Podcasting is one of the most popular media formats today. It seems that everyone from top celebrities to respected journalists to stay-at-home moms has a podcast about whatever topic tickles their fancy. If you want to get in on the fun, it would be a good idea to set up a podcasting studio in your home so your recordings sound great right from the start. Here are a few tips for doing so.
- Record your podcast in an enclosed space. Whether you have a separate room to use for your studio or intend to dedicate only a corner of your existing home office or guest bedroom, the important point is to do all recording in an enclosed space. It’s just much easier to limit ambient noise in a contained area than in a more open space.
- Soundproof the room as much as possible. Nothing screams amateur hour more than a tinny sounding podcast full of echoes and awful reverb, so don’t skip the soundproofing. Consider installing acoustic eggcrate foam on the walls, hanging heavy curtains over windows, and covering the back of the door with sound absorbing fabric to eliminate unwanted noise in the final product.
- Decide on a budget for your podcasting equipment. Audio recording equipment such as microphones, headsets, mixing consoles, and editing software vary greatly in price. You can get entry-level equipment for a total of a few hundred bucks or spend thousands for professional quality. If you’re trying podcasting as a lark just to see if you like it or not, stick to the cheap stuff or shop the secondhand stores. If you know for sure you’re going to keep at it, spend a little more at the beginning. But either way, create a budget beforehand and don’t go overboard.
- Give yourself room to grow. Although the marketplace is crowded there’s always a chance that your podcast will be the next big hit, so leave plenty of room to expand. This means not only physical space, but also equipment add-ons to accommodate guests or to record video. When setting up your home studio now, choose a space that you won’t outgrow too quickly.
No matter what the topic, your podcast should sound amazing from the very first episode so you can draw in fans, generate buzz, and develop your subscriber base. Use these tips to make your home podcasting studio broadcast-ready today!