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Podcasting

This guide offers information and links on how to start a podcast.

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PPLD Studios

PPLD provides free use of recording studio space at both Library 21c and Sand Creek Library.

To see additional information about PPLD's studios, learn more about free recording and editing software, or take free software classes with your PPLD library card on Lynda.com, click the links below:

Recording Tips

1. Location:

  • The quietest room available is best. Ambient noises and sounds detract from sound quality.

  • Avoid possible interruptions and distractions when recording.

  • Podcast episodes can be lengthy; consider the comfort of the host and guests.                                                                                                


     

2. Physical Setup

  • Microphones are (usually) highly directional. Avoid unwanted ambient noises by facing mics away from any problematic sound source such as a window, computer fan, appliance, or crack under a doorway.

  • Microphones are sensitive. If possible, avoid touching microphones or stands after the recording has started. Even a slight touch may be picked up in the recording.

  • Visibility: It is desirable for hosts and guests to be able to see each other clearly while recording. Remove clutter or equipment that impedes the eyeline.

  • One person should monitor the computer screen if possible to detect any problems that may occur while recording. Software can hiccup and completely halt a recording in mid-podcast. A problematic mic or cable may cause a voice to be picked up spottily or not at all.


     

3. Basic Multi-track Recording

When paired with an audio interface, Audacity and other similar software allow each microphone’s user to be recorded as an individual track inside the larger recording. This way, unwanted noise can be edited out without affecting another person who may have been speaking at the time.

Common tasks to improve sound and production quality after recording may include:

  • Trimming out silence from start and end.

  • Balancing volume between two tracks.

  • Equalization to remove hiss or hum.

  • Adding into/outro music or sounds.

All tracks created can be saved as a single project file. After the recording end editing phase, a project can be exported, which combines each track into a single audio file. There are various types of audio files that differ in size and resolution; each podcast hosting site will have required or suggested file types.

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