Podcasts are increasingly becoming a popular form of entertainment, education and information. If you are a podcast host or guest, you want your listeners to have an enjoyable listening experience. One of the most important aspects of a podcast is its audio quality. Poor audio quality can turn off listeners and make it difficult for them to follow along with the content of the podcast. In this article, we will provide you with three tips to improve audio quality when speaking on a podcast.
Podcast Guesting Pro’s 7 Recommended Microphones
- Logitech H370 USB – simple and cheap to get started
- Rode SmartLav+ – simple lapel mic that is less intrusive visually
- ATR200 – quality audio technica brand
- Blue Yeti – popular but average quality, works better with a quality boom arm
- Rode NT1A or Rode Podcaster – quality from a quality brand
- Shure SM58 USB – easy plug and play, great quality
- Shure SM7B XLR – top of the range, if you want a pro setup (XLR mixer required)
Podcast Guesting Pro Recommended Reverb HacksAvoid these:
- Laptop speakers (terrible)
- Glassy rooms
- Square rooms or rooms with high ceilings
- Empty rooms, especially without carpets, furniture
- Anything Bluetooth e.g. Airpods (heavily compressed quality)
- “Soft” rooms with people, furniture, carpets, curtains
- Get close to the microphone – 30 cm/1 foot maximum (get a good stand, headset or boom arm)
- Hotel rooms make for great acoustic setups
- Walk-in closets are a known audio “hack” for pros
- Headphones remove duplexing, echo and interference
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Before you get started, understand the difference between a “warm” and a “cold” sound in podcasting.
If you are speaking off a laptop microphone, or in a stairwell or in a glassy coworking space you will sound “cold”. Listeners won’t understand why, but they will feel you as distant and lack connection.
By contrast, a “warm” sound as audio engineers call it, makes people feel connected. Warm sounds have depth and range. They are clear and add a professional quality to your personal brand.
In this video, Graham Brown discusses how to get your audio quality for podcast guesting sounding like a pro. Graham discusses microphones, mixers, stands and the impact of your room environment on audio quality. Listen in for tips and hacks.
The first tip to improve audio quality and achieve that “warm” sound when speaking on a podcast is to invest in a good-quality microphone. Having a good microphone can make all the difference in the way you sound to your listeners. When you have a high-quality microphone, your voice will come across crystal clear without any background noise or interference. Be sure to test the microphone before recording to make sure that it is picking up your voice without picking up too much background noise.
The second tip is to find a quiet recording space. When recording a podcast, it’s important to have a quiet space without any background noise. This can be challenging if you record from home, but there are things you can do to minimize background noise, like closing windows and doors, turning off electronics, and using a soundproofing mat under your microphone. If you don’t have a soundproofing mat, you can use a towel or blanket to absorb sound.
Rooms with soft things absorb reverb. Soft things means plants, furnishing, people, carpets. By contrast, “hard” environments have glass walls, bare walls and no carpets. It’s like looking around a house when viewing a new place. It sounds empty. It feels empty.
The third tip is get a good pair of headphones. Not only do headphones reduce the feedback (duplexing) from the host’s audio but they also help you focus on the quality of the conversation. If you want to get in the game for $50, buy Logitech H370 USB headsets, that contain both a headphones and mic. These headsets are good “workhorse” mics for travel and when you don’t have a pro setup.
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