This is part one in a series I’m calling “The Dreaded Hiss” which will feature different sounds commonly found inside a podcaster’s studio that can create background noise (often known as hiss) in your podcast’s audio.
The issue of buzzing compact florescent lights (CFLs) used to be a bigger problem then it is now. However, it’s good to be aware of how the lighting in your studio can affect your audio.
In the example below this post, you’ll hear an exaggerated amount of CLF buzzing. This is caused by having a CFL plugged into a dimmer (don’t do this). At full strength most CLFs no longer put off much, if any, buzz… but they can. More traditional florescent lighting is much more prone to buzzing sounds.
Take a moment to listen to the lights in your studio. Depending on the number of lights you have running at any given time, if there is a buzz, the sound can add up really quick and sneak into your audio turning up as The Dreaded Hiss. Be aware that even a single buzzing bulb could create noise in your audio.
If you find that your lighting is making any unwanted noise, replace the bulb(s) with either better quality CFLs or a standard incandescent.
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