I moderated a great webinar with @SlideRabbit Bethany Auck for #PresentationXpert. We always log on early to check sound, connections, and speaker readiness. That is where we identified a problem with Bethany’s audio. She sounded as if she was in a tunnel.
In her office, she didn’t have any wall coverings or window coverings, and there wasn’t a carpeted floor. And it was completely white. This meant that the sound was hollow and not broadcast quality. So we needed to figure out a low-tech answer for this problem and in a short period of time – twenty minutes to air. We tried the obvious but the sound didn’t get any better switching between computer audio and the phone. Changing headsets didn’t work either.
So, the idea is to minimize the number of “reflective” surfaces and to maximize the number of surfaces that will absorb sound waves. This might help reduce the amount of sound that escapes a room.
We came up with the idea of using towels and/or blankets to act as a sound barrier. Bethany was up for trying. She got blankets and covered the floor and behind the computer on her desk. The result – it worked and the sound quality improved 100%.