Amp Up Your Audio: 4 Tips for Optimizing Audio in myBrainshark

Amp Up Your Audio: 4 Tips for Optimizing Audio in myBrainshark
November 27, 2012

“How do I make my audio as engaging as possible?”

Once you’ve mastered our our Best Practices for Creating Content, your killer visuals are going to need some audio oomph to round out your myBrainshark presentation. myBrainshark offers multiple options for recording high quality audio. Leveraging the myBrainshark recording platform, in combination with these tips and tricks, you will be well on your way to a professional presentation with top notch audio!

1. Write a Script & Practice, Practice, Practice

Before you begin recording audio, write a script to accompany your slides. This will help create fluidity when you record the audio, avoiding inadvertent pauses and “umms.” Once the script is written, it’s also important to practice reading the script before you record. Familiarity with the script will help you to be authentic when recording the audio so you can focus on emphasis and tone of voice.   

2. Find the Optimal Recording Location

Make sure to select the best location possible to record your audio.  Choose a quiet location, and consider the acoustics of the space. It is also important to keep the location consistent if you record audio in multiple sessions. If space is at a premium, you could even create a quick, build-it-yourself recording studio like this one, and record right from your desk.  

3. Choose the Best Device for Recording

Selecting the right recording device is essential to insure that your audio is of the highest quality. As our Best Practices for Audio recommend, avoid using smartphones and built-in laptop microphones for recording, and instead, opt for either a corded landline phone if you are using our telephone recording system, or a USB microphone if you prefer to record by microphone. Once you have selected a recording device, it’s also a good idea to conduct a brief 10-15 second recording test to confirm that your microphone volume is set at the optimal level before beginning the actual recording.

4. Add Background Audio

Why stop at voice recording? Further optimize your presentation audio by utilizing our background audio feature to fuel your presentation! Including background audio will help create an even better audio experience.  These simple steps outline how to add a background audio track, as well as how to fine tune the track using our background audio settings.

- Edit your presentation    

- Choose Background Audio from the Manage Audio options in the Things You Can Do menu (on the left of the page)

- Check off the “Add” box next to one of our provided audio clips or click the “Upload new audio” link to add your own!

- Specify the track details:

  • Playback mode: “Continuous” will loop the track whereas “Play once” will only play the audio file once through for its entire duration.

  • Start and End slide: When should the background audio begin and end? Keep in mind, your background audio does not have to play for the entire presentation, and multiple background tracks can be added for different slides in the same presentation.

  • Volume %: How loud should the track play in the presentation? If it is playing behind your voiceover recordings, we tend to recommend 30-40%. Otherwise, the setting depends on your preference and the volume of the original file.

Variety is not only for visuals; take advantage of all our audio options for the complete presentation package!

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