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:
This course is structured to bring you from buying your first microphone to exporting your recording. Here's the flow from start to end.
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.
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:
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:
Examples of DAW
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:
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:
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.
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.
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.
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
16bit / 44.1kHz
24bit / 96kHz
24bit / 192kHz
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
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.