jacob l rice podcasting examples gear and process

Podcasting

With podcasts, I like to work more behind-the-scenes. Sound design and mixing are the things I like to do. I’ll tell you a bit more about how I worked on each project after the jump.

Ghostly Activities Podcast

Most of the podcasts I make come in 3 varieties: instructional; dramatic; and, interview. I’ll put the gear and where I source sound effects at the end.

Instructional Podcasts

The first example is an instructional podcast for Ghostly Activities. With this one, I wrote an outline for the material. Next, I recorded the static sound (like a foley artist) and inserted an actual ghost communication session at 11:45. The narration happened in my sound room, which I recorded with a Blue Yeti.

Dramatic Podcasts

For dramatic podcasts, I find the story to narrate. This example is from Ghostly Activities. Next, I hole up in the sound room to record it. After that, I source background music and sound effects. It all gets mixed in GarageBand, and I export a mp3.

Interview Podcasts

For interviews, I use Skype to contact guests and then broadcast it with Spreaker. In this case, it was a live interview with Nick Redfern, a paranormal author. Spreaker records a mp3 once we finish the show.

With other interviews, I use Skype with Ecamm Call Recorder or Zoom. These tools will put each guest on a separate track, so it’s easier to edit and mix. I use a Blue Yeti mic for interviews and broadcasting.

Gear & Asset Sources

Here’s a simple list of gear and sources I used to make my podcasts:

  • Sound Room: Converted walk-in closet with a lot of moving blankets and acoustic foam for sound dampening
  • Mics: Shure SM7B and Blue Yeti
  • Editing & Mixing: GarageBand
  • Background Music: MelodyLoops.com
  • Sound Effects: Soundsnap.com
  • Feature Images: Shutterstock.com or pics I take myself
  • Podcast host: Podbean.com
  • Interview Recording: Skype with Ecamm Call Recorder or Zoom
  • Broadcasting: Spreaker.com

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