Hey savvies! Welcome back to another episode of the podcast. I’m so happy you’re here. In today’s episode, we’re going to be chatting all about prepping your podcast recording space.
Now I want to preface this with, you don’t need a super fancy recording space or even super expensive equipment to have a successful podcast.
I am a huge proponent of creating a podcast on a modest budget so that you can create a high-quality end product without breaking the bank.
So let’s dive into some ways we can optimize our current podcast recording space without having to completely redo the room and spend major bucks doing so.
Get a dynamic podcast microphone (not a condenser mic) – Yeah, I know the Blue Yeti mic is cute and all, but if you’re recording in a room that isn’t heavily padded with furniture and/or you have non carpeted floors, it is going to pick up so much unnecessary background noise that a dynamic microphone wouldn’t so do yourself (and your editor) a favor, and get a dynamic microphone from the get-go. You’ll thank me later. I highly recommend the Samson Q2U microphone bundle but the Audio Technica 2100 is a great choice as well.
If you absolutely need to use the Blue Yeti, I recommend getting an isolation shield from Amazon to help filter out any background noise. It’s about 30 bucks or so.
Put down a rug – If you do have hardwood or tile floors in your podcasting space, don’t worry. In addition to having a dynamic mic, make sure that you also have a rug in the space to give the room some more padding.
Get a pop filter for your microphone – A pop filter helps reduce or eliminate popping sounds caused by the fast-moving air on the microphone from plosives aka words that begin with the letters p, t, k, b, d, and g.
Silence all notifications – Something that is super easy to forget but can make a big difference is silencing your notifications on your phone, email, Slack, etc. so that you can be fully present while recording.
Minimize distractions – I also recommend closing any and all tabs (except for your podcast episode outline) so that you can immerse yourself into the recording instead of getting distracted by your open tabs. I also like to make sure I am recording when my son is at daycare (or sleeping), when there are no people mowing the lawn outside, and my dog is calm, etc. to make sure that there are no interruptions throughout the recording. Obviously, we can’t prepare for every single potential distraction ever because your dog is probably going to randomly bark or someone’s going to start mowing their grass halfway through your episode but do the best that you can.
Okay, that is it for today’s episode. I’d love to hear from you about your recording space. Do you follow all of these tips – let me know over on Instagram @podcastingforentrepreneurs in the DMs.