Podcast Guest Recording Setup

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First, Bryan has some tips for your recording setup.

What not to do:

Don't record in a busy, echoey room.

The best place to record is in a small, quiet room. Ideally, try to choose a location with few hard, flat surfaces that bounce sound. Believe it or not, many podcasters record in bedroom closets. Closets are often carpeted and the clothes help to absorb sound.

Don't use your laptop's built-in microphone.

Laptop microphones are good for a quick video chat, but the sound quality is not ideal for podcast recording. Phones are great for calls, but not the best choice for higher-quality needs.

The microphone on gaming headsets is usually not a great choice either, since it can cause your voice to sound compressed or “tinny.” Also avoid built-in mics on headphones or wireless earbuds.

Use a good quality wired microphone. There are about a million choices, but if you’re looking for an inexpensive entry-level option that’s simple and decent, consider the popular Blue Snowball iCE USB Microphone.

Don't use your cell provider's data connection.

The consistency of your internet connection plays a big role in your recording quality. If at all possible, stick with a wired connection for best results. Even super-long Ethernet cables are fairly inexpensive.

If a wired internet connection is not an option for you and you must use wifi, make sure that you’re as close to your router as possible, and ask other users in the home to avoid heavy network usage while you’re recording.

Don't use your speakers to hear us.

This one’s a no-brainer, of course. Always use headphones while podcast recording to avoid echoes and feedback. Any type of headphones or earbuds should work just fine for this purpose.

BONUS: Webcam (optional)

Having access to a webcam can be a great way to make a podcast recording work double duty. If we record video while doing the podcast, we’ll share the results with you so you can use it for your own content. Great for clipping out Reels and Stories and such.

Recording Setup