There is no doubt that digital media is an important part of our daily lives. Digital content creators all over the world can post on YouTube or podcasts. There is powerful and interesting video content for everyone, no matter what their hobby, profession, or age group.
More than 5 billion videos are watched on YouTube every day, with up to 300 hours of new content added every minute. This giant site is only getting bigger. YouTube is now second only to Google as the most viewed site on the web.
Podcasts have skyrocketed in popularity over the past few years. Ad revenue from podcasts has grown by more than 600%. Podcasts allow creators to produce more meaningful and in-depth material. Listeners are also more receptive and want longer recordings.
Want to become a content producer and join the digital media revolution? When it comes to sound and audio, there are some important things to consider so that you can give yourself the best chance of success. These matters will change depending on the platform you choose. Read this great article for more information and tips on how to get started with podcasting.
This post is mostly about creating podcasts and videos for YouTube. But we also have information on how to set up a quality recording studio.
Take a look at some of your favorite video shows, what’s the connection between them?
They all sound like they were carefully filmed with relatively high-quality audio. The sound is clear and crisp with little to no echo or reverb.
Good sound doesn’t take away from the content of the program. On the contrary, it will draw you in and make you enjoy listening, learning, and entertaining. If you have great material to share with the world, then it is your responsibility to make the extra effort to ensure that the listener is able to interact with you.
Post-production editing tools can do a lot to eliminate echo and noise. However, if you don’t know how to properly edit your music, it can be expensive to hire someone to do it for you.
If you can consider the right sound solution for your YouTube or podcast studio. You’ll be able to get better sound quality without a lot of post-production work.
Having high-quality music shouldn’t be a goal, but a norm. It shows that you value your program, and so should your audience. A good studio environment is important for success.
Acoustic Treatment of a Podcast or YouTube Studio Setup
The audio quality of a video is the first thing people notice. Addressing sound issues in your recording space immediately can save you a lot of headaches. The sound quality of a professional podcast studio can make or break a project.
Reverberation time is one of the most important factors to consider when looking at the acoustics of a room. Places with high reverberation times are mostly empty and have a lot of hard surfaces. Such as walls and floors made of hard brick or concrete. Not only does this make the room sound worse, it also affects the quality of the recording and reduces the likelihood of a successful production.
If you want to eliminate reverb from your recordings, the best thing you can do is to stop it from being created in the first place. There are a few things we can do to minimize echo.
Adding some sort of sound-absorbing material is the most common way to reduce room reverberation. When sound-absorbing materials are used, sound has to pass through them and hit the walls before it can bounce back into the room and reach your ears (or microphone).
Soundproofing is not just a general term for reducing noise in a room. It refers only to sound coming in from outside through walls, ceilings, floors, or windows. Proper soundproofing can be difficult to do and cost a lot of money. Often, entire rooms have to be rebuilt to be fully soundproofed. This is too expensive for the average podcaster or YouTuber. But if you want to set up a podcast studio in the future, it might be something to consider.
Setting Up a YouTube Studio
Video and sound are the two most important parts of a YouTube video. Beginners often only care about the video quality of their content and spend a lot of money on the best cameras, but forget about the audio part of the production process.
Arguably, sound is more important than the overall picture quality of the video. Studies have even shown that how good the video quality is is not the most important influence. If the sound quality is poor, the user is likely to have a poor overall experience.
So how do you get good video sound quality?
Think About the Kind of Movie You Want to Produce
It’s not always possible to change the recording environment for the better. If you’re making a lifestyle movie or an outdoor movie where all the sound is recorded at the same time. Then you will need microphones and other recording equipment to ensure good sound quality.
Have a Room for Recording or Dubbing
If you want to record your movie in a room or area of your home. You should take steps to treat the space to improve the sound quality. You may also want to set up a dubbing room where you can record additional sound that can then be added to the video as you edit it.
Use Acoustic Wall Panel to Reduce Noise
Every room will have some echo and reverberation, which can really hurt the sound of a recording. If you choose a room with a lot of hard surfaces such as walls, concrete or wooden floors, and not much furniture, then echo and poor sound quality can be a problem.
COOWIN’s acoustic panels are very easy to fix on the walls. Up to 90% of the additional noise and sound in a room is absorbed by these fabric-covered acoustic panels. Even just attaching a few panels to the walls of a small room can make it sound better and make recordings clearer.
COOWIN can even print a pattern on the cloth to your specifications. This way, you can add logos, pictures, or anything else you want while improving the soundproofing of your recording space.
Setting Up a Podcast Studio
Podcast audio places more emphasis on the quality of the audio than YouTube videos. Customers can only hear your words, so you only have a short amount of time to grab their attention. There’s no movie to help them understand your message, so if the sound isn’t good, they won’t stay long.
Investing in a studio for your podcast now can save you a lot of trouble later. So how do you get good sound for your podcast?
Get a Good Microphone
Obviously, this is true. But that doesn’t mean you have to spend a fortune on the best. Keep in mind that depending on where you record, you may not need anything too fancy.
It’s important not to let the phrase “entry-level” stop you from buying something, especially if you’re just starting to record shows. Keeping your investment low when you’re just starting out allows you to relax and not feel like you have to accomplish something right away. It also gives you room to get better and better as you go along. The good news is that even if you only use an entry-level microphone, the sound quality can still be great.
Add Some Acoustic Processing
Adding sound reproduction that works well can make a recording sound better. You may not have the technical knowledge and skills to edit your music in post-production, but COOWIN produces acoustic walls and ceilings that reduce echo and reverberation by up to 90%. This results in a cleaner and clearer sound that you don’t even need to edit in the post.
For those who want to include video in their shows, we can come up with special ways to make sure the room matches your branding. COOWIN can even print custom graphics on the panels to give the podcast studio setup a unique look.
Where Should I Place Soundproof Panels?
The best way to make recordings better is to minimize echoes and noise.
Consider the Main Reflection Points
In your YouTube studio, these are the first reflections you’ll want to address. Echoes are created when sound leaves the source hits a wall directly and bounces around the room. A common way to find the first point at which sound hits a wall is to use a mirror. This is why the primary reflection is also known as the mirror point. However, it is not easy to find a precise or fixed point for the primary reflection, as you will be moving around while recording.
Where Should I Place the Sound Absorbing Panels?
Most of the sound will come from the walls behind and to the sides of the camera, so you should focus your efforts there. It’s important to address the corners of the room, as that’s where the sound will tend to bounce and return to the room.
In conclusion, poor sound quality on a podcast or YouTube video can be annoying, distracting, and difficult to concentrate on. Just a few simple soundproof walls can make a big difference in the sound quality of a podcast studio. If you really want to give it a try, find out how the studio sounds.