Recording Tips for Best Quality

  • If you are making a recording of a group, then you need a bidirectional microphone. However, for best results, you need a microphone for each participant or a way to pass a microphone around.


  • The better the recording device the more side conversations that are recorded which leads to the next tip.


  • Remind people that even if they whisper, these side conversations can be picked up by a good microphone. They might be embarrassed to know what was recorded!


  • If you are recording a person with a soft voice, it is imperative that the microphone is close to this person or many words will be missed.


  • If you are doing an interview, place the microphone closer to the interviewee than yourself. You already know what you said. You are trying to get their words. If you are going to have blanks in your recording, make it the least important ones.


  • Shuffling papers don't sound loud in the room, but they will be picked up on a good mic. These sounds will override the recorded conversation.


  • Use the smallest room possible. Large rooms echo.


  • Don't record in a room near high-traffic areas. Sounds outside of a room will pick up.


  • Sometimes when air conditioning or heating comes on in a room, the sound coming from the vent will override voices. Test your sound system for this problem. 


  • Shut the doors to the room where the recording is taking place. Even though you may not notice the sounds going by the open door, the microphone will pick up those sounds.