User:Emilio/Recording a podcast

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About this skill
Keywords podcasting, audio, editing
Required hours 2
Self-assessment

This is a quick guide to recording a podcast using Zencastr and Audacity.

1
We developed a simple script with the main ideas and some of the concepts that would be discussed in the episode. This took us about 20 minutes of choosing ideas and gathering the notes to be used.
2
Podcast1.png
We recorded the podcast using Zencastr. One of the benefits of using a podcasting tool is the ability to record separate tracks, which is very helpful at times when we talk over each other or to correct our microphone volume separately, among other things. We made a couple of mistakes but it was a very swift process overall.
3
Both tracks were downloaded and edited using Audacity as separate tracks. For the 40 minutes of audio, it took around two hours of editing. Some of the things I did when editing (Emilio) were:
  1. Corrected the gain for each track to maintain a consistent volume overall.
  2. Tweaked the balance a little bit just to create a nice stereo effect.
  3. Removed clicks and pop sounds from each track and generated silence in sections where each of us wasn’t speaking.
  4. Edited out long pauses. In the original audio we would take our time to think of what to say, so that was cut out in order to have a cleaner listening experience.
4
Podcast2.png
We recorded the podcast using Zencastr. One of the benefits of using a podcasting tool is the ability to record separate tracks, which is very helpful at times when we talk over each other or to correct our microphone volume separately, among other things. We made a couple of mistakes but it was a very swift process overall.
5
Once we were (sort of) satisfied with the result, we exported the track as MP3.