Recording Tips

Recording tips for AudioMemories!

1.  BE COMFORTABLE. The big advantage to remote recording is that we can come to you. Choose a space that you're comfortable in. If you're nervous, feel free to invite a friend / family member to be present and help you relax.

  • Have comfortable seating for everyone.
  • Room should be a comfortable temperature before starting.
  • Keep water close by for everyone.
  • Relax.

2.  CHOOSE A GOOD RECORDING SPACE. This space should be relatively quiet, free from distractions and echos. Having a smaller, carpetted room helps a lot with keeping echos down. Keep in mind that a space may be noisier or quieter depending on what time of day it is. Our microphones are very sensitive and can even pick up sounds that we don't notice as we sit there such as crying babies in the other room, planes passing overhead, a squeeky chair, the air conditioner...

  • Choose a space that's free of echos. Carpetting and low ceilings will help.
  • Have the space at a comfortable temperature before starting the recording session - minimizing the need for fans or space heaters.
  • Try to sit in chairs that don't roll or squeek. Sometimes we even like to sit on the floor.
  • Consider a babysitter or recording after the kids go to bed if you have small children. (Unless, of course, it is your intention to record them.)

3.  DON'T OVER PREPARE. The best recordings are when people speak extemporaniously, without a script. Think of the times you've sat around talking and telling stories with your family and friends. There's a time to use notes to jog your memory so you don't forget important topics that you want to record, but let your conversation flow. Now is a good time to go off on a tangent and it's okay to jump topics. (Topic jumping can usually be fixed during the editing process.)

  • Keep your notes brief. Notes should merely jog your memory about what you wanted to talk about (or ask if you're interviewing someone).
  • Props, such as pictures, can be a good way to help you remember what you wanted to talk about.

4.  TAKE A BREAK. It's okay to take a break. We can hit pause or keep recording and just edit out the break.