As a podcaster, one of the most important decisions you’ll have to make is where to record your podcast.
As most podcasters are not professionals with a studio and sophisticated equipment at their disposal, it is a particularly pertinent issue in ensuring that your podcasts come out in as high quality as possible.
With this in mind, let’s discuss the best places to record your podcast.
If you’re reading this, then the chances are high that you’re new to podcasting and need clarification on places within proximity. You can get that crisp quality audio you want your audience to enjoy while ensuring your comfort.
Our advice is to choose a location with as little echo and bounce noise as possible, and if the walls are padded, even better. And the good news is that these places can be found all around your home.
In the Studio
Honestly, a studio is the best place to record your podcast. Studios are explicitly designed for that purpose, walls padded with acoustic foams means that sound waves are absorbed and not bounced off to create an echo, which is a problem you’d have with many surfaces, particularly glass.
Also, specialized directional microphones are usually readily available. These microphones ensure that they receive sound from the direction they face to the exclusion of everywhere else. These two work well to provide the best audio quality you can get for your podcast.
While most podcasters don’t own a studio, it is possible to rent out a studio. Some studios offer up recording time and space for podcasters for a specific price. You should consider checking your local studios to see if this is available for you.
Libraries sometimes have rooms that you can use for this purpose, and it’s honestly a viable option.
Some podcasters will substitute for renting out a studio, get a room and convert it into one. A small room with very few windows and no air conditioning will suffice for this purpose.
It isn’t so hard to do this when you have the resources and a little extra cash to spare. The major deal with converting a room into a studio is padding. You will need to layer the walls with some form of padding (preferably soft foam).
You will also want a desk where you can place your equipment and other tools. You must ensure that your improvised studio does not have any background sound; otherwise, the whole point is defeated. It should also be private. You don’t want people just turning up mid-recording.
Comfort-wise, your average studio would be as comfortable as an office, because that’s what it technically is. You can spruce it up a bit with comfy chairs and all, but it will have the same feel.
Your level of productivity in this space, though, still largely depends on you.
Around the House
If you do not have a studio or the means to “make” one, don’t fret! There are loads of places you can record your podcast, even at home.
The closet, for one, is an excellent place to record. Why? Because closets insulate and absorb sound well since they are usually small and hence sound won’t bounce off the walls as easily.
Clothes also do an excellent job of insulating, making sound surprisingly good. Closets provide you with less probability for background noise.
You would have a relatively less likelihood of being interrupted while recording, so don’t hesitate to set up your laptop, microphone, and headphones in there and record that sweet podcast.
Bedrooms are also a pretty decent place to record. Your bed is a large sound absorber, and you can place pillows around your microphone to ensure that sound doesn’t get deflected, and echo and noise from beyond you don’t get into your podcast.
When it comes to ease of set up and comfort, nothing quite comes close to recording in the bedroom.
Most people have at least a power socket in their rooms, which is good enough to power up your device and microphone, and we can’t imagine much being more comfortable than sitting down on your bed with a mini-fort of pillows around you.
Alternatively, you can also record at your vanity table (if you have one), though it will be a little trickier to keep sound waves from bouncing around when you’re at a table like that.
In Your Car
Another place that is great for recording podcasts is your car.
Yes, that’s right, that chunk of transportation tech can do more than drive you to the supermarket. Cars have pretty good acoustics, and the positioning of the seats helps to absorb sound.
Another surprising thing is how well cars block out external noise. Car doors do an excellent job keeping sound out because of how sealed they are, so when you’re in recording, you can rest assured there will a minimal disturbance of any kind.
The one drawback of recording in your car is comfort. First of all, setting up your equipment could be a heck of an issue, and even beyond that is being able to comfortably, with your equipment, sit down and record for extended periods.
And seeing as a majority of cars do not have compatible power outlets for devices like laptops, it isn’t something you’d like.
There is also the issue of heat and deoxygenation, so we wouldn’t recommend spending more than just a few minutes at a time in there recording.
In summary, while the design of the car’s internals is ideal for recording, it has its particular setbacks.
It is important to note that in selecting a place to record, you discover what works best for you in terms of efficiency and comfort.
You can always make adjustments if you’d like, so long as it doesn’t affect the fundamental effectiveness of wherever you choose to record. It’s also quite important to keep your workspace private and clean. This affects your productivity significantly and gives a sense of intent and purpose to you.
Now create magic!