8 Easy Ways to Improve the Audio of DIY Webcasts
No one wants their webcast to be hindered by poor audio, which will drag down the user experience dramatically. Following are eight simple things you can do to help eliminate the possibility of echoing, delays, feedback, and other audio issues undermining the quality of your webcast.
- Conduct the webcast from a quiet place in your office or home with the door closed. Steer clear of high foot-traffic areas, outside noises, and potentially loud ambient disturbances such as air conditioning.
- Choose a room without reverberation, which can produce an echo. An empty room without carpet is an audio disaster. Furnishings help absorb the sound. Acoustic paneling is great, and even hanging blankets on the walls can help in a pinch.
- Ask the people around you to be extra quiet.
- Ensure that all mobile phones are in silent mode and mute any computer notifications such as incoming email pings.
- If you’re hosting the webinar, don’t rely on your laptop’s built-in microphone, which can generate feedback from your speakers. Avoid using your mobile phone or speakerphone. A USB or standalone microphone is better. Point the microphone toward the front of your mouth, positioning it as close to your mouth as possible without getting it into the video frame.
- Plug your computer into an electrical outlet so you don’t have to worry about the battery running low.
- If possible, do a sound check on a variety of output devices including a laptop and mobile device. This will help you fine-tune your audio for the clearest possible output on different devices.
- Conduct a dry run with everyone involved in producing the webinar. Give yourself the best possible opportunity to fix audio glitches and remove impediments to sound quality before you go live.
These easy and quick practices will help you get your message out to your target audience loud and clear.