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Use a good mic
If you don't have one, mine is the ATR 2100. It's about $65 on Amazon, sounds great, and is super simple to use (just plug via USB).
Another option is to get a headphone/mic combo, which takes care of the next tip below. I recommend the LifeChat LX-3000 headset, which is less than $25 on Amazon.
Otherwise I get a terrible echo from your mic picking up my voice in the recording. Listen below for an example.
Update Google Chrome
Copy and paste chrome://settings/help into Chrome to see if a Chrome update is available.
Our recording software (Zencastr) requires the most up-to-date Chrome. If Chrome's not the newest version, we might loose the audio to popping noise.
Set your Microphone Level
Go to your computer's sound settings and set your input level to about 50% of full volume. The video below shows how to do this on a Mac.
Speak into your microphone
This sounds obvious, but many don't do this correctly.
The distance between your mouth and mic should be the size of your fist.
If you have a Blue Yeti mic, speak into the side with the mute button. Don't point the tip of the mic toward you.
For the ATR mic I use, it's the other way around; speak into it like you're singing karaoke. :)
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