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Plosives: Popping Podcasting Punches

Are you podcasting? Are you being a little rough on your Ps and Ts? Blog Relations has tips and techniques to help you deal with the explosive sounds your words may smack the microphone with.

Plosives are the bane of podcasters. They are the breathy sounds that sneak into the microphone, however hard you try to keep them out. “Ps’ are apt to explode all over the place. I often hear them popping out of the most experienced podcasters’ microphones.

As always, it’s best to avoid them in the first place. Haul a pop guard over your microphone, or even use a silk pop screen in front of a condenser mic. Point the microphone at your chin, rather than directly at the mouth. Try to hold in and soften those p’s with your lips.

But despite your best efforts, some plosives are bound to find their way onto the track. But don’t despair. In many cases, it’s still possible to edit them out.

If you are adding podcasts to your blogs, just try saying “adding podcasts to your blogs” without popping and spitting into your digital recordings. If you are, then check out this helpful article on those plosives to keep the noise down.


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6 Comments

  1. Posted March 18, 2007 at 7:09 am | Permalink

    Error 404! There’s something strange going on with his permalinks over there!

  2. Marc
    Posted March 18, 2007 at 7:38 am | Permalink

    Yah –

    the link above points to the 2-5-2007 post, but no luck it seems.

  3. Posted March 18, 2007 at 8:20 am | Permalink

    Let this be a lesson to EVERYONE. If you change your permalink structure, make redirects. Think your permalink structure through before you enable it so you won’t ever have to change it.

    I can’t get any link to work to get to the page, but http://www.blog-relations.com/?s=plosives works, which is totally stupid.

    NOTE TO SELF: Stop linking to great content inside of stupid web page designs lacking basic functions like a “search” and clickable header. It’s a clue to potential problems. ;-)

  4. Posted March 18, 2007 at 12:34 pm | Permalink

    Also – don’t use the mic so close. Look at how they do it in a radio studio, an omni or figure-8 mic in the middle of the table between two people.

    The S-sibilants and false teeth noises are much harder to get rid of.

  5. Posted March 19, 2007 at 3:10 am | Permalink

    Another trick is to put the microphone to the side of your mouth, not directly in front of it. That way, when you say, “Poof!” the rush of air blasts harmlessly forward, past the mic but not into it.

  6. Posted March 20, 2007 at 8:38 am | Permalink

    Sorry! I didn’t change the permalinks on purpose…. I think it must be something to do with my recent WP upgrade using the instant upgrade plugin. Not sure what I did wrong, but it’s back now, after pressing update on the permalink structure.

    Thanks for pointing to the post. Sorry about the Not Found! Bad timing on my part.


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