Original audio recordings might include words, phrases, or sentences in foreign languages; excerpts from musical compositions; or interviews with experts.
- If you plan to include any non-original music in your audio content, we strongly recommend you choose content that is royalty-free and open for commercial use.
- Please send the source files for all non-original musical content to your project editor to review before you begin recording.
Recording Software Options
It’s easy to record audio with a smartphone app (most smartphones have a built-in audio recorder) or Zoom (start a meeting with yourself and record it; one of the files that Zoom saves is an audio file). We’ve also had authors record successfully with the built-in apps for Microsoft and Apple. More than a particular software, we recommend that authors use a headset or microphone if possible and record somewhere quiet.
- First, identify the purpose of your recording.
- For complex flashcard and dictation activities, keep each recording brief (ranging from a word to a phrase or sentence).
- For other embedded audio content, such as interviews, keep most recordings under 5 to 7 minutes. This will help maintain student engagement.
- If you will be using non-original music content, send the files to your project editor for review.
- Customize your preparation to the audio type. For instance:
- Speeches: Write out the transcript of what you plan to say.
- Music: Identify the sheet music from which you will perform.
- Interviews: Write out questions and share them with the interviewee(s) beforehand.
- Choose a small, quiet space in which to record.
- Use a headset or a pair of headphones/earbuds with a built-in microphone.
- Before recording all your files, complete a short test.
- Is the speaking or playing loud enough?
- Can each word or sound be clearly, distinctly heard?
- Is there any background noise that should be eliminated (if possible)?
- Proceed with recording.
- Identify each recording in your audio log.
- Prepare a transcript of each recording that involves a speaker or speakers. This is especially important for speeches and interviews.
- Save a backup of each recording before submitting your files to your project editor.
What You Need to Submit
- Audio log for all original recordings (separate file)
- Audio files in .mp3, .wav, .opus, .ogg, .oga, or m4a format
- Transcripts for all original recordings, if applicable