Recording Clear Audio at Home

Test Equipment

  • Audio Technica ATR2100-USB
  • Pop filter that goes over mic head
  • Brand new DELL Inspiron 13 5000 series laptop
  • Audacity Audio Editor

Note: I tried recording to an old 2013 Lenovo ThinkPad laptop and the sound was crappy.

Steps

  1. Open Audacity and use the following settings
    • MME
    • Mic: Audio Technical 2100
    • Microphone Volumne: 80% or max, if you can
  2. Record your voice in Audacity using the mic
  3. There will be some hissing in the beginning and ending of the track. So, select a part of the hissing and hit Effects > Noise Reduction. Then, select the entire track, hit Effects > Repeat Noise Reduction.
  4. Select the entire track and, in the Effects menu, click Amplify
  5. Select the entire track and, in the Effects menu, click Truncate Silence
  6. Select the beginning and end of the track which is before and after the vocal section.
  7. Delete or remove sound from theĀ  beginning and ending of the track