Hello, first post here.
I host my own podcast and for the most part, have had decent quality audio but nothing near professional which is to be expected. However, as I become more serious, or want to be taken more serious, I am looking for solutions to have good quality audio. Recently, I have upgraded to a mixer from my XLR to 3.5 to PC setup which is great and I think a step in the right direction. However, after making this upgrade, I am noticing a lot of reverb and I’m not sure why and how to eliminate it. Here’s an idea of my setup:
I have a real cheap Condenser Cardioid mic setup - TONOR package from Amazon ($35USD)
Behringer 802 is my mixer and I use XLR and phantom power.
That’s plugged directly into my PC from the main out.
I record my mic in a full left pan so I can run a mix minus for skype calls - I’m not sure this affects sound quality so I figured I’d mention it.
I record in the loft of my house, so a decent sized un-treated room, and I sit at a corner desk facing the corner.
I purchased a set of cheaper Dynamic Cardioid mics for guests and I’ve tried using one of those instead but have similar results in tests. I’ve also done tests where I turn around in my chair and face the open room as well as putting a heavy comforter over my head and around the mic as a makeshift sound booth. The sound booth test seemed to help some with the reverb so I was wondering if building my own sound booth would be worth the cost and hassle. I’ve seen a number of people build removable booths made from PVC pipes and moving blankets. Basically, I was thinking about building one around my desk in the corner that covers above me, behind me, and to the sides of me.
I also saw some videos of people stacking beach towels, framing them, and hanging them on the wall as sound dampening. I could do this to the walls in front of and to the sides of me in the corner of the room but I’m not sure that would help.
Or maybe I just need to spend the money on a decent mic but dropping $300 on a mic for a podcast that I make zero income from is a tough decision. If my mic seems to be the weakest link in my chain, what would be a good upgrade that wouldn’t break the bank?
I appreciate anyone who was able to make it through all my ramblings and random thoughts and can provide some feedback. I appreciate what Mike is doing and I am learning a lot. I’m not sure if this belongs in Home Studio or Audio Equipment - It’s more of a “help this noob out in general” question. I can provide a link to an audio clip I recorded to show what I am dealing with.