After rerecording video for a file, I realized I may need to rerecord the audio that goes with it. In the background of the audio explaining power flow and Kirchhoff’s Law, I could hear birds chirping and cars driving by. I swear the streets are busiest when I’m recording!
I found a couple articles about ways to make recording more professional sounding in not-so-perfect environments. I use a pillow in front of the microphone to deaden the noise. The pillow is usually placed between me and my laptop, about 4 inches away from my headset. I adjusted the position of the microphone – having it low, under the chin seems to work best for me. I also have the microphone pointed towards the pillow. It seems to lessen the “p” sound.
The next steps will be to build a small, portable recording booth that I can put over my laptop. I found one online called porta-booth. I looked up their site: http://www.harlanhogan.com/portaboothArticle.shtml. It may be worth the money, but I have all the parts to make one of these at home, and I want to save money.
My plan to make one is to use a cardboard box and an old egg crate mattress topper to fill the box with “sound proofing”. I plan to make one sometime over the next couple of weeks. I’ll post the results.
I don’t have a good mic, but I do have a couple options. I would love to get away from using the headset mic. It’s built-in sound card is only so-so, and I just generally would prefer a better setup. Guitar Hero came with a utilitarian USB mic, but it’s not too bad overall.