Since the podcasting as an media is becoming more democratic and independent, more and more people are taking media creation from professional studios to their homes. With the recording gears becoming more affordable and easy to use, this trend is on the rise.
So if you love podcasts and want to record your own from your home, then this post will help you to nail it in minimum budget. For this post, I took help from many sources, but prominently from the Shure Educational Publication on Home Recording and Podcasting by Chris Lyons.
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There are two important elements in Home recording:
- The Recording “Room”
- The Recording Gears
The Recording “Room”
See for the Deadest corner of your home. well that should be your ideal Recording room. Here are some important points in making your room in to “recording room”.
- Minimize the Reflective Surface– One of the things that you must avoid is hard surfaces like concrete walls and windows. If they are unavoidable then you can add forms, soft wall paper, blankets or thermacol that will help to absorb the sound.
2. Cut the Electrical Noise– Noise from Air conditioning, fans, washing machines and other appliances can add unnecessary noise to your recording, so avoiding them is very important.
3. Isolation : Remember that BBC video when the kids gatecrash the diplomat’s room in middle of the interview– Well, that can happen to you as well so please let your family know when you are recording
4. Make sample recording: Once your environment setup is done, make a sample recording sample and recheck the noise level. If required, you make have to increase the isolation levels in the room.
The Recording Gears
In ideal world, your recording gears would include mixing consoles, audio interface, personal computer with the recording software, monitors, microphone pre-amp, DI box, analog recorders and microphones and its accessories. However in the minimalist setup, you can cut down the required gears in:
- USB Microphone
- Smartphone/PC or both
- Microphone accessories
- Reference headphone for monitor
USB Microphones with PC or Smartphones : If you want to eliminate pre amps and audio interfaces, it will be good idea to use USB Microphones that directly connects with PC. Rode Podcaster USB is a good option. Another option is connecting your Smart phone with Microphones for phones. Rode and Zoom makes excellent mics for iphones but the best option in this segment is Shure’s Motiv series which also comes with Motiv recording app that makes recording very easy. You can also connect Motiv with your PC. Since you make choose not to use Mixers, balancing the sound with the app is very easy.
Microphone Accessories : Depending on the kind of microphone you selected, you have to accessorize your setup with the suitable stands and mounts that goes with your recording setup. Another useful accessory is POP filter that eliminates the unnecessary ‘POP’ sound that we create while signing or in speech.
Reference Headphones: There are many options in this category and you can choose from various options for your basic setup depending on your budget. One tip is to avoid buying fancy music headphones that are designed for better bass drivers. Since you have mostly speech in your podcast, a good mid frequency is important in your reference- Sennheiser, Audio Technica and Shure are my pick of brands for these headphones.
I hope you find my recommendation useful for your basic setup. If you have any questions, do let me know. I can connect you to experts if your query is very technical and specific.