If you’ve worked with audio before, you’ll know that seemingly imperceptible sounds can make it into the recording. Anything from a running tap next door to the hum of your fridge might be picked up, depending on the sensitivity of the microphone you’re using.
The best place to record is a quiet, carpeted room with curtains. Tiles and walls bounce sound around, and they give a bit of an echo. You’ll also find that the quality is a little ‘cold’. There’s a simple solution for this – although you might feel a bit silly. Get a blanket, and put it over your head and the mic when you record. It will make a huge difference – your voice will sound more warm and natural.
Choose a time of day when nobody’s bustling about and there’s no traffic. If there’s always a bit of ambient sound, it’s best to use a microphone that won’t pick it up, like a headset.