Static During Back End Of Podcast Recording


I do purpose-driven brand development and training for small businesses and will soon hard launch a practice that has been in BETA for about 5 months. I want to add a very basic podcast which for now, I wont even list with iTunes or Stitcher. I will just post the mp3 and the transcript as blog posts.

Ive used audacity before with no problems, to record VO for several videos Ive produced. But now, when Im doing only VO, about half of the way into the 20 minute podcast, you can hear what sounds like static in the background WHILE Im speaking. When I hit show clipping, nothing shows up. The static is constant and does not appear to be happening as a result of clipping. And for the life of me, I cant find anything on the internet to help me reduce this noise.

Im recording on a Yeti in a sound proofed (cheap version) closet and the intial sound quality is fine, a little low but fine. Im lost as to what is happening. I also dont know how to isolate a small sample for you all to hear, so advice on how to that and where to upload the sample, would be great.


about half of the way into the 20 minute podcast, you can hear what sounds like static in the background WHILE Im speaking.

And it happened the same way on multiple 20 minute podcasts? The damage appears while you’re speaking but not between words?

Which Audacity and which computer and OS? I use Audacity 2.1.0 and 2.1.1 and I’m typing on a Mac Mini OS-X 10.9.5.

It’s common to assume all the performances are going to become damaged in the same way by extrapolating from a single performance. That’s dangerous.

You don’t have to sit there through multiple recordings. Put a radio or TV next to the microphone and start recording. Go wash the car.

If you really offended the sound gods, this distortion will never happen again.


LOL - the sound gods indeed.

I found a post that stated the Yeti very easily picks up buzz if a computer is near by so after hours of play jimmy-rig, I got the Yeti bolted upside down and well away from my laptop (2012 Mac Air) and had no problems. And I do better VO standing up anyways, so it all worked out … for now. I shall now go sacrfice something to said deity to keep it that way.

Thanks for the gesture of help and happy NY :wink:

You can help with breath and popping noises by making the microphone about nose or eye level instead of level with or below your mouth. Note both Josh Turner and Chris Pratt are using little round pop filters, but Sarah Koenig isn’t.

All three are using vibration isolators (spiders) to hold the microphone up and keep floor vibrations from reaching the microphone. I made one out of plumbing supplies and rubber bands.