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How To Record Good Audio For A Podcast

As a medium composed entirely of audio, podcasts require a specific atmosphere to create a crisp, clear recording. In many ways, the quality of the podcast is heavily contingent upon the quality of the sound. There are multiple ways to achieve the ideal recording session. Keep reading for our recommendations on what to look for in a podcast recording studio and DIY tips for recording good audio at home.

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1) Eliminate Outside Noise

Soundproofing (when you prevent noise from outside of the room from leaking into the recording space) is a crucial component of generating quality audio. This is especially important for podcasts. Despite the old adage "fix it in post" (which, as an editor, I despise), it's much easier to work with clean audio that was recorded correctly, then have to try to fix it later. Consider any possible source of outside sounds within the recording space, such as windows, doors, air vents, fans, thin walls, thin ceilings, etc. When looking for a studio to rent, go for a space that doesn't have any windows. Video studios are ideal, as it they are already equipped to record high quality audio. With soundproofing, thick walls, and no windows, video studios may be your best bet when looking for a space to rent. DIY-wise, choose an entirely interior room. Record in a space away from busy streets, windows, and vents.

2) Eliminate Inside Noise

Soundproofing, unfortunately, isn't enough to keep unwanted sound off your recording. You'll also need to dampen the sound. Sound dampening is when you prevent noise inside of a room from reverberating. Soundproofing can't prevent sounds inside the recording studio from echoing within the room. Keep in mind that things like empty walls and hardwood or tile floors will create noticeable reverb on a recording. When looking for a space to rent, make sure the studio has felt and/or sound panels on the walls. You also want a space with carpeted flooring (yes--that matters too!). At home, you can usually get the highest-quality audio by recording inside of your closet. Sounds a little silly, but think about it: The clothes act as sound panels to reduce reverb, and there are no windows and only one door. Trust us... this works. Don't have a closet big enough to sit in? Try throwing a blanket over your head and mic while recording. You'll hear the difference.

3) Get The Right Microphone

Last, soundproofing and sound dampening can't fix a cruddy microphone. They can certainly make the mic sound better, but you absolutely need to be using the right gear for the job. Don't go for microphones designed for video--those need to be small and easy to hide. Instead, opt for a studio mic like one in a radio station. You're going to want a large-diaphragm condenser microphone, like the Rode NT1. These mics are able to manipulate recorded audio to add depth and create fuller timbre. We're sorry to say that, no, we don't have any DIY hacks for this one. You're just going to have to purchase/rent the real deal. When recording at a studio, they may have everything you need available to rent. This would potentially give you access to higher quality gear without having to pay a large overhead. You also won't have to worry about storing, transporting, and caring for all the equipment.

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