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.
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.
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.
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