Podcast Tips for a Great Sound
What defines a good podcast? Make no mistake -- there
is a difference between a good podcast and a not-so-good podcast.
A high-caliber podcast is much more than just decent content. The
sound quality, and the way a podcast is recorded, will impact the
value of the podcast as well. Podcast structure and pre-planning
are also important; do not skimp on the production, as it too can
make or break a podcast.
Podcast production takes effort, but anything worth
doing is worth doing right. Use these tips to help produce a quality
podcast that will be distinguished above other related podcasts...
1. Invest In A Good Microphone
A gritty sounding podcast is tantamount to a radio
station that can't be tuned in completely. Poor quality podcasts
are not going to be tolerated, and listeners will simply unsubscribe
rather than being subjected to a poor quality recording. There are
a variety of microphones available, and different types are designed
for different situations. Find a microphone that suits your recording
environment. Sound quality really does matter.
2. Distance Matters
Maintain a consistent distance from the microphone
while recording -- this will ensure the recording volume is consistent
throughout. If you find this challenging, you may wish to consider
a microphone that is on a headset, as that will help insure a consistent
distance during the recording.
Use voice inflections to show emotion and to emphasize
points and opinions. The inflections can add character and humor
to broadcasts. Listeners will catch on to any enthusiasm, but will
often tune-out monotones.
4. Polish It
Add an image and background music to your podcast
to make it stand out. Those small additions will help distinguish
your podcast from competing podcast listings in the podcast directories.
5. Use Editing Software
Use audio editing software to remove any recording
defects or errors. Remove any long pauses or sound artifacts that
might occur during the recording.
6. Minimize Background Noise
Find a secluded spot to record your show; this will
help minimize background noises. Use the same spot to record each
show, which will result in continuity in recordings.
Prior to recording, conduct an audio test to make
sure that the sound quality is acceptable and background noise is
8. Break It Up
Record longer shows in short segments; this will make
the final editing process easier.
9. Add Transitions
Use software to add transitional sound effects between
show segments. Additionally, add background music, theme music,
or overlays between the show segments to spice up the podcast.
Each show in a podcast series should follow a prescribed
format. All shows in a series should be similar in length. Try not
to stray too far from the preplanned format, as listeners will come
to expect it.
Podcasting is becoming more and more popular. In order
to differentiate your podcast and make it stand out from others
in the same sector, use these top 10 tips.
About the Author:
Sharon Housley manages marketing for FeedForAll http://www.feedforall.com
software for creating, editing, publishing RSS feeds and podcasts.
In addition Sharon manages marketing for RecordForAll http://www.recordforall.com
audio recording and editing software.