When considering what additional podcasting gear you should have, consider that the key to a great podcast is great-sounding audio. A good podcasting mic is a good place to begin, but you should consider that a starting point.
Some of the items that you should consider in addition to the microphone include a POP filter, Boom mount, shock mount, and headphones. You also need to consider your room setup.
Headphones are a necessity for podcasting. When you’re conducting remote podcasting interviews with a tool like Skype, you want your guest’s voice to come through a set of headphones, not through your computer speakers. Letting the sound come through your computer speaker to the microphones sets you up for reverberation, echoes, and other noises.
A POP filter physically dampens loud plosive sounds, like “p” and “t” sounds. It sits between you and the microphone and creates a more consistent sound.
A shock mount reduces reverberations from movements that you make. For example, if you hit the table with your knee, a shock mount can prevent the mic from picking that up.
A boom mount moves the microphone off your desk and allows you to place it at an even level with your mouth so that you can speak straight into it with hunching or angling your head oddly. Not only are these movements uncomfortable, they can affect the sound of your voice.
When considering your room setup, think about whether or not the room echoes. In a room with a bed, a couch, or a full bookcase, it may not. But in a relatively empty, cavernous room, you may have echoes that will distort your sound. In that case, you may want to invest in sound-dampening panels that will reduce echoing.
Takeaways From this Lesson:
- Great audio is key to a successful podcast
- A good working pair of headphones are a must
- A POP filter, shock mount, and boom mount can give you more consistent sound and prevent unwanted noises from finding their way into your audio
- Depending on your room setup, you may or may not need sound-dampening panels