Search

DIY Podcast Studio Setup at Home: A Complete Guide

The term “podcast studio at home” can mean different things for different people. For some, it is a soundproofed room with a sleek padded table and other mics running onto a mixer. While to many, it is simply a USB mic in a closet.

The main idea is that you can set up an awesome pro-sounding home podcast studio irrespective of your house space or budget.

Let’s show you how:

Soon-to-be Podcast Studio

The location of your podcast studio has the greatest impact on your audio quality. That’s why choosing the right space for the setup is vital.

Without a doubt, you want to opt for the quietest place possible. Though spacious studios with a lavishing and expensive ambiance are hard to resist, choosing a smaller space for your soon-to-be podcast studio would hand you great control over the internal and external sounds.

If you don’t have the resources to build a full-tech home studio from scratch (just like most podcasters, especially at the beginning), any empty space in your home will do just fine.

However, try choosing a space:

Low Ceilings and Square Rooms

Square rooms and low ceilings are enemies of professional-sounding audio. Due to the physics of sound waves, sounds get reflected too much from the low ceiling.

Furthermore, a combination of both will result in unclear and muddy microphone recordings. Therefore, stay away from these demons while selecting your ideal recording space.

Soft Surfaces

Lots of soft surfaces like rugs, carpeting, or fabric furniture absorb the sound and reduce echoes and reverbs.

Under such a setup, your audio will be minimally affected by external noise, helping you create pro-quality podcast episodes.

Sound Proofing Your DIY Home Studio

Your ears might have become obsolete to the constant barking dog in your neighborhood or the drummer next door, but your microphone’s not.

A good quality microphone catches every single noise in the background, and when you spot it in your recording, all those previously un-existing noises magnify 100x.

So, what sounds can easily ruin your hours of incredible records? The list is long. However, some of the most common noises include:

  • Plumbing
  • Birds
  • Cars
  • Traffic
  • Rain
  • Crickets
  • Winds
  • Neighbors
  • and more…

Therefore pay close attention to the rooms with the worst noise offenders, and opt for the quietest place possible.

However, some level of soundproofing will still be needed to create a perfectly quiet echo-less recording space. So, what are the best ways to soundproof your home studio?

There are multiple ways to make your DIY podcast studio soundproof. However, some of the most popular practices include:

  • Damping: Removing maximum vibrations energy from nearby structures even before it builds up and starts reflecting sound waves while recording.
  • Absorption: Adding material on your studio walls or near recording space to absorb sound and minimize echo.
  • Decoupling: By adding distance between two structures in direct contact with each other blocking sound transmission.
  • Filling Gaps: Adding air gaps in the space so that the sound waves cannot pass through the media easily.

Soundproofing using foam panels is the best solution. They absorb all the unwanted noise and echos before it bounces back to your mic. In addition, foam panels are easy to stick and are available on Amazon for a fairly low price.

However, if you want to get creative, you can also you blankets instead. Hang and drape your blanket over the hard surfaces to mimic the same effect of noise-absorbing foam panels.

Equipment and Software

Equipment and software are the heart of your podcast. The better the tools, the better the sounds quality, thus better the podcast.

Though the technicality and list of advanced equipment go long, you don’t need more than a handful of tools at the inception. Following are the basic set of gears you will need to kick start your podcast:

Microphones

Your podcast studio setup is incomplete without a microphone. This is the most crucial component to the quality of your audio.

An excellent condenser microphone will reduce post-production time significantly. While microphones with an XLR jack and USB jack each have certain advantages and disadvantages.

So, conduct proper research before choosing the right fit for your show.

Headphones

Rather than hearing your own voice in the room, headphones let you listen to what the microphone hears. In addition, it allows you to self-navigate the volume and tone during the recording process. Remember, better recordings require less editing.

Expert Tip: A set of headphones that covers your ears completely (versus earbuds) is preferable for podcast recordings

Mixer

The use of a mixer will improve your audio quality and allow you to record collaborative shows with other guests or co-hosts. Though it’s not a necessary piece of equipment (unless you use an XLR microphone), it makes a huge difference when producing amazing audio content.

Expert Tip: Look for one that has multiple channels and an AUX output. It will make recording a breeze!

Audio Interface

The majority of computers do not have a connection for audio input. Even Macs have removed it long ago.

In such scenario, audio interfaces allow you to connect microphones, record audio, and join other equipment to your computer.

Pop filter or Windscreen

A pop filter minimizes the risk of audio peak and distortion by reducing the popping sounds like t’s or p’s.

Acoustic Treatment

When recording podcasts, many newbie podcasters cover themselves with a blanket as a cheap way to record better audio. Though it technically works, it gets boring quickly. Eventually, you’ll want to pick up some pieces of acoustic treatment that are functional and look good in your room.

Podcast Editing Software

Most podcasters don’t enjoy editing their audio but are important in producing a time-worthy and good-quality episode.

The majority of podcasting software programs allow you to record and edit all at once. Here, you can adjust your audio and edit out any irrelevant sections like awkward silences, obvious errors, and so on. Additionally, you may add music and sound effects to your audio.

The market is filled with a plethora of podcast recording and editing software. It’s just a matter of choosing the software program that best meets your needs. It’s best to start with an easy-to-use program like Audacity or Garageband as a beginner. Eventually, you will be able to upgrade to more advanced software, such as Adobe Audition, as your editing skills improve.

Time to Hit Record

And just like that, you have successfully set up your DIY podcast recording studio at home! Congratulations!

This long-term and fail-safe investment of making your recording environment great would go a long way in producing professional-sounding episodes. It is a win-win!

Buckel Up

Digital age technologies enable podcasters to deliver the best quality audio content to their listeners from the convenience of their homes. Look at yourself; just in some time, you will set up your home recording studio!

Podcasts are one of the best ways to share your knowledge and wisdom with the world. Soon your listners will laugh at your jokes, and you will have a virtual family of people who understand you and love you!

However, the road to becoming a great podcaster is not the easiest!

Podcasting is tough, but you don’t have to walk on this path alone. SayWHA Radio Podcasting Network has helped a number of beginners to become confident and popular podcasters. So let us help you too!

Know more about our podcasting services:

Book your first podcast consultation today and open doors to becoming a world-class podcaster.

 

Liked it? Take a second to support Anshika Mishra on Patreon!

Further reading