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Oral History + Podcasting: Podcasts

A collection of oral history and podcasting resources at Davidson.

Podcast Studio

Davidson has its own podcast studio located in the basement of Chambers next to the MakerSpace. The podcast studio is a soundproof room with 2 microphones set-up to record with audacity. Any member of the campus community can book time to use the studio to record a podcast. 

Best Podcasting Practices

Be realistic about time.

Creating a podcast can’t be done in 15 minutes. Prepping, researching, recording and editing can take a lot longer than you think.


Practice

Don’t try to get it right the first time. Do some short practice recordings to get a feel for pacing and editing.


Be prepared to edit

Don’t think you can do a one take podcast. Plan to edit heavily. If you go in knowing you don’t have to be perfect, you’ll be more relaxed during the recording. Remove pauses and “uhhs” and “umms” from your recording to make it cleaner. Don’t try and cut corners. Take your time and do it right.


Make sure you’re passionate about your topic.

Pick something you can talk about. This will make the podcast more interesting to the listener than if you’re trying to “just get it done”.


Go in with a plan.

Have an idea written down of what you want the podcast to be. Again, don’t try and wing it. Writing down ideas can take an hour to do but it could save you multiple hours on the editing side and it will make the podcast flow better.

Editing Basics in Audacity

Editing (Audacity Demo)

Audacity is a free open-source editing software that can be used to edit audio files. It is easy to learn and has good depth of features. Learn more with this article.

 

How to record

Selecting the right input/output

 

Basic editing

removing unwanted pauses and speech disfluencies.

 

Adding additional tracks

Importing additional audio from other sources

 

Mastering your volume

Getting consistent volume levels

 

Exporting your podcast

MP3 settings for exporting

Publishing a Podcast (broadly)

Publish to big three (Apple Podcast, Stitcher, Google Play)

Locate niche directories (i.e. ambient sound podcasts)

Publish to your personal website (Davidson Domains)

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