Turn Up The Volume On Your Voice transcript Episode 4 Where Should I Record My Podcast?
00:05 Welcome to the Turn Up The Volume On Your Voice Podcast with Charlotte Foster.
00:14 Turn Up The Volume On Your Voice is a podcast all about podcasting but with an eye on the UK scene in particular. My name is Charlotte and I've been podcasting since 2017 before that I was in radio. In fact, the first time I went live behind a microphone was in 1998 yeah, last century. I love listening to podcasts, making podcasts and helping others make podcasts too, all through my business Charlotte Foster Productions. I promise you I am far more creative when it comes to podcasting than I am when it comes to making up names for businesses.
00:57 Welcome to episode number four of Turn Up The Volume On Your Voice Podcast. We are still in the launch phase of this podcast. It's a lot like a rocket. It's nothing like a rocket, but I have thought that was a nice analogy to start with and I've worked out it really isn't. To start off the podcast to celebrate the fact I finally got this podcast going, we are doing some special episodes all about podcasting and getting podcasting and looking at the the how, the what, the why, the where, the when and who and all of that to get you podcasting. App aside. Number one was all about the why. Episode number two was the who. Not the band, not The Who, the band, but the who, the reason why, the who are you talking to? No Roger Daltrey. And episode number three was what is it that you're going to say. This episode number four is the where. Where are you going to record your podcast? This is one of the questions I get asked a lot. People will say to me, but Charlotte, I don't have a professional studio. How am I going to manage to record? Actually, I'm not in a professional studio right now. I'm in the back bedroom of my house. Now there are a few things I've done to help things sound as good as possible, but absolutely you can record at home. If you are doing a podcast that is mainly just you on your own or maybe just one other person. It's really simple actually. You can easily just find a room either at your home or your office. Not too big. You don't want, if you've got beautiful big ceilings, then I'm afraid this is not the room for you. You need to find a room, normal sized, smaller rather than bigger just so it doesn't sound too echoey.
02:50 Um if you've got some soft furnishings going on, even better, if you haven't got soft furnishings going on, bring some in. If you can, I'll just describe the bedroom that I'm in. I call it a bedroom and it is a bedroom. It doesn't have a bed in it, but it's rarely used for a bedroom. It's usually used as a bit of a dumping ground, a bit of a working space for me, but it's also filled with lots of soft furnishings. So we've got a carpet in this room. We've got curtains on the windows. Lots of clothes hanging up around the room. Not on, not for me to be recording it just because they've just been abandoned there also I enjoy doing sewing a lot as well and knitting. So anyone who does sewing and knitting, will probably have a stash of material and wool.
03:38 I have a large stash of material and we'll, and it's all supposed to be in a drawer, but it's not. So there's lots of material around as well, which all adds up and all helps. I record this sitting at a desk. And the best way for me I find just help get rid of that desk sound is I put, you can either put a tablecloth or I've got my old dressing gown is in place of a tablecloth on here so microphone is on it's stand the stand is on the table, which is covered in my dressing gown and I've also splashed out and bought one of those vocal booths. So there's a bit of, it's basically a semicircle with some foam in it. You can do a DIY version of that. I've seen lots of tutorials online. I've seen lots of examples online as well.
04:27 You can get yourself a plastic box, typical plastic box or storage box, get them from all kinds of shops and then put the acoustic foam that you can buy online as well. Line it with that. You can put your microphone inside there and that is almost like a little mini vocal booth for you so that you go, you don't need to step outside your front door if you don't want to. Not too bad is it? If you do want to then yeah, go outside and do your recording. That sounds ACE sometimes when you're on location as such. Things to be aware of though is make sure you are monitoring your recording with some headphones because it's amazing what headphones pick up and your ears don't. You need to know what your microphone is hearing and the only way you can do that is monitoring it through headphones because you know when you're on the phone and it's really windy from the person at the other end, and I don't mean there are too many Brussels sprouts for Christmas.
05:26 I mean the wind is blowing as it always does in, in winter and it's, you can't hear that person talking cause it's just that [whooshing sound] sound. I really should go into sound effects. So you've got that sound going on and that it's very similar to that. You may not understand how loud the wind is, you may not understand how loud some background noise is. You may not understand how loud that if you're going to park how loud the children are playing in the park. Just be aware, if you are outside, just to listen in through what you're recording on some headphones. It might feel awkward at first listening and hearing your voice back. It's one of those things you're just going to have to get over, I'm afraid. Sorry.
06:14 If you fancy going a bit professional, you can get yourself to a studio. Lots of podcast studios are starting to spring up across the country. Lots of options around now. Lots of the big cities have somewhere that you can record your podcast in. Prices vary, expect to pay somewhere between sort of, I think it's around about 30 to 50 pounds an hour depending on what you need, what you want, how long are you going to be in there for as well. And obviously London's probably going to be a bit more expensive than say Stoke on Trent or Manchester. It's because of the rents. We all know that, but they are an option as well. Quite often if you go to a studio, you might be able to get a producer in as well. You might be able to get somebody to come along and help you set up help you record. Make sure everything sounds good. So if you do want that investment in your podcast, definitely look into going to a studio. But don't feel that you have to go to a studio either.
07:13 Now this is what I really like because I'm a big child and I did a video on this as well and put it online. I sometimes I like to make a little blanket den. Yes, a little den made out of blankets. Now, did you ever do that as a child in your living room? You make your camp and it's there. You get your chairs, blankets go over it sheets, go over it, and you're all cozy in there. That is a perfect, perfect way to record, perfect place to record your podcast because you're in a nice little enclosed space. It's all soft, so there's nothing too much for your voice to bounce around and sound or echo-y off. And, and I think this is the bonus as an adult, you just relax a bit cause you're just going around and I go, Oh, I'm in a blanket den, it's hilarious. Make sure you have a way of reading your notes. If you have notes and make sure that if you're in with a cohost, make sure they're quite happy about it as well. Also, again, it does get warm inside of blankets and quite quickly. You might want to just not do that in the summer before you suffocate and just get overheated.
08:22 There are other options as well. Some voiceover artists I know swear by recording in their wardrobes because again, you're surrounded by clothes. It just deadens all the, all the noise for you. Again, I will say this, it's very warm inside your wardrobe. You might also end up in Narnia. I can't guarantee, can't make those guarantees.
08:43 So they're your options, if you are at home about where to record, if you've got somebody who is not in the same room as you that you'd like to record, maybe they are in a different part of the country, different part of the world and you need to record with them. There are a few options and don't worry, it doesn't involve booking expensive studios and all their expensive technology, not at all. You can do this at home, not a problem. Quite often I will use simple things such as Skype and FaceTime and record that way I use a piece of software called ecamm and that records it all for me and it all works quite nicely. It all depends on the connection with so many of these things when you're doing it via the internet, it does depend on the connection. The best advice I've been given is wherever possible, if you can get you and your guest to get the internet directly, don't use wifi. Essentially just plug the internet into your computer so you've got that hard. Is it hard connection? I don't know. I'm sounding like I'm technical. Basically you don't want wifi, you want wired internet connection, so if you can get that bit of cable from your router into your computer, Oh, I'm a poet and I didn't even know it. Then that helps with the stability of the line massively.
10:06 Zoom is another option. If you're not familiar with zoom, it's like an online meeting place. They do recording automatically. Just go for the audio. Again with all of these, don't press the video button. Just press the audio button, so don't be going for the video call, just go audio only because that again helps with the bandwidth as well and helps make sure the line is just that little bit more stable.
10:37 There's another option, a website app type thing called clean feed. This allows lots of people online. It is audio only. I tested it with my dad. He could use it so hopefully it means that it's fairly simple to use. You send out a a website address, people click on that link and boom they're in the room and again because it's audio only it's that little bit more stable. Make sure your guest has had phones because otherwise it gets a bit echoey on the return.
11:09 There is also a trick. I say a trick it's not really a trick. There's a tip for you. If you have a guest and they're not in the room and you need to use the internet to record them, get them to get their smartphone, pick it up, start recording using a voice memo app, put it to that ear so it's as though they are on the phone to you and do a simul-rec as such. So they are answering the questions talking into their phone. I'm doing it now so they're talking into their phones with, with hand up to their ear so that talking into their phone like it's a normal conversation. That way you are getting those answers in a bit more quality than you would straight down the line if it's a ropey internet connection. Not in full quality as if you're sitting in front of each other talking face to face, but it's really good. And I know does also mean you have to do a bit of faffing around with the editing. However, it's well worth it if the quality means that people can hear what they're saying because there's no point having really great content or really great guest and no one can hear what they're saying. Such a shame when that happens and it is one of those things. I listen to podcasts and I listen to the interviews that are going on and you could hear that that you know what it sounds like that dodgy internet connection when it's clearly a Skype or FaceTime call and you can just hear it going in and out and all that computerized sound and I just sit there going, there's a way of making this better. Why haven't you made this better?
12:52 And as I've always said, you've got to reward your listeners. You can't make them work for it as such. You can't make your listener work for that nugget that you're going to give them for that goal that they want to achieve, their end goal, why they've picked up your podcast to listen to. You need to make it easy for listeners so that they don't switch off and go to the next thing. It's so easy to just hit next. It's so easy to go wrong. I'm going to listen to the radio. I'm going to listen to something else. You need to keep your listener on side with you, on your team.
13:23 Now I have dealt with, I have had situations where audio has been just not very good, not great. So what I've done is I've cut it down, cut it down really tight so as in a couple of minutes and then I have explained straightaway ahead of play playing out saying I'm really sorry this audio isn't particularly great but stay with us. So I'll play a little bit and then I'll explain what the guest has just said. Then I'll play another bit explain what the guest has said. That way you get to hear the guest. But at the same time, you're reiterating what the guest has said and you're not missing out on any key points. So that's a little tip for you as well.
14:02 So that you go, that is where you can record your podcast and why you don't need a big posh, a fancy studio to do it. Hope you enjoy listening to this episode. I would love to know where you record your podcast. I've told you where I am right now talking to you. So let me know where you will be recording your podcast. You can get in touch in all the usual ways. Facebook, Charlotte foster productions. Come join Charlotte's pod squad. Just search for it on Facebook.Charlotte's pod squad is there. You can also find me on Twitter at C foster. P D. N. S. You can find me on Instagram, Charlotte foster productions again. And you can also find me on LinkedIn. Charlotte foster connect with me because I connect with everybody and I like thinking I've got a big circle of friends on Linkedin. Until next time, I'll speak to you soon.