Podcasts make it easy for professionals and amateurs alike to broadcast their voices over the internet. To attract an audience, it’s vital to achieve the best possible sound quality in every episode. A high-fidelity recording starts with where you record. With the right techniques, you can soup up your DIY podcast studio to produce content that sounds just as good as the pros’.
Will Soundproofing My Podcast Recording Room Really Help?
Soundproofing your podcasting space is definitely worth the time and effort. Equip your studio with acoustic treatment for podcasting to:
- Improve audio quality: Soundproofing your DIY studio will make the room quieter when you record, allowing your voice to shine through and simplifying the post-production process.
- Retain listeners: In many cases, you have a minuscule amount of time to prove to listeners your podcast is worth their attention. Crisp audio shows them you put effort into your production.
Where Should I Start?
Soundproofing is what you make it. You can do a lot with the bare minimum, but there are also tons of great products and materials that work wonders. Here are some basic soundproofing principles to incorporate into your podcast room setup using DIY tips and professional-quality materials.
Limit the Size of Your Recording Space
It’s easier to control sound in smaller spaces. Confining your recording setup to a tight space will allow your microphone to pick up the full range of frequencies from your voice without catching sound from other sources.
For podcasters on a budget, choosing the smallest possible room or strategically positioning soft furniture to absorb sound is a great place to start. Otherwise, purchase acoustic partitions to shrink your space and absorb sound at the same time.
Soften Reflective Surfaces
Soundwaves bounce, so cover the walls with tapestries, curtains, blankets or even thick rugs to prevent reverberations and echoes that muffle your audio. Floors can be reflective, too, so install a carpet or place extra rugs to create a soft, absorptive recording environment. For even better results, try some of these products:
- Acoustic panels: Panels offer an easy-to-install material that attaches to your walls for clean sound in any setting.
- Quiet Barrier™ Acoustic Quilts: Take advantage of heavy-duty blankets that soak up sound with ease.
- Quiet Batt™ Soundproofing Insulation: This product offers fire-rated insulation that absorbs impact and airborne noise passing through walls.
- Impact Barrier QT Flooring Underlayment: Install this padded material beneath floors to muffle noise from footsteps or dropped household items.
Seal the Room Tight
Noise from down the hall or outside your building can easily interfere with your recording. Use blankets or drapery to plug door cracks and block noise that permeates your windows. If you’re ready to invest in better sound quality, try these sealing solutions:
- Quiet Door™ Door Sweeps: Place them underneath your door for a snug fit that keeps sound out.
Isolate Pesky Noise Sources
Even with close attention to detail, it’s difficult to eliminate every noise source. Your HVAC and water pipes can cause annoying dripping, clanking or blowing sounds, so power down or shut off your AC, fans and faucets while recording. To really take the edge off HVAC noise, install pipe soundproofing wrap that minimizes vibrations and isolates unwanted sound.
Learn More From Soundproof Cow
Absorptive soundproofing materials from Soundproof Cow will help you send your podcast’s numbers over the moon. To learn more about soundproofing for vocals or receive a free quote on materials, contact Soundproof Cow today!