Session Description:

Great podcasts sound great. Or at least they should. (Just ask any listener). But also ask an audio engineer and you’ll learn the technical reasons why some podcasts sound so much better than others. Getting podcast audio to sound “great” is really a simple matter of applying a few fundamental principles of sound engineering, such as choosing and using the right gear and applying proper recording techniques. Specifically, great podcast audio starts with choosing an appropriate microphone, using it correctly, and then making it sound the way you want in the editing process.

This presentation will focus on microphone selection and use in podcasting, and it will cover such topics as mic types, appropriateness, and effectiveness. It will also cover a few of the best and worst practices in mic usage and handling, and it will cover a few technical mic principles such as proximity effect, phase issues, and mic bleed. Finally, the presentation will present a few essential post production issues directly related to microphones, such as finding and using equalization and ducking.


1. How to choose an appropriate mic for podcasting.
2. How to use a microphone properly when podcasting.
3. How to make a microphone sound best for podcasting.


Kevin Farkas