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A Note About Microphones

A Nessie microphone is provided in the Sound Studio. The Nessie microphone has a built-in pop filter and internal shockmount. As a result, this microphone is able to produce excellent quality audio without the need for additional editing. 

To record a podcast using the Nessie, use the red switch to select the middle vocal setting. 

If you have reserved and wish to use the Yeti microphone, please follow the instructions specified on the page below.  

Recording Best Practices for the Yeti Microphone

To optimize sound quality when using the external Yeti microphone and pop filter, do a few brief test recordings to determine which of the following options work best for your purpose:

  • Record in MONO as opposed to STEREO (see individual software instruction tabs for information on how to change these settings)

  • We generally recommend that the GAIN knob on the microphone be positioned at

    • 9 or 10 o'clock to minimize background noise pick-up (for e.g., recording voiceover files)

    • at 12 or 2 o'clock if you need louder audio quality and find some background noise to be acceptable (most other user needs)

    • Note: you may wish to begin with the knob centered, and then adjust accordingly:

      • counterclockwise: reduce sensitivity (e.g., if a loud sound source is interfering by creating digital distortion)

      • clockwise: increase sensitivity

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  • The microphone PATTERN knob should be positioned in the third slot (looks kind of like a heart)

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  • If a recording does not seem to contain audio

    • ensure Mute is not enabled

    • ensure input and output volume is turned up above 75%

Recording with Audacity

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Additional Resources

Recording with Quicktime

1 Open QuickTime


2 Choose File > New Audio Recording


3 To change the recording settings, click the arrow next to the Record button.
Then choose your microphone and recording quality.


4 Click the Record button   to start recording. Click it again to stop recording. 

5 Choose File > Export > Audio Only

Podcast Tips & Best Practices

  • ​Use notes/an outline to keep on topic while recording (the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has created an excellent podcast script writing guide)
  • Remember to leave a few seconds of blank space at beginnings, ends, and transition points in a file
  • Create episode notes/show notes (e.g., This Week in Virology)
  • Consider adding metadata to ensure files can be found and organized by podcasting software and directories (Audacity metadata reference)
  • Metapress - How to Start a Podcast:

Podcast Accessibility

To ensure an audio podcast is accessible, make a transcript available for hearing-impaired audiences. 

Example: This American Life

Transcript link