What Should I Do With My Podcast?
So you’re starting a podcast, but you’re not sure how your room will sound? Let us help. These tips and tricks will teach you what to do to make your studio sound the best it can. You’ll learn about microphone placement and background noises, acoustic absorption, choosing a studio space, and more!
Invest in an acoustic treatment for your room
It’s true: podcasting is a lot like producing a radio show. But unlike the radio, you don’t have a team of sound engineers and technicians to help produce quality sound. So keeping your recording space as acoustically isolated as possible will not only improve your sound quality, but decrease your fatigue levels.
Acoustic treatment is any type of material that absorbs or attenuates noise in your recording space.
Use the right microphone
Obviously you’re going to need a microphone, but there are some other important things to consider, including:
Once you’ve done your research and found the perfect microphone, make sure it’s connected properly. If you read about your audio through an XLR cable (the most common type of mic cable), be sure to use one as well!
The microphone adapter should fit correctly into the USB port of your computer.
Place the microphone in a position that will capture a “sweet spot” around you. The sweet spot is the area that provides a balanced level of sound and minimizes noise for your listeners. These tips should help:
Get out of the way!
Whether you have guests or not, it’s important to decide where to place yourself as opposed to your equipment. Try to minimize equipment on other sides of you — especially if there’s a wall between you and your guests. This allows everyone to hear clearly.
Use background noises, or ambiance sounds, to your advantage
As we mentioned above, podcasting is much like radio – but with one important difference: the only way to create a professional podcast is through a studio. This is because podcasts use (almost) no music and need voices recorded in real time. Some producers use this as an opportunity to experiment with incorporating natural sounds into their podcasts. Instead of recording on a set mic and trying to recreate a studio sound, these producers choose environments that have their own unique characteristics.
Audio is everything – don’t forget that!
Don’t let your background noises take away from the audio you’re trying to capture. Avoid unwanted sounds with these tips:
Podcasting has become a popular form of media in the past decade, but many people don’t know that there are certain things you can do to improve the quality of your recordings. From microphone placement to background noises, there are plenty of ways to produce a professional-quality production. With the right techniques, you can improve the sound of your podcast in ways that go beyond what’s possible with more traditional media.