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Posted by AggrorJorn, 06 February 2017 · 0 views

Something that has always been a time consuming process is getting the audio right in my recordings. Although I have a very decent headset, recordings allways contained a lot of static noise and voice 'pops'. To get an acceptablequality I required a finetuned microphone placement for every recording. 1cm to the left could make a big difference. The recording software that I use has some build in noice reduction filters, but they do not always guarantee a smooth audio track.

Since there are going to be many new videos to be recorded I finally invested in a good recording setup. I bought a studio microphone which could be placed on a small stand which would be placed in front the keyboard. A bit weird when simultaniously typing but I will get used to that.

The first recording had a much better default recording sound than the headset. The static noise is pretty non existent but there are some occasonial pops. So I went ahead and also bought a popfilter (never relly bevieved how a simple' piece of synthetic fabric could improve sound quality). But the 'pops' in sentences have been significantly reduced.

While I was on a spending spree anyway I also just went ahead and bought a good recording stand, which I can adjust freely without getting in the way of typing.

Here is the final setup.
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Nice. I've always been interested in people's recording setups :D
While you're at it, you might as well replace your PC setup lol ;)
Thats a very tidy computer desk you have there.

Brutile, on 06 February 2017 - 08:49 AM, said:

Nice. I've always been interested in people's recording setups Posted Image
While you're at it, you might as well replace your PC setup lol Posted Image
Just did that too actually. Around new years I build a new custom computer:

Asus Z170 PRO GAMING  Z170
Intel Core i7-6700K  
MSI 8GB GTX 1070 Gaming X 8G
16 GB DDR4 Corsair Vengeance
SSD  500GB  850 EVO

Thirsty Panther, on 06 February 2017 - 08:59 AM, said:

Thats a very tidy computer desk you have there.
I work better in a tidy environment. Posted Image
Cool setup, what software you use for recording video ?
A DAW such as Reaper and its standard vst's can also help with quality. ReaFir is great for removing background noise, and a limiter will help with pops
Tried and tested many software packages throughout the years. Here are some of them:
  • Fraps
  • Camtasia
  • Camstudio
  • OBS open broadcaster software
  • Nvidia Shadowplay

Fraps is really good when recording ingame, but not for desktop recording. Big downside is the conversion process/time, even when using a batch file. Nvidia Shadowplay is a very good replacement, and with my new graphicscard it functions really well.

OBS works really well since you can record separate streams for both audio and video. However, you do need an additional video editor. Camtasia works fine, but a powerfull tool like Sony vegas or Openshot is even better. Vegas is expensive for just some basic editing though.

Camstudio is too limited in functionality for me to be useful.

I have a license for Camtasia 8, which is also still my number 1 solution when it comes to most useful tools and good production time.

knocks, on 06 February 2017 - 11:32 AM, said:

A DAW such as Reaper and its standard vst's can also help with quality. ReaFir is great for removing background noise, and a limiter will help with pops
Will check it out. Thanks
If you use a virtual audio cable like a free one from VB-Audio you can process your mic through the daw before it hits your application. Reaper has a very generous unlimited trial as well.