Naaman Creative Audio Recording Checklist

The Dos & Don’ts: A How To and Preparation Guide to Recording Your Own Audio

By following these tips, you and your podcast guests can capture high-quality audio recordings that enhance the overall production value of your podcast and, therefore, increase listenership.

1. Use a Professional
Microphone

Ensure crystal-clear audio quality by investing in a professional microphone. Condenser mics are available for all kinds of budgets and, ultimately, are much better than headphone or built-in laptop mics. The Blue Yeti, Audio-Technica ATR2100x, or Shure SM7B are some options of various levels.

2. Use
Headphones

Wear headphones while recording. This helps to minimize background noise and ensures that you can hear yourself and other participants clearly.

3. Quiet
Environment

Choose a quiet environment for recording. Turn off fans, air conditioners, or any other noisy appliances to reduce background noise. If you are at home, inform family members or housemates about the recording to avoid interruptions

4. Clothing
Choices

Be mindful of clothing choices. Avoid clothes that rustle or make noise, as this can be picked up by the microphone. Soft, non-rustling fabrics are ideal.

5. Pop Filters or Windshields

If using a microphone, add a pop filter or windshield. This helps to reduce plosive sounds (like “p” and “b” sounds) and minimizes wind noise, resulting in a cleaner recording.

6. Record in a
Closed Space

If possible, record in a smaller, closed space rather than a large, open room. This helps in reducing echoes and reverberations in the audio. Choose a room that has carpet, rug, couch, and soft objects which helps reduce echos even more.

7. Maintain Consistent
Levels

Maintain a consistent speaking volume throughout the recording. Sudden loud or soft
fluctuations can be challenging to fix in post-production. If you need to increase your intensity or volume, physically move back from the mic for that moment.

8. Avoid Unnecessary
Movement

Stay relatively still during the recording. Avoid unnecessary movements or fidgeting, as this can create distracting noises that are picked up by the microphone.

9. Check
Connectivity

Ensure you have a stable internet connection if the recording involves online communication. Unstable connections can result in dropouts and poor audio quality. If the connection is slow, ask others that may be using the same internet connection to stop streaming, gaming, or doing any activities online that use significant bandwidth.

10. Test Equipment
Beforehand

Test your recording setup before the actual recording session. This includes checking the microphone, levels, headphones, and internet connection to identify and address any issues in advance.

11. Speak
Clearly

Do your best to speak clearly and focus on articulating your words. Enunciate and speak at a moderate pace to enhance clarity for listeners.

12. Posture and Mic
Placement

Sit comfortably with good posture. Keep the microphone at an optimal distance from your mouth (usually about 6 inches away) and experiment with placement for the best sound quality.