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Podcasting article or mini-series?

PostPosted: Thu Jan 23, 2020 11:50 am
by Wonks
I notice that we've had a lot of forum queries about podcasting. SOS has this feature, https://www.soundonsound.com/techniques ... n-podcasts but it's from back in 2006 and things (and products) have moved on a bit from then. Maybe time for a new article or mini-series? Then it would be easy to direct people to the article(s).

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 23, 2020 12:00 pm
by Matt Houghton
I commissioned such a thing only yesterday...

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 23, 2020 12:19 pm
by Hugh Robjohns
Spooky! :lol:

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 23, 2020 12:31 pm
by blinddrew
We've just started doing these at work and they're going down really well, so if demand has reached the staid world of financial services it's clearly got a hold! :)

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 23, 2020 3:09 pm
by Wonks
Timely. Well done, Matt. :thumbup:

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 23, 2020 3:54 pm
by James Perrett
blinddrew wrote:We've just started doing these at work and they're going down really well, so if demand has reached the staid world of financial services it's clearly got a hold! :)

Lots of adverts for financial podcasts seem to pop up on my Twitter timeline. Some show the podcasting setup and some of these companies seem to have invested plenty of money in it. However, I did point out to one company that a cheap little mic in the middle of the table doesn't do much for their company image.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 23, 2020 5:48 pm
by blinddrew
We did an experiment for our first one and recorded the discussion three different ways simultaneously. We had an H4n in the middle of the table, a semi-decent omni in the middle of the table and then some cheap dynamics as close mics.
Given the untreated room and the noise of the air-con etc it's no surprise that the cheap close mics gave a far, far better result. So we went down that route.
I know another company went the other way and invested in treating some rooms at their office sites so they just stick a USB mic on the table and can get a decent recording that way.
I think they were planning to try a couple of mobile studios by proofing and treating a van (whatever the american equivalent of a box-back transit is), but I don't know how they got on with that.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 23, 2020 8:57 pm
by James Perrett
The most impressive picture that I saw had each contributor using what looked like an Audio Technica LDC on a boom arm. There were around half a dozen contributors.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 24, 2020 12:10 am
by blinddrew
That sounds a bit beyond my budget! :)

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 24, 2020 12:17 am
by Mike Senior
blinddrew wrote:That sounds a bit beyond my budget! :)

I know. Those boom arms are expensive.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 24, 2020 2:02 pm
by blinddrew
Mike Senior wrote:
blinddrew wrote:That sounds a bit beyond my budget! :)

I know. Those boom arms are expensive.

I'm glad someone has a grasp of the kind of budget I have to work within! ;)

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 24, 2020 2:16 pm
by Wonks
blinddrew wrote:
Mike Senior wrote:
blinddrew wrote:That sounds a bit beyond my budget! :)

I know. Those boom arms are expensive.

I'm glad someone has a grasp of the kind of budget I have to work within! ;)

You could hang them down from the ceiling on two bits of string held up by drawing pins. Or have I just given away your secret method?

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 24, 2020 5:55 pm
by blinddrew
Two bits of string is definitely phase II.
For now we just have one, slowly-unravelling bit of string; so we have to walk round in circles as the mic gently spins. At least we do that until the cable has coiled up, then we walk round the other way for a bit as it uncoils...

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 24, 2020 7:20 pm
by Wonks
The 'Rotoaural' sound technique. You read it here first, folks.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 24, 2020 7:22 pm
by ManFromGlass
isn’t that called exercise?
Is that allowed?
:mrgreen: