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Studio Equipment and Software Alternatives : Audio

Recording Audio

You can easily use your phone to record audio for audio assignments or video voiceovers.

Best Practices for Recording Audio

Best Practices

  • Whenever possible, use a microphone.
  • Don't have a microphone? That's okay. Hold your phone close to the thing you're recording -- just a few inches.
  • For the best audio quality possible, record somewhere surrounded by soft furnishings. Think:
    • In a closet full of clothes
    • Under a blanket
    • Somewhere with carpeting and lots of furniture

DIY a Lapel Mic

Your phone is perfectly fine to use as an audio recorder, but what if you need to record yourself giving a presentation? It's always best to use a microphone other than the one built in to your computer or webcam. If you don't have an external microphone, you can use an old part of corded earbuds to make a lapel mic.

You can also try using a wireless earbud clipped to your shirt as a lapel mic to record audio using your phone, but note that you may experience a loss of audio quality.

Make a Recording Cube

The Studio has several portable recording cubes available for checkout, but if you can't make it to campus you can easily DIY one! This video shows you how we made our recording cubes.

How to record using your smartphone

iPhones come with a built-in voice memo app that you can use to record yourself. Make sure to set your voice memo to Lossless recording for better quality.

Not all Androids come with a built-in voice recorder. Here are some options for recording with your Android:

RecForge II

Voice Record Pro

Voice Record Pro

Editing Audio

After you record your audio, you will probably need to edit your recordings. You may have some built in editing tools on your computer or as part of other apps. GarageBand comes with Macs, and Audacity is available as a free download for Windows, Mac, or Linux computers. And the Studio supports both of them!

Garage Band


RecForge II

If you are using an Android phone and already downloaded RecForge II, you can do some basic editing with that.

Need more help?

If you need more help, contact the Studio however you feel comfortable:

Call us at 423-425-2219

Chat with us

Email us

Studio Pathfinders

Studio pathfinders are guides to get you started with the software that we actively support. 


Remember that unless otherwise noted, the Studio may not be able to fully support all the software options on this guide. If you have questions, please contact the Studio and we will help you to the best of our abilities.

Recording Tips

Using Other People's Audio

Finding Audio

Whether you’re making a podcast or a video, sometimes you need sound effects or background music to make your project stand out.

Using Audio Clips Responsibly

It's important to reuse media that you have permission to use. An easy way to find recordings that you can download and use in your projects is to look for media that is licensed under Creative Commons, royalty free, or in the public domain. What do these mean?

  • Creative Commons is a system that lets creators give blanket permission to modify and reuse their works.
  • Royalty free means that creators allow others to reuse their works without a fee. Check the fine print.
  • Public domain means that the work has passed out of copyright. In the U.S., this means anything created by the United States government and pretty much anything created in or before 1924.
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