Calibrate Your Microphone in Camtasia Studio 8

Several years ago I wrote a tutorial on recording and editing digital audio in Camtasia Studio 8 and put it on the Digital Audio website ( . I am writing a more comprehensive tutorial for Camtasia Studio 8 which I should finish this summer. I just finished writing the section on calibrating (setting up) your microphone to make certain you are ready to record audio.

Calibrate Your Microphone

You should calibrate your microphone before recording to make sure it is ready to record audio and that it will record at the proper volume. You use the Audio Setup Wizard in Camtasia to accomplish this task. Plug a microphone into the microphone jack or a USB port on your computer. To calibrate your microphone:

  1. Choose Tools from the menu bar at the top of the screen, and then select Voice Narration.
  2. The Voice Narration dialog box opens. If the green horizontal bar is blinking in the area under “Source: Microphone” you should be read to record. Click the Start Recording button and speak into your mic.

3. Press the green Stop button to end the test recording. Save your file if you wish and press the space bar to listen to it. If you like the way it sounds you do not need to open the Audio Setup Wizard.

4. It is good practice to run the Audio Setup Wizard, though, and test your microphone. Click the Audio Setup Wizard button to begin the process.

5. If your microphone is not selected under Audio Device, click the down arrow and select it. Under Recording Source choose Microphone. Click the Next button.

5.1 Click the Auto Adjust Volume button.

5.2 Record the text blurb, “Since the Internet…”

5.3 If the input level is green, you are recording at a good volume level. If the top part of it is red, you should lower the input level or move away from the mic. When you are satisfied with your recording click the Finish button. You have completed the Audio Setup Wizard and are ready to record your voice narration.

My tutorial has several screen shots which I cannot copy and paste into this posting. I will post the link to the tutorial when I finish it


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