Recording tips

Would you like to publish your own sound files? As a Dutch native speaker, you can create sound files to help Dutch learners. If you are studying Dutch, you can record your voice to practice your pronunciation -- and ideally, let the rest of us enjoy it too. :)
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Recording tips

Post by EetSmakelijk » Sun May 06, 2007 11:48 pm

Hallo allemaal. This is going to be in English since it is way too technical to write in Dutch and I actually want to be understood. :P
This post is about how to make recordings sound nice.

1. Please try and keep your microphone away from noises like your computer fan, open windows with cars driving by, background things going on in your house like people talking, enzovoort.
2. If your microphone has to be near your computer, try turning the microphone so that the part you speak into faces you and the back of the microphone faces the sound you are trying not to hear. This may not work but shouldn't cause any extra noise.
3. Please try not to move too much while you are speaking. Chairs can squeak and stuff.
4. Try and locate the 20 db boost option for your microphone. If it makes your microphone too loud, you can always turn the volume down. To locate this option, go to your computer's volume control and look for the Options menu, then choose Properties. Choose Recording and make sure that the microphone is checked, then press OK. In the recording volume controls window, again choose options and see if Advanced is checked. If it is, good; if not, check it. You may not have this option or it may be disabled, and if it is, there's nothing that I know of to get it. When you have checked it, look in the recording controls window and find the Advanced button. When you click that, you should see the option for a microphone boost, 20 db boost, something like that. If it is unchecked, please check it and then close everything out and try recording again. If it gets too loud, you can try turning the volume down or unchecking the microphone boost option.

There are a few things that cannot be controlled. We cannot control echo, different microphones that vary in sound and quality, and so we probably will not sound like we are all in the same studio, but I hope this little "manual" will be of some use.
If this information makes no sense or is incorrect in any way, please send me a PM or just ignore it if it is confusing.
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Post by Ome Jorge » Mon May 07, 2007 9:02 pm

Dank voor deze goede uitleg. Helaas is de optie om de microfoon met 20 dB te versterken niet mogelijk op mijn PC. Ik moet gewoon onthouden dat ik met Audacity het zaakje even versterk.

Thank you for your excellent explanation Es. Unfortunately the option to give the microphone a 20 dB boost is not possible on my PC. I just have to remember to amplify the stuff with Audacity.


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Post by Jeff » Tue May 08, 2007 3:55 am

Hoi Es :)

 Well I'll keep this in english cause, well just cause :D  Anyway a headset with an adjustable microphone arm is pretty much the best solution for recording or talking with a pc that i've found. Be sure to adjust the 'mic' volume or 'line in' volume depending upon the type of microphone your using. Line in is unamplified where mic has some built in amplification depending upon your sound card.

 I like my Plantronics headset, seems the best so far and cheap too boot. :lol:

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