In the last session I discussed how to minimize background hum.
You can use the same tools to minimize other background noise as well. But instead of focusing on the low end in your EQ settings, just focus on the frequency range you’re trying to fix.
More on fixing intermittent background sounds that interrupt your show
Waves WNS plugin works great, and fast. Here’s an example of a fix I made quickly, by using the “suggestion” feature in the WNS plugin where the plugin sets your faders for you automatically. All you have to do is select the amount of the effect you want to apply using the threshold fader. It took me 30 seconds to fix this using the WNS plugin, followed by the use of a gate! Perfect fix, listen!
Fixing reverb in your podcast
Now, let’s talk about fixing reverb in your recording.
Reverb is a real problem in podcasting. People rarely have a space that doesn’t reverberate. Sometimes people call it “echo,” but whatever you call it it’s annoying ,and makes it really hard to listen to the podcast in a car. It also make it really hard to use compression properly, because it increases the reverberation considerably, because the compressor will increase the loudness of reverb right along with the vocals. The best solution, besides preventing it in the first place (by recording in a good location, with proper soundproofing) is to use one of the following plugins.
SPL (Deverb), Dyvision (Reverb Remover) and Zynaptic (Unveil), Acon Deverberate.
The SPL Deverb is a simple one knob plugin. Very easy to use. $59.00 – you’ll use one of their vocal presets and then increase, or decreaes, the effect as needed.
SPL vs Acon
The SPL offers less control, but is so easy to use.
There are other ways you can fix reverb without buying a plugin, but in my opinion they’re not worth the effort. I like to edit quickly, and use plugins that handle the difficult part for me.
One more tip:
I was asked “How do I decide what to podcast about?”
Here’s my answer: If you have to ask that question, you should’t bother starting a podcast yet!
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