Recording Checklist for Windows

The lab workstations are equipped with Stereo Headsets w/ built in Microphones, an array of audio recording and editing tools, media players and specialized voice analysis programs. When recording in a Windows Environment, it is important to always perform a pre-recording checklist.
  • Check headphone and microphone cables to make sure they are properly connected to the back of the computer. There are usually colour coded cables and icons indicating what cable connects where.
  • ouble Click the Yellowicon in the lower right hand corner to access the Audio configuration for your sound card. The master volume can be adjusted here.
  • Click on / from the menu to open device and recording options.
  • Select to change recording settings. For Voice Recordings Select in the checklist window. Click OK. The Recording level can be adjusted by moving a slider.
  • Check all playback sources for muting. Wherever is selected, remove the checkmark in order to hear audio.
  • Check Headsets for additional volume dials, or microphone muting switches. These controls are attached to the headset cables in the language labs.
  • Good recording software will provide microphone and volume controls so it may not be necessary to open the volume control icon to adjust recording and playback settings.

  • Set the Recording Level
    Make certain that the Microphone level is set high enough to capture your voice at an audible level. If it is set too high, the result will be distortion, if it is set too low, your recording will barely be audible
  • Microphone stands or headset microphones are reccommended to avoid extraneous noise created from handling and bumping the microphone.

  • The distance from the microphone to the person speaking should be no closer than a couple of inches. This distance should be adjusted depending on the loudness of the person speaking.

  • Use VU Level Meters where available (check a programs' preferences). These are visible meters showing the recording level in real time. They will allow one to visibly see how loud or soft a recording is while it is being produced.

  • Always listen to your recordings to determine if adjustments can be made to improve the overall quality.