3 Pro Tips For Recording A Podcast
Did you know that only 52% of listeners will finish listening to an entire podcast?
Having professional and clear audio will help ensure that your podcast is one that listeners will finish. But how do you get that studio-quality sound? Keep reading to learn three pro tips for recording a podcast with excellent sound quality.
1. Use the Right Equipment
While you can use your laptop’s microphone to record a podcast, it won’t produce great results for your listeners. Using the right equipment has the biggest impact on the sound quality of your podcast recording. If you are working with a small budget, you definitely want to put it towards equipment.
There are a few essential pieces of equipment you’ll need to get started with podcast production. The most important piece of equipment is your microphone. Choose either an XLR or USB microphone depending on your preference. You’ll also need to choose recording software.
Other pieces of equipment to consider are a mixer, pop filter or windscreen, and noise-canceling headphones. Once you have all your equipment, you’ll be well on your way to producing a podcast.
2. Work from an Outline
No matter how nice your equipment is, you still need to deliver great content. Using an outline to plan and structure your episode can help in a few ways. An outline will help you stay on track, speed up the editing process, and let guests know what to prepare for.
Obviously, you can’t script an entire live podcast. But by preparing an outline with introductions, questions, transitions, and closing statements you can create a great show. Outlining each episode is a sure way to create a podcast you’re proud of.
3. Record in a Small and Quiet Space
You want your podcast to sound like it was recorded in a studio with a podcast agency, not in a noisy tunnel. The way to make that happen is to let your microphone record clean sound. There are a few tips and tricks to follow to get the best sound.
The room you use needs to absorb sound instead of reflecting it. Find a small room to use and make sure there aren’t too many uncovered hard surfaces. Use blankets or rugs to cover any exposed hard surfaces.
In addition to using a small room, you want to eliminate any background noise. Close any doors or windows, silence your cell phone, and turn off any machines or devices that make a constant noise. Keep your pets in another room and remember to tell anyone else in your house that you’re busy recording.
Follow These Tips when Recording a Podcast
Now that you know these three pro tips for recording a podcast, are you ready to record your next episode? By using the right equipment, working from an outline, and recording in a quiet space you’ll be sure to produce a high-quality product.
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