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 of podcasts are created using sophisticated audio-editing software and sound studios—resulting in podcasts that sound more produced and polished (if you can, why wouldn’t you?).
I would further argue that very little about the five-year-old medium of podcasting can be considered “tried and true” . . . and today I’m blazing the trail.
Beyond differentiating and adding production value, the effects used in “Dateline: RIT – The Podcast”—specifically the teletype to sound effect—contribute to an overarching “Dateline: RIT” identity connecting the podcast, e-newsletter and future Web site:
â€¢ “Dateline: RIT” name: Traditional newspaper dateline usage
â€¢ “Dateline: RIT” typeface (in the e-newsletter): Old newspaper style
â€¢ Content: Pulled from the pages of newspapers and other publications
â€¢ Actualities and teletype sound effect (in the podcast): “Breaking news” direct from the UNS newsroom (like a radio newscast)