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!

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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