That wet, sticky sound. 😖
You hear it every time they open their mouth to speak. The microphone picks it up so clearly that you lose track of what they are saying. It’s distracting. It’s gross. To me, it’s like nails on a chalkboard. These are professional podcast producers and radio hosts. Don’t they know it’s happening? Why don’t they do something about it?
Imagine my horror when I listened to one of my early podcast recordings and heard this sound coming from my own mouth! 😱
I spent weeks researching trying to figure out what caused this and how to fix it.
Believe it or not, that “wet” sound is actually caused by dry mouth. When your mouth doesn’t produce enough saliva, you actually end up with thicker residue that causes that sticky sound. It reminds me of the sound a glue stick makes as you raise it off of the paper.
It’s not as easy as drinking a glass of water before turning on the microphone. Drinking water at this moment actually makes it worse because your body gets the signal that your mouth is hydrated and it can slow the production of saliva even more.
Stay hydrated all day – Drinking plenty of water everyday will help with the production of saliva. Not only will this reduce mouth noise in your recordings, but will aid in other areas like protecting your mouth from bacteria leading to healthier teeth and gums.
Trick your mouth into producing more saliva – Sometimes you just have to give the system a jumpstart. Try these tricks:
Always keep a pack of gum with you and offer them a stick. Instead of telling them their mouth is making disgusting sounds that are getting picked up by the mic, tell them something like, it helps lubricate their mouth and relax their tongue and jaw for the interview. It’s true!
Leave your tips in the comments section below!