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When you listen to some podcasts, you can hear the pristine sound from the microphone and there's hardly a speck of ambient noise that happens in the background.
By perception, it may seem that these podcasters have a room that is filled with soundproofing foam and expensive carpet that is deadening the sound. In some cases, this is true but in most cases--especially whenever you’re starting your own podcast--you won’t have the ability to utilize soundproofing.
USES OF SOUNDPROOFING IN PROFESSIONAL SETTINGS
Soundproofing is typically used in radio stations and voiceover sound booths all across America. Obviously, it's used to eliminate any of the ambient noise that is bouncing off drywall or concrete walls. But it is also there to prevent any sounds from entering into your studio.
These types of studios invest TONS of money for quality equipment for the obvious reasons. But I think it’s important to understand that soundproofing isn't something that has to be an absolute in your overall strategy.
Soundproofing is probably used the best whenever you are recording a voice over for a radio commercial or an audio book. Other than that, soundproofing inside of your bedroom may not necessarily be something that you need to invest and right away.
Let’s consider a couple of things when it comes down to starting your podcast.
1. Consider the cost to start your podcast. Consider the essential equipment that you’re going to purchase for your podcast to get you off the ground and running. Then, you need to consider how much you will spend for hosting each month. These are the two essential costs that you will need to incur when you start your podcast.
2. Consider the style of your podcast. What type of podcast are you going to do? Is it going to be a podcast that sounds more like it’s a man-on-the-street type podcast? Or is it going to be something where your podcast sounds like it’s in a deadened room? You need to figure out what type of style your podcast is going to take as you develop what your podcast will sound like.
For instance, my podcast Be The Experience is a combination of recording in my home-office, my master bedroom, and of course, most of the recordings are done through my iPhone recorder.
The reason I record through my iPhone is because I want the listener to experience the "feel" of the location when I’m interviewing my subject. In other words, I want them to hear the background noises to get a frame of reference of where I’m interviewing my subject. Sometimes, ambient noise is a lot better than having deadened noise.
3. Consider your room size and how much soundproofing foam you will need to purchase. If you’re dead set on creating your podcast studio inside of your home and you want it to be soundproofed, it may cost you a lot of money.
Consider the amount of foam that you’re going to purchase--which can be purchased on Amazon between $35-$60 per square foot.
Sometimes you can buy panels, other times you can buy used foam.
If you’re going to purchase any type of foam for your home-studio, you will incur costs that will range anywhere between $300-$700 to fill an entire room. THAT'S JUST FOR THE FOAM!
You can’t forget the glue that you need to purchase so that you can stick the foam on the walls and glue isn't cheap.
Other things you may want to consider is that gluing foam to the walls can get messy. What happens when you want to change up the foam on the walls? There will be significant mess on the walls from the glue.
You don't always have to use foam and glue, though. Some soundproofing come in panels that you can hang on the walls by simply drilling.
Also, most soundproof rooms usually have an enclosure within the room. In other words, it’s a room built inside of another room so that you can truly deaden any type of sound that is escaping the room and sound that is trying to get in. This could cost a ton of money.
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By: Shannon Hernandez
Title: Do You Need Soundproofing For Your Podcast?
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