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How To Make Your Podcast Sound Better?

Is Your Podcast Sounding as Good as It Could?

Podcasting is a blooming business with thousands of podcasts and millions of listeners joining this new platform every year. Along with the rise in popularity of the podcasts globally, the competition has also skyrocketed. 

Your audio files have to be the best in every sector, from great audio quality to excellent content, if you want your podcast to stand out in this cutthroat competitive market. Making your podcast sound good is the best way to start the long venture towards an impeccable podcast. But how to make your podcast sound better? 

What Is a Good Audio File?

Some might think that a suitable audio file is the clearly audible one, but audio files have to be a lot more than just audible when you aspire to be one of the top podcasters. According to the sound engineers, a suitable audio file should have:

  • Audio free from any ambient background or hissing sound while recording
  • Both output speakers should be able to transmit audio files
  • The recordings must not sound muffled and should have decent volume
  • The microphone level must be free from any clipping and should be green
  • The vocals should not have excessive echos or reverb

Later in the journey, you might need upgrades, but to begin with, you neither need a high-end recording studio nor expensive audio recording equipment for better sound. These are the simple ways through which you can make your podcasts sound like professionals.

How To Record Great Audio?

Recording good audio is the backbone of your podcast because performance and editing will come to their best faces when the recording is at its best. Following are little tricks that can help you capture great audio:

Microphone

The distance between the speaker and the microphone plays a significant role in the quality of the recording. Expert podcasters advise keeping the microphone as close and possible. If you keep it at a distance, then all the background noises and sound reflection will be captured along with your voice. Therefore, the closer the microphone is to the speaker the better the recording quality.

Placing a microphone too close to the mouth could be problematic too, as the proximity effect comes into action which would highlight the base of the speaker’s voice. Generally keeping the microphone about two fists away could highlight the best features of the speaker’s voice without any interruption from the surroundings.

Speaking directly into the mice captures plosive sound. Angling the microphone to a little off-angle prohibits the speaker from speaking directly into the mic and thus reduces the plosive sounds.

Recording Space

Recording space should be taken into consideration, especially when you are not recording your episodes in a recording studio or a room whose wall is lined with soundproofing foam. Some like to record their episodes in restrooms as they provide excellent acoustics. It is an excellent alternative for recording music, but for the podcasts where you have to speak, echos and reverbs will distort the sound in the restroom. 

Therefore it is suggested to record your audio file in a place which does not echo and has the least amount of sound distractions.

How To Make a Podcast Sound Good in Live Call Recording?

From bad internet connection to guest’s bad recording equipment, there are tons of factors that can ruin a live call recording. 

Though some of these factors are beyond the podcaster’s control, for enhancing the recording from your end you can make a habit to prepare your guest beforehand. While preparing, ask them what gear they use, how their internet speed, etc.

You can use the ‘double ender’ approach, where you can give the questions to your guest and ask them to send the recorded answer which can be edited later. But, such recordings may slightly vary from the audio quality of the live recording, syncing them together requires high editing skills, therefore it is always good to have a live recording if possible.

What To Focus On While Editing & Mastering an Audio File?

There are three things to focus on most  in the post-production stage of any audio file:

  1. Compression

In compression, your digital audio workstation (DAW) will try to bring the loudest and the quietest sound to one level. While compressing your audio file make sure to focus on:

  • Threshold
  • Noise floor
  • Ratio

  2. Noise Reduction

There are mainly two types of extra noises that might ruin your audio’s quality despite recording ‘clean’ audio:

  • Environmental noise
  • Equipment noise

If you want to eliminate “noise,” focus on your speech lulls and turn off the noise reduction in between them.

  3. EQ or Equalization

In laymans’ terms equalization is ensuring that your audio sounds ok. Equalization enables you to boost or minimize any specific frequency. But, equalization needs a lot of experience, it’s not something that beginners can pull off, therefore you will need to have some experience along with tricks and tools to sound your podcast as good as possible.

The Long Run

Your podcast will not start sounding its best since the very first day, given you are new to podcasting. Enhancing the sound of the podcast is a continuous process. Every now and then there will be new technologies and tools that can make the audio file even better. The will of providing your listeners with the best quality content and audio will make you stand out in the long run.

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