Lately I’ve listened to a few high dollar courses online. Or should I say, squirmed through their courses. Not because of their content but because of their audio quality. Many people with great information when they go to make a YouTube course, podcast, or any other online voiced media they use a cheap microphone hooked to their computer. The result is very tinny sound or something that sounds like you are in a cave. Yes, your content gets across. But everyone knows you’ve gone el-cheapo on the audio. Trying to sell me a course or convince me with a video to invest in something while your audio is $20 from Wal-mart is not a good plan. Take the time to get quality audio and it will pay you back. Quality matters!
What Audio Equipment do you Recommend?
You don’t need to spend a fortunate to get good audio. In fact you just need about 3 quality products that can get you recording quality sound anywhere.
- The Microphone: Blue Yeti USB Microphone – The Blue Yeti has over 5000 positive 5+ reviews so feel confident. The Yeti is a solidly built microphone that easily plugs into your computer. It has a manual that comes with the microphone that explains which settings to use and the great part, they make it so simple (color illustrations) that anyone can figure it out. Because, hey, we’re not all sound tech superheroes. Just give me something that works. And works well. This is a great option and one we personally use:
2. The Pop Shield – Huh? A Pop Shield? In the English language “P’s” and “S’s” and a few other letters make a “popping” or “hissing” sound on audio recording equipment. It makes it unpleasant for your listeners. These are dirt cheap and you just clamp it on to the Yeti, to your desk or whatever you’re using. Just place it several inches in front of your microphone and speak in front of the shield instead of directly into your microphone.3. The Sound Shield – Sound carries, bounces, travels and is just playful. That’s nice. Just not on your audio recording. The desk, the walls and everything can cause sound distortion and bounced sound. It’s why you see musicians recording in studios that look like padded insane asylums. When you need a good recording you need a nearby sound absorption unit. This one does the trick with the shape of the foam absorbing unnecessary sound. It’s heavy duty, quality built and folds to your needs.
Bottom Line, if you have an important message to convey in ANY kind of video, take the time to invest in quality sound equipment. Your hearers won’t notice when it sounds great, but they will notice when it sounds cheap. Represent yourself well.