Ridding Yourself of the Rumble: Podcasting Audio Tips

Guest post by Kris Keppeler

That low rumble keeps appearing in your audio. It’s maddening, and the cause stumps you. It shows up and disappears in no pattern, like uninvited magic.

Identifying the Rumble

I had this rumble for more than a year. Then I moved my studio set up away from the window and into an alcove. It materialized less often, and I discovered the cause: float planes. There is something about that flat pitched grind the mic adores.

The birds chirp right next to the window, and the mic ignores them. A float plane droning its way around the lake never failed to show up on my recording.

Simple Solutions for Improved Sound

Tired of stopping my narration for this noise, I bought sound proof curtains for the alcove. Part of my business is audiobook narration and other voice over work, so my career benefitted from this upgrade.

Recesses in your home and walk in closets work best if you desire clean recordings with little cash outlay. My acoustic foam panels come from a dismantled studio who just wanted them gone quickly. Old moving blankets muffle sound wonderfully, too.

Microphones and an “In the Box” Solution

I recently upgraded to a condenser mic from a USB mic. My USB mic performed just fine in its box. An audio engineer once remarked it had the best sound he’d ever heard out of a USB mic.

The cardboard or cloth box, approximately 16 inches by 16 inches square allows enough room. Line the box with acoustic foam.

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Sit your USB mic in it, and find a cubby hole in your home, near a power outlet.

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Many of your sound issues disappear with this setup, and you spent only a few dimes. If you require more fidelity in your sound, upgrade to a quiet condenser mic for as little as another $200. These mics require springing for an interface to your computer.

Beyond the Mic: Extras to Improve Podcast Audio

Don’t forget a pop screen in front of your mic. Turning your mic into a Petri dish is just gross. Angle your mouth slightly to the side of the mic for improved sound quality and fewer pops.

Choose software for recording and editing which is uncomplicated. Most DAW’s (digital audio workstations) allow you to download and test. Find the program which works for you. I use software no one else had heard of but performs beautifully for me.

Touching up your show’s sound need not be expensive or time-consuming. With just a few tweaks you’ll notice a difference, and so will your listeners.

Kris Keppeler is a narrator, actor, writer, voice actor, and funny story junkie.  Her podcast, Does This Happen to You? was an official selection of the 2016 HEAR Now Festival.

Podcasting Smarter Podcast Episode 1: The Magic of Turning Your Podcast Audience Into A Community with Mike Rahlmann

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Podcasting Smarter is the podcast for for podcasters, by podcasters. Each episode a podcaster comes on to share with us their podcasting journey and lessons learned. The podcast is a personal glimpse into the world of podcasting, from all different perspectives. We have guests in all topic areas with many different paths. Some are small niche shows, some are podcasting as an integral part of their business, others have built huge audiences or gained a lot of influence (and income in some cases) through their podcast…but they’re all having fun!

Episode 1:

Joining us on this episode is Mike Rahlmann, host of the Be Our Guest (WDW) Podcast. With over 5.5 million downloads and more than 1,000 episodes, the Be Our Guest Podcast is a trusted resource for anyone wanting to squeeze all the fun they can out of their Walt Disney World experience.

Mike generously shares his eight-year podcasting odyssey. His enthusiasm for the platform has only grown over the years. He credits the community that grew around his podcast for him finding a new career as a WDW travel agent, running marathons, travelling and conquering his fear of flying.

Listen via the player above or click here to listen on Podbean.

Mike shares his podcasting smarter tips on this episode, including:

  • Mike recommends aligning your podcast with a charity to see the power that your podcast has to make a difference. They’ve done podcasting marathons for Give Kids The World. In 2015, their audience helped them raise over $20,000.
  • The key to Mike’s podcasting success has been community. He encourages podcasters to connect with our listeners on a deeper level, both online and off. His show has done this by organizing a running team, having annual cruises, being active on social media, and incorporating listeners into the show.
  • Mike shares how adding a live show into his podcasting schedule his team opened up a different kind of engagement with their audience. He uses a combination of Mixlr and Skype to make that magic happen.

You can listen to the Be Our Guest Podcast on PodbeaniTunesStitcher, and Google Play. You can also connect with their incredible community on Facebook and Twitter.

For more great Podcasting Smarter podcasts, visit the podcast page and subscribe on iTunes or the Podbean app. We also invite you to join us on the Podcasting Smarter Facebook group, a great community of supportive podcasters!