Have you ever been stuck in a not-so-quiet place and need to record a podcast episode? We all have… Here’s how you can get the best audio quality even in a noisy place.
In This Episode, You’ll Discover:
- Why you need to be thinking “small and soft” to get awesome audio
- How thinking like when you were a kid will put you in the right mindset
- It’s content over audio quality, but we’ll do our best
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We’ve all been there. You’re on the road, you’re on the move, you don’t have your podcast recording studio set up and maybe there’s a little bit of noise where you’re at, you don’t have the best spot. What can you do to set up the best possible recording mini studio?
If you’ve been podcasting for any amount of time, you’ll have had this scenario when you’re on the road, you’re on the move, you don’t have your nice cushy set up at home with the mic hanging right down by your face and the nice quiet corner of the house.
Well let’s say you’ve got family over or you’re at family’s house, God forbid and you have to record an episode, you have gotten interview call wind up and you can’t move it around. This is going to be really helpful especially if there’s a lot of background noise, if there’s echoing, if there’s people walking by, if you’re in a busy place.
Let’s get into it.
The biggest reason that causes these kinds of audios to get picked by your microphone is echo. Your first thing is to cut town on that echo. Echo is caused by large, open and flat surfaces that reverberate the sound. Now the second one is wind. If there’s any kind of a draft or any kind of wind, it’s going to pick up on the mic.
What we’re going to do is I want you to think small and soft. I know that sounds kind of funky but small and soft is going to get you the best audio quality. What do I mean? I’m talking about when you create a studio on the road, you want to think anything soft, so blankets, pillows, curtains, towels. You can use all of these to set up sound barriers around yourself and think of like when you were a kid, everybody built the forts of blankets and couch cushions and stuff when they were a kid.
Now, it might look a little bit of funny, it might … you might be looking at that thinking “I’m a podcaster, what the heck am I doing?” But this is going to help get you incredible sound quality and nobody can see you on a podcast, they can only hear you, so you might as well get good audio quality and you might as well do it even if it’s not going to look super professional.
You want to gather together couch cushions, pillows, blankets, all that kind of stuff and make yourself a little recording studio, a little hut. Grab 2 chairs and drape a blanket over that bad boy.
This is what you want to do to get that sound quality because it’s going to be small and soft. You’re going to eliminate the wind, you’re going to cut down significantly on the people noise aspect, all that kind of stuff is going to fade away.
All that being said, content and the quality of your content is going to be so much more important than the audio quality. As long as you’re audio quality is listenable and it’s not enough to annoy somebody who’s listening to it, they’re going to stick with your contents through that maybe shaky audio quality. That should be your number one focus.
Keep in mind you can always pull out a little bit of any kind of a constant tone or a little bit of wind noise in post production. This is what we do in our services, our editing and production services for some other clients and you can learn more about that at the website.
When you’re on the road and you need a makeshift recording studio, think small and soft.
I’m Ben Kruger and you’re watching Authority Engine TV.
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