“God, I hate the sound of my own voice”.
I’m sure you wouldn’t be surprised that I hear that often. “Oh, I’d never do a podcast because my voice sounds like nails on a chalkboard/ a slowly deflating balloon/a cat being trodden on while playing the harmonica.” But I reckon you’d be surprised WHO says it…
So if you're following me on social media lately (which you should, I like to think I'm pretty entertaining...) you'll probably have seen that I was accepted into Startup Gippsland's incubator program this year. It's a pretty massive honour to have been selected, especially when you consider the calibre of other startups that have been accepted. From one charity who will 3D print you a prosthetic hand for free (must resist urge to make "second hand" joke), to another lady who will teach you how to carve a rocking horse, to a mum-and-daughter business that hand-dyes embroidery thread (you can't get those colours any other way, apparently), it's pretty easy to experience some massive impostor syndrome when you're in such amazing company!
Any day you can work a Fresh Prince reference into a blog post is a good day.
So, here’s the situation. You’re podcasting, and you’ve realised that your audio is not up to scratch. Maybe your audience has complained, or worse, they’ve just switched off. Dodgy audio quality can kill your intelligibility and make your show really hard to listen to. So, the natural reaction is to go out and drop a heap of money on new podcasting gear, right?
Not so fast, there, I know you’d rather be putting money towards snacks to see you through those long editing and recording sessions. And there’s plenty of stuff that you can do to improve audio quality that doesn’t cost you the Earth.
In the midst of a pandemic, it's good to concentrate on what we CAN do right now, rather than what we can't. And one of the great things about podcasting is the ability to do it in lockdown. Yes, even though the only colour in your skin after not seeing the sun for more than an hour a day is the orange dust from 16 bags of Doritos.
I put the call out for questions on my Instagram last week and got this great question. What exactly does it take to start making podcasts? Do I need to spend much money? (Also- I have an Instagram. You should follow it!)
Chris Plumridge is a freelance audio producer, voiceover artist and writer from Leongatha in South Gippsland, Victoria, Australia.