The $10 Sound Booth

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Do you – like many podcasters – record in less-than-ideal situations? I know I record the voiceovers for Boston Behind the Scenes in my plaster-walled apartment right near a running refrigerator!

At first, I was getting an echo-y sound, but then inspiration struck:

What does a sound booth have? No refrigerators, that’s for sure, but it also has padded walls. Now, I wasn’t going to go spend hundreds of dollars on sound-deadening foam, but I did have a big squishy thing that was worth a shot: a body pillow. I wrap it around the back of my head with the two ends sticking forward. I lean over the microphone, close the ends in as far as I can without getting in the way of what I’m doing, and record. The results are quite amazing!

All of this for as little as $10.


My Mobile Podcasting Setup

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Recorder: iRiver iFP-799 — these have been discontinued, but you can find them on eBay.
– Any 700- or 800-series iRiver will do, though I prefer the placement of 700-series microphone jack.

Giant Squid Audio Lab Mini Gold-Plated Omni Mic

RadioShack Tie-clip Microphone Windscreen (Item #33-4006)

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