Many of our clients are regular everyday people that don’t specialize in professional sound recording. Using these three easy tips, you can make your podcast recordings sound better instantly, so they are ready for editing.
1. Record in a quiet room
Way too many times have I come across audio recordings that are too noisy with unwanted background sounds, from traffic, to dogs barking, to the AC/heater making a loud “humming” or “hissing” noise.
To avoid this, a good rule of thumb for setting up before you record your podcast or podcast interview is to make sure the room you’re in is as quiet as possible.
That means for the 1 hour or so that you spend recording, plug out the fridge, turn off the AC/heater, put some heavy curtains in front of the windows to block out the sound as much as possible.
If you can hear humming/hissing, or traffic when you sit down and listen to the room, chances are it will show up in your recording. Plug out all appliances while you’re recording and your podcasts will instantly start to sound 10x better.
2. Be at the Right Distance
Have you ever heard what your voice sounds like in a really big room? Right – echoed, far away, and hard to understand.
The point of podcasting is for people to understand what you are saying, since the only form of communication is your voice and not video (unless it is a video podcast).
The WeKr3ate Media rule for the right distance is about one hand-span away from the microphone while you are recording.
Don’t know what I mean? Try this: make a “high five” with your hand. turn your hand sideways so that your thumb is towards you, and your pinky finger is away from you. Put your hand between the microphone and your mouth. This is the closest you should ever be to your microphone while recording.
3. Speak Slower
The ultimate goal of podcasting is to make sure your audience is able to understand you clearly so they can be engaged with what you have to say and understand important information clearly. A lot of people assume you should just podcast the way you speak regularly – which you should. However, there is a certain slower pace that radio personalities, TV personalities, and all other types of presenters have.
Now, before you go and try to get your “Radio Voice” on, understand one thing: People are able to understand these media personalities and presenters when they speak because they take their time with their words. They enunciate. Every. Word. Carefully.
When you record your podcast, try to slow down a bit. Try speaking just slightly slower than you would usually speak, and see the huge difference it makes in your podcasts. Your podcast will instantly sound better, and so will your podcasting voice. 😉
Try these three easy tips the next time you record an interview or episode, and comment below with your instantly better results. Need podcast recording and editing services? Contact us here.