So in yesterday’s blog post we told you that you only really need a smartphone to create acceptable recordings for your podcasts.
Today’ we’ll discuss the techniques you should be looking at to get the best quality audio for your podcast audio.
The environment where you record your podcast audio will have some bearing on how it will sound. Large rooms, with hard walls and reflective surfaces will have increased reverberation which will reduce the intelligibility of speech, the one thing you are trying to record.
Smaller spaces with more absorbent materials (curtains, carpets, soft furnishings) will create better quality audio as these spaces will have less reverberation.
So, bear in mind that the smaller the room you record in and the less reflective surfaces there are will result in a better sounding recording.
You can hold the phone in your hand whilst recording however you may suffer from handling noise. If possible try and use a stand for the phone (or an impromptu stand as created here from paperclips).
Make sure the microphone which is located at the bottom of your phone is pointing upwards.
Microphones on smartphones are omnidirectional which means they record in all directions. Aim for anyone who is being recorded to be reasonably close to the mic, about an arms length if possible. The closer you get to the phone the more direct the captured sound will be giving a better result.
Tomorrow we’ll look at editing and assembling your podcast.
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