Having a great microphone and the right gear isn’t enough – you also have to know how to it. When it comes to podcast technique, you need to consider the physical location of your microphone in relation to your body, your recording settings, your volume metering, and certain environmental considerations.
Your podcasting microphone should be at the exact height of your mouth. If you have to lean over or reach up to speak into the mic, it changes your voice, and if you’re speaking at an angle you won’t be loud enough. Your microphone should be no more than a few inches away from your mouth, with the POP filter in-between you and the mic, and you should be wearing headphones so that you can hear your guest if you’re interviewing, or so that you can monitor your own voice if you’re alone.
Volume metering is a common problem in podcasting. When you look at your recording and editing software, you want your voice to take up all of the green area of the podcast meter, with the top end of your loudness range reaching into the yellow range, around -9 or -6 decibels. You want to avoid the red area as much as possible, and you also want to avoid staying too low in the green area.
The environmental considerations that you have to take into account are the features of the room that you’re recording in. Preferably, you want to record in a small room that has plenty of things in it that can dampen reverberations – things like beds, couches, and bookcases. Avoid rooms with large tables and empty walls, as these can increase reverberations. A good recording room should have carpet or wood floors and a slanted ceiling. And of course, the room should be in a quiet location.
Takeaways from This Lesson:
- Understand how to position your microphone correctly
- Understand the ideal loudness range on your volume meter
- Consider your options for a recording area. Do you have an ideal space? If not, what improvements do you need to make?
- Make sure that you have all of the gear you need and a good recording space before you begin recording.