You might have seen some people wearing some big headphones while they record their shows. Others seem to not be wearing them at all. Lets go down on the skinny of headphones while podcasting.
Why Wear Headphones?
You basically avoid bleed-through. When you use speakers, the microphone might just pick up the sound and send it back through. That causes a feedback loop. We don’t want that when we podcast, so headphones are a good alternative.
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Headphones or Ear Buds?
The idea is to seal out any sound coming in. The answer to this question can be either.
Try this: Headphones – Turn the volume up loud on your headphones. Then push the two ear pieces together. If you cannot hear the sound, those headphones will work.
Try this: Earbuds – Same thing with headphones, turn up the music loud, but this time, cover the earbuds’ holes. The less sound you can hear, the better.
There are specialty earbuds you can get that close out all sounds. They are molded for your ear. In-ear systems can become expensive.
How Can I Avoid Headphones?
There are ways to avoid wearing headphones. If your microphone has the proper compressors and gates attached, you can easily stay phone free. If you turn off your speakers, then record your show, you won’t need headphones.
For best sound results, though, it’s best to wear a pair of headphones. You can then hear what is being recorded, so if there are any noises, you can stop your recording and diagnose the problem.