27 Replies
Adam Hoe

Hi Heather,

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!

Ulises Musseb

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.

Ari Avivi

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.

James Newcomb

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.

Daniel Chodos

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.