CREATING YOUR OWN HYPNOTHERAPY & MEDITATION RECORDINGS
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I thought it would be helpful to create a resource page that hypnotherapists, coaches, yoga and meditation teachers can use to see the products and kit I use to create my own hypnosis and audio recordings. I expect the list to evolve as I find different resources that are worth recommending.
Disclaimer: Some of the links below are affiliate links and I will earn a commission if you purchase through those links. I use all of the products listed below and recommend them because they are companies that I have found helpful and trustworthy. Please let me know if you have any questions about anything listed below!
Getting started doesn’t have to be expensive, but it’s worth investing in some basics to make sure every recording you create is as professional as possible.
Audio Recording Software
Though other software exists, generally speaking the two most popular software programmes for DIY recordings are Audacity and Apple’s GarageBand. Neither are perfect, each has its own quirks, and I tend to use both depending on the sound I am looking for.
Audacity is my first port of call when creating recordings. It’s free open-source software that’s easy to download for Windows and Mac. There are a number of tutorials online and on YouTube making it relatively straightforward to get the hang of for a basic recording, with advanced settings to really hone your recording if you want to.
Audacity lets you pause your recording as you go along which is great for taking short breaks – you can edit out the soft clicks marking each break later. Adjusting the volume of selected parts of your track is a bit tricky though – sometimes Audacity feels a little clunky, but otherwise it’s near perfect,
Audacity logo by Aaron Spike
GarageBand for Mac/IOS systems provides a whole bunch of features including a large sound library to create lovely recordings. The EQ system is very good with excellent graphics as you might expect from Apple, so that even a beginner can start to create really nice effects and recordings.
I haven’t yet found a good solution for background noise reduction. It does have a NoiseGate feature which blocks out external noise to some extent but I haven’t found this to be as good as Audacity’s.
GarageBand icon by Freepix
I love this mic. It’s very compact and easy to plug in and play – but most of all, it creates a very professional quality sound that I love.
Pop Screens, Isolation Shields and Windshields
If you’ve ever seen footage of recording artists in their studios you’ll see that they’re often stood behind or surrounded by screens which deaden echo and create a nice, rich vocal sound. You can create a similar effect at home by using an isolation shield which you place around your mic to prevent any unwanted sounds being recorded into your mix.
A pop filter is a special screen you place in front of your mic that will protect your recording from bursts of sound – plosives – when you say the letters b, p, and t. These plosives are never good news for a calming hypnotherapy or meditation audio, or any other recording for that matter. A pop filter is an important part of your recording kit.
A windshield is a foam covering that goes over the mic and also provides protection against unwanted noise. These are best used outside particularly on windy days. Windshields can cut out higher frequencies from your vocal recording. Again it’s a question of playing around with your recording to get the sound you like.
This is a good, heavy-duty shield that I find does a good job of preventing unwanted noise. It has a fixing to allow it to be attached to a stand (sold separately) and folds up neatly to be stored away when not in use,
A basic pop filter that does the job. It has a screw clamp fixing which allows it to be fixed to a desk or chair. Before I bought my Macbook I fixed this to my Mac for desktop recordings.
Part of the fun of creating your own hypnotherapy and meditation audios is finding background music to accompany it. There is a wide range of meditation music available online to download.
Important: Please check the licensing terms with each company. Some companies offer Royalty-Free music but only for personal use. If you plan on selling your audio recordings then you may need to purchase a license and credit the composer. It’s important to respect copyrights and support artists as much as possible.
Enlightened Audio offers royalty free background music that I have found to be perfect for both my business and personal use.
Free Meditation Music has a selection of high quality meditation music created by Eric Bartel. Audios also incorporate binaural beats – a technique using different frequencies in the left and right ear to stimulate different brain wave patterns.