games as well for a few game companies.

Having started in the music production industry with little help, I've self taught a lot and also not to mention the many trials and errors I did. And because of that I always look forward helping aspiring music producers and fellow musicians.

I also run Audio Mentor where I write weekly tutorials and article.

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