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10 Tips for submitting clean audio recordings

10 Tips for submitting clean audio recordings

Follow these ten tips to get started on your Resemble voice cloning journey. We've included some tricks and microphone techniques for you to consider when generating the best audio recordings for your resemble voice. Recording with these pieces of advice in mind will help us create a clean high quality voice model cloned from your unique voice and style. Welcome to the resemble family!

Position your microphone
When recording your voice, start with the microphone 6 to 8 inches in front of your mouth. This is close enough that you'll sound present but not muddy due to the microphone’s proximity effect (the base frequency the microphone adds when you get close to it [about 2 inches or so]).

Use a pop filter
A pop filter will assist you in reducing those plosive sounds that naturally come from your hard "p" "t" "k" and “b" sounds. These are natural burst of high-volume sounds that can cause recordings to clip and distort your quality. Placing the pop filter 3 to 4 inches directly in front of your mouth will help you when subsequently positioning yourself to your microphone. The filter will reduce those plosive sounds by spreading the air out more evenly, so it does not contact your microphone. It will clip onto your microphone stand and sits about 2 inches in front of the capsule. You can use a gym sock in a pinch if you don't have a pop filter on hand.

Minimize movement
Try not to move around too much when recording (especially when speaking) and try to have your script on a stand or tablet up in front of you. Looking down can restrict your vocal cords and reduce the clarity and range of your voice. Pages moving, your clothing shifting, and other such movements can introduce additional noise in your recordings.

Posture and hydration
When recording, sit up straight to allow for good breath control and strong posture. Have a drink on hand (warm or at room temperature) to keep hydrated as you record which minimizes mouth noise (pops, clicks and smacks). This will improve the quality of your recordings.

Warm up
Warm up your voice by reading the script aloud before starting the recording. This lets you find the right combination of volume, projection, and pacing for the script you are reading and increases your comfort level with the material at hand. You may find it easiest to highlight sections or add pauses to maximize the characteristics of your unique style.

Treat your space
It's important to minimize or get rid of room echo to produce a clean recording. Sound bounces off of flat hard surfaces. If you can break that up in your space with pillows, blankets, furniture, rugs, and or clothing (in your closet for instance), the sound waves will break apart as they travel, and echo will be minimized. lay a blanket on your desk under the microphone stand. Note that adding a soft rubber mouse pad underneath your stand can help further stabilize your microphone and reduce low frequency vibrations coming from the surface of your desk (similar to a shock mount). Add pillows around the back and sides of your microphone. Alternatively, you can create a portable cardboard box and place the microphone inside to reduce room echo. Fill it with egg crate foam on the sides/top and cut out a hole for the sound to enter. The hole should be facing you with the pop filter positioned in front of your microphone. Place pillows or hang blankets behind you to reduce further reflections.

Mind the room ambiance
There are lots of sounds to contend with in everyday life. We might have noise from outside, or our own living environment may introduce unwanted background commotion. Turning off appliances like AC's, fridges, or air filters will help. If you have neighbors walking around above you, wait until the house is quieter to record. Nighttime may improve the noise levels even from the outdoors. Close your windows and doors to reduce even more interference. A closet can work as a makeshift booth which cuts down your background ambiance a good deal. Pause your recording session when planes are flying by, large trucks or cars are passing, or doors are closing to make it easier to clean up your audio later. Consider moving your computer away from your microphone by use of longer cables to eliminate that fan noise from your laptop.

Select the microphone
You want to ensure that your quality is as high as possible on your budget. A laptop's internal microphone will not cut it since it tends to introduce fan noise and muddy the clarity of your voice. If you don't already have your microphone, consider starting with a Rode NT-USB Condenser Cardioid Microphone. It is a plug and play USB option with its own preamplifier-built in. this gives you a condenser microphone response (capturing the sound from the front/sides and not the back of the microphone).

Use headphones
A good pair of over the ear headphones will help you when listening back to your recordings. You will hear the room noise, your plosives, and anything else that may need tweaking in your space to better prepare you for a high-quality recording. Some microphone setups give you the ability to monitor yourself in your headphones as you record which will allow you to hear any mouth noise you may be generating along the way.

Good rest will help
Get plenty of sleep and hydrate before you record.

Take your time with this process and find what works best for you, your budget, and your space. Ultimately, have a blast. Your voice is your instrument, and your talent comes from within. We look forward to generating your voice model and hearing from you along the way.

Updated on: 09/02/2022

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