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
- 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
- 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
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
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 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.