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.

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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.