Now that you’ve got the basics and you’re getting better at recording your podcast, it’s time to raise the audio quality of your podcast! Here are my 3 simple steps to get a better audio podcast every time you record!
1. Know your voice and microphone placement.
If you speak loud like me, lean back when you get SUPER loud. If you speak softly, lean back! Test your recording and observe your waveforms.
As you listen to your audio again, note the points that seem super quiet and the points that seem super loud. Try to recreate these moments with your microphone to create the muscle memory needed for optimal placement of your voice. When in doubt, look for the quiet moments and the loud ones!
2. Get a pop filter.
It’s a small investment with a BIG return on investment! A pop filter will prevent loud and aggressive breathing from getting into your recording as well as PHH and TUH sounds.
Pop filters are available for less than $20 and attach to your mic stand. A pop filter is not the same as a windsock – so the soft little thing that comes with your mic stand that fits like a sock on top of the mic will not have the same effect.
Pop filters should be 3 to 4 inches away from your mic, and you should be 3 to 4 inches away from your pop filter. With a wind sock, you’ll probably be even closer to the microphone because nothing will stop you.
But why do you see some people holding a microphone directly in their mouth?
They probably use dynamic microphones that have a completely different configuration and sensor structure inside. They are designed to handle louder sounds and have a higher sound pressure level (screams per lady… uh… sound pressure level!).
If you took a Blue Yeti or an Audio Technica AT2020 or something similar, you probably have a condenser microphone that is designed to capture a much wider range of sounds with its delicate pickup. So don’t breathe into it aggressively, it sounds weird.
3. Adjust your input level as you record
It’s a bit more advanced, but the more you know about your voice and microphone placement, the easier it will be to see if your settings need to be changed while recording.
If you notice that your waveforms are too strong during a recording, you can lower the input level either on the microphone itself or in your recording application. It is better to adjust this later than to have a sound distorted by “clipping”.
Clipping is clearly visible in your waveform, because you will be able to see the top pitch of the waveform extending vertically beyond the track. You will also be able to see it if your level monitor enters the red zone.