If you’re a podcasting newbie looking to record at home, you’d be delighted to know there’s no shortage of ways to get superb room acoustics. In a nutshell, room acoustics refers to the way sound behaves in a space that’s enclosed.
When you’re recording, your primary goal in terms of room acoustics is to ensure sound is absorbed and deflected so it does not make its way back to the microphone and generate an echo your listeners would surely find annoying.
In essence, echo is created when sound repeatedly bounce off surfaces. Fortunately, you have two foolproof options to keep it from happening:
If you check a professional sound studio, you can see acoustic foam placed on the walls. The rationale behind it is acoustic foams will soak up the sound waves that way much of the sound will not reflect off the surface.
In addition, acoustic foam does a good job of breaking up the surface of the wall. Contrary to popular belief, acoustic foams are not flat. Rather, they have protruding geometric shapes that deflects sound so it does not end up bouncing from one wall to another.
The only downsides? It comes with an exorbitant price tag and it’s not exactly easy on the eyes.
If you record in a big and open room with nothing on the walls, there is plenty of space for sound to bounce around. Fortunately you can easily diffuse it when you set up an uneven surface behind you. Bookshelves would be a great way to start.
Other quick and cost-effective options you can look into include:
What tricks have you tried so far? We’d love to know the tricks you’ve tried!
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