Although it is possible to get very good results in Youdio just using the internal microphone and speaker in your computer, iPhone or iPad, you can get more professional sounding recordings by following these tips:
- Use headphones! This is the easiest way to greatly improve the sound quality of your recordings. If you don't use headphones your microphone will also pick up some of the playback track and re-record it, which means worse sound quality in your final mix. So whenever possible do use headphones when you record. Any headphones will do, but a good quality pair of over-ear headphones is a great investment. Headphones with a built-in microphone like the Creative Aurvana Live!2 can also be useful if you are a singer.
- Use a separate microphone that connects to the Headphone/Microphone socket on your device. Although the built-in microphone on your computer, tablet, phone or on your headphones will work ok, you'll get a better sound with a proper microphone. Professional microphones can be expensive, but you can get pretty decent microphones at a budget price nowadays. A good option for beginners is the IK Multimedia iRig Mic. Using a mic like this will greatly improve the sound quality of your recordings.
- Use a microphone with a digital connector. Even better results can be had with a microphone that plugs into the digital Lightning connector of your iPhone or iPad. These tend to be a little bit more expensive, but do sound better and have the advantage of recording in stereo instead of mono. Good examples of these are the Rode iXY or the IK Multimedia iRig Mic Field.
- Use an audio interface. If you already have a microphone, or want to record electric instruments, the best bet is to get an audio interface that connects to the USB socket on your computer or to the digital Lightning connector of your iOS device. You can find a list of tested devices here, and any of these will give greatly improved recording quality if you plug a microphone, electric guitar, bass, or synthesizer into them. However to use many of these interfaces with an iPhone or iPad you will also need to use an Apple Camera Adapter - so check with your dealer before buying. (We have found the Roland Duo Capture EX to be particularly flexible and good value for money, especially if you want to use electronic instruments that have MIDI connections.)
- Get an all-in-one recording system. If you don't mind spending a little more money at one go you can buy great all-in-one recording studio solutions that contain everything you need to get professional results. A package like this has two advantages - you can guarantee that you have everything you need in one box, and it can work out cheaper in the long run than buying each part individually. A good value package is the Focusrite iTrack Studio, which contains headphones, microphone, and audio interface plus all the cables you need to connect them.