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Audio recording tips: how to capture great audio with your smartphone

2 min read Inês Lemos, Content Designer at bugle

Great audio is fundamental for video training. It can be a retention factor or, when not done well, a distraction. Today, technology allows you to easily create videos with your smartphone. In order to make the most of it, and consistently record good audio, we’re going to walk you through some tips that you’ll want to know about before recording your first - or next - video training course.

9 tips for great audio recording on your smartphone 

1. Choose your space wisely

Be aware of your surroundings and choose a well isolated space, away from windows and background noises. When possible, select a space with furniture and carpets instead of an empty room that may cause echo. Choose a comfortable position, seated or standing, and stick to it while recording.

2. Stabilise your camera or phone

Make sure your mobile phone is held with a tripod or mic stand to stabilise it so you can treat it like a microphone. This prevents differences in the audio throughout the recording and in different takes.

3. Point the mic towards the source

The microphone should be close to the source and always at the same distance throughout the recording.

4. Train your presentation

It’s important to train the presentation before getting started. It will help you sound more natural, understand the tone you want to convey and articulate all words correctly.
Make sure you have the script prepared in advance as it will help be more productive and efficient.

5. Install an audio recording app

For iPhone we suggest the Voice Memos app.
For android, we suggest Recorder.

6. Test it first

Record and listen to your first attempt. Send it to a computer and make sure everything is running smoothly before getting to the actual recording.

7. Record in smaller chunks

Record your script in batches, one or two paragraphs at a time. If you make a mistake, just stop and start a new take. Have the script by your side. Either on your computer or a printed version. But remember not to move the sheets while you are recording.

8. Check the file(s)

Listen and select the best file(s). Remember that, even though it’s divided in chunks, the result should be fluid and intonation/spirit between takes must be similar.

9. Send the file(s)

If you have an iPhone and a PC, install iTunes on your computer and plug the iPhone in. As an alternative, upload your files to Google Drive. Don’t send it through WhatsApp, for example, as it will lose quality.

If you record many videos in your office or home, you may want to consider setting up a studio. It can be less expensive than you think, here’s an article on how to setup your studio with less than 1.500€.

Learn more about how to create an effective online course in this free bugle academy certification course: 

Creating an effective online course certification

Here is some additional knowledge you can dive into:

How to convert in-person training into online delivery (guide)
Tips to quickly create & deliver a professional-looking online course (article)
5 free tools for video creation – the bugle selection (article)
Free tools for low-cost professional looking video production (article)

Why digital training is the smart choice for your business (article)
12 tips to choose the right training platform (article)

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