When you launch your YouTube channel, you’ll want to show clear signs of improvement on every video you post. And as you’ll quickly learn, you’ll need to think about more than just the visuals.
How your videos sound is just as important as how they look, and you could argue that audio is the most important aspect of video. Unfortunately, many built-in camera microphones won’t do the job for you in the long run.
You can improve the audio quality of your YouTube videos using several methods, and we’ll cover eight of them below.
1. Invest in a microphone
Buying a microphone is the easiest way to improve the audio quality of your YouTube videos. You can buy mics that will fit like an extension on your camera, which is probably an ideal choice if you plan to vlog. If you’re more interested in talking head videos, you can get one that plugs into your computer.
Microphones that are great for YouTube are surprisingly affordable, and you’ll find several options. You can place a few in front of you as you speak, while others will need to hang from a height instead. Consider your preferences and the space you have available when making this decision.
If you’re using a pluggable mic for your computer, you can sync the audio to your video in your editing software.
2. Change your voice
Compared to a default built-in mic, buying a suitable microphone will significantly improve the sound quality of your YouTube videos. However, this is only the starting point; when you’re recording your audio, you’ll probably still need to make a few more adjustments.
If you want to make your audio sound sharper or increase its volume, you can use editing software to get the desired results. The main purpose of Adobe Audition is to change the sound quality, but you can also use Premiere Pro. Consider limiting the maximum decibels (dB) your audio can reach in the latter.
If you don’t have an Adobe subscription, you can use tools like Final Cut Pro instead.
3. Avoid touching surfaces when talking
When you’re recording audio for YouTube videos, you have to remember that the microphone you’re using is probably noise-sensitive.
Your viewers will find it incredibly annoying if you keep pressing surfaces while talking during your YouTube videos. A clear example is when you put your hands on the table in front of you while gesturing.
Although you’ll probably make hand gestures while recording videos, try to keep your hands away from hard surfaces. This will take some practice, as you are unlearning a habit.
4. Practice projecting your voice
Even if you’re genuinely passionate about the content you create, it’s a bit difficult to project it into your first few videos. You will probably feel nervous, which will be reflected in your voice and body language. You might also worry about disturbing neighbors while talking, which could prevent you from projecting your voice.
Becoming a confident speaker is a tough skill to learn, but it’s something you should spend time on if you want to grow your YouTube audience. You can find several free resources on YouTube, courses on websites like Udemy and Skillshare, and apps that can help you speak in public.
5. Remove background noise in post-production
When recording your YouTube videos, you will sometimes find that background noise is unavoidable. If you’re vlogging in a noisy environment, you’ll have even less control than those producing talking videos.
And viewers tend to find background noise irritating.
You can remove background noise in post-production software or at least reduce it. Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro, and DaVinci Resolve have several tools that can help make your videos less distracting.
6. Speak slowly and clearly
You’ll probably wonder why you spoke so fast when you think back to your first YouTube videos. This not only makes you nervous, but it also makes editing audio more difficult.
If you want to make your audio sound better, speak slowly and clearly. you can remove long pauses in the post-production process. Although having a few notes is a good idea, you may want to refrain from writing a script; it will make you look unnatural.
7. Change the direction of your microphone
If your audio is inconsistent in your videos, you may not need to do too much. Sometimes something as simple as changing the direction of your microphone will help you sound a little louder and more confident when speaking.
If your sound isn’t as loud as you’d like, consider moving the mic a bit closer to you, or moving it up or down if you have one on your table.
Some microphones come with additional accessories that can, in some cases, improve your sound. However, if you find that it does not have this effect, you can remove them.
8. Mute your computer
If you’re recording audio from your computer for YouTube videos, you need to make sure that no external noise, other than your speaking, is entering the mic. Needless to say, the sound coming out of your computer can cause echoing which can make your file nearly impossible to listen to.
Before recording the video, make sure to mute your computer or just move the mic away from the speakers.
Audio is just as important as the visuals of your YouTube videos
The audio in your YouTube videos doesn’t have to be perfect, but you should make sure it’s at least easy to listen to. Eliminating simple errors will go a long way in this regard, and this guide has given you some useful tips to avoid these errors.
If you already know you want to continue with YouTube for the long term, we highly recommend investing in a microphone. Using editing software will also help you improve your voice.