Since podcasting is an audio based medium, it’s critical that your sound is on point.
After hearing many fans and listeners of podcast complaint about how poor the audio quality was from a number of the podcasts they listen too, I reached out to our producers for some tips on how to record the perfect podcast episode.
1. Invest in a quality microphone
A nice dynamic microphone will work just fine. I recommend the AudioTechnica ATR2100 USB. It’s a great entry level microphone with quality audio and cost less than $100 on Amazon.
2. Record in a room with minimal reflective surfaces
Avoid tile floors, hardwood floors, and walls. Which means you should not record in the kitchen or bathroom. The bedroom is sometimes the best place. I know a two very successful podcasters who use their closet!
3. Invest in a pop filter
This is very important especially if you are recording right up against the microphone. It’s an inexpensive investment that will go a long way.
4. Turn off air conditioning or any fans during recording
These sounds are easily picked up as background noise and the easiest to avoid. Your producer will thank you.
5. Check your microphone placement (very important)
Try and make sure the top of the condenser (the round thing inside the grill of the mic) is lined up with your nose. Stay about 6 to 12 inches away from the microphone. That will give you the best recordings.
If two people need to share one microphone, still try to position it as well as possible between you, and at the right height.
6. Check your levels
If you record in too loud (hot), it will cause distortion and your voice will sound muddy and dirty. Also, the louder the preamp is, the more it will pick up the sound of the room and reflections. Always check to make sure you in the green or yellow, red is dead.
7. Use finger snap edits
If you mess up while talking or the audio cuts out, make sure to give some sort of signal, like a snap, so that it is noticeable for editing.
If a mess up occurs, also repeat what you were last saying to make splicing easier. Otherwise, it will be obvious that audio had to be cut.
8. Attach notes for your producer
When sending audio, also attach notes with any specific directions for cutting and splicing.
9. Record interviews as separate tracks
If possible when sending audio from an interview, send two separate tracks with each voice. This will make it easier for mixing each voice a specific way, as opposed to doing them together.
10. Separate out bumpers
Send intro and outro music separate from actual podcast content.
11. Send more notes
If any music needs to be cut and looped, or faded, attach note with specific directions for your producer.
12. Have fun
At the end of the day you should be having fun. If podcasting starts to feel like a job you’ll eventually get burned out.
If all you did was follow these 12 steps It’s my belief that you’ll be ahead of 65% of the podcasts in iTunes because many podcasters don’t take their sound seriously.
Please don’t make this mistake. Don’t be average.
Your message and fans deserve to have a quality product.
P.S. Twice a week I open my schedule to do free 15-minute strategy calls. I’m all about adding value. Feel free to book a slot HERE NOW to get feedback or help with your podcast strategy.
About The Author
Vernon “The Podcast King” Foster II is a highly sought after podcast consultant and educator. His work has be featured on Entrepreneur, EOFire with John Lee Dumas, Podcast Movement, and The Good Men Project. He founded Pod Parrot in late 2013 to help entrepreneurs and founders after struggling with the technical and production aspects of then popular show, Event Supremacy. Vernon continually seeks out new ways to innovate and strategically leverage podcasting as a viable platform for small business, startups, speakers and consultants.
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