Why Do You Need a Good Audio Recorder?
For years, journalists and photographers have used Soundslides to create compelling, emotionally-stimulating audio slideshows. Recently, we’ve had a hunch that Soundslides is also a good tool for promoting products – like books – where a video seems like overkill but a written description doesn’t really do enough.
To test this theory, we partnered with a children’s book publishing company called The Child’s World. We wanted to see if a Soundslides piece could help the company promote their books to teachers, librarians, and parents and if it could also, at the same time, train their sales staff to sell the books in person.
Excited to begin, I read through all of the books, wrote up a beautiful script listing the must-have benefits of the books, and set off to record the audio on my trusty little Sony ICS Recorder. (You can see where this is going, right?) After a bunch of takes, I finally had my audio dialed. I imported the .wav file into Audacity and then the editing slog began.
I tried to remove the noise (it had seemed quiet in the car!) and it just wouldn’t go away! And the noise was the least of my worries, my voice sounded “tinny” throughout the whole piece!
Lesson Learned – Once you have bad audio, there isn’t very much you can do to make it truly better. Audacity lets you apply some bandaids, but none of the quick fixes take the place of just doing it right in the first place. Listen for yourself, to see what I mean…
What can you do to make sure bad audio doesn’t happen to you? The first thing you should do is invest in a good audio recorder. In this comparison, the first recording was made with a Sony ICS Recorder. The second recording was made with the Zoom H4N.