My Audio Setup (#104)

In this challenge, I share with you, and the Articulate community, how I record my audio. When I first started doing software videos to show people how to use corporate IT systems, I received lots of compliments on my voice. Once you know you do something well, then you want to do more of it, right?

A couple of years ago, I asked an acquaintance – Allison Smith – to give me some pointers. Allison is a voice artist and she helped me improve tremendously! I’m not an actress like Allison but I do like eLearning narration, which can be incredibly dry.

This little piece is largely self-explanatory but it’s no fun if I don’t learn anything. I’d never done a “zoom region” in Storyline before and I’d never used animation paths. So both of those were new to me and so easy!

File > Export Multiple in Audacity is a quick way to save many project .MP3 files at once.

Learn some audio recording secrets in Challenge #104.

I’d love to do more narration, especially for eLearning, so if you need a female voice for something, get in touch!

Have a great day!

4 Responses to “My Audio Setup (#104)”

  1. Brooks

    This was great! Thank you for all the tips on audio narration including your room, microphone etc. It was very well put together and I learned quite a few things as I’m starting to do my own narration

    • Jane

      Thanks, Brooks! Let me know if you need help with anything. Best of luck! J

  2. Julie

    Thanks for sharing your audio tips. I also use Audacity and perform two of the three things you do to a recording (remove noise and speed up tempo) However, I’m curious about how you remove breaths. Do you manually delete them or is there a setting that does that for you?

    • Jane

      Hi Julie! Thanks for commenting! I manually remove each breath. This is one of the things my friend Allison taught me. In the wave form breaths have a regular appearance that you can easily recognize. But just deleting the breaths sometimes makes the voiceover sound too quick, like you never breathe at all. So I often replace the breath with silence. That way I maintain the conversational flow, but take out the annoying gasps. There is an icon for this; it’s called “silence audio” in Audacity. Have fun with it!


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