Podcasting Tips

Podcasting Tip: Using a Microphone

Podcasting is easy, but we all get caught up in the details sometimes. Common problem? Those pesky microphones.

If you’re too close, your voice is booming through, and if you’re too far, your fans can’t hear what you have to say.

The writers at Radiospeaker.it have come up with a solution. Your mouth should be about one hand’s length away from the microphone. Simple as that. It’s an ideal distance that gives you enough room to feel comfortable and sound your best.

Of course variables come into play, such as the type of microphone you’re using, the volume of your voice, and different filters and additional tools you use, so be sure to record a few test runs. In general though, one hand’s length is a good rule of thumb to go by.

Try it out next time you broadcast, and let us know how well it works out!

Source: Radiospeaker.it

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  • Carlos Sevilla Bravo Jul 19, 2013 at 12:46 pm

    Es posible utilizar una consola externa para transmitir por spreaker, para desenvolvernos un poco, al lanzar música y controlar el micrófono. O, que otra opción podemos utilizar?

  • México y sus Colores Feb 22, 2013 at 3:56 am

    Hello! we decided broadcasting by spreaker our new show. By first choice we
    ‘re trying the free way but even when this is so easy to manage and share we have audio troubles. We use microphones but sometime the volume go crazy, we need to use an external console or what another option is available? thanks in advance for your help.

  • Aubianne Mar 22, 2012 at 7:09 pm

    Well-meant, but not the best advice. Simple just doesn’t apply to properly working a mic, and each has its own unique characteristics that must be factored in.

    For example, what’s the pattern? Are you using a condenser-cardioid? Most of us do. Where’s the ‘sweet spot’ ? Each mic type tends to have a similar sweet spot – or the place on which the resonance is strongest and the sound the cleanest – but each individual mic will vary slightly. It’s all about experimentation.

    So, again – well-meant, but over-simplified. A hand’s length might work for certain rooms which have proper anechoic material in place, but in general, I suggest for a more quick and dirty home living room setup – a table covered with a thick blanket (my husband and I used velour) in a smaller, carpeted enclave of a larger room, near a corner to ensure correct cancellation. When I’m singing, and I don’t feel like dragging my pro stuff out, I’ll plug in my USB Yeti and shove a throw pillow between it and the monitor. Trick came straight from my dad, who’s been a sound engineer since before I was born; worked with Clapton, and was on American Bandstand himself.

    In closing, I suggest accepting that sound engineering is about experimentation, and not the application of a one-size-fits-all method. It’s less fun that way, too.

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