4 Ways To Improve Your Podcasts
Take a look at these four ways you can improve your podcast and attract more listeners.
1. Explore the prosumer microphone market
Podcasters no longer have to shell out major funds to purchase high-quality microphones. As more hobbyists are recording music and podcasts from their computers at home, audio equipment companies are recognizing the demand for high-quality recording hardware that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg.
Companies like Blue and Audio-Technica have crafted podcasting microphones that will bring you the most value for your dollar. Many longtime podcasters record live demos with new equipment will post reviews on YouTube, so be sure to research your options before committing to a microphone.
2. Get a pop filter
Plosives are those sharp, loud noises that your microphone picks up when you say words that contain the letters “P” and “B.” Your podcasting microphone is an extremely sensitive piece of equipment, picking up breathing noises and plosives.
Typically, these sounds cause quick spikes in volume, which can grate on listeners’ ears. If you can filter out these interruptive sounds, the listening experience becomes far more enjoyable for your fans. Pop filters are a fairly inexpensive piece of equipment, and they can be affixed to your mic stand for easy use.
Generally, you want to place a pop filter about three to four inches from your microphone to remove those offensive sounds.
3. Prepare your environment
The ideal recording environment is soundproof, with a shock mount surrounding your microphone to keep the sound of any movement and vibrations from interfering with your recording. However, most podcasters work from home and may be unable to truly soundproof the room.
There are ways to reduce the amount of noise pollution during your recording sessions. Make sure to choose a room far away from family members, roommates, or pet traffic. Shut the door and use a towel to prevent outside noise from leaking through.
Some podcasters will hang carpeting on the walls of their podcasting room to dampen noise.
4. Take classes
Audio production and engineering can transform a mediocre podcast into a stellar recording. Give your podcast a professional edge by taking an audio course and maybe even pursue a career in recording. These courses can provide you with a background in professional audio software like Pro Tools and Logic Pro — skills that are in high demand in various job markets.