What type of microphone are folks using to create audio?
If you are looking for basic personal recording, I have always used a Logitech headset. Nothing special, but maybe something just above the base model for comfort. Keep in mind, sometimes these things break if the cord gets snagged or the set gets squished by accident. So, you may consider that when deciding how much to spend. (is it reasonably replaceable)
As far as editing goes, Storyline does have a great built-in editor. If you are concerned about static or background noise you can always record and clean up your files in an audio editor like Soundbooth, or Audacity (free) prior to importing to Storyline.
Some companies use voice talent and have a significant investment in hardware and software of course but that's a different ball game.
I am sure everyone has personal preferences when it comes to this, it just depends on your personal preferences and the results you are looking for!
I hope this helps!
Thanks Adam. I'm using an inexpensive table top microphone right now but get a lot of hissing that is a bit distracting.
I use the Blue Snowball microphone. I prefer a stand alone mic over headsets, though I have had acceptable results with it.
Something to think about is that you can get the hissing esses and plossive p's from any microphone if the settings are not correct. Normally I always need software to fix imperfections in the recording. Rarely (actually, never) have any recording I've done that goes directly from the mic to the course.
I use Sound Forge and Audacity for editing audio. I hope this helps.
+1 for Blue Yeti.
Thanks, I'll look into that.
Heather M. Croall | Training and Quality Manager | DS Services of America, Inc.
I had not heard of it, but will definitely check it out.
I would try to edit using Audacity. Its free and has a feature where you can detect a "noise profile" (like this hissing you are hearing, or an AC unit, etc.) and remove only that frequency.
I also agree that Blue makes superb Mic's that don't break the bank.
Best of luck.
I haven't needed to do much audio lately but I did by the Blue Nessie, which is kind of the mid-range of the Blue microphones which get pretty good ratings consistently.
I bought a Blue Yeti on sale before Christmas. No regrets. It's not the smallest thing in the world and it is over 100 but worth every penny. Great sound and solid.
Thanks for all the info!
I agree wit the Blue recommendation. I have a Nesse and have used a snowball as well
I'm using the Blue Yeti with a pop filter (helps with clarity/hissing), and our institution uses the Blue Snowflakes in a lot of circumstances - they're a super affordable (and portable) option that produces good quality audio.
I'm using an audio-technical ATR2100-USB mic running through a XENYK Q802USB mixer. Can't seem to remove hiss completely on the initial recording, but I strongly recommend Audacity for its noise reduction after recording.
We use the Blue Yeti with a filter and we bought a portable sound booth.
I use the Blue Yeti and works great.
I am using an inexpensive desktop microphone I got from Amazon called the Blue Yeti. It works a lot better than the expensive Shure microphone and preamp that I originally tried. Idiot proof, good quality sound.
I use a blue yeti pro and audacity for removing the background noise. One big piece of advice, do your best to limit the amount of ambient noise before starting. I find that if i cover my tower with a heavy blanket I almost don't have to do any noise reduction at all on my final product.
Just remember to take the blanket off when you are done.
I have only had one off requests for audio recordings and voice-overs, so I have never invested in a proper microphone like others have mentioned. However, I have used my iPhone earbuds/microphone and the quality is pretty good, as long as you record in a quiet room.
Thank you everyone for the great information!
I am a huge fan of the blue yeti. I even built a sound booth our of a Rubbermaid tote and a memory foam mattress pad and get almost perfect quality.
My personal pick is Blue Yeti. Im using it for 1.5 year and still working great
I use a CAD u37 USB condenser mic with a foam pop filter. I record in an office directly off a factory floor so the mic picks up the hum of the machines, so I too use Audacity to remove the background noise. Audacity also works well for recording multiple takes and splicing together the pieces you like and cutting out the ones you don't. Great for playing around with different voice inflections and picking your favorite.
We use a Sure Beta 58A with a Blue Icicle USB to XLR converter. Of course you will also need a short XLR cable and a mic stand too. And, we use Audacity for the recording software for ease of editing.
It works great, provides very consistent quality recordings, and can be used in pretty noisy environments without picking up ambient noises, even when recording in an office cubicle area.
I use a Rode NT Mic with Adobe Audition for cleaning up the audio.