Choose the right environment

If you’ve worked with audio before, you’ll know that seemingly imperceptible sounds can make it into the recording. Anything from a running tap next door to the hum of your fridge might be picked up, depending on the sensitivity of the microphone you’re using.

Choose a time of day when nobody’s bustling about and there’s no traffic.

The best place to record is a quiet, carpeted room with curtains. Tiles and walls bounce sound around, and they give a bit of an echo. You’ll also find that the quality is a little ‘cold’. There’s a simple solution for this – although you might feel a bit silly. Get a blanket and set it up between two chairs to create a little blanket fort, and record inside it. Not only will you feel like a kid again, but it will make a huge difference to the audio quality – your voice will sound more warm and natural, and there will be minimal reverb.