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  • How to get guests to follow mic guidelines

     Karen updated 4 months, 3 weeks ago 5 Members · 10 Posts
  • Karen

    October 22, 2020 at 5:02 pm

    How do you prep guests for recording re: mics and setup? Have edited a
    couple of episodes where the guest wore a headset/mic combo and the
    audio was terrible! I’m putting together a guest prep doc asking guests
    to not use headsets, their computer mic, or speaker phone but it sounds
    like I’m scolding them!

  • Stevie

    October 23, 2020 at 9:06 pm

    Hey Karen, I did exactly that. PDF for guests with show branding, I send it out with the confirmation of the link, date and time and that way they get told beforehand and asked to confirm that they have everything I need for them to sound good and make it a great show!

    • Karen

      October 24, 2020 at 11:46 am

      Hi Stevie! Yeah, I want to make sure they’re clear on what to expect. But I also want to ask them to NOT use headsets, computer mics or speakerphone and I’m trying to figure out a way to word it so it doesn’t come across as nagging! How do you handle this?

  • Elsie

    October 25, 2020 at 11:44 am

    My take on not sounding scoldy about it is in the way you frame it as a benefit for *them* and make it a bit silly.

    Let them know that it’s kind of like making sure that they untuck their skirt from their panties (or any other silly metaphor) —- it’s like walking out of the bathroom with toilet paper on the sole of your shoe, or walking around with your fly down — you are there to take care of them and make sure they sound as amazing as they can!

    As a note, when it comes to headphones with microphones, it’s all about mic technique even with those. I know for sure EarPods from Apple, those ones that used to come with an iphone are pretty decent for audio.

    The issue comes when they move their face around, the microphone is way too far from their face and hair, clothing or jewelry get in the way.

    Bottom line, give as much insight into making sure that it’s about them “looking good” vs you are a tyrant

    • Karen

      October 25, 2020 at 12:49 pm

      Elsie, that’s classic! Good thing I finished my coffee before reading it, or my phone would be dripping! 😁

      Re: headset mic technique, I guess they could try to move the mic away from their mouths but even so, headsets can crackle like crazy! The wired earbuds are what I always recommend but you’re right about them turning their heads.

      The tricky part is, this is for a client, so the burden’s on them to test the guest’s audio beforehand. I’m just trying to help them avoid problems upfront.


      • Elsie

        October 27, 2020 at 1:10 pm

        I am NOT a fan of bluetooth headphones for this at all!!!!!!!!! ALWAYS CORDED!!!!!

        • Karen

          October 28, 2020 at 2:19 pm


      • Cristina

        April 13, 2021 at 3:40 pm

        Excellent advice, thank you!

  • Lee

    April 22, 2021 at 9:47 pm

    Could you also mention that if the audio isn’t great, you might not be able to use it…
    And say something about rescheduling not really being an option or something?

    “It’s my job to make sure we both sound fantastic, and these guidelines will help…”

    • Karen

      April 23, 2021 at 12:09 pm

      Hi Lee

      Great suggestion, but unfortunately, my client can’t reschedule guests, so I have to use what I get. However, we’ve been lucky, most of the recordings have been pretty good. Nonetheless, I did end up creating step-by-step instructions, including screengrabs of Zoom settings, to encourage him and his guests to make sure their settings are correct, especially for which mic is being used. I also included instructions on how guests can record their side of the conversation to their own devices, which could be good backups.

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