Podcast – Assignment Reflection

Over this assignment I was able to be creative and put my personality into a final product. I really thought that been able to develop and create a podcast was a really interesting task and made me more aware of the importance of sound quality and the technologies that can help you to manipulate and change a piece of work. this could help to make it much more interesting.

Things that I found difficult, was the accessibility of getting out and about to an event. This meant the task was limited to what i could actually produce. I am trying to get funding for a racing chair to help me with my dreams of potentially getting to a competitive standard. This is the key to my podcast. I hired talent to do the presenting as i would be required to do a interview.

Another thing i found challenging was the jingle element of the task. Just wasn’t sure where to take it or how to produce it to a high quality.

To improve the overall product, I would have more varietions of content so that I had more to choose from later when editing. Also managed the sound levels better so that it was more consistent.

What i enjoyed was the fact that we was immersed into using new softwares that are industry standard.

My podcast turned out well. I managed to get within 10% of the time length required. I am fairly pleased as I chopped lots of silent pauses out. Some of the sound quality wasn’t perfect due to pops, crackles and background noise.

For this assignment I used a Zoom H2N dictaphone and another dictaphone. The sound quality would have been more professional if I was able to use a quieter location like the sound studios. Unfortunately, the only times I could have done the interviews the sound studios were either closed or in use by other sessions going on.

I managed to include mandatory elements on the brief. Including a jingle, introduction, interviews.

Sound – How to create a Jingle

There are many ways of creating a Jingle. Firstly, by using a royalty free sound track that already exists. This means by law the person is clear from breaching copyright. There are to different forms of copyright.

Intellegent – This is where the artist has legal ownership to there work. Both to their Compositions and lyrics.

Mechanical – This is where the record label have some of the copyright ownerships, when artists record at there studios.

The other way of creating a Jingle is to use ProTools and use instruments to create a beat.

I personally prefer the first way as it is easier and it matches then tone of the Podcast i am trying to capture. This also is the preferred way if time is running out.

Sound – Reflection on cleaning the raw footage

There are many different software’s that I can use when cleaning up the audio files. For instance, Audacity, Adobe Audition and Pro Tools. The brief requires us to use industry standard sound editing software’s. Pro Tools is the one specified, so this is the one I will use for this project. I have used the software before and it is fairly simple to use.

To start with I import the sound track into Pro Tools and made sure that both channels are open.

I then used the left track to edit on. When listening to the track back, I found parts that I wasn’t required the use. I highlighted the sections and pressed the back space. This deleted the sections.

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To make the sound bites level I used effects to make all the content a similar loudness. Got rid of most digital noise and bad sounds. I used effects like graphic equaliser (20 band). When on this I deleted all the sound below 180 H. I then used the compression effect to level all the sound out. By using the effects helps to maximise the quality of what we hear and help to make the product reflect a more professional standard.

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Background on Zoom H2N

For my assignment, I have chosen to use the Zoom H2N dictaphone for my sound. This is because earlier in the semester we were given a workshop where we all tried out different technologies that capture sound.

3 that we trailed out 

  • Edirol
  • Fostex
  • Zoom

I chose the Zoom as it definitely gave the best quality of sound when practicing and it is very portable and small. The Zoom H2 features a built-in W-XY stereo microphone with five mic capsules, allowing front cardioid (90°), rear cardioid (120°) and 360° polar patterns. The result is brilliant stereo recording with natural depth and accurate imaging. A 3.5mm headphone jack is provided for you to monitor the recording.The Zoom H2n features ‘Mid-Side recording’ – this combines a uni-directional Mid mic that captures sound directly in front of you and a bi-directional Side mic that captures sound from your left and right. By increasing or decreasing the level of the Side mic, you can control the width of the stereo field, which gives you incredible flexibility over your recordings. If you record in RAW mode, you can even adjust the stereo width after recording.

 

websites looked at

http://www.soundonsound.com/sos/mar12/articles/zoom-h2n.htm

http://www.eglobalcentral.co.uk/zoom-h2n-handy-recorder.html

https://www.justflutes.com/zoom-h2-handy-digital-recorder-product1334517.html

Sound Production Schedule

Week 1 – Introduction to brief and discussions on potential ideas

Week 2 – Brainstormed Ideas more in-depth and narrowed the possible ones down. Contacted relevant people and asked them for an interview or to arrange when to help out. Arranged dates and times to meet up.

Week 3 – Prepared interview questions and a script for the Podcast. Also looked at sound equipment to decide which was the most suitable for the task.

Week 4 – Conducted Interview with Interviewee and Got talent to record their part in the project

Week 5-  Looked for appropriate royalty free music and edited a Jingle together and started to edit the sound tracks in Adobe Audition.

Week 6 –  Carried on editing sound tracks in Adobe Audition. This helped to make the quality better and cleaner.

Week 7 – Creating Jingle and Background sound tracks (place all content in running order on Pro Tools) Place all of the sound files together on a timeline.

Week 8 – made sure everything is on the timeline in ProTools and that it is alright and export the finished podcast to a WAV file.

Sound Equipment, Techniques and Stratagies

Sound Equipment 

For my assignment, I will be using the Zoom Microphone to capture the sound bites required. I have had practice runs with the fostex and other sound equipments. However, strongly feel that the zoom captures the best sound quality. The Zoom microphone has a lot of pros to using it such as:

  • Portable – smaller then some sound equipments
  • long battery life
  • Capability for high quality professional recordings
  • Can record 2 separate sound waves (good for interviews)

As I am in a wheelchair it also has the advantages of me using the Zoom as it can be difficult carrying around equipment.

Techniques and Stratages

To make sure I get the best sound. when conducting the interviews i want to place the microphone closer to the interviewee. This is crucial as the interviewee is the most important person. They may not be able to redo the interview again or in the time frames required. Making sure that the sound is clear and not hitting the highest points on the microphone as this can make the sound rubbish and overloads the microphone. The interviewer can be dubbed back in at a later date if needed. The location needs to be quiet and where people wont disturb. For instance, In the sound studios or a quiet room.

Rough draft of my script for my Podcast

The Wheelie Good Show script

Danielle Hayes. Welcome to the ‘wheelie good show’, where you get the latest updates on the disability sports scene in your area. Today we have special guests Chelsea Martin and her advertiser Sally Gilbert.

It’s Tuesday morning and we have a lot in store for you stay tuned ….

JINGLE

Danielle Hayes. Chelsea and Sally are here to discuss ‘Chelsea’s dreams of Paralympic stardom and what she has to do in order to be given the very best of chance to succeed.’

I’m here joined with Chelsea Martin. Hello

Chelsea. Hello thank you for having me

Danielle. Can you please tell us a bit about yourself?

Chelsea. Yeah sure. Hi my name is Chelsea Martin, I am currently studying to get my degree at Hull school art and design. This year, I am trying to gain sponsorships and donations to help me get the required sporting equipment needed to give me a chance to train at a completive level and hopefully get to the standard where I can compete at the Paralympic games 2020. I’ve always been into sports taking part in wheelchair rugby for Hull FC and wheelchair basketball.

Danielle. How much are you trying to raise

Chelsea. Around 6 thousand pounds to start with but it will be a continuous project over the upcoming years hopefully. As I get more advanced in my discipline the more chance of me needing other things.

Danielle. That is a big dream. Just going to a short break be right back. Stay tuned in ….

Interlude ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

Danielle. I want to introduce our second guest to the show Sally Gilbert who is a health and finance manager and a champion of eskimosoup in Hull.

Danielle. Hello sally it’s a pleasure to have you on the show.

Sally. Responds

Danielle. So, how do you know Chelsea and why did she approach you?

Sally. ……………………………………………………….

Danielle. What have you got instore and planned for Chelsea’s project?

Sally. ……………………………………………………….

Danielle. How long do you think it will take to raise the amount required and will viewers be able to see how much is been raised regularly?

Sally. ……………………………………………………….

Danielle. How can we get involved? (sponsor or donate)

Sally. ……………………………………………………….

Danielle. That’s very interesting, you at home get involved and help someone in your local area achieve their dreams

If you are an aspiring disabled athlete and want the chance to get your story heard. Contact us on #wheeliegoodshow or follow @chelseasparke1 to get advice. Thank you to the guests for been here today and thank you to all of you at home for staying tuned and we will be right back next week at the same time with more news. Bye for now.

Close Jingle

 

 

Sound – Timeline and Timings

Show Outline

Here’s is my idea for my show timings

– Show intro monologue (who you are, what you’re going to talk about): 20 seconds

– Intro music jingle (if I was to make a sequence of shows I would repeat for each show so listeners identify the jingle with your show): 15 seconds

I want to create a pastiche jingle – this is a tune that sounds like another but is a way to get around copyright issue. I really need to find an upbeat, sporty and catchy tune which I could adapt. My first thoughts was to use Birdy wings. It’s catchy and inspiring to say the least.

– Topic 1 – Interview: 3.15

– Topic 2: Interlude (music or break): 10 seconds

– Topic 3:  Interview: 3.15

– Closing remarks (thank audience, thank guests, and talk about the next show): 20 seconds

– Closing music jingle (suggest same as Intro music jingle): 20 seconds

 

This structure is a rough outline to what my pod-cast will actually be.  It follows mandatory elements that we have to have in our piece and the timing or it runs approximately 8 mins long

Reflection on Adobe Audition

Working with Adobe Audition.

When working with sound it is imperative to listen to what you’re recording If not you won’t notice the problems until you listen and it could be the thing that makes or breaks a product outcome.

When practicing with different mics there were different issues identified when listening to the audio back. The types of problems consisted of holding mic problems like movements, tapping on the mics and in general lack of practice. This can be avoided with more practice. Also noise problems were noticed as noise can be anything from wind, traffic, room noise etc. If an area is busy or noisy it may be best to find somewhere else when filming sound. This will help to create better high standards sounds. However, if this is an issue to find a different area there are noise reduction techniques on different editing software’s. For my project I will be using adobe audition/ Pro tools.

What to do if the interviewer is louder than the interviewee?

Can record separately using this software. Making sure the output that is capturing the interviewee is the most important as I may not get a second chance to record what is needed. Also waste time and could result I a bad product. I can dub myself later on and merge the tracks in editing.

As a journalist there are things I need to consider and look out for. Such as:

  • The signal to noise ration – look out for handling noise and background noise.
  • Stereo and mono. Need to know the difference. Important to understand the software.
  • Find a bit of space (background noise) – highlight, effects – noise reduction – capture noise – print.
  • Always wait for 20 secs before beginning to record. This is then your noise print.

Process to cleaning up a file/track

Firstly, open the software and go to file import – then select the files required

When the correct file is selected make sure that both channels on the track are open. To do this go to edit – extract channels – to mono files. Once do manipulate the left channel.

The to start manipulating there are many things you can do to clean up a track’

Highlight the parts of the track that are irrelevant or useless to the final product and delete

If a piece of sound is really loud. Select the track and go to effects and select the option normalise this will make all the track similar in volume

If a file is done by a Fostex mic then it is important to extract channels to mono files.

If a piece of sound is too quiet select the track go to effects and select the option amplitude.

Once the track sounds that of a high standard then it is important that you export the file. Save as a WAV file.