Podcast Audio 2022 - How to improve your podcast audio and voice in 30 seconds - this will make your audio quality better almost instantly! Learn how to record podcast vocals the same way industry pros do.
(Cover photo by Austin Distel)
#1 Talk with a full voice
Your voice is the first step to getting everything sounding great. By using lots of air and talking louder than you normally would, you'll make the microphone's job easier
#2 Get closer to the mic
Basically - the closer the better, until you get too close. The reason for this has to do with room reflections and gain. If you're too far away from the mic, it will pick up the sound of the room more, which makes you sound far away and that's not what we want.
#3 Turn down the gain
Now that you've turned up your voice and moved closer to the mic, you don't need as much gain from your microphone or interface. (If you're not sure what gain is, that is definitely important to know. Most USB mics and audio interfaces have a dial you can turn up and down)
#4 Move away from surfaces
If you have your mic set on a table, it will pick up the reflections of your voice bouncing off of the table as well as the direct source of your voice and you will hear it in the recording. This goes for walls and windows as well. Try to get your mic in the center of the room if you can.
#5 Cover that sucker with a sock
No, seriously - If you're getting too much sibilance (ss sounds or hissing) in your recording, or your mic 'pops' every time you say a 'plosive' (t, k, p, d, g, b sounds) a sock will suffice! It blocks some air from hitting the mic and will do the trick in a pinch. (This is acting as a 'pop filter' which is common for studios to use)
If you did all this and you're still not happy with your sound, you should look into upgrading your gear and working on making your room sound better. Luckily we have a whole article for that - check out our Podcast Recording Guide