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Audio Production Techniques – Part I November 28, 2006

Posted by Ben Craigo in Lessons Learned.

There is a great article in the eLearning Guild’s Learning Solutions online magazine that provides excellent guidelines for producing highly engaging audio for e-Learning.  Even though Marc discusses the production in terms of synchronous e-Learning courses, it applies to all e-Learning.

I work with many talented actors and public speakers that translate very well into voiceover talent.  But even with experts it’s critical to understand what makes for good audio production and how the material should be read (even if you couldn’t carry it off yourself).  Everyone needs a little coaching and direction sometimes and they’re going to look to you to provide that direction.

Obviously, what’s more challenging is when you are working with speakers whose skills are so-so (or worse) or have a delivery style opposite of what you are looking for.  This is where the coaching, patience and preserverance comes in. 

In this case, if you are in a studio to pre-record your audio, be prepared to be in there a while.  If this will be a live e-Learning event, make sure you do several rehearsals ahead of time.   And remember, you play how you practice so make sure the rehearsals are taken seriously.  All this preparation pays off and you’ll be glad you paid attention to the details.

Are there any other tips out there that are missing from what’s in the article or in this post?  Any real-life stories anyone is willing to share?



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