343 Five Tips for Reducing or Eliminating Mouth Noises From Your Podcast

by Cliff Ravenscraft on January 30, 2014

mouth noisesReducing or Eliminating Mouth Noises
Over the past eight years, I’ve had the privilege of working with thousands of people on the launch of their podcast. On average, about one out of ten individuals have experienced a significant issue with mouth noises.

In this episode, I invited Renee Chambliss, professional audio book narrator, to share some valuable tips on how to reduce or possibly eliminate mouth noises when recording your podcast.

The 5 Tips That Renee Shared
1. Make sure that you are well hydrated.
2. Try using lip balm.
3. Start with a fresh clean mouth.
4. Green Apple Slices (Extra Saliva)
5. Listen to yourself and practice.

Note: We talk about breathing during your podcast between 00:16:10 through 00:21:35

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  • CoreyFineran

    Great episode.  Since this is a mouth-noise comment, I warn you that it’s kind of gross.  

    I have a problem that didn’t really come up in the discussion.  Renee talked about apple slices and water to keep your mouth moist.  My problem is only with my work podcast, one that is also in video and therefore, I use a Audio Technica lav mic clipped to my shirt.  

    I must have some overactive saliva production because I have to swallow a ton while I’m talking.  This is awful with a lav mic pinned to my chest, and I must be an extraordinary loud swallower.  It’s a real challenge to try to not swallow and not have a bunch of saliva building up in my mouth.  

    With my normal podcasts, even though I have a condenser microphone, I’m able to really control it with the MDX4600 (set up appropriately, thanks to the tutorial from you, Cliff) and I can back away from the mic for these noises.  But when I’m solo, on mic and camera for my work podcast, it’s a real challenge…and it’s gross sounding!

  • Cliff, great podcast! I listened to it yesterday on Stitcher while on patrol. I didn’t mind your “rambling” one bit, as I think sometimes it’s good for us to simply get things out in order to process them. That said, in my previous career I was a custom home builder here in San Diego. Your downstairs area sods really great. Please talk to your builder about over insulating the ceiling/floor joists between the basement and the first floor. You want as little sound as possible being translated through the floor of your first level to where you are recording. You also may want to insulate your interior walls downstairs for the same purpose. Just a thought. Take care!

  • CoreyFineran  Thanks for sharing your feedback Corey.  I so glad to hear how the MDX-4600 has helped you.  Wish I had more to offer to suggest how to deal with it in video.   However, can’t you run your lavs through a condenser?

  • Rick Seigmund  Thanks Rick.  I have already made plans to do insulation of my ceiling and all basement interior walls.  I am even thinking about using some special SOUND BLOCK material on the the ceiling and for the interior walls.

  • CoreyFineran

    Cliff Ravenscraft I’ll have to try that.

  • Hi Cliff – just wanted to say how much I found this podcast helpful in processing the “season” I am in now. Have decided to go “all in” and leave the Christian ministry I have been working with for last 7 yrs and go on my own as business/public speaking coach, speaker and author. (Including starting a podcast) While I have reinvented my career many times over the few years, and know that He is guiding my path (as always, there is many steps of faith though) I am excited, but at the same time anxious. So I can resonate with what you were saying and know that even people who are extremely successful can feel the same way at time was reassuring. So pleased to hear you talking about your new house what an exciting adventure!

  • PeteBillingham  Thank you so much for the feedback Pete.  I am delighted to know that it resonated for you.  Congrats on making such a bold decision to step out in faith in this area.

    If you liked this episode, boy… Wait till the episode I record this week when I explain why i am shutting down a successful organization that has been consistently generating over $4,000 per month.  🙂

  • Cliff Ravenscraft I’m all ears!

  • Hi Cliff, Thanks for this podcast. It was great to find this was your latest episode after being told by my podcast editor that I was driving him mad with all my mouth noises and I had to fix it 🙂 I’ll definitely try all the tips tha Renee shared and see if it helps.

  • Jedha  Awesome. Thanks for the feedback.  Would love to hear if they helped.

  • Hi Cliff, this is something that I have had to work on and after 90 episodes I have if figured out! I use a condensor mic, so I do not have to be right on top of the mic and this helps with any of those mouth noises. Generally I keep the mic at about eye level so it does not pick up most of those noises. I am working on the breathing like you mentioned, sometimes I will take a longer then normal pause take that deep breath and edit that out in post. Thank youfor this podcast, this is a very helpful one. 


  • SteveSchaum  So glad you enjoyed the episode Steve. Thank you for taking the time to comment!

  • Cliff, I just wanted to let you know that your rambling kept me company for a great hike I enjoyed while listening! Also the tips on mouth noises where very helpful. Thanks!

  • sukofamily  Thank you for letting me know that you found my rambling valuable Caleb.  I appreciate the feedback so much.

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