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1st Edition

The Podcaster's Audio Guide

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ISBN 9780367495534
December 30, 2021 Forthcoming by Focal Press
224 Pages 84 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The Podcaster's Audio Guide is a concise introduction to simple sound engineering techniques for podcasters. This digestible guide explains the basics of audio engineering, from equipment, to recording, editing, mixing and publishing. Suitable for beginners from all backgrounds, including students and hobbyists, as well as professional content producers looking to experiment with podcasts, The Podcaster's Audio Guide is the perfect resource with cheat sheets, starting set-ups and a comprehensive jargon buster.

Table of Contents

List of Figures

  1. Introduction
    1. Welcome to podcasting properly
    2. Stuff you need to know first

  2. Equipment
    1. Introduction to equipment
    2. Microphones
    3. Field recording and handhelds
    4. Preamps, audio interfaces and outboard gear
    5. Your computer
    6. Software
    7. Headphones and speakers
    8. Other bits and pieces that are important
    9. Equipment Checklist

  3. Recording
    1. Introduction to recording
    2. Turn any space into a studio
    3. Microphone technique
    4. Hit Record
    5. Field Recordings
    6. Studio Etiquette: How not to break your stuff or your staff
    7. Remote recording and double enders
    8. Exercise: remote recording, Part 1
    9. Quick start guide

  4. Editing
    1. Introduction to editing
    2. Where to start
    3. Editing speech, naturally
    4. Fades and automation
    5. Using field effects and archive audio
    6. Tips to get you out of a difficult cut
    7. Exercise: remote recording, Part 2

  5. Mixing
    1. Introduction to mixing
    2. Basics: pan, gain, volume
    3. Loudness and levels
    4. Compression and other dynamic control
    5. EQ and clarity
    6. Noise reduction and how to clean up bad audio
    7. Reverb
    8. Mastering
    9. Exercise: remote recording, part 3

  6. Publishing
    1. Introduction to publishing
    2. File formats
    3. What is an RSS feed?
    4. Where and how to submit a podcast for publication

  7. Jargon Buster


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Jay Cockburn is a sound engineer, podcast producer and journalist. He worked for the BBC in London for eight years before moving to Toronto, where he produces podcasts for big brands like Canada's biggest newspaper The Globe and Mail, HSBC and the Toronto Maple Leafs. He is also lead producer on Darts and Letters, a podcast about radical thought and progressive ideas.