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Podcasting 103: Recording Your Podcast

Last week was all about structure. This week, we’re finally hitting RECORD. And because our goal here is to give you the information you need to create a podcast from home during quarantine, we’re using a few specific and free resources.

THE INTERVIEW:

We are honored, blessed, ecstatic to be joined by the one and only Nicky Urban. Find her on Twitter @tweetsatoilets, download and subscribe to her podcast Comedy Girl Crush, and see her perform at The Pack Theater whenever that space reopens

  • Our interviewed guest this week (as played by Nicky) was Benjamin Franklin’s best friend Dick Saunders.

  • We broke our interview up into two segments:

  1. Basic Qs

  2. Rapid-fire True or False questions

Presenting: An Interview with Dick Saunders

TECH CORNER:

We highly recommend Zencastr and Audacity for your recording and editing basics. There are lots of features that are currently free during quarantine on Zencastr, and Audacity is open-source and always free.

  • Why we are recommending Zencastr for recording: Zencastr gives you two separate tracks; it temporarily records to your local hard drive (saving to guest computer and yours); the program doesn’t limit your time (Zoom only offers you 40 minutes for free); and the audio quality is slightly better.

  • HOWEVER, because we’re teaching this class over Zoom, we discovered that having Zoom and Zencastr open at the same time on our computer AND our guest's computer created a pretty bad echo. Podcasting is about figuring stuff like this out! We decided that you could follow us—Zencastr is better. For our purposes, we are going to use the audio grabbed from Zoom.

BUILDING ON LAST WEEK’S IDEA:

  • After we finished our interview with Benjamin Franklin’s BFF Dick Saunders, we realized that the file was never going to download with our Zoom meeting in progress. We decided to pick it up next week!

  • So next week we'll be putting all the pieces together: Exporting the files, running noise reduction, trimming the audio, and finding free music.


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