Podcasting has become a popular medium for content creators to share their insights and connect with their audience. However, there’s a lot that goes into podcast production and audio engineering – from creating an ideal recording space to ensuring crisp audio quality. In this blog post, we delve into key takeaways from our panel of podcast producers and audio engineers in a recent Amplify podcast episode, Ep. 4 Production Q+A.
Creating an Ideal Recording Space
In the podcast production process, creating an optimal recording environment is paramount. Our experts suggest investing in a device that allows multi-track recording and Bluetooth connection, the example given is a Vocaster. Additionally, the room treatment plays a significant role in improving audio quality. Reducing the amount of flat reflective surfaces in your recording space, by adding carpet on the floor for instance, can drastically enhance sound quality. You want to allow excess sound to be absorbed, not bouncing around your space.
Ensuring Superior Audio Quality for Guests
As podcasters, we understand the significance of equipping our guests with the right setup and equipment. To ensure their audio quality matches ours, we recommend providing them with a tech cheat sheet. Make sure that if they are unfamiliar with podcast recording, you provide extra time to test equipment and make them feel comfortable. If your budget allows, sending them a microphone can add a professional touch to their setup.
Choosing the Right Digital Audio Workstations (DAWs)
DAWs are instrumental in podcast production and many audio engineers recommend becoming familiar with one or two, because this is the software you’ll use to edit your episode. Our experts delve into the must-know DAWs for professionals and beginners, such as ProTools, Final Cut, Ableton, and Descript. But they also acknowledge that you can still get pretty good results with simple DAW’s like GarageBand. We also shed light on the use of different audio plug-ins that can be helpful, like de-noisers, and de-essers.
Improving Audio Quality and Production
Ear training is a vital aspect of enhancing audio quality. Our experts emphasize recognizing the subtleties of sound, understanding the impact of the recording environment, and familiarizing oneself with the differences between various microphones. In other words, practice and repetition. The more listening you do, the better you’ll notice when something sounds wrong or needs to be changed.
Synchronizing Audio and Video Files
The podcast episode also explores the importance of synchronizing audio and video files and the factors to consider when choosing a platform. If you distribute your show somewhere with video, make sure the audio and video lines up. Otherwise it can be distracting to viewers. We share tips on running a backup audio track to ensure quality recording, and that you won’t lose your files if something goes wrong.
In conclusion, podcast production is a nuanced process that requires meticulous attention to audio quality, guest setup, and the right tools. Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned professional, these insights can help you navigate your podcast production journey more effectively.
Stay tuned for more insider tips and tricks in our upcoming episodes of our Amplify series by listening here.