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Getting Started - audio

Getting started - audio

Before you start making your 60 Second Shakespeare, make sure you've got all the equipment you need.
To make an audio, you will need the following basics:

Minidisc Digital sound recording equipment
Something like a minidisc, DAT or hard disc recording device. Don't use cassette tape recorders - the sound isn't good enough.

Separate microphone Separate microphone
You could try using the in-built microphone on your recording equipment, but it won't sound very good at all. Use a separate microphone if you can.

Headphones Headphones
For checking that the sound is alright as you record. They can save a lot of disappointment later.

Computer A computer
Any reasonably new computer should do, whether Mac or PC. It will need to have a sound card in it, otherwise you're not going to get very far.
Firewire and minijack cables Cable to connect to computer
For a hard-disc recording device, like an iRiver, you'll probably need a Firewire cable (top). For minidisc or DAT, you'll need a minijack to minijack (or possibly USB) cable which probably came with the device (bottom).
Software disks Editing software
There are many good sound editing packages available, often for free. The list below is not exhaustive, but if you do go for one not mentioned here, make sure it does multi-track editing. Good packages include:
  • SoundForge's Audacity, a good, easy to use package, which can be downloaded for free from the Audacity website. This is the package used in the audio editing video tutorials on this site.
  • Adobe Audition (previously known as Cool Edit Pro. (PC only) A good package, used very widely. Not free, but a trial version is available from the Adobe Audition site.
  • ProTools. A package used by sound industry professionals - probably not the best one for starters. A limited version is available to download from the Digidesign website.
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  • Videoclips

    Watch videoclips demonstrating tips, techniques and more to help you make your 60 Second Shakespeare a masterpiece.

  • Acting exercises
  • Making sound effects
  • Directing - shot guide
  • Editing audio
  • Editing video
  • Microphones

    Using Microphones
    Use that mic right!

  • Find out all about how to get good results on your 60 Second Shakespeare's sound with our handy guide to using microphones.
  • Scripts

    Take a look at our selection of script extracts to see how the professionals do it.

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