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Audio Project (Podcast) Production Guide

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Eric Johnson
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Audio Project Guide

 





 

This guide will walk you through making a project using spoken word audio. Many of these projects could be called a 'podcast.' A podcast, more specifically, is a series of digital audio files, often focused on a particular topic or theme, that is posted on the Internet for you to download and listen. This guide will walk you through the steps of creating your own podcast (or audio production) from planning to publishing.

Overview

1

Brainstorm a name, topic and format
 
  • Consider what is the premise, who is the audience, what is the format of your podcast?
  • Plan the specifics of each episode

2

Prepare interview questions or audio script

 
  • If you're interviewing a guest, research them and decide on at least 15 questions to ask
  • If the podcast is narrative, draft an audio script

3

Assemble your equipment

 
  • Borrow equipment from The Workshop - equipment is loaned for three days, with one renewal, for a total of six days
  • Or attend an orientation to be able to use the audio studio

4

Record all original audio
 
  • Record your interviews or the body of your audio script
  • Then record your intros and outros and any transitions between segments

5

Record or download additional assets
 
  • Find properly licensed music to set the mood of your audio project
  • Use sound effects to add aural texture

6

Edit audio
 
  • Use Reaper or Adobe Audition to edit together all of your media
  • Use Lynda.com to learn a new audio editing program

7

Upload podcast to Soundcloud or other hosting platform
 
  • Soundcloud is a free platform for hosting audio files
  • Most professional podcasts use paid platforms, like Libsyn
  • Try to get your podcast on iTunes for a wider listener base

8

Promote your project
 
  • Make a website, twitter, etc for your podcast
  • Ask people who listen to write reviews