Audio Recording – 5 Easy Steps For A Successful Recording

Technology can at times be intimidating for anyone.  Yet we rely on so many different types of gadgets every day without noticing. The only time we notice is when that technology fails on us.  In the event world there are so many pieces that come together to create a memorable experience using innovative technology.  Sometimes those pieces fail and we are caught in the middle of a production failure. At Fat Fish we want our partners and clients to understand different pieces of technology, to be able to plan and execute a successful event. By learning and understanding some of these pieces of technology it can help anyone ask the right questions and help prevent a production failure.

Today I wanted to give a few simple steps to help deliver a successful audio recording of your event. Whether it ‘s video or audio, recording is such a vital part of any event. You can use the content for marketing purposes, to distribute it to the attendees that were not able to make the event, or just for archiving purposes. Sometimes the recordings we get back aren’t what we expected so to help us understand this piece of event technology I wanted to give you 5 easy steps for a successful audio recording.

  1. Sound System: Make sure that the venue or AV Company has an adequate sound system. This is important for the recording process. Make sure the AV team has a sound-check before the event to be able to test the speakers and microphones. The last thing you want is feedback or a buzz in the recording.
  1. Microphones: Whether it’s a keynote speaker, panel discussion, or a U-shape with 30 push-to-talk microphones, it’s important to have adequate mics for presenters. If there’s a Q&A portion of the event make sure you have microphones spread through at the room so the attendees can voice their questions through the microphones.
  1. Recording Device: It use to be that you needed to be in a Recording Studio to be able to get high-end recordings, now there are many devices that can achieve the same result. Whether the technicians are recording to hard-drive from the mixer, directly to a digital mixer, or to a solid-state recorder, make sure to test and listen to a recording before the event.
  1. Back-Up: Make sure that the technicians have a backup recording device in case one of the devices fails.
  1. The Recording: It’s important to transfer the recording to a computer as soon as you can to avoid it getting lost during the craziness of the event. Once you have the recording throw it in Garageband or a similar audio editor to optimize and convert it. You can always have a technician do this or sometimes they can even optimize it for you with the recording device they are using. Make sure you tell them what format you want the recording converted to.

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