The way your podcast sounds is so crucial to its success. Apart from your cover art, it’s the first impression that listeners will have of your show and if your podcast sounds terrible, your audience will be running for the proverbial door. You may think that great audio starts with a great microphone, but it actually starts with picking the right room to record in! Here are some of the best tips and tricks to finding the best room to set your podcast up for success.
It’s important to remember that your microphone is a tool that will pick up whatever sound is in your environment. Having a quiet environment will give you a big advantage when it comes to the sound quality of your podcast, regardless of your microphone. Whatever audio you capture is what you have and there isn’t much you can do to make it better. That’s why it’s so important to set yourself up to maximize your audio quality from the beginning.
This post is based on sections of Casey Cheshire’s conversation with Liam Gousios on Creating The Greatest Show
Finding the best Podcast Recording Room
The Quietest Possible Starting Point
Starting off, try to find the overall quietest location available to you. In selecting your recording room, avoid glass walls, large open spaces, and bare rooms. Glass, in particular, is a very reflective surface which sound will bounce right off. In contrast, drywall absorbs much more sound and makes for a better recording room. Parallel walls without anything to break up the space in between will cause sound to ricochet back and forth between them. These will increase the amount of echo that your microphone picks up. An easy test you can use is to walk around the room and clap in different parts of the room and listen for any echo. If there is no echo, then you are on the right track, but if there is an echo you will need to make some improvements to the room. You can read more about how to treat a room here. By taking the time to choose the right recording room, you’ll be one step closer to getting great sound quality.
Making the Room even Quieter
Once you find the room for your podcast, take a little time to listen for any kind of noise. If you hear a noise, ask yourself if it’s something you can fix. There are some things that you can control and others that you can’t. For example, if there is a fan or A/C unit running, can you turn it off? Whereas, if there was construction going on nearby, there’s not much you can do about that. If there is too much noise that you don’t have control over, it’s probably best to move on to a different location.
Give Yourself some Breathing Room
When recording a podcast, it’s important to make sure you have enough room to avoid bumping into the table or desk you’re using. Depending on your recording setup, if you make any noises from bumping into furniture, your microphone will likely pick them up. To avoid this, make sure you have enough space around you so that you can freely move without worrying about making any noise. This will help ensure that your recording is high-quality and free of any unwanted bumps or other noises.
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Testing out the space before Your first Episode
Before recording the first episode of your podcast in your new room, break out your microphone and the rest of your setup and record some test audio. This will help you determine what your recording environment will actually sound like for your listeners. By recording a few minutes of audio, you can identify any background noise or echo that might be present in your recording. Once you’ve identified any problems, you can take steps to mitigate them before recording your actual podcast episode. This will ensure that your listeners have the best possible experience when listening to your show.
Now that you have all the tips to choose the perfect room for recording your podcast, it’s time to get out there and find the perfect space for your audio needs! After all, a great podcast starts with a great recording environment.
Want to learn more about improving your podcast?
Now that you’ve got a great-sounding podcast, you need to make sure you have all the right artwork to have a great-looking podcast. You’ll also want to discover the podcast equipment you’ll need before starting. If you want to talk to someone about how to start a podcast or refine your show, you can book a call with Casey Cheshire right here.