10 Easy Tips for Professional Audio Quality

10 Easy Tips for Professional Audio Quality

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  1. Such kind comments Sonia!

    Steven, I appreciate that note about pop filters. Pop Filters are similar tiny homes, sometimes the smallest things make the biggest difference.

  2. Hey Toby!

    These are great tips for new podcasters! 😉

    I would say that some of the most important parts here would be having the right microphone (of high quality) and setting up your “studio” so to speak – in a quiet area where you can just relax and vent. You do need the right place to record your podcast shows.

    You hit some great points and great advice!

    Thanks for sharing!

    Cheers! 😀

  3. I’ll disagree with your thoughts on condenser microphones. Many podcasters use em with no issues. They are NOT made for fancy studios – they are just microphones that need phantom power. Your suggestion of using the Focusrite Scarlett as an audio interface handles that just fine.

    Coaxing out good sound … again, this really isn’t an issue. Different mics do different things. Even the two you suggest will sound different, and you’ll have to do some different things (eq, placement, etc) to get good sound out of them. Condenser mics are no different.

    • Hi David

      I love your passion for good sound. Regarding condenser microphones. I began recommending condenser microphones as well, they’re amazing. I’m simply pointing to the fact that because of the increased sensitivity, they more often pick up room reflections. I encourage the use of a condenser microphone, but remember the recording space plays a larger impact on the sound. After hundreds of recordings, I’ve landed on dynamic microphones because I want to give advice that a larger audience can quickly win with. If one is willing to invest in correcting their acoustic environment, I agree, there’s no substitute for a good large diaphragm condenser!

  4. I purchased a nice microphone recently. I wasn’t planning to get a mic stand, as I don’t mind holding the mic in my hand, but now I’m strongly considering it. Because I somehow didn’t consider the fact that my new mic would (of course) pick up every little movement I made. Many of the sounds are minor and/or fixable, but ideally they just shouldn’t be there at all.

    A pop filter, on the other hand, is one thing I thought I’d need, but really don’t. I find that placing the mic to the side of my mouth — very close to my face, but just outside that stream of air — eliminates all the plosive “pops.”

    • Hi Nancy

      Congratulations on your new microphone! A microphone stand has the advantages you mentioned, as well as keeping a consistent distance from the sound source to the microphone. It sounds however, like you’ll enjoy the reduced editing time the most! The more streamlined the podcast process is, the more likely you’ll consistently podcast, and have energy to keep going …

      I’m glad you’re finding the pop filter unnecessary. If your microphone position is communicating your message without a pop filter, you’re right to leave it off.

      Happy podcasting!

  5. Great stuff as always Toby! Especially that Zencastr tip.

    Maybe another bonus tip could be…when it sounds bad, send it to the professional editor.

  6. Nice post, Toby. I am planning to start podcasting and this post will be a nice addition to my research. Microphone selection and kind of recording space are quite important.
    I personally like Audio-Technica 2100 when it comes to microphone selection.

    Thanks once again for this post.

  7. Hi Toby,

    Nice Tips!

    If you’re producing a podcast of your own, you’re likely a writer, journalist, or subject matter expert with great ideas and stories but working with a small budget. Poor audio quality can detract from the message that you’re trying to deliver, so it’s important to get great-sounding, compelling audio.

    Relevant to optimizing how your voice sounds, one easy to find resource I highly recommend to anyone who’s serious about doing webinars/podcasts/videos online is “Vocal Power” by Roger Love. Roger is a famous voice coach who’s helped Tony Robbins, Eminem, and many more super star celebrities to tap into the voice that is perfect for them.

    Thank you for all the suggestions here Toby!

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