You’ve heard me talk about the importance of mic technique in the past…
TL;DR: mic technique is important, and there’s a link to a post explaining good mic technique for podcasters at the bottom of this email. Go read it.
So maybe you’ve Googled “mic technique” and found different explanations of what what “good” mic technique is. This is because different applications (singing, narrating, VO, ADR, podcasting, etc) benefit from different mic techniques.
Podcasting is unique in that, for the most part, podcasting happens in places that don’t sound good - that is to say, aren’t spaces specifically designed to create sound in.
In a scientifically-designed professional recording studio, you’d position yourself relative to the mic differently than you would in your closet because your closet is in your house, and sound from your house can get into your closet while you’re recording… sound doesn’t get into (or out of) a professional recording studio.
One of the ways to address this invasion of unwanted noise is to keep your gain lower and close your distance to the mic. This creates a warmer sound and a higher Signal-to-Noise Ratio.
You keep the gain down so you don’t clip, which you’re at risk of doing when you’re close to the mic. Keeping your gain low is something I’ll talk about in my next article “Clipping in the Digital Domain isn’t Possible”, but for now, check out the article below about mic technique for podcasters.