As a typically audio-only form of media, audio is essential to creating a successful podcasting show. In order to ensure that your podcast sounds great, there are certain audio mistakes that you should try to avoid. Learning these can help you to avoid making common beginner errors and set your podcast show up to be error-free from the moment you hit ‘Record’.
So What Are the Six Biggest Audio Issues in Podcasting?
There are many things that can make or break a podcast, but bad audio is one thing that can instantly tank public perception of your podcast. More importantly, it can result in bad reviews of your podcast which are crucial when you are first starting out.
1. Plosive Sounds
When you are speaking on certain letters in English you will naturally make a popping sound that is picked up on audio. You can avoid this by purchasing a pop filter or through editing your audio. The letters that cause this problem the most frequently are the letter ‘P’ and the letter ‘B’.
2. Recording too Close to Your Phone
If you are recording too close to your cell phone, this could have an unseemly effect on your audio quality. The results of having your cell phone too close could be a static or a burst sound. For this reason, it is important for you to turn off your cell phone and if you have guests, instruct them to do so as well.
3. Audio Clipping
Clipping can be harmful for your audio quality as well. When you look at your audio track, if you see red lines, this means that your audio is clipping. What has happened is that you have exceeded the maximum frequency and this causes your audio to cut itself off.
4. Echo Distortion
Consider the environment that you are recording in. Is the room that you are in extremely empty? Do you have wood floors in your room without a rug to soften the sound? Adding carpets, curtains, pillows, and other sound absorbent items can help to avoid echo and soften your overall audio sound.
5. Eliminate Background Noise
When you are recording your podcast audit, you should make note of any disturbances that might pick up on audio. If you are not recording in a quiet area and you can hear cars going by, your own cell phone notifications, your children bickering right outside the door, this is a sign that you need to make your audio recording space a sound-free zone.
6. Find the Right Time to Record
This point goes along with point 5, but is equally as important. Not all podcasters will have access to a special room to record their podcast in and many prospective podcasters have busy lives. If your children are a barrier to you having a background noise free podcast space, perhaps recording while the kids are in bed or at school may be the solution for you! Consider what the least noisy time will be for you and your podcast audio.