There could be a number of reasons you’re in the market for better audio. Whether you’re producing videos for your company or just want to publish a podcast with your friends, good audio is essential. Obviously, if no one can hear you, you’ll have a difficult time getting your point across. However, even if your message is audible, if the audio is lacking, many people may simply tune out or turn you off. In today’s day and age, listeners/viewers simply don’t have to put up with lackluster media when a competitor is always willing to provide them with something better. So consider the following ways you can improve the sounds you upload.
Unless you’re just uploading a podcast or recording an album, your video is going to need to be recorded on a high-quality camera. Simply using your phone isn’t going to be enough to produce professional-grade audio.
Nowadays, you can get a solid camera for as little as $500. Shop for secondhand options and you could spend as little as half of that. Not only will this provide you with reliable audio, but obviously your image will benefit too. Though they may seem unrelated, having clear visuals can help your viewer better understand your audio as well.
Even the type of camera we just suggested can lack where its audio is concerned. So spend a little extra on an external microphone. There is a huge market for these accessories and just about any of them will be better than using the microphone that comes with your camera (yes, even a high-quality one). If your audio is going to consist of mainly you talking into the camera, consider a clip-on mic.
Those two simple steps were really all you needed to do in order to secure audio in the best way possible. Now it’s time to edit and augment it before you release it to the public. Let’s take a look at some of the leading forms of professional sound software that can help with the job.
This is probably the best option available for beginners. So even if you have every intention of someday becoming a professional-grade sound editor, begin with Audacity. It’s available for Windows and Mac and completely free. Just download it and you’re ready to go. Audacity can also support an assortment of file types like MP3, WAV, OGG, AIFF, and others. You can even record live audio on it too.
The popularity of this open source platform also means it’s easy to find all kinds of online tutorials dedicated to helping people understand how to better use audacity. Although it’s the cheapest option on the list, it may also be the only one you ever use.
What Adobe did for photo editing, it’s also trying to pursue with audio via its Adobe Audition. There are two similarities that immediately stand out between the two. First, is the price tag. Adobe Audition does not come cheap and will cost you about twice what Photoshop does. Fortunately, the other similarity is much more pleasant: its user-friendly interface. Due to how many features it has to offer, you won’t be mastering it overnight, but you probably will be able to produce crisp, clean audio in no time.
Whether you want to edit an interview you did or add effects to your new song, Adobe Audition will be able to get the job done. Based on how much it has to offer, this is another piece of software you may never leave.
Here’s another option with an impressive cousin. Avid makes industry-leading video editing software and, with Pro Tools, has the audio version to match. Although this title will cost you twice as much as Audition, it will put you in the company of professional musicians across the globe.
If all you want to do is produce the instructions of how to use a certain product your company offers or record the audio version of a book you wrote, you probably don’t need to spend hundreds of dollars on Pro Tools. However, if you have studio equipment you want to complement with software so your album sounds amazing, this is a must-have.
Although it’s true that good audio is going to cost you, the payoff should make your initial investment worth it. Just be sure to spend enough time on each step so you’re not throwing your money around needlessly. Once you pick a title—even Audacity—spend time learning it to ensure best results.
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