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Start at the beginning...
Write down the key reasons why somebody should tune in to your podcast
Who's your audience?
What's the hook?
How are you going to tell the story?
Transitioning from writing for the page to writing for the spoken word….
“A microphone is like an ear. It doesn’t just hear your voice; it hears where you are.”
If you just need to record yourself there are a variety of apps and programs to do so.
If you plan to use a smartphone and a want higher quality recording than the default voice recording app may provide, there are third-party apps available, such as Voice Record Pro (Android and iOS) or Recorder (iOS only). Regardless of what app you choose to use (default or third-party), recording with a microphone headset (headphones//earbuds with mic) will improve the quality as you will be closer to the mic. If you do not have a headset for recording with your phone, place or prop up the device to your ear, rather than holding it out in front of you. This will give you better sound quality. When you're finished recording, export the file/s from the app and share it with yourself (via email, text message, Airdrop, whichever works for you) . Then import the audio file into your choice of editing software.
Every audio editing program will also let you record audio directly into it, though some are more complicated than others. For recording yourself, use some kind of microphone and headphones to ensure the best audio quality possible. Audacity is a free program for Macs and PCs that is very good for basic recording. Depending on your experience and project, you might also want to investigate programs like GarageBand (Mac only), Adobe Audition (Mac or PC), or Reaper (Mac or PC). While Adobe Audition requires a Creative Cloud subscription, Dartmouth Arts and Sciences students have free access to The Adobe Creative Cloud Suite - Dartmouth Access to Creative Cloud Suite
How to Sound Pretty Good on a Podcast: Useful Advice for Beginners
"Smile when you are speaking. I am loathe to tell anyone to smile. Unfortunately, human beings sound like absolute serial killers on audio if we don’t take some precautions. Smiling makes you sound nice. It just does. I’m sorry. In other news of annoying things you can do to sound better, try recording while standing up. This can make you sound more dynamic and help keep you focused. I hate it and it works.”
Your choice of editing program should be determined by the story of your project and the amount of editing you need to do to tell that story. Here are some rough guidelines to choosing the platform that would work best for your project:
Audacity (Mac and PC)
GarageBand (Mac only)
Adobe Audition (Mac and PC)
Please note that Reaper is a very similar program to Adobe Audition that has the same basic functionality and does not require a Creative Cloud subscription.
"...The mini-unit below walks students through the process of analyzing the techniques that make for good storytelling, interviewing and podcasting. The activities culminate in students producing their own original podcasts."
A collaborative database of creative-commons licensed sounds
BBC Sound Effects
The BBC’s collection now gives you access to a huge collection of sounds for different objects, locations, and actions.
Videvo Royalty Free Music
Browse by music category, mood, instrument, and more to find music for your media compositions.
Videvo Sound Effects
Browse a variety of categories such as 'Human' or 'Foley' to find sound effects that will enhance your media composition.
Browse a wide range of musical genres and download creative-commons licensed music
Free music for personal, educational, and commercial use
Artists contribute music under a Creative Commons license; listeners can remix and use the music in their projects
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