Guest Guide: Recording With The Kpopcast

Recording Your Voice for The Kpopcast

We thank you for your time and your voice on The Kpopcast! As a part of gaining the highest-quality version of your voice to include in our podcast, we advise following the recording tips and techniques below. As a backup, we record your voice from our end through Skype/Google Hangouts/Facebook Messenger/Phone, but we achieve the best results when you record your own voice on your own local device. 

How It Works:

We’ll all talk together on an agreed voice platform(Skype/Google Hangouts/FB Messenger, etc)  for the sake of hearing each other for the podcast conversation. While we’ll be listening to each other and talking here, to record the podcast, we’ll use your local audio recording for the final version. In post-production, we merge all audio files together. 

Recording your voice:

Via Smartphone:

Your smartphone has a surprisingly strong microphone. The audio quality of your phone can occasionally rival $30-$50 USB microphones on a computer when recorded in optimal conditions. 

To Record with an iPhone, simply open the pre-installed Apple “Voice Memo” app which will show the waveforms of the sounds it hears as you record. As you look at the waveforms of your voice, you want to make sure your voice has strong peaks and valleys. If you’re seeing a solid block, it means you’re speaking too loud or you’re too close to the microphone which will make your voice sound distorted.

On an Android phone, there are numerous free audio recording apps and any will do which also allows you to export your voice file. 

We advise conducting a couple of tests prior to verifying that you sound as you wish to be heard. 

Via computer:

If you’re recording via a mic on a laptop or computer, we recommend trying to move the laptop away from a corner of a desk and off of any soft-padded surface. Sometimes when recording on a bed, the fabric of your comforter can cover the microphone of your laptop making your voice sound muffled. 

We advise conducting a couple of tests prior to verifying that you sound as you wish to be heard. 

Uploading your audio file:

Once you’ve completed recording your voice, you can upload your file to the following Google Drive location:

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1DqVNrMILvTlqwrl2B8Qq_UCKIaWs3jVw?usp=sharing

Best Practices:

  • Wear Headphones. Because we’ll be listening to each other, please wear headphones so that we don’t hear other voices on your own local audio line. For your audio recording, we want to hear your voice alone in its highest possible audio quality. 

Please take note that if you have headphones playing loudly next to your microphone, those sounds will pick up, so please be careful to keep your earbuds at least a forearm distance away from your mic. 

  • Speak at a consistent volume. Sometimes when testing, or even at the start of a podcast, guests have a natural tendency to start loud then soften as they become more comfortable with the podcast discussion. It is best if you maintain a consistent volume as if you’re speaking with a friend within the same room as you. 

  • Remember where the Mic is, and speak at it. When you turn your head and speak, your microphone doesn’t always follow. Our listeners will struggle to hear you when you turn away from the microphone, so remember to face and maintain your position to the mic when speaking. 

  • Speak in self-contained phrases or sentences. In editing the show in post-production, we try to take out tangents, stuttering, as well as “um’s, ah’s, uh’s.” While you may have a long train of thought, if you want to rephrase or reiterate something you’re saying, it’s best to pause and start your statement over. This way, we can use your best take and insert that into our podcast.  

On Achieving Best Results in a Room:

Location:

The sound quality of your voice generally sounds best when you are indoors in a room with carpeted or padded surfaces. Rooms with flat or solid surfaces generate a lot of reverb or echo, which makes your voice sound less clear. It is not unusual to record your voice in a small carpeted closet (with hanging clothes) as there will be little to zero echo in this environment. 

Try to avoid recording or leaving your mic in corners of a room as this is where reverb will collect. 

Peter has also taken to the habit of building a pillow fort around his computer underneath blanket/towels to talk about girl groups with his internet friends… For purely academic purposes. 

Recording into your Phone:

There are two ways to record into your phone. One is to hold it to your ear and talk normally as if you were speaking on a regular phone call. The other is to leave it resting on a desk with the mic facing you – preferably at a forearm length aways so the input isn’t too loud from your own voice. 

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