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An Easy Way to Improve Your Podcasts

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A lot of you are recording podcasts and videos now, and you want to make them sound as clean and professional as possible. In this video, I share with you an easy tip on improving your podcasts’ audio quality.

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Transcript

Well, hello there, I’m Matt Forney. In this video I want to talk a bit more about how you can improve the audio quality of your podcasts in a very easy way. Now, I’m not going to go through the long process of how to create your own podcast because Mike over at Danger & Play had a pretty good video on that; there’s a link to it in the description.

I do want to give a little tip for those of you who don’t have access to GarageBand because you don’t have a Mac; how to record your own podcasts and how to make them sound very professional. Now, the software I have open right now is Audacity, which is a free open-source program available for Windows, Mac, Linux. It has pretty much all the functionality of GarageBand. I’m not hating on GarageBand, I’ve used both programs, but Audacity has a good number of features that GarageBand doesn’t, chief among them being Noise Removal.

Now, with Noise Removal what happens is that, well, when you record a podcast there’s all sorts of residual noise that’s going to get picked up on your microphone. For example, you got air conditioning running in the background, kids playing outside, cars honking, your drunk landlady is screaming after the thing’s scored. Well, Audacity has a nice little Noise Removal tool that allows you to take that noise out and make your podcast sound a lot more professional.

Now, you can eliminate a lot of residual background noise by using a high-quality microphone. I have one here that cost me about $250. But if you don’t want to splurge just yet, you can use this on pretty much any microphone.

What you want to do is first you need a recording that consists of nothing but the sound that you want to remove, which would be this here, this waveform that’s almost nothing. That’s the background noise I want to get rid of. Now, what you do is you select a subsection of that. Go to Effect, click Noise Removal, and click Get Noise Profile. This is so Audacity knows what you want to get rid of. Now deselect what you selected and that’s very important; you have to deselect it because you want to make sure that the entire podcast gets removed, not just that one little section. Now go back to Noise Removal and click Okay.

Now, you can change up these settings if you really want to, but I find the default ones seem to work well, but here we go. As you can see all that background noise is gone now, and if I play back the podcast for you it will sound a lot more professional and a lot nicer.

That’s all you really need to know. In fact, you can actually record your podcast using another program, but you can still use Audacity for noise removal. All you need to do is import the MP3 or whatever audio format you’re using, import it into Audacity, select the section that consists of nothing but noise you want to remove, and use the Noise Removal so Audacity will take care of the rest. Hoping this video helps all you guys out, helps you create better quality podcasts.

Illegitimi non carborundum: don’t let the bastards grind you down. I’m Matt Forney and I am out.

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  • Wald

    Another good way to improve podcasts = transcribe them!

    Wald

  • Transcribing my current podcasts would run me around $60+ per episode. Until I can either find a wealthy backer or the show starts earning that much per episode, it’s not going to happen.

  • Wald

    That’s understandable.

    I really it when you do, though.

    Wald