I have been a fan of Amadeus Pro, the excellent sound recording application for the Mac, for some years now and I’m always happy to recommend the application to anybody looking to create podcasts. There has recently been a new version of the software created by the developer, which added a few new features including one called Smart Editing. What it is the smart editing feature does, is to take your selection and extend it slightly, so that the start and the end is exactly where the waveform crosses the zero point of the wave. By using this smart editing tool within Amadeus Pro you will always know that you are not adding clicks and taps into your sound file as you are deleting areas of audio. In the old version it was possible to do the same thing, but it needed to be done manually with a keystroke combination before you clicked on delete. It does make it so that it is a little bit quicker and easier now that you don’t have to think about that.
In this YouTube video I show you how you can use this Amadeus Pro as a voice recording Program. It is a good idea to pay attention to the levels of the gain that you apply to the recording, so that you don’t have audio which is clipped at the top of the audio wave. If you let the clipping to take place you will have horrible sounding audio, but it is very easy to set the gain so that the peaks of the audio only reach as high as about minus 6 dB. You will also have to make sure that you don’t suddenly start shouting and also that you keep the same distance from the microphone during the whole of your recording. Remember that it is a good idea to keep close to the microphone with your mouth, but don’t talk directly into the microphone or you will have the plosives that occur from the sound of your breath hitting the microphone directly. I usually work it so that I am talking over the top of the microphone or to one side and sometimes I will actually put on a pop filter to make sure that I don’t record any pop sounds.