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How to Improve the Acoustics in Your Home Podcasting Space

Like many offices around the world, the Buzzsprout office is temporarily closed, and the entire team is working from home. We have always had the freedom to work from wherever we felt the most productive with one exception; we always recorded our podcasts from the Buzzsprout Studio.

As the COVID-19 pandemic entered community spread in the US, recording in the studio was a luxury we could no longer afford. We all grabbed a mic, boom arm, and an audio interface to set up for home recording.

The Problem

As we were recording our first remote episode for Buzzcast, something didn't sound right on my end. I was using the same mic, headphones, and audio interface, but something was off. I was recording in a small room with hard surfaces, and it was a noticeable difference. Luckily we've written about Acoustic Treatments for Podcasters before. So I headed to the Buzzsprout blog and started working on a solution.

Home office before sound treatment

The Solution

I needed some acoustic panels, bass traps, and maybe an area rug. The challenge was finding a way to do this quickly, inexpensively, and I wanted to minimize wall damage should I remove this stuff down the road. I found some thicker foam panels that measured 12"x12". Foam panels work great, but the recommended installation always involves spray adhesive. It's effective, but if you ever want to remove the panels, your walls get trashed.

I found some black foam core boards (24" x 36") that aligned perfectly with my foam sound panels.

Foam panels and foam core boards

I wanted to use 3M Command Mounting Strips, but they don't stick to foam very well. So instead, I glued 6 foam panels on each foam core board and, from there, was able to use the 3M Command Strips to mount the boards to my walls.

Glue works better than mounting tape Use mounting tape on the boards

The final touch was to use the same technique to mount some inexpensive bass traps in the ceiling corners.

Bass traps glued to foam core

Once I had all of the supplies, this project took me about 3 hours to complete (not including the time I let the glue set). The total cost was just under $200. I couldn't find a rug I liked enough to buy, so when I record I grab a throw blanket from the living room and toss it on the floor. It's not pretty, but it works.

Home office after sound treatment

We're recording the next episode of Buzzcast tomorrow. Take a listen and see if you can hear the difference.

Kevin Finn

Co-Founder and Head of Product at Buzzsprout.