The 'hang ten’ formation | Source: Daily Mail/Associated Press
I usually take the extra step of placing a pop filter ahead of my mic, (always off-axis, or “tilted” on an angle from the microphone to minimize reflections). Adding a pop filter to an already well-placed microphone will ensure that sure few if any bursts of air hit my microphone’s diaphragm and cause a plosive.
Finally, I like to bring my microphone up to my chest level and then angle it slightly towards the computer monitor (while observing the thumb-to-pinky rule). This keeps it out of view from my mouth when I’m vlogging and generally off-camera altogether. For a visual reference of the angle i’m describing, take a look at any TV press conference, where the mics are angled up at the speaker on a podium.
2. “Know thy recording space.” —Engineering Gods
Most of us don’t get to vlog from a million dollar mastering room, so we owe it to our audiences to capture audio from a space that’s as quiet as possible. In my own apartment, I’ve learned to be strategic about when I start vlogging. I avoid recording early in the morning or around 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., as there’s hustle and bustle in the hallways from people going to and from work (footsteps, doors closing, keys jangling, noisy animals wishing their owners farewell).
Every building has a rhythm and after a few weeks in any space, the optimal recording times will become apparent. To that end, it’s important to close balcony doors and windows to seal-out environmental noise.
3. Chill Your Keys
This is a classic audio engineer’s trick: unplugging the fridge and placing your keys, or something you’ll need later in the day, next to the milk carton to make sure you remember to turn it back on. What’s behind this seemingly odd practice? A fridge’s components can produce intermittent ambient noise that might not be immediately apparent to a vlogger (especially if you wear headphones, as I do, when you vlog to avoid spill from your computer speakers). A sensitive microphone, like a large-diaphragm condenser, can pick this noise up and lead to unexpected post production work you might not have time-budgeted for.