Meditation has become a common practice these days as more and more people are learning about the benefits it provides. It’s a practice available to everyone that can help reduce stress, promote a sense of calm and clarity and support a healthier lifestyle. These are just some of the reasons why meditation has taken center stage in the health and wellness landscape at the moment.
With its increasing popularity, also came a higher demand for guided meditation videos and audios. For most beginners, meditation can seem like a strange and maybe a little daunting activity, so they require some guidance and support to help them overcome their reticence and get started. That’s why guided meditation is probably the best choice for novices.
But not all guided meditation recordings are created equal. If you’ve ever tried making a guided meditation recording to share it with the world, you know the struggle is real. What you want to achieve and the final outcome might be two very different things. For all the creativity and passion you put in, you’re probably also doing a lot of honest mistakes that are ruining the quality of your recordings. And that’s exactly what we’re going to discuss next: the most common mistakes people make when creating guided meditation recordings and how to avoid them.
Poor sound quality
With all the technology and high-performing equipment we have at our disposal today, it’s easier than ever to create great quality audios. You don’t have to lock yourself in a studio for days to produce amazing recordings (although if you have the possibility to record in a studio, we’re all for it). With a few smart gadgets and a bit of practice you can get the job done fast and easy, and no one would ever know that you’ve done all the recording in your living room.
However, mistakes can creep in the form of unwanted and sometimes hard to notice sounds that you only hear when you’ve finished all the work. Cracking floors and furniture, outside noises like traffic or chatter, sounds coming from other gadgets or home appliances, clothes ruffling while moving are just some examples of sounds that can interrupt the flow and mess up the quality of your recordings.
If you want to keep these ambient noises out of the picture and make sure your soothing voice is the only sound your microphone will record, you should:
- Choose a quiet space for your recordings
- Make sure you don’t wear jewelry or clothes that can create unwanted sounds
- Move away from your computer or other equipment that can produce noises
- Do a quick test before you start the actual recording to see if your mic picks up any unwelcome sounds
Lack of musical background
There’s no rule saying that you absolutely have to include music in your guided meditations, but most recordings do have a musical background. One can argue it’s a matter of personal preference here and not everyone enjoys listening to music during their sessions or that not everyone enjoys the same tunes, so it can be a hit or miss if you choose to add music. But it seems like most people will opt for voice plus music when choosing a guided meditation. It’s the more popular choice and if you’ve got to give people what they want.
Be careful however to use tunes that are suitable for the recordings you’re making and won’t ruin the ambience you’re trying to create. The music you choose should add depth and atmosphere to the meditation and help listeners start their spiritual journey.
It’s also important to make sure you don’t run into any copyright issues when choosing the music for your productions. Using royalty free meditation music is the most convenient and practical way to avoid these types of problems and find the best tunes for your guided meditation recordings.
People like to test before they commit to something, and that’s also applicable in this situation. Even if you’ve created the best recording out there, it will be greatly disappointing for users not to be able to listen to a preview. After all the time and effort you’ve put in creating a high-quality guided meditation, it would be a shame not to take the time to add a short preview so that listeners can get an idea of what they’re going to get if they download or purchase the full recording. Apart from the fact that you can do it in no time, you’ll definitely convince more people to listen to the entire meditation if you also include a preview.
Low quality visuals
While the quality of the audio should be your main focus, it doesn’t mean you should completely ignore the visuals. It really doesn’t matter if you’re making a CD or an MP3 download, you should always take graphics into account. Audio and visuals are a match made in heaven and together they can evoke feelings and stir emotional responses which is exactly what you want when you put your guided meditations out there. Visuals are the first element that’s able to capture the listeners’ attention, even before they hear the preview, so make sure you add nice graphics to go along with the audio.
Not enough information
When it comes to guided meditation recordings, more is always more. It means that the more information you provide for listeners, the better your guided meditations will be received. No one has the time or the willingness to guess what’s behind the play button. But a good description can convince people your recordings are worth the shot. Don’t be lazy and take the time to tell the audience what the recordings are about and why they should listen to them. You don’t have to write endless descriptions, but a few well-chosen words about the experience and the benefits of listening to the guided meditations you provide can work wonders.