6 Simple Yet Powerful Tips for Improving The Sound of Your Podcast
What does this mean when it comes to the quality of your podcast sound?
It means that your potential listeners are well familiar with high-quality podcast sound. And they likely have a low tolerance for anything that isn’t up to par.
Think of it:
Why would your listeners settle for a podcast that strains their ears and causes them to frown their eyes as they struggle to hear what you’re saying?
Your Podcast Sound is Part of Your Brand
Remember, EVERYTHING your audience sees and hears about you relates to your brand.
So, you’d want to make sure the audio in all your podcast episodes sounds as good as possible, right?
If it doesn’t, you’re effectively practicing a “garbage in, garbage out” technique. Bad podcast sound will result in no output.
According to a 2019 survey, 54% of podcast listeners seriously consider buying from a brand after hearing it advertised on a podcast.
A brand that establishes authority by having its own podcast? There’s no doubt you’ll be in for even more money coming your way! — But only if your podcast’s sound is on point.
Here are some podcast tips explaining how to make your podcast sound better.
1. Learn Your Recording Gear and Software
Take the time to read the manuals, test the different settings, and learn all about your gear and software.
Knowing how your tech works can help you find out what works best for the particular podcast sound you are trying to achieve. It will also ensure you are correctly using the tech to produce optimal results.
Some microphones are to be spoken into from the side and not straight on. If you don’t know your tech, you may be using it wrongly and not getting the best sound possible.
2. Restart Your Device and Close All Unused Programs and Tabs
Restarting your device and closing all unused programs and tabs will ensure all power is going to your recording program. This will help prevent various technical glitches that often happen while recording.
For preparation before recording, read more in our blog post, 5 Common Mistakes Podcasters Make When Recording.
3. Turn Off All Notifications
Turning off all your notifications is often overlooked. Pausing notifications is an easy way to cut background noise. It further eliminates you getting distracted by notifications while recording.
4. Absorb and Remove Excess Noise From the Room
Of course, you’re going to want to record your podcast in the quietest room in your home.
Still, you might encounter echoes. Get rid of these by placing soft items such as pillows, towels, clothes and a carpet around the room to cushion all echos.
Don’t forget to do simple things like shutting off machines or devices that give off background noise.
If you can hear it, so do we… and so does your audience!
Finally, close all windows and doors, and keep your pet somewhere they won’t be heard.
5. Wear Headphones — But Avoid Mic Bleed
Everyone that is part of the recording should wear headphones. When headphones are not worn, something called “mic bleed” can happen:
Mic bleed is when the microphone picks up the sound coming out of the speakers.
By wearing headphones, the audio will go directly to the headphones, thus avoiding extra noise being picked up by the microphone.
You can use earphones or headphones with your cellphones. However, try to avoid headphones with a mic in the wire because this may cause a rustling noise as the wire rubs against your clothes.
6. Listen To The Raw Audio of Your Podcast Sound
Listen to your recordings so you are familiar with the pre-edited sound.
Listening will help you know when something sounds “off.” If you know your gear and tech — as in tip #1 — you may be able to fix the issue quickly.
This step will also prepare you for when you’re discussing changes or edits with your producer or editor.
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Bonus Tip: Do a Podcast Sound Audit
There are endless suggestions out there on how to improve your podcast. By working on these five tips now, you will immediately see a positive impact on the sound of your podcast.
For more personalized advice on how to make your podcast sound more professional, ask your podcast producer/editor to do a podcast audit.
An audit can give you advice and suggestions specific to your podcast, tech, platform, and so on.
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