One of the primary aspects of building a subliminal or related audio recording type involves managing each of the components.
Message scripts, masking sound clips, brainwave tracks and intermediate audio tracks should be organized and stored in an efficient manner.
Adopting a useful storage strategy makes it simpler to access and review any existing recording component. This is especially important when attempting to reuse existing elements for a new and different recording project.
Any reasonable and effective strategy can be used for storing the components of the recordings. At the highest level, a new folder should be created called RECORDING PROJECTS and within this, sub-folders created that reflect each of the categories suggested below.
- Recording Project Name
- Message Script Versions
- Verbal Message Clips
- Intermediate Message Segments
- Sound and Masking Tracks
- Brainwave Audio Tracks
- Final Recording Versions
- Compressed Audio Versions
Choosing the Recording Project Name
It is important to choose a project name for a recording because the target name chosen becomes a focal point for each of the related components and makes it easier to locate them in the future.
If for example the selected recording target subject was Better Study Habits, then the project name could be the same and this is strongly recommended.
It is worthwhile to choose a short abbreviation for the project name and this should be based on the recording subject to make it easy to remember.
For this example of Better Study Habits, by using the first letter of each word the result is BSH. This short contraction can be used as the project prefix when naming most files in each of the steps when designing a self-help recording.
Message Script Versions
Designing a subliminal, supraliminal or paraliminal message script can take time and involve creating multiple versions. Each version should be saved because it is often difficult to determine which would be optimal.
Message scripts begin as simple text files and starting with the first basic version, this should be an ordinary text file with the extension .TXT.
But there will likely be two types of message scripts; one for inducing relaxation and another for the subliminal message statements targeting the self-help goal.
Distinguishing between the two types can be accomplished by grouping them into separate folders that reflect their purpose such as RELAXATION and TARGET.
These can be included within a more general folder named MESSAGE_SCRIPTS. As the message scripts are further refined, it is suggested to save and name each version by adding the project contraction as a prefix and a version number as a suffix, such as BSH1.TXT, BSH2.TXT, etc.
By including the project prefix and version number in the file name, it is easier to remember which script is associated with any particular project.
Verbal Message Clips
Once the message script is designed satisfactorily, it will be required to either record it or generate it as a verbal audio segment. In either instance, it may be necessary to create multiple versions until the desired quality level is attained and the target goal should always be of primary importance.
Regardless of how the final message script is converted into an audio format, it is important to understand that storing these different versions is highly important.
Verbal message sound clips should be stored in a folder that reflects their function.
This is suggested as VERBAL_MESSAGE_CLIPS. This would still be inside the project folder and serve to organize them efficiently.
These could be further categorized by separating them by function, as RECORDED_MESSAGES and GENERATED_MESSAGES, depending on how this is accomplished.
Within these folders, and using the same example project prefix, each of the recorded or generated sound message clips could be named as BSH_RECORDED1.WAV, BSH_RECORDED2.WAV, BSH_GENERATED1.WAV, BSH_GENERATED2.WAV, etc., and stored in the relevant folders.
Further categorization may be useful if using text-to-speech (TTS) software to generate verbal message clips. The type of voice engine and the voices chosen to do this may warrant separation by both these qualifiers.
Intermediate Message Segments
In the process of building the final audio subliminal (or similar) message track, it will be necessary to combine or mix the previously created individual verbal message clips in potentially different ways.
When doing this, several intermediate versions will have to be created and it is important to save each one accordingly.
It is recommended to create a unique sub-folder or directory in which to store them.
In this way, the basic verbal message clips will not be confused with the intermediate audio message segments that become a mixture of them.
A suggestion is to place these intermediate audio segments in a folder or directory named INTERMEDIATE_MESSAGE_SEGMENTS. Also, each file created should be named so that it incorporates the project prefix and a version number.
A basic subliminal recording could have an introductory verbal relaxation segment followed by repeated verbal message segments.
After mixing them together appropriately, an intermediate version could be named BSH_MESSAGE1.WAV, BSH_MESSAGE2.WAV, etc.
Sound and Masking Tracks
A sound or masking track is a requirement for any recording type and must also be managed in a useful manner. As an advantage, the same sound track can effectively be used in different recordings.
For this reason, it is better to create a reasonable number of masking tracks that can be used in any type of recording.
However, there are personal preferences as to what sounds are acceptable and presenting more choices is always advisable.
A recommended strategy is to create and maintain a small number of sound tracks that can be used with respect to virtually any of the recordings.
A suggested folder for storing them is SOUND_TRACKS, whether recorded or generated in any manner.
Within the sound track folder, each file can be named according to the type of sound presented, such as NATURE1.WAV, WATERFALL2.WAV, BIRDS3.WAV, etc.
Brainwave Audio Tracks
A brainwave track is only necessary if you choose to create a paraliminal recording and as with the sound or masking tracks, it will likely only require creating a few different brainwave tracks.
These audio tracks should be kept in a separate folder and a suggested name is BRAINWAVE_TRACKS.
The brainwave related audio files should be named according to the effect they are designed to produce, such as ALPHA.WAV, THETA.WAV or possibly some mixture as ALPHA_THETA.WAV.
Final Recording Versions
Once the final recording is mixed by using the message track, sound track and potential brainwave track, it may still not be entirely complete and could require additional revisions and adjustments.
For this reason, creating a folder called FINAL_RECORDING should include each newly created version.
These could be named as in the prior example as BSH_FINAL_VERSION1.WAV, BSH_FINAL_VERSION2.WAV, etc.
Although it may consume more storage space, one or more versions of the final recording in the WAV format should always be saved.
Compressed Audio Versions
After creating the final subliminal, supraliminal or paraliminal recording, it is important to consider the importance of compressing the audio recording in order to render it smaller in size while still retaining the same degree of quality.
There are several different methods available to compress the final recording, and in doing so, a different result will be created.
To accommodate this, it is suggested to create a separate folder or directory named COMPRESSED that includes these.
The files within this folder that are compressed may be of different types and as a result have different file extensions such as MP3, OGG, etc.
These files could be stored as BSH_FINAL1_COMPRESSED.MP3, BSH_FINAL2_COMPRESSED.OGG, and thus make it easier to distinguish between the original final recording and the compressed versions.
Suggested Storage Strategy for Recording Components
There are many ways to adopt a storage strategy for creating a subliminal or similar audio recording and an optimal one is provided below.
- Recording Projects (Top-Level Folder)
- Project Name (e.g. Better Study Habits – BSH)
- Message Scripts (MESSAGE_SCRIPTS)
- Relaxation Scripts (RELAX)
- Target Scripts (TARGET)
- Verbal Message Clips (VERBAL_MESSAGE_CLIPS)
- Intermediate Message Clips (INTERMEDIATE_MESSAGE_SEGMENTS)
- Sound and Masking Tracks (SOUND_TRACKS)
- Brainwave Audio Tracks (BRAINWAVE_TRACKS)
- Final Recording Versions (FINAL_RECORDING)
- Compressed Audio Versions (COMPRESSED)
It is important to manage each of the components used in creating the recordings. Using a folder or directory structure to organize recordings and their components can only help to create better recordings and in an easier manner.
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