Reflection on podcast

Overall the podcast I created turned out to sound quite good. I managed to make it 8 minutes long and included a variety of different audio including a jingle, interview, vox pops, live recordings and a presenter speaking.

The sound quality of the audio for my podcast turned out well. The recording equipment I used were a Fostex recorder, Zoom recorder and a dictaphone. I would have preferred to go into the sound studio to record the presenting for the podcast so the sound quality was better. However, I just used the dictaphone and it sounds ok.

Podcast script

Hello you’re listening to Jam Sesh. Today is the 20th March.

(Jingle)

Coming up on the show I am going to be talking to a local technical metalcore band called Remenitions, who have just released their new EP ‘No Half Measures’. I’ll then play you some of their live tracks from yesterdays release show at O’Rileys.

(Interview)

(Live track)

Their EP release show was fantastic, the band were full of energy and they had great support from Mercury Killed Newton, Savour the Silence, Abandon the Night, Follow the Wolf and Lightspeed lover.

(Live track)

A lot of people turned up to show love and support for the band. I think the last time I went to O’Rileys to a gig it was practically empty. There was just like me, a few other people and the bands, it was weird. Anyway, here’s what some people had to say about Remenitions new material.

(Vox pops)

It’s really nice to hear people speaking so positively about Remenitions. When they first started out no one really liked them and they were the band that everyone wanted to avoid seeing when they were playing at a gig, but now I think they’re really good and they immensely progressed. Coming up next is one more final track from the show and tomorrow tune in the listen to The Colour Line talk about their upcoming tour.

(Live track)

(Jingle)

 

 

 

 

Editing audio

Adobe Audition seems like a fairly simple piece of software to use to edit audio.

The basic steps to edit audio are:

  • to remove background noise, highlight it. Then click effects, noise reduction,  and then capture noise print. Or you could press the shift key and ‘P’.
  • to remove parts you don’t want, highlight it and then press the backspace
  • for any Fostex recordings, go to edit. Then extract channels to mono files. By doing so, you will end up with a separate left and right channel.

 

Testing recorders

In the lesson we tested recorders with different microphones.

We used a Fostex and a Zoom. The microphones we used with them were a shotguns and lapels.

The Fostex picked up a lot of noise from the microphones moving. The recordings also only had a left channel because it recorded two outputs as if there were two microphones.

The Zoom recorder also picked up a lot of background noise because it recorded with both sides.

Due to all of the recordings with background noise, i’ve realised its important to pick the most appropriate polar/pickup patterns.

Overall, some of the recordings were really quiet and other were quite loud. Depending on how loud the people speaking are, I now know to always test the volumes of recordings before I start an interview.

Research into podcast structure

From listening to this podcast, you can see that there is a set structure that radio and podcast presenters follow.

Here, Nick Grimshaw:

  • talks about what is coming up next on the show
  • plays some music/audio related to the interviewee
  • plays the interview
  • reads out audiences comments to interviewee
  • plays some music
  • repeats what’s going to come up on the show
  • plays a track
  • sums up what he’s just talked about/announced

 

Microphones

Dynamic microphones have a coil inside them that allows audio to be captured.

The pro’s of dynamic microphones are:

  • High SPL tolerance
  • Rugged
  • Cheap
  • Does not require phantom power

The con’s are:

  • Poor high frequency response

Condenser/capacitor microphones differ because the pro’s for them are:

  • Good high frequency response. This means it will respond well to people’s voices.

The con’s are:

  • Fragile
  • Expensive
  • Requires phantom power

As a journalist, the best microphone for me to use would be a condenser. This would be the best because of its ability to pick up high frequencies and voices, which is what I am most likely to record. To me, it’s important to capture the best possible audio for the work I do.

*Phantom power is external power. For example, batteries.