Because I’ve been a denizen of the podcasting world for a while, people often ask me for audio tips. And the most common question I hear is: “Why does my audio sound so bad?” In this 18-minute podcast, you’ll get the answer!

Please listen and let me know what you think. You can listen to the podcast now with the player above or download it to listen later. Or subscribe to this podcast in iTunes using the link at the top of this page.

Here are the show notes:

[00:01] Intro and welcome; this is a podcast about communications tactics for people who care about communicating in person, in print and online. Next series of podcasts: conference podcasting.
01:33 Your voice is not the problem, even if you’re not Joe Cipriano or Judy Madrin
02:11 Problem #1: Your microphone; built-in mic will not yield good results; headset mic can be ok if you know how to use it; genuine microphone is the best; link to Victoria Fenner’s post about her favourite microphones
04:22 Problem #2: How you’re using your microphone to get the best sound; listen to the podcast about microphone techniques with Joe Cipriano; experiment with your mic
06:22 Problem #3: Where you’re recording; ambient sound, room acoustics and more; using ambient noise to your advantage; Skype and phone recording; double-ender or mix-minus; I love Levelator, although some audio purists do not
09:18 Noise removal if you must; Soundsoap
[12:00] Problem #4: The method in which you’re recording; record in an uncompressed format such as WAV
[12:48] Recap of four problems and solutions
13:20 Comment on Trafcom News 82 (Five tips for successful podcasts)  from Tom Keefe, who was inspired by Shel Holtz and Neville Hobson on FIR: The Hobson and Holtz Report; InsidePR  commitment to each other as podcasters
[15:30] Two upcoming events: April 1 AIP event with Lynda Morris and Joan Vinall-Cox; April 16 HPCA event with Dave Fleet; refer to my blog post
[16:55] Where to send comments: email to Donna AT Trafcom DOT com.

Theme music is “Beneath Your Surface” by the Elisabeth Lohninger Quartet from the Podsafe Music Network


  1. As always – great information Donna. I think novice and longtime podcasters alike can take something away from your segment here. Looking forward to your series on conference podcasting. Cheers,



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