Do you really need to sound treat your room?
Sound treating a room is a way to get absolute pristine quality of your microphone. But do you really need it? Eric talks about this in this episode on whether sound treatment is necessary or not.
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Do you really need a sound treated room? Some say yes, I say you don't. Let's talk about why you're listening to practical podcast Tips. My name is Eric Beels. And today I'm going to cover Tip number seven, why you don't need a sound treated room. A lot of people talk about centering in a room. I don't believe that this is necessary, though. Let's go over why. One of the things that things that I hear a lot is people getting really hyper focused on equipment and getting the absolute best possible quality and all this stuff. And you know, what's the best microphone, things like that? Well, I'm not going to talk about microphones or anything. In this episode here, I'm going to talk about sound treating a room. In my experience, while Santry in rooms certainly helps. And there's nothing wrong with doing so it can get over focused on by a lot of people. If you have the right microphone techniques, you can get fantastic audio out of really any room. Right now. Actually, I'm in a horrendously treated room. And one of the reasons I'm doing that is actually just to show for one to show that you can get great quality out of a poorly treated room. But another reason is I just like being in this room. So on the thumbnail that you see on this podcast, or on the video version of this episode as well. That's the room that I'm recording in right now. And as you can see, I'm actually even holding the microphone there too. And this is what's what's coming out. Now I've ran some processing over this as well. I do a lot of processing on my audio files and other episodes, I'll go over what you can do to improve the audio quality, remove background noise, things like that. But I'm doing this as a proof of concept for that, right. With all that said, there's a few things that I think to also think about one, there's nothing wrong with sound treating a room don't take this the wrong way. And that like you wasted time or if you already did it or that sort of thing. Not at all. In fact, it's much better to do so one way to improve on as well as VF software, some editors have this built in a it's called a D reverb. So it'd be like D usually it's like d dash reverb. So it's basically removing the reverb from the audio. But one thing that's really important is learning how to speak into your microphone. So this goes a really long ways. If you speak into the microphone wrong, it can have pretty significant impacts. In fact, what I'll do right now, I'm going to go ahead and turn my microphone around, I'm using what's called a side profile intake on the audio, some of them have what's called a front profile. But if I turn my microphone around, you see how it's absolutely horrendous. Now, it's echoey. It sounds terrible. And all I did was I rotated the microphone, it's still two inches from my mouth, and I'm going to rotate it back. And now you see it sounds all nice. Again, there's no difference in my placement of the microphone only with the rotation of it. So one thing is really, really, really important to know is how is your microphone placements in front of you? And is it rotated properly? If it's especially if it's a side profile? One thing that's significantly more important than any quality thing? Is your content focus on your content. What are you going to be talking about structuring it out? That is far more important than focusing on your audio quality and focusing on sound treating a room, there is like a threshold. You know, if you're in a if you're in like a hurricane or something like that, people probably aren't going to be able to hear you very well. I think that threshold is as long as people can clearly hear what you're saying and understand you. And there's no distracting noises in the background. That's going to be the most important thing. Anything beyond that will help with comfortability will help with the overall sound. And it'll just be a bit more pleasing. I don't believe it's going to have any real impact on the success of your podcast, which is really the most important thing. Content and your marketing are really the two things that's going to impact your podcast much more so than the quality of your audio. So you don't need a sound treated room to record in to have a successful podcast. If that's kind of holding you back. You're not really sure how to do that. Definitely don't let that stop you. The most important thing is focus on your content, the structure of your podcast and marketing your podcast. That's it for today. I'll see you in the next episode. Hey, thanks for listening. If you liked this episode, feel free to leave us a review. I'd love to hear how it helped. Also, if you know somebody else that could benefit from it. Go ahead and share it with them. Thanks again and see you in the next episode.