Podcasting Pet Peeves

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…and the Solutions to Help Address Them!

Let’s get this out of the way. I love podcasts. I listen to podcasts throughout most my day. It’s a form of meditation for me. Comedy, entrepreneurship, marketing… you name the subject, I probably have a podcast for it queued up on my phone. (Oh! And I have a podcast: Smart People Podcast.)

However. There’s always a ‘however’ isn’t there?

I have a list of pet peeves that often drive me away from podcasts. This is especially upsetting when I want to like the show. Maybe someone will see this and it will be of help. One can hope. 😀

  1. P-Pops and other plosives
    • Plosives?!? What are plosives?

    In phonetics, a stop, also known as a plosive or oral occlusive, is a consonant in which the vocal tract is blocked so that all airflow ceases.

    • Think the sounds you make when you say words that begin ‘P,’ ‘T,’ or ‘K.’

    The fix: The easiest fix is getting a pop filter or wind screen for your microphone. The harder fix is learning better mic technique to deal with plosives.

  2. Stereo ping-pong
    • When I am running errands or walking around, I will often listen to podcasts with one earbud in. It’s weird, but I still want to be able to hear my surroundings. I find that some shows record and mix their show in stereo. This sometimes creates an effect that I like to call ‘stereo ping-pong.’ If there are two hosts on the show, one microphone occupies the left channel and one the right. ☹️

    The fix: Mix the episode in mono! Simple fix. Sounds great. Everyone is happy!

  3. Bad sound quality
    • This one is a killer. Bad sound quality is single-handedly the number one reason that I will not continue to listen to a show. Good sound quality is easy. There is no excuse that your show shouldn’t strive to have good sound quality. Great sound quality is hard. And expensive! Most listeners don’t expect great. Strive for good.

    The fix: Get a decent microphone. I’m a big fan of the Audio-Technica ATR2100. It’s a fantastic beginner microphone that sounds great. If you want to go even further, make sure you do the basics of sound leveling! There’s a great guide here: How to Record, Edit, and Mix a Great Sounding Podcast.

I hope this list has been helpful and can help you take the steps you need to better podcast audio!