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The making of a podcast (part 2): Hardware

Having chosen (or, more accurately, settled for) Apple’s GarageBand as the software in which to edit our podcasts, I next needed to pick up some hardware: a microphone or two, mike stands, windscreens (or “pop filters”—the black foam covering the ends of microphones that screens out wind and filters letters that “pop,” such as Ps more »

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The making of a podcast (part 1): Software

Almost anyone can create a podcast simply by talking into an iPod or some other type of portable recording device and sharing it through iTunes. Producing a more professional sounding podcast, however, requires additional hardware and software. At University News, we chose an upgraded, but still modest, set-up that for now adequately serves our needs. more »

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Blazing a trail and the “Dateline: RIT” brand

I’ve written quite a bit about audio beds and sound effects in prior posts and comments. I’ll end with this prediction: More podcasters will increasingly utilize beds and sound effects. For listeners, they will help create what I described last time as ‘theater of the mind’ and mark a natural progression as a growing number more »

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The newsroom ‘soundtrack’

For those who still haven’t had enough about the sound-effect bed used in “Dateline: RIT – The Podcast,” read on. The background sound effect (the “bed”) is a newsroom teletype. Old timers like Bob, Paul, Kathy and me once worked in newsrooms where the sound of a teletype machine—often multiple teletype machines, with bells signaling more »

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Name that ‘swoosh’

Last time, I addressed, in general terms, the decision to use sound effects in “Dateline: RIT – The Podcast.” Now, a bit more on the choice of specific sound effects. The “swoosh” sounds surrounding the “On the campus” segment serve to set it apart from the “In the news” chapter. In the podcast prototype, swooshes more »

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Fun with sound effects

More from behind the scenes of “Dateline: RIT – The Podcast” . . . My headline might be misleading. Although sound effects can be fun, oftentimes less is more (similar to the use of adjectives and exclamation marks in writing). “Dry voice” recordings, though, can be rather bland. Depending on the circumstances, of course. Back more »

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