Question about microphone placement

Thanks for all the input on my previous post. Got that problem resolved!

Next question is we recently did a podcast with three mics. Two of them fed into Y adapter and the other went straight into the Presonus.
Problem is that when one party was speaking and the other was quiet, the echo would be picked up on the silent mic. I had to go through the whole podcast and insert silent noise over those areas.

Any suggestions for the next podcast? Would it be best to find a three-way adapter so all mics fed the same channel?

What you’re supposed to do is have three independent microphones pointed in different directions around a desk in a soundproof room. A “Studio.” They plug into a sound mixer which mixes them together into a single show. That’s the step that compensates for the individual speaking styles. If you smash all the microphones into one sound channel without the quiet room, you will lose all control of what sound appears where (not to mention compromising microphone noise settings)

I have a picture of a broadcast studio I keep meaning to scan as an illustration. It’s pretty simple. It’s a three-sided table with three microphones pointed outward. Of course, what they’re pointed at is the three performers and the soundproof panels behind them to avoid echoes, crosstalk leakage and reflections.


Yeah, I get that we aren’t working in optimal conditions here! Any suggestions on how I could make this work given what I have: A Presonus adapter to laptop, 3 xlr mics and a big, open room with a conference table?

All you have left is get the performers close to the microphones so the distance between the voice and the microphone is very much smaller than the distance the echo or crosstalk has to travel — to the walls and back or between performers.

That will, as a nasty byproduct, aggravate the difference between the individual performer vocal styles, particularly since you can only control two of three.

You’re digging yourself a hole.

“Lets set up for one and two microphones and then force the system to do three.”

You hit the microphone wall similar to the poster who wanted very badly to go from one USB microphone to two. You can do that with two computers…