Dealing with echo on a live podcast interview can be incredibly annoying. What’s worse, sometimes you may not have the time to troubleshoot the echo because you are busy with your podcast guest. Luckily for you, although echo can be an extremely annoying phenomenon, it is almost always an easy fix.
After reading this quick article, you will have everything you need to know to ensure that your podcast interview is never brought to a halt by echo ever again.
Callers On Speakerphone Are The Primary Cause Of Echo
The first thing that you need to understand about echo is how it is caused. What we call “echo” on audio technology occurs when someone’s speakers are too close to their microphone. Sound from their speakers is picked up by their microphone, which is then played through the speakers again, creating an infinite feedback loop of sound.
Echo on podcast interviews is usually caused by someone not using headphones to prevent sound leaking, which is usually the case if they are joining your podcast over a speakerphone like it was a conference call.
Aside from creating echo, a podcast interview on speakerphone also sounds washed-out and unprofessional, which is another reason why you should avoid it.
If Someone Can’t Hear The Echo, They Are Probably Causing It
The next thing you should know about echo is that it is usually caused by the person who can’t hear it. If you are on a large podcast interview with several guests, try asking who CAN’T hear the echo, and you’ve more than likely found the source of it.
This can sometimes be hard to do if your guest doesn’t believe you, and is unfamiliar with technology. I’ve had people become legitimately offended when they were told that they are causing problems with the recording. If this happens to you, remember to be polite and proceed with care. And if they ask for proof? Well, just keep reading.
As The Host, You Can Mute Online Guests To Find The Source Of The Echo
TalkShoe gives you a simple and easy way to prove just who is causing the echo on your podcast interview. The next time you are conducting a live recording with more than one guest, simply use your host controls to mute your entire room, which can be easily done from your virtual studio. Then, unmute your guests one by one, waiting to see at which point the echo returns.
Doing this will easily prove to you and everyone else in your podcast interview precisely who is generating the echo. You can then instruct the person in question to use headphones, move their mic away from the speakers, or turn down their speaker volume.
Hold The Easiest And Most Productive Podcast Interviews With TalkShoe
Part of the reason why podcast interview echo is so easy to troubleshoot on TalkShoe is because the makers of TalkShoe really tried to create a platform that has everything a podcaster would need, all in one place.