Are YOU Making These Microphone Mistakes?


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Here’s how master your “mic technique” to level up the quality of your podcast, and avoid aggravating mistakes that drive listeners crazy!

Chris Curran of the Podcast Engineering School joins us with expert advice to help you get it exactly right!

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Notes from Kent:

Can a high-end microphone make you sound like a million bucks? I’ll answer that question with another question: Does an expensive car make you a better driver?

While podcasters love to obsess about microphones, the simple truth is this: It ain’t whatcha got … it’s HOW you use it!

Okay, I’ll modify that statement just a bit. Equipment does matter, but not nearly as much as most people think. Your podcasting space could look like an Interscope recording studio, but if you’re practicing poor mic technique, it won’t do you much good. And most of the time, a Toyota Camry does the job just as well as a Bentley.

“Mic technique,” by the way, is how you use your microphone. And in this episode, we’ll tell you what good mic technique looks like and the common mistakes you want to avoid! We’ll talk about, among other things, the importance of:

  • Maintaining a constant distance from your microphone
  • Buying one inexpensive piece of equipment that will help you maintain a constant distance from the mic
  • Using a windscreen/pop filter
  • Aiming your microphone in the right direction

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Last modified: October 31, 2019

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