3 Steps to Record High Quality Audio on Laptop
- Written by Rodrigo Marques
Today's post is for you who don't have a Home Studio and still want to record high quality audio on laptop. If you follow these three steps, you will have solved many of the problems that may appear when you use your laptop to record audio. Come on?
If you just want to record a podcast, a presentation or even produce an audiobook, know that you can record studio-quality audio on your laptop. To achieve this, we will check here three simple steps, so you can extract the best from your laptop and start recording audio today, finally.
Step #01 - Problems When Recording Audio on Laptop
Recording on the laptop is quite handy, and it makes a lot of sense if you seek a little more quality than a smartphone could offer. One of the major problems found when recording audio on your laptop is the presence of two types of noise, which can completely ruin the audio quality and discourage you from using your laptop as a recording tool.
And believe me, there is nothing worse than recording half an hour of audio and then discovering that the recording was impossible to hear, because of the amount of noise that came out of nowhere.
The first most common problem when recording audio on the laptop is caused by its built-in cooling system. There is a fan inside the laptop that aims to cool the processor and it makes a lot of noise especially if you have trying to record audio through the laptop's microphone.
Another big problem is regarding an annoying electrical noise that every laptop presents and does not occur in any type of smartphone.
Don't worry, both problems are easy to solve.
Step #02 - Best Way to Record Audio on Laptop
If you are recording audio through the laptop's microphone, at some point it will warm up and you will get some fan noise. In this case, I recommend that you use an external USB microphone or via p2 to make these recordings, leaving the microphone at least one meter away from the laptop.
The second problem, the electrical noise, is very easy to solve: Some laptop models feature this noise, practically a buzzing that is caused by the power supply when plugged in. So to solve this problem, just use the laptop in "battery mode" whenever you record your audio.
Step #03 - Better to Record Your Audio Using Audacity
If you want to have more control over your recording, especially the signal input levels, I recommend you leave the Windows 10 sound recorder and start using an audio editor such as Audacity. This way, you can control both the source and the signal input level of your microphone. In addition, you can export to a multitude of audio formats.
As I said, by following these three steps it will be possible to be able to extract the minimum of quality required to play decent audio using a laptop and then, go to more elaborate and professional productions.
I hope this can help you get your first quality recordings.
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