A major factor in attracting and engaging your virtual audience is the quality of your audio. There are things you can do to ensure the best audio quality – available in a wide range of costs.
Find a quiet room – Ambient noise can cause a lot of audio problems, as can hard surfaces that lead to poor acoustics.
Internet connection – a low quality internet connection may cause your audio quality to suffer. Try disabling video to preserve your internet bandwidth for audio. You may need to avoid downloading software or doing heavy web browsing if you notice your audio quality starting to deteriorate.
Wear headphones – they’ll provide the necessary isolation to improve your audio quality. Gaming headsets – which have the headphones and microphone all-in-one – tend to have small diaphragms and poor circuitry leading to poor audio quality.
Use a dedicated microphone – if you’ll be interacting virtually regularly, a dedicated microphone will greatly improve your audio quality. There are two categories of microphones:
- USB Mics – plug directly into your computer – usually with a standard USB plug. They are plug-n-play solutions and can easily and quickly improve your audio quality. A good choice is a professional USB standalone microphone mounted on a scissor boom. A downside to USB microphones is that you can only plug one microphone into a computer at a time – which would not work if there are multiple hosts or a panel discussion; and,
- XLR Mics – require an additional piece of hardware – called a USB audio interface – to connect an XLR cable to the computer, as they have a 3-pin connector used in professional audio. For most virtual workers a simple 1 or 2 input USB audio interface will suffice.