Recording podcasts requires you to pay attention to certain details so that you can capture the best audio quality. Many businesses like to make transcripts of podcasts as a way to diversify content and to get indexed in search engines. Here are ways to get the best results from recording digital audio with the intent of podcast transcription.
Keys to Digital Audio Quality
- use professional equipment- low background noise- sound levels should not distort
Built-in microphones on recorders don't always yield acceptable results, so using an external microphone can produce better audio quality.
To make professional recordings, it's essential for the audio engineer to listen through headphones and watch voice level meters during the recording. There are various choices for actual digital recording equipment from digital workstations to smartphones. Usually, the process involves recording an entire event as a large file and then dividing it into sections if necessary. Audio recording software will allow you to edit out sections by marking in and out points, then deleting what's in between with a click.
If you are conducting an interview, you should prepare questions or an outline to keep the pace moving. The more you allow for long pauses, the more editing you may have to do later. As an interviewer, however, you should allow for brief pauses between answers and follow-up questions. Words can be very difficult to decipher in a podcast transcription when two people are talking at once, so sometimes you may need speakers to repeat themselves.
Testing voice levels is a necessary preliminary step to make sure that voices do not distort. By monitoring audio input levels, you can make adjustments when a voice is peaking in the red. You will have to advise people with softer voices to speak up; otherwise, the results can be unintelligible.
If you're only recording audio without video then you should have speakers clarify what they mean if they point to an object or photograph as a reference. It's easy to forget what people mean if they use vague language that doesn't connect with visuals. You should also clarify any nonverbal communication such as nodding yes or no.
The inclusion of transcripts for your podcast will strengthen your visibility online and help you connect better with your target audience. Also, using a good SEO strategy when publishing your podcasts will help immensely in drawing a huge amount of traffic. That being said, there are other benefits too: transcripts of your podcasts make them accessible to the hearing impaired, a significant portion of the potential global audience, thereby extending the reach of your podcasts to a wider audience.