Five Audio Mistakes Made by Vloggers and Podcasters

Whether you’re doing a video or audio podcast (or vlog), the importance of good quality audio remains throughout. Your production value is absolutely determined by the ability of the audience to hear and understand the message conveyed in your content. Here are my top five audio mistakes frequently made by vloggers and podcasters…

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5 thoughts on “Five Audio Mistakes Made by Vloggers and Podcasters”

  1. Great tips, thanks! I knew about the microphone placement, but never thought about turning off the AC. Bookmarked for when I start podcasting this fall.

  2. Audio is clipped when you are shouting, you need to work on your levels. 
    Mic placement is a double edged sword, you can 1. place a mic away from yourself to avoid “pops and breathing noise” and jump through hoops to soundproof your recording area.  or 2. invest in a pop filter, and turn your gain down so that background noise is all but eliminated.  This also gives your mic a bit more “headroom” since you don’t have the gain so high to record a distant subject.  If done properly with a quality mic, you get a “virtual sound booth”.  Move just a foot or so away from the mic and you can hardly be heard.
    If you want to podcast with video and don’t want a mic in the shot, consider a quality lapel mic.
    My references are TWiT and Diggnation.  I see and hear what works for them.

  3. Great tips Chris! But i think you’ve misunderstood normalization. What you are describing is compression, which controls the dynamics. Normalization just makes everything louder by the same amount – it does not balance out the levels. Another tip for mic placement with regards to shotgun mics in particular is to aim the mic at your chest. This way the sound is fuller and more consistant even if you move your head around.

  4. If you’re recording yourself and a guest, record in stereo and pot one mic fully to each channel. You can eliminate a lot of noise by silencing the “unused” portion of each track before summing the final file to mono, and you also eliminate the possibility that one person’s voice will reflect off a surface and hit the “other” microphone in inverse phase – thus silencing itself when recording straight to mono. This was a frequent occurrence at a radio studio I once worked at.

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