Clear, crisp audio is a critical element in any recording. Here are some things to consider in order to get the best possible results.
- If you're using a camcorder with a built-in microphone, make sure that it's within range of the speaker, or subject. You may get a good picture using zoom features by placing it in the rear of a room, but you'll likely end up with a low audio level for the duration of the video.
- Consider using lavaliere or handheld microphones for most presentations.
- If using a handheld or lavaliere microphone, have the subject repeat audience questions.
- For lavaliere microphones, place the microphone close to the speaker’s mouth. Secure microphone cables to the clothes otherwise you may experience noise as it rubs against clothing.
- For handheld microphones, ensure subjects hold the microphone up to their mouths.
- Apply the "3 to 1 rule": if two microphones are used to mic the same sound source, the microphones must be separated by three times the distance each microphone is from the sound source.
- Verify the gain levels of each microphone optimally before the recording.
- Always put new batteries in a microphone before an event. You wouldn't want to lose sound halfway through an important recording.