Podcast Production Resources (How To)
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All-In-One Guides
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All-in-one guide to the basics of podasting.NPR onlineStarting Your Podcast: A Guide For Studentshttps://www.npr.org/2018/10/30/662070097/starting-your-podcast-a-guide-for-students#productionThey walk you through what tools you'll need, examples, scripting and interviewing tips.
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All-in-one DIY guide to the basics of radio productionRadio RookiesThe Radio Rookies DIY Toolkithttps://www.wnyc.org/shows/rookies/DIYToolkitGeared towards students and youth, this toolkit provides video shorts, production tips, worksheets and even a comic book on the basics of radio production.
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Podcasting 101 Video Tutorials with Google/PRXGoogle/PRXPodcasting 101https://googlecp.prx.org/Short video episodes that cover everything from "should I make a podcast?" to Interviewing and Recording, reaching your listeners and more.
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Radio Rookies Recording and Interview BasicsRadio RookiesQuick 2-pager of Best Practiceshttps://drive.google.com/file/d/1aym-am43_v7PSySxCcphzgCb8G__9EIX/view?usp=sharingA short and fun 2-page pdf with top tips and best practices for getting awesome audio!
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Podcast Planning
**also see spokenweb podcast creator's guide**
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Podcast Planning TemplateThe Learning NetworkPodcasting Planninghttps://static01.nyt.com/files/2018/learning/PodcastPlanningHandoutLN.pdfA Brainstorming Template to help further develop your format, genre and approach, as well as what audio clips you will need.
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Podcast Development Worksheet
Stacey Copeland (podcast proj. manager)"So you've got a podcast idea, what now?" a Podcast Pre-Production Worksheet by S.Copelandhttps://drive.google.com/file/d/1XenwpKmM05_VS4EtmL1-QY16W4GWlpQ_/view?usp=sharingA podcast pre-production and development excercise written for groupwork but can also be completed individually.
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Audio Recording
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Choosing Your Audio EquipmentTransomTools by Topichttps://transom.org/topics/tools/Articles from Transom on microphone comparisions, software, hardware and more.
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Radio Rookies Recording and Interview BasicsRadio RookiesQuick 2-pager of Best Practiceshttps://drive.google.com/file/d/1aym-am43_v7PSySxCcphzgCb8G__9EIX/view?usp=sharingA short and fun 2-page pdf with top tips and best practices for getting awesome audio!
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Recording at Home/OfficeNPR TrainingProfessional sound from a DIY studio: It can be done!https://training.npr.org/2020/03/31/professional-sound-from-a-diy-studio-it-can-be-done/A short article with tips on getting the best sound when you don't have access to a recording studio.
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Audio Recording Tips (podcast episode)Transom/HowSoundAvoiding Pesky Recording Problemshttps://transom.org/2017/avoiding-pesky-recording-problems/Short podcast chok full of tips to avoid the phrase "i'll fix it in post".
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Tips to Avoid Popping P'sTransomP-Pops And Other Plosiveshttps://transom.org/2016/p-pops-plosives/Useful tips to avoid big popping p's (plosive sounds) on your recordings.
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Interviewing
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Tips on Conducting Interviews (Video)CBC Doc ProjectInterviewers on interviewing: how to make great tapehttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o684HNR4F9UShort video with Andrew Norton and Sean Cole discuss interviewing tips and techniques.
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Tips on How to Talk to Strangers CBC Doc ProjectHow to talk to strangers: 5 tips on nailing impromptu, in-the-field interviewshttps://www.cbc.ca/radio/docproject/how-to-talk-to-strangers-5-tips-on-nailing-impromptu-in-the-field-interviews-1.4042436If you plan to do any street interviews or "vox pops" this is a great list of tips from CBC.
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Tips to Consider before Any InterviewTransomBefore the First Questionhttps://transom.org/2012/before-the-first-question/Rob Rosenthal provides a list of tips and tricks to incorporate into your routine before and during your audio interviews.
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Radio Rookies Recording and Interview BasicsRadio RookiesQuick 2-pager of Best Practiceshttps://drive.google.com/file/d/1aym-am43_v7PSySxCcphzgCb8G__9EIX/view?usp=sharingA short and fun 2-page pdf with top tips and best practices for getting awesome audio!
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Hindenburg / Audio Editing
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Hindenburg Support GuidesHindenburgStep by Step Guides to Hindenburghttps://hindenburg.com/support/guides?pid=1164&cid=1356&oid=Windows#HBCFind step by step reference to basic functions in Hindenburg here by selecting your operating system and function.
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Hindenburg Tutorial VideosHindenburgTutorialshttps://hindenburg.com/support/tutorialsShort step by step video tutorials to editing in Hindenburg. From basic to advanced functions.
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Hindenburg Feature ProfileTransomHindenburg Journalist Updatehttps://transom.org/2011/hindenburg-journalist-update/Article profiling some of the useful auto-levelling and voice profiler functions available in Hindenburg.
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Voice (performance + processing)
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Tips on Voice Performance (video)NPRThree tips for training your voice | NPR Traininghttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cSTqKi7Wuq4&feature=youtu.be9 min. video guide with tips on training your voice to sound its best on mic. Includes vocal excercises with a pro vocal coach to enhance your natural sound.
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Voice ProcessingTransomTweaking Levels - Voice processinghttps://transom.org/2004/tweaking-levels-voice-processing/Short Article by Transom on Voice processing with handy audio clip examples on Leveling, EQ, and Compression.
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Transcription
*check with your institution or lab as you may already have a transcription subscription or software available for use*
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Automatic/Live/Manual Transcription Options AvailableTranscribearTranscribear: Transcription redefinedhttps://transcribear.com/index.html#Automatic-TranscriptionTranscribear can be used to transcribe audio or videl files, automatically or manually. UK based. Cost is est. $5 per hour (CAD). Make sure to review Data Security in relation to your university and/or archive policies. https://transcribear.com/data-security.asp
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Automated Transcription platform with audio/video editing function via text editSonixTranscribing and editing audio and video is painful. Sonix makes it fast, simple, and affordable.https://sonix.ai/$10/hr pay as you go or monthly subscription automated/manual transcription platform with built in media editing feature. US based. Allows users to edit video and audio by editing text. Transcribe to multiple languages. Make sure to review Data Security in relation to your university and/or archive policies. https://sonix.ai/privacy
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Easy to use per minute automatic transcription service & AppTemiAudio to Text Automatic Transcription Service & Apphttps://www.temi.com/Straight forward automated transcription platform. No subscriptions required. $0.25/minute. Transcription quality depends on audio quality. Can edit your transcripts in platform. Also has a Temi App option. Make sure to review Data Security in relation to your university and/or archive policies. https://www.temi.com/privacy
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Podcast all about audio storytellingTransom/HowSoundHowSound Podcasthttps://transom.org/topics/howsound/Get inspired! and hear tips from audio producers on everything from story structure to binaural recording and more.
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Tips on Making 'Real' sounding audio storiesCBC RadioStorytelling through sound: making radio sound 'real'https://www.cbc.ca/radio/docproject/blog/storytelling-through-sound-making-radio-sound-real-1.3440137CBC's Storytelling through sound design article, focused on fictional storytelling but very applicable tips for any creator in any format looking to get more creative with sound.
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Crowd-Sourced Resource Suggestions
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Vocal WarmupsWikiHow!Tips I go back to time and time again for vocal warm ups before I go on mic.https://www.wikihow.com/Develop-a-%22Radio-Voice%22
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