Today’s episode applies mainly to Podcasters, but can be useful to anyone recording audio on their computer. I’m going to share with you my 5 Podcast Audio Tips that apply to you.
- We have a big giveaway that podcasters, or any type of musician will want to jump on right away. We’re doing a Giveaway of Studio One Professional that sells for $399.
5 Podcast Tech Tips That Apply to You:
- No Wireless
- Don’t worry about aesthetics over quality and reliability. Wired is better than wireless in almost every case. If you are doing any sort of live stream, it shouldn’t even be a thought whether or not you’re going to be on WIFI, or hard-wired in via Ethernet. The year is 2019 and a wired connection is still far more reliable than a Wireless one.
- Start with the signal
- Look up “signal-to-noise ratio“. In short, it’s a measure of the level of the desired signal to the level of background noise. In recording, that is the instrument (your voice/or the instrument you’re picking up), measured against the level of background noise.
Make certain you’re using a Cardioid microphone, especially if you’re the main person doing your podcast. For basic, just-starting-out podcasters, you’ll commonly see them using the Blue Yeti microphone. I did an episode called Audio Check, where I talk about how USB Microphones, such as this Blue Yeti are good for starters, but I still recommend XLR and a real mixer for seriously future-proofing your podcast. If your only option is currently the Yeti, this YouTuber, Hazel, has a great video that show some things you can do to get a decent sound out of this microphone. – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WIBTbRWuNG4
- Stay out of the Red! When you hit 0db, you will experience digital distortion. Unlike analog distortion, digital is not as forgiving.
- Pop filter – however you want to do this, it’s an easy way to avoid explosive p’s. Some microphones, such as the Shure SM7B I’m I’m using already have a Pop filter built in. But if you have a condenser microphone, you’ll typically want to use a pop filter. I’ve even seen some homemade ones, using nylons stretched over a coat hanger! You can avoid this manual labor, and buy one that looks professional for under $20, like this one on amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Auphonix-Microphone-Filter-MPF-1-Diameter/dp/B00CFXH4S6/ref=sr_1_2?keywords=popper+stopper&qid=1558885707&s=gateway&sr=8-2
- It’s acceptable to use Effects!
- Compression with a 3:1 ratio, slow attack, and medium release. I could do an entire episode on compression, but I’ve included a link in the description/show notes for a nice explanation. Basically my goal is to make my voice sound more present and clearer for the main mix, without it sounding completely over-the-top. – https://www.uaudio.com/blog/audio-compression-basics/
- Use EQ if needed. – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Equalization_(audio)
- The last effect I’m using is a limiter – http://blog.armadamusic.com/music-industry/how-to-use-limiters-limiting-explained/
- Dive in and just buy a recording interface
- They’re so affordable now and will open up you to the possibility of doing a professional-sounding recording. You don’t even have to go really big to get professional capabilities. My favorite brand, and I’m not being paid to say this, is PreSonus. They support their products extremely well, and you don’t have to buy their most expensive setup to have professional sound quality. They have audio interfaces that have 2 microphone inputs, such as the AudioBox 96. – https://www.presonus.com/products/AudioBox-96-Studio – This audio interface works over USB, but allows you to plug in a professional-level XLR microphone. They even sell a basic version of this Interface in a kit, which includes as starter mic, headphones, software, and the main unit. In my opinion, do not waste your money on a standalone USB mic, while this setup gives you much, much,
more capability. Link: https://www.presonus.com/products/AudioBox-96-Studio
- Don’t over-edit
- It doesn’t sound as natural or honest, in my opinion.
- If your Podcast sounds like a natural conversation, it can feel more relatable to the listener.
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