Recording podcasts - How to prepare for tracking

Hello Audified friends,

We are aware that podcasts are rapidly gaining popularity, especially in the complicated lockdown conditions we live in nowadays. Podcasting is an awesome communication phenomenon and we ourselves are fans of many podcasters.

In a couple of following blog posts, we would like to give you some basic guidelines on how to record and mix voice for your podcast releases.

First things first. There are a few points to consider during the recording stage itself:

  • The environment in which you record will make a strong impact on the sound of your recording. The size of the room, the type of acoustic treatment, or the lack thereof. These things are worth considering and learning about. But to give you the most basic rule possible, record in the quietest environment you can. Every external noise recorded except your voice can become a big problem during the post-production stage.
  • Use a decent quality microphone and an audio interface and position the mic consciously. Use pop filters to prevent exaggerated plosives.
  • When you are recording multiple people (please follow general rules of social distancing, based on the region you live in) - use multiple microphones, if possible. And spread the people across the room or across the table in considerable yet similar distances. Place each microphone so it records primarily its relevant sound source and reduces or cancels other room noises or other speakers as much as possible. If you have only one microphone at your disposal but multiple speakers, spread the people in equal distances from the microphone. And if available, choose an omnidirectional polar pattern on the mic itself.
  • Record at a conservative level. When the signal from your mic hits your interface and then your DAW, set the input gain so that the meter of the track peaks somewhere around -18 dB. And check your signal to noise ratio by listening. You need to hear the speaker clearly and without much background distraction even at this low level. That way you will have plenty of room to do your track justice and mix it well.
  • If you are recording people who are wearing face masks, check out our recent blog post Surgical face masks and mixing speech for additional recommendations.

Hope these simple tips will help you in your journey to being a great podcaster!

Next time, we will take a look at mixing the tracks.

Take care and stay healthy.

Continue to Pt.2