Intro to Podcasting

“How do I start a podcast?”

These videos are meant to give you some basics for podcasting. You do not have to watch the videos all the way through because there is some rambling and you may already know some of the things provided in these videos (use the skip button as you please).

These videos are simply a starting point for podcasting at the UVU review. Feel free to find other resources on podcasting and recording so that you can learn as much as you can and be able to do what you want/need to do. Audio students and YouTube are other great resources where you can learn the podcasting basics. 

Workflow, checklist, and questions

“What are the rules?”

Content todos

Question to frame your episode: 
Why is it important for someone to listen to your podcast?
What is the premise of your podcast?
How are you going to share your information?

Recording todos

  • Make sure everyone has access to a microphone
  • Plugin extra microphones if necessary
  • Open up your recording software and prep it for recording
  • Check levels
  • Turn the knobs on the interphase up
  • Try to keep it from getting into the red
  • Record enable tracks
  • Record when ready
  • Stop recording when finished
  • Upload to box for the editor

Editing Todos

  • Add intro, outros and music
  • Export and send to Mixer

Rules Regarding Recording Equipment

  • Do not turn on Phantom Power, ever. None of our current microphones need it. 
  • Do not try to force the mic stands (or anything). The boom/scissors stands are already flexible. If you want to change the angle of the microphone, make sure you loosen the knobs before you change the angle. 
  • If you are plugging in or unplugging a microphone, make sure that all levels (aka the volume/gain knobs) on the interphase are all the way down. 
  • If you are turning off or unplugging the interphase, make sure that all levels (aka the volume/gain knobs) on the interphase are all the way down.

Editing Todos

What is the format of this podcast?

  • Move things around according
  • Is it uncut? One take listen? (interviews)
  • Do I want to insert or reorder things? (Narrative) 

Cut out these swear words

    • Dick
    • Shit
    • Fuck
    • Bitch
    • Ass
    • Cunt
    • Bastard
    • and other variations (Check with Editor in Chief, Faculty Advisor, or Executive Podcast Producer)

Words that are okay

      • Hell
      • God
      • Damn

Mixing todos

  1. Does the audio sound good?
  2. Do some basic automation where needed (theme and music)
  3. Use a noise gate to get rid of noise bleed and unwanted sounds.
  4. Cut out stuff that the noise gate missed.
  5. Use EQ to make room for the voices and to get rid of low frequency noises on the microphones (handling noises, “p”s and “b”s, etc).
  6. Use compression on the microphones to keep audio levels more consistent and from getting too loud. 
  7. Use a limiter on the master track, to keep the audio from getting too loud.
  8. Upload and send to Poster

Record With Your Phone

“How do I get Audio?”

Microphone Etiquette

“How do I not mess up my Audio?”

Using Garageband as your Recording Software

“Why use GarageBand?”

A few corrections on this video: You can turn up the gain/volume knobs on the interface until it turns red. We want it in the green/yellow zone (it’s okay if the signal goes past the button) Direct Monitoring will also allow you to hear the input through your headphones. Direct Monitoring is the yellow button next to the record enable button. Sorry about the errors

Editing in Garagband

“How do I edit in Garageband?”

Export Tracks in Garageband

“How do I export in Garagband?”

Using Protools as Your Recording Software

“How do I use Protools?”

Update: Make sure you press the three on the number keypad when you are using the recording shortcut.

Export Tracks in Protools

“How do I export in Protools?”

Editing in Protools

“How do I edit in Protools?”

Noise Gating Basics

“How do I get good audio quality?”

Using the H4

Using the H5

Finding Files in the Recorder Memory

“Where are my files?”

Setting up Record on Your PC with Our Equipment

“How do I record on my computer?”

Before you are able to record on any device with the review’s equipment, you will need to download a driver.
  1. Click on the link to download driver (If you have a PC): https://www.musictribe.com/Categories/Behringer/Computer-Audio/Audio-Interfaces/UMC404HD/p/P0BK1/downloads  
  2. Extract the downloaded folder 
  3. Run the setup program from the extracted folder 
  4. Open up device manager from the control panel 
  5. Find the Behringer U-PHORIA UMC404HD device (either under sound or USB. It will have a yellow triangle next to it if the device is plugged in) and right click on it. 
  6. Choose Update Driver Software > Browse 
  7. Select the driver that you just downloaded by picking the location of where you downloaded the driver. 
You should now be able to use your computer as well as the program of your choice. You do not need to update/download the driver repeatedly once you have everything set up. 

Uploading and Using Anchor

“How do I publish my podcast?”