Which room is best suited for recording your voice at home?
It’s most likely going to be your bedroom. You’ve got things like your mattress, probably some curtains and also a wardrobe. It might seem a bit silly, but if you can sit in your wardrobe, you cannot only get lost in the void but also get a really good quality recording. The clothes work as a dampener to alleviate any echo and help with soundproofing. Plenty of people do it!
You see a lot of People using soundproof mats on the wall. What other things can you do?
It might seem a little obvious, but heavily upholstered furniture is going to do great. Lean a few mattresses against the wall and or get some couches, thick curtains and rugs. If the material looks like you could punch it relatively hard without hurting, you might be able to use it for soundproofing. However, this is not a scientific method, and we don’t recommend going to the furniture shop and punching mattresses…
Small blocks and patches of 5-20 cm thick foam spaced around the wall and ceiling, if possible, already makes a great difference. Also, make sure that any hard or reflective surfaces are covered with sound-absorbing material.
What’s the best way to prepare your room to prevent excess echo and reverb that isn’t permanent?
You could buy or make a little vocal booth which goes behind the microphone.
The cheapest DYI option is to stack clothes, blankets and pillows behind your mic. Alternatively, some stick-on 3M hooks with a curtain rod and some fabric over the top to cover any windows or glass surfaces will help tremendously and you can easily take that down.
How can I record good vocals without an expensive recording studio?
To keep it short, if you have a relatively well-soundproofed room at your disposal, a good quality condenser microphone gives you a warm studio sound that you find in most recordings. If you don’t, a good large-diaphragm dynamic microphone allows you to get a cleaner recording as it will reject a lot of the noise from the side and rear, whilst still picking up a wide frequency range. Other aspects are your vocal techniques, microphone positioning, as well as the location in your room. It’s best to test out in which area of your place you get the best sound.
Any good ways to help deal with sudden noises like dogs barking during group chats/conference?
If you can’t afford to soundproof your room – which is the case for most of us – use a good closed-back headset with a hypercardioid microphone or a dynamic microphone, like the ATH-G1WL. The headphones provide a degree of sound isolation helping you ignore external noises, and the microphone naturally rejects a lot of noise.
Where should to position your condenser microphone?
What is the most efficient and smooth way to stream, record and upload a podcast live?
Whichever platform you choose (Twitch, Youtube, Facebook, etc.), make sure to record an audio file in the background. You can stream your podcast first and then later upload the higher-quality audio file to your channel.
Which set of headphones and mics would you suggest to someone getting into video editing with voiceovers?
The M-series headphones are ideal for editing. The reason why we recommend monitoring headphones is that they give you an accurate reproduction of how you sound. So when you are monitoring your recording, you hear any imperfections or issues clearly.
The entire 20s microphone range is great for voiceovers, and the ATR series is exceptional value for money. The AT-BP40 broadcast dynamic microphone is our bread and butter for content creation as it blocks out ambient noise and makes your voice sound radio-smooth.