Making Sound Recordings of your Skits
By Luann Keller
of Wee Worship
This page provides instructions about how to record your
skits for future performances.
I use puppets in my program all the time but I would not
consider using one that I had not recorded ahead of time. I have
been to several puppetry workshops and they always recommend recording it
ahead of time also if possible.
I like using pre-recorded skits for the following
- Your puppeteers can focus on making realistic
animation without distraction.
- You simplify the problem of amplification - it will
come from one source without the possibility of feedback or tapping or
- As you record the skit, you can focus on good acting
and well placed emphasis since you are not trying to manipulate a
puppet at the same time.
- A last minute puppeteer switch is NO Problem.
- Your skit will be clear for the audience: not too
fast, not too soft, etc.
- Practicing skits is easier because the timing is
always the same. Your puppeteers can even practice their part(s)
- It's easy to add sound effects and music that will
always come in at the appropriate times.
How to Record Your Skits
- Use the best possible recording situation:
professional microphones in a studio is great but you can still get
good results with an ordinary tape recorder or even a dictaphone.
- Digitize: Most people have the ability to record
sound into WAV sound file format using the standard Windows Sound
Recorder (comes with Windows - usually under accessories). Just
run a line from your tape recorder to the "line-in"
microphone jack that is on most computer sound cards.
- Once the sound is digitized into a WAV sound file you
can burn it on to a CD and create a whole library of skits for your
- In order to pass the sound file over the Internet, it
is best to compress it - MP3 format works great and is a universal
standard. There are lots of MP3 players and recorders available
for free download - www.musicmatch.com
is a great one to use (it also can help with the recording or
digitizing steps). Recent versions of MS-Windows Media players
can also play MP3 files.
- If you download an MP3 file there is software which
will expand it into a WAV file again so that you can put it on a CD
but you will lose quality since you are uncompressing.
Special note - when uploading MP3 files to Puppet
Resources it's best to use a compression rate of 64kps or less for most
skits - that keeps the file size down for both the uploading and
And there you have it! A fantastic script recorded
in digital format that you can upload to Puppet Resources to share with
others around the world, and/or record onto CD to create a whole library
of pre-recorded skits that can be used over and over again.
If you have any feedback about these instructions,
please contact Luann Keller.
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