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Audio Production Techniques – Part III December 7, 2006

Posted by Ben Craigo in Lessons Learned.
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Here’s the wrap-up to my series on making the most of your audio productions for e-Learning.  These can be used whether you are using actors or creating a podcast yourself.

 Tip #6 – Mix-up sentence length. 

Most of us have a style of writing that’s comfortable for us.  Take a look at your style.  If your sentences tend to lean mostly long or short try to mix them up. It helps break up the monotony.

Tip #7 – Do not make your sentences too long. 

This can happen if you are overly wordy, have run-on sentences or just can’t stop yourself from conjoining.  These can be hard to read so that they sound natural. 

Tip #8 – Use commas or hyphens for natural pauses in a sentence. 

Punctuation is powerful when reading a script.  Lack of the proper punctuation will be painfully clear when you are in the studio.  Read your script out loud (sound familiar) or have someone else read your script out loud to make sure it gives the right direction for the reader.

Tip #9 – Clearly map out your audio file formats, naming conventions and script mappings.

Do this before you go into the studio or before you sit down to lay down your own audio.  This will save you from having to edit and/or convert large blocks of audio after the fact.  If you are using a sound studio they can keep tabs as they record and it becomes relatively painless for them to get you just what you, or your developers, need.

Tip #10 – Rehearse

Make sure there is enough time to rehearse the material.  This will make the recording session go much smoother.  If you are doing this yourself it is still important to go through a dry run (or three) no matter how well you feel you know the material.   Even if you are having someone else read it you should know how it should be read because you will need to direct at some point during the session.

So here ends this series of audio production techniques.  Did I miss anything?  Also, my experience centers mostly around using professional sound studios.  I would be very interested in perspectives from those cutting audio from their desks – hardware, software, tips and tricks.

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1. David Calloway - December 7, 2006

BEN–

First I’ve seen this. Last month Frank Felsburg and I tried linking an audio meeting invite into the Resources email newsletter. It didn’t work that time, but I got it working now.

Please check it out, and tell us what you think:
[audio src="http://mywebpages.comcast.net/writebrain1/ASTDPHL/ASTD_Call1.wav" /]

Thanks!

David

2. Ben Craigo - December 8, 2006

David…That’s an innovative way to make a meeting announcement. Thought it flowed pretty well. Sounded authentic. Well done.


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