Category Archives: Audio Production

Learn how to record, mix and produce great sounding audio in your content.

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What Volume Level (dB) Is Best For Sound Effects?

Sound effects are an important part of video and film production. As a general rule, sound effects should be set at a volume level of between -12dB and -18dB in most video editing software. Although the volume level of sound effects will vary, they should never impede on your main narration or exceed 0dB. What […]

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Can I Connect A Microphone To An iPad?

It is possible to connect a microphone directly to an iPad or Apple device, however additional hardware is typically needed to make the connection. The type of microphone you use, whether it is a USB or XLR connection microphone will further determine what setup and extra hardware you might need. Personally, I have found connecting […]

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Best Budget Microphone For Streaming For Under $100

It is completely possible to get a great microphone for streaming for under $100. Below are listed the best budget microphones for streaming for under $100, based on my experience. 1. Rode NT-USB-Mini Warm and clear sound recordings Built in pop filter Built in audio effects 2. Blue Yeti Nano USB Mic Professional recording rates […]

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Should Headphones Be Tight?

I wear headphones almost all day long. The headphones I wear for 90% of the day are my trusted Beyerdynamic DT-990s Pros for studio work. There is some debate, particularly amongst audio geeks like myself, on how tightly headphones should fit. Some argue that headphones should be tight to maximise the audio levels and sound, […]

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What Volume Should Background Music Be in iMovie?

iMovie is a wonderful free video editing software that comes as standard with an Apple Mac OS computer. This pre-installed video editing software is really powerful, and so much good quality video editing can be done with it. Many people will show you how to use iMovie for free online, but very few seem to […]

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Do I Really Need A Vocal Booth?

I have always been fascinated by vocal booths.  When I visit big studios, the vocal booth room is always one of the most fascinating rooms with its complex room shapes, soundproofed design, and expensive acoustic foam treatments. Because vocal booths are such a central feature of major record studios, you may feel that you cannot […]

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Sound Effects

Sound effects are a necessary part of content creation and video production. Having access to a good sound effect library is an essential tool in your video making or content creation. There are many sound effect libraries available online, from free to paid options,  so it can be hard to pick the right sound effect library […]

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How Loud Should Background Music Be?

There is no target audio level for background music as this number will vary, however, to ensure your background music does not impede on the clarity of speech or narration for those with hearing problems, most experts agree that background music should be between -18dBs and -20dBs lower than the main dialogue, narration or speech […]