How To Record Meditations - Complete Guide

How To Record Meditations: Best Way & Tips and Techniques

If you're a meditation teacher or facilitator, knowing how to record your own guided meditations can be a valuable skill to have. This article will provide the tools and techniques you need to create professional hypnosis and/or meditation recordings.

We'll cover everything from microphones, software, and equipment for recording meditations to creating a DIY home recording studio, how to record your own meditation, post-processing tips to create professional recordings, adding background music to your meditation, finalizing and exporting your meditation recording, and frequently asked questions. With this information, you'll be able to enhance the delivery of your services, create lead magnets, and grow your audience on social media.

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Microphones, Software & Equipment for Recording Meditations

Microphone Options:

When recording guided meditations, having a good-quality microphone is essential. There are a few options available, depending on your budget and preferences.

  1. Yeti by Blue Designs: The Yeti is a popular choice due to its affordable $130. It is a USB microphone, meaning it does not require additional equipment or cables, and is easy to use since it plugs directly into your computer. The sound quality is great for the price, making it a good option for those on a budget.

  2. SM7B by Shure: The Shure SM7B is considered to be the best microphone on the market for recording the voice. It produces clean recordings with minimal background noise and superb audio quality. However, it comes with a $400 price tag. It is not a USB microphone, so you must purchase an audio interface, two mic cables, and a mic activator to utilize this microphone.

Recording Software:

After selecting a microphone, you will need software on your computer to record, edit, and add music to your meditations. The main software you will need is a digital audio workstation (DAW), a program to record and edit your meditations.

Here are some options available depending on your budget and whether you are a Mac or PC user.

Software for Mac Users:

  1. GarageBand: Every Mac comes equipped with GarageBand, a simple DAW that has all the features needed to produce excellent meditation audio.

Audacity: Audacity is a free, open-source DAW that offers more functionality than GarageBand, including a spectral denoising feature. However, the interface can be confusing when first getting used to it. It is an excellent option for those on a budget.

Software for PC Users:

  1. Audacity: Audacity is a free, open-source DAW with more functionality than GarageBand, including a spectral denoising feature. However, the interface can be confusing when first getting used to it. It is an excellent option for those on a budget.

  2. Ableton Live: Ableton Live is a robust DAW that is best for those who want to go all-in on creating studio-quality audio. It is pretty complex to get the hang of, so it is not recommended if you are tech-challenged. Unless you are willing to spend $500 for the Standard Edition, it is better to stick with Audacity.

Now that you have your microphone and recording software, it is time to create your recording environment.

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Creating a DIY Home Recording Studio

If you're planning to record your own guided meditations, it's important to create a recording environment that will produce high-quality audio. This section will provide some tips and suggestions for building your own DIY recording studio.

Select a Room with "Soft Stuff"

The first step in creating a DIY recording studio is selecting a room to record in. Choosing a room with materials that absorb sound, such as carpets, rugs, couches, beds, and clothes is best. A bedroom or a walk-in closet can be an excellent choice for recording. The soft materials in these rooms will help to reduce echo and background noise, resulting in a cleaner recording.

Creating a Pillow Fort "Recording Booth"

If you're on a budget, you can create a DIY recording booth using pillows. This is a highly effective way to block sound from your voice and reduce echo. To create a pillow fort recording booth, take the thickest pillows and build a rectangular or triangular prism. Place your microphone at the back of the arrangement, ensuring it's covered on all sides. Avoid using leather pillows, as they reflect sound rather than absorb it, making your recording sound like you're inside a shoebox.

Purchasing Sound Treatment

For those who want to spend some money to avoid building a pillow fort every time they want to record a meditation, purchasing acoustic foam is a great solution. Acoustic foam can be costly, but it's worth the investment if you're serious about creating high-quality recordings. When purchasing acoustic foam, make sure it's at least 3 to 4 inches thick so it can absorb the frequency spectrum of the human voice. Also, make sure you buy enough foam for your space.

If you're unsure how much foam you need, use the calculator on Sound Assured's website. They offer quality, high-density foam at a reasonable price. Be cautious when purchasing cheap acoustic foam from Amazon, as it may be ineffective and make your recording sound worse.

By following these tips, you can create a DIY recording studio that will produce high-quality audio for your guided meditations. Whether you're on a budget or want to invest in sound treatment, there are options available to suit your needs.

How to Record Your Own Meditation

Once you have set up your recording environment, it's time to start recording your guided meditation. The quality of your recording is largely dependent on the quality of your recording environment, so make sure you have taken the time to set yourself up for success before starting to record. Here are some tips on how to record meditations like a pro:

#1 Position Yourself & Your Mic Properly:

Mic and body positioning are critical when it comes to recording your voice. To ensure that your breathing and vocal cords are not cramped in any way, make sure you are seated comfortably in an upright position. Also, have your microphone about 4 to 6 inches away from your mouth. Being closer to the mic (but not too close) will increase the signal-to-noise ratio, reducing the prominence of background noise and echo in your meditation recording.

#2 Set the Gain on Your Microphone

While running through your meditation, adjust the gain knob on your mic or audio interface. The goal here is to find the optimal sensitivity to pick up your voice without being too loud or too quiet. Set the gain knob so that you can see the audio level bouncing around -10 dB on your DAW.

#3 Pause & Resume Recording When Making Noise

During recording, you may need to take deep breaths, take a sip of water, or readjust your seating position for comfort. When you feel the need to do this, pause the recording and resume recording once you're ready to go again. This will make the editing process easier by removing excess noise and reducing the chance that a disruptive sound makes its way into the final product.

#4 Clap Twice When You Mess Up

It's inevitable that you will fumble a few words here and there, but it doesn't mean you need to start the meditation over from the beginning again. If you mess up, just clap your hands two times with sufficient vigor. You'll be able to see where you need to make edits by looking at the audio spectrum of your track inside your DAW.

Once you're done making your recording, it's time to move into the post-production stage to start finalizing your meditation recording.

Post-Processing Tips to Create Professional Recordings

If you want your meditation recordings to sound more professional, post-processing is an essential step. While it won't fix a bad recording, it can significantly improve the quality of a good recording. In this section, we will cover the basics of post-processing to help you take your meditation recordings to the next level.

#1 Removing Background Noise

Eliminating background noise is crucial for achieving a professional sound. No one wants to hear distracting noise while they are meditating, so removing as much of it as possible without damaging the clarity of your voice is highly recommended.

Audacity's spectral denoising feature is a great free tool for removing background noise. You can learn the noise spectrum from a silent section of your recording and then remove that noise from the entire recording. Audio Hijack is another software that allows you to learn the noise spectrum of your room by recording a bit of silence and then tweak the reduction amount until you're happy with the results. The Era Bundle by Accusonus is also an excellent product for vocal processing and denoising that comes with several plugins to assist with everything from de-essing to reducing echo. The Era denoising plugin is extremely easy to use, with a single knob controlling the amount of denoising you need.

#2 Using an Equalizer to Improve Vocal Clarity

An equalizer is a tool that allows you to change the volume at specific frequencies of the audio spectrum. Applying an EQ to your vocal track can increase the clarity of your voice dramatically. However, it's easy to go overboard when using an EQ, so make sure not to overdo it. To set up your EQ, refer to the document on applying an equalizer on vocal recordings.

#3 Using a Compressor to Normalize Volume Levels

A compressor is a tool that helps even the volume of your vocal recording. It's natural for our voice's intensity to vary when we create a guided meditation recording, but if the volume varies too much, it can be hard to hear certain words or startling to the participant when certain sections come in much louder than others. To use a compressor, apply it to your vocal track and bring the threshold all the way down. This will make you sound muffled. Then, slowly bring the threshold back up as you listen to the recording until you can no longer hear it, affecting the clarity of your voice. Finally, turn up the makeup gain to make up the volume lost due to compression.

#4 Editing Out Breaths, Mistakes & Adding Space

The last step in the editing process is removing additional noise from your recording and adding space to adjust the timing/overall length of your meditation audio. Start by fixing the edit points signified by the two-volume spikes of your claps that you made when you made mistakes. Then, listen closely to your recording all the way through to find any unwanted noises, like unintentional breathing sounds, clearing off your throat, or any other noises you'd rather not include in the final product. After clipping the unwanted sections out of your recording, add space to the places where you think more time should be allowed for your participants to enjoy the silence and/or music. The most important area to add space is between the Middle of the Meditation & the Ending Bookend. This is the section where your participants will sit in meditative contemplation for the amount of time you choose, and it will have a big impact on the overall length of the meditation.

By following these post-processing tips, you can significantly improve the quality of your meditation recordings and create a more professional sound.

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Adding Background Music to Your Meditation

To give your meditation recording a professional sound, it's essential to add background music to a separate track in your DAW instead of trying to record the music and meditation together using your mic. Here are the steps to add background music to your meditation:

Finding Meditation Music to Use in Your Meditation Audios

The easiest is to get our meditation music here at LuxAurlais with a generous royalty-free license and add it to your meditations. You're ready in a couple of minutes and can proceed with finishing your recording.

Your second best choice is to hire an artist to make it exclusively for you, and your last feasible option is to purchase a license from another meditation music vendor. Search for "royalty free meditation music for commercial use" on Google or your favorite search engine, and you'll find other vendors. Make sure to check their licenses prior to purchase!

Creating meditation music yourself may not be feasible for most people, so we left that out as an option.

Add the Meditation Music to a New Track in Your DAW

After obtaining meditation music, you can add it to your meditation recording by dragging and dropping the music file onto a new track in your DAW. Adjust the volume level so that it's balanced with your voice, and use automation tools to slowly fade the volume in at the beginning and out at the end of the meditation recording.

By following these steps, you'll be able to add background music to your meditation recording and give it a professional touch. Now, it's time to finalize your guided meditation.

Finalizing & Exporting Your Meditation Recording

Now that you have added some meditation music and processed your audio, the final step is to finalize your audio and export it. Before exporting, you will want to make sure that the overall volume of your meditation is not too loud or too quiet.

A good rule of thumb is to use headphones and set your computer's volume (not the DAW's) to about 50%. Then, either by using a limiter on the master track or adjusting the master track volume directly, bring the volume up or down until the sound is at the level that you would prefer to listen to the meditation.

Once you have found the perfect level, export your project to an .mp3 or .wav file. This will ensure that your meditation is compatible with most devices and platforms.

When exporting, make sure to choose a high-quality export setting to ensure that your meditation sounds professional and clear. You can also choose to split your meditation into multiple tracks if desired.

Congratulations! You have successfully recorded and exported your own guided meditation. We hope this article was helpful in guiding you through the process. If you want to learn more about leading transformational guided meditations, check out The Guided Meditation Framework's meditation facilitator training.

Frequently Asked Questions

How to Create a Professional Guided Meditation Recording?

Creating a professional guided meditation recording requires careful planning and execution. First, you need to write a clear and concise script that is easy to follow. You can use your own experience or research to create a script that resonates with your audience. Next, you need to choose the right background music that complements your voice and the theme of your meditation. Finally, you need to record your meditation using high-quality equipment and editing software.

What Equipment is Necessary for Recording Guided Meditations?

To record guided meditations, you need a few essential pieces of equipment. The most important piece of equipment is a high-quality microphone that can capture your voice clearly and without distortion. You also need a microphone stand, headphones, and a pop filter to reduce unwanted noise. Additionally, you need a laptop or computer with recording software to capture and edit your recordings.

What Are Some Tips for Recording Affirmations with Background Music?

Recording affirmations with background music can be a powerful way to create a positive and uplifting experience for your listeners. To do this effectively, you need to choose background music that complements the tone and message of your affirmations. You should also speak clearly and with conviction, emphasizing the most important words and phrases. Finally, you should use editing software to adjust the volume levels of your voice and the background music to create a balanced and harmonious recording.

How Can I Monetize My Guided Meditation Recordings?

There are several ways to monetize your guided meditation recordings. One way is to sell them directly to your audience through your own website or social media channels. Another way is to offer them as part of a subscription service or membership program. You can also partner with other businesses or platforms to promote and sell your recordings.

There are several popular platforms for selling guided meditations online, including Insight Timer, Headspace, and Calm. These platforms offer a wide range of features and tools to help you create and sell your recordings, including marketing and promotion, payment processing, and analytics.

What are Some Free Music Resources for Recording Guided Meditations?

There are several free music resources available for recording guided meditations, including YouTube Audio Library, Free Music Archive, and Incompetech. These resources offer a wide range of music genres and styles that you can use as background music for your recordings. However, make sure to check the licensing terms and conditions before using any music in your recordings.