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ICM508 Module 2

Reading & Writing

7 Secrets of Getting Pro Sounding Vocals on Home Recordings

Before you even start recording everything you need to get in the zone. This goes for a lot of other things as well, because if you don’t feel comfortable or relaxed, you’re not going to have a good recording session. Speaking of good recording sessions, in order to get one, you’re going to want to be in the proper area. Now, not everyone has access to a professional recording studio, but there are simple tricks you can use to turn your bedroom into a makeshift one. For example, you can build a simple vocal booth using old blankets, curtains, mattresses and pillows.

            Once you’ve set up your studio, it’s time to set up for recording. Position your mic and pop filter in the right place. It should be facing your mouth. Adjust the mic’s distance from your mouth while you’re getting your mic levels, so you know the best place to have your mic.

            Now that you have everything all set up, it’s time to rehearse. You don’t just go and perform without rehearsing. You don’t go and play a sport without practicing. Whatever you’re recording, a song, a podcast, a poem, etc. you need to rehearse it. The more times you do so, the more confident you’ll feel. When you’ve finished recording, you’re going to edit your piece, but be careful with it. You want to focus on the performance, itself.

Sound Advice: Editing Audio for Video

Most times the sound comes second to the actual video. Today, we’re going to think about sound first and video second. Before we get into anything let’s talk about some terms. We have our A-Roll which is the primary footage in the video. Then we have the B-Roll which is the supplementary footage that may or may not be used in the video. B-Roll are filler pieces that reinforce the topic of your video and the words spoken by the on-camera talent.

            When everything has been collected and a rough edit has been created it’s time that we trim the video. The easiest way to do this is to use your editing software’s clipping tool. When you’re comfortable with your trimmed down version, listen to the whole video with your eyes closed. Try and pay attention to clumsy transitions, audio glitches, and consistent volume. If you find any mistakes and are unable to fix them, a quick and easy thing to do is to use music as a background sound under the video. This smooths all the rough edges and it will draw the listener’s attention away from your mistakes.

            A simple to remove even more mistakes that you think are glaring is to export just the audio and plop it into an audio editing application and edit it separately from the full sequence. When the audio has been edited in your audio editing software just drag it back into Premiere and mute the old audio tracks.

            Now that your audio is perfect and ready to export, it’s time to check the video. Make sure that all the clips and images make sense and they aren’t cutting and making the video choppy. A simple fix for something like that is to add a cross dissolve between two shots. Once you’re all finished don’t forget to fade to black.

Research to Inform

I’m a huge football fan and PFF is one of the leading sources for NFL and NCAA football analysis. Both speakers in the podcast know what they’re talking about and you can tell the amount of hours they’ve spent researching these topics. I really enjoy the video they have going on, on the TV in the background It has revolving images/videos of a football field. It definitely adds to the atmosphere of “football”, which works very well with this type of podcast.

This is the second time I’ve used the H3H3 podcast while talking about podcasts. I just think it’s such a strong example of what a great video podcast is like. Not only is it a comedy podcast, but Ethan Klein also gets fantastic interviews with multiple celebrities that many people would be interested in watching. The podcast also uses image clips and video clips to further show what they are discussing on the podcast.

This is the definition of a comedy podcast. I’m really drawn to this style of podcast, because it’s just a bunch of friends talking around a table telling stories and telling jokes. It’s got such a great human feel to it and you just have to smile, because we’ve all had conversations like this with our own friends.


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