Preparing to record your podcast

Preparing to record
Before you record your podcast, it is important to understand a few things about microphones and mic technique.
Good audio starts with knowing how to use your equipment. Be sure to:

  • Know what kind of mic you are using, how it works and how to get the best sound
  • Mic technique: know where to speak and how to speak.

The headset microphones and PC microphones provided for this workshop are omnidirectional.

Omnidirectional microphones pick up sound from all directions and are relatively less sensitive than other mics to wind, breath and handling noises. However, it is best not to breathe or handle the mic while recording.
When using the these mics:

  • Be sure that the mic is not too close to your mouth to avoid popping sounds;
  • Likewise, be sure the mic is not too close to your nose or in the direction of your breath to avoid picking up your breathing sounds;
  • It is ideal to have the mic about one handspan away from your mouth;
  • Always have headphones on while you are recording so that you can hear not only your own voice, but the other sounds that are happening around you;
  • If there is too much loud background noise, you may need to move away so that the sound does not interfere with your audio;
  • Never ever put the mic in your mouth.

If you are using a portable recorder (iPod, iPhone or iRiver) you may find yourself using a handheld microphone. Have a look at the Handheld Microphone Guide for more information on this type of microphone.
You have written a script and learned about what type of mic you will use—now you are ready to record your podcast. Think about how you plan to use your voice.
There is not a ‘correct’ way of speaking, but you can develop your voice so that you communicate effectively and so that your listener stays interested and keeps listening.
What you can do:
Relax your torso, head, shoulders and throat: these are the key areas that your voice travels through.

Breathe: It’s okay if your listener hears you breathe. This is a completely natural occurrence and necessary for life!

Projection: This goes hand-in-hand with breathing. You don’t have to shout to be heard, but you do have to have energy behind your voice. If you’re not breathing, you can’t possibly project and your voice is going to sound weak.

Personality: let it shine through. Don’t be afraid to let your personality come through in your voicing. Part of this will be done with your writing, but you need to be able to translate your personality through your voice.

Previous step: Running sheets and SYNboards
Next step: Recording your podcast with Audacity or GarageBand
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