Best Practices on Recording Podcasts

Best Practices on Recording Podcasts

Any start-up podcaster can get bombarded with the bulk of information available online. From tips on how to properly record your podcast to recommended tech, you may find yourself asking more questions than getting actual answers from numerous sites on the Internet. Don’t lose hope just yet because we’ve got you covered. Below is a general checklist for recording in a DIY setup that may be just the thing you need if you’re intending to venture into the wonderful world of podcasting.

Start with a good audio

Just because you run a DIY setup doesn’t mean you cannot achieve that professional-sounding podcast. The trick to achieving better audio always starts with two basic considerations: a good microphone, and a decent recording area.

There is an array of choices when it comes to mics. If your budget allows you to go for the high-end ones right on, then by all means go for it. However, there are good ones out there that don’t necessarily cost a fortune.

Always take into account your needs before committing yourself to buying a particular type of microphone. For example, dynamic mics (e.g ATR 2100) don’t require external power and are good at picking up a limited range of audio with its usually compact design. Condenser mics, on the other hand, usually need power from an external source and are known to provide richer and fuller tones. There are other components like compressor, mixer, and interface that you may find handy as you go, but they are not required.

In choosing microphone, the location where you record matters a lot. A condenser mic may be richer in tone but it captures noise easily, so you better have a treated room or at least truly silent place to record. Other than that, dynamic mic would do fine.

Since we’re talking about it, your foremost consideration about your recording area should be the presence of ambient noises. Make sure that the room where you are going to record has some decent soundproofing. Especially if you have a powerful mic, ambient noises from a poorly soundproofed room may be picked up during recording and could mess your whole take altogether. Most DIY setups use the egg-tray trick in soundproofing: simply paste egg-trays on the walls, cover them with a thin sheet of plywood, and voila! You’ve got yourself a soundproofed recording area – DIY style.

Editing

After the painstaking recording, next comes the editing process. Similar to actual recording, post-processing also spells the difference between a good podcast and a sucky one. In this stage, you have the chance to eliminate mistakes on your recorded files. You can also embellish the tracks by adding some background music.

There are a lots of free editing programs that most podcasters go for. Audacity, as being one of them, offers multi-track mixing, numerous effects and additional audio elements, such as intro sounds, music and more. If you are willing to shell out a few extra bucks for a recording software, Adobe Audition promises to deliver a total editing experience with its extensive features and capabilities. For $49/month as part of the CreativeCloud or $20 individually, you can try the go-to software in the audio world.

Another popular software among podcaster is GarageBand. Initially having features specifically tailored for podcasters, GarageBand was once synonymous with podcasting. Garageband works on Apple OS X and iOS.

But why waste your time paying, learning, and editing your shows when you can hire a professional? This only not help you save time, but also let you focus on the important aspect such as growth of your podcast and your business.


You can add gear as you go, but for now, these are the most basic considerations in terms of recording. Happy podcasting!

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