Podcasting

9 years ago | MeiLin Miranda (Member)

Who does it? Anyone? I'm about to turn the History into a podiobook.

"An Intimate History of the Greater Kingdom"
http://www.meilinmiranda.com/

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  1. EJ Spurrell (Member)

    Posted 9 years ago

    I was thinking about doing the same for Children of the Halo for some time now. My voice is messed up from years of smoking, though, and my mic sucks. However, it's still something I'm putting on the list. :P

  2. Sora (Member)

    Posted 9 years ago

    I always wondered how they make those things so professional sounding. I always end up stuttering, catching a typo, or losing my spot.

  3. Ryan A. Span (Member)

    Posted 9 years ago

    I've been meaning to give it a go for Street but I simply don't have the cash to spend on a half-decent podcasting rig, nor the time to learn audio editing.

    Guess it'll have to wait until I can find someone to do the editing for me. :P

    Regards,
    Ryan

  4. Pete Tzinski (Member)

    Posted 9 years ago

    I've done some audio work with my stories before (I tried to find the place it's online, but failed horribly). I like reading my own fiction out loud. Really, equipment wise, all I use is a headset microphone, and then I take the laptop into the bathroom (good acoustics) and spread the pages out on the counter and read away.

    Although that might be audio readings and not podcasting. Er. I might be a bit hazy on the difference...

    (This summer, I gave Dunesteef Audio Magazine a story of mine and they did a very nice job of it. But I KNOW that's not podcasting.)

    I keep wanting to put together readings of God in the Machine, so that the episodes are available on peoples' MP3 players too. Since they're such loooong episodes, it seems reasonable if they could, you know, listen to it in the car on the way to work, or something. ONe of these days, I'll get the time for it. :)

  5. acetachyon (Member)

    Posted 9 years ago

    I've worked with a variety of audio drama groups as an actor. You might try audiodramatalk.com. It's a forum, mostly geared toward audio drama format but there may be some folks who can assist.

    KAT AND MOUSE, GUNS FOR HIRE When the going gets tough, the tough shoot back
  6. MeiLin Miranda (Member)

    Posted 9 years ago

    Podcasting is just the delivery method. I'm going to do a straightforward read of the book. I have years of radio experience, but Sora, the key is patience, practice and editing--both of the manuscript before you read it, and the recording after you read it. :)

    "An Intimate History of the Greater Kingdom"
    http://www.meilinmiranda.com/
  7. S.A. Hunter (Moderator)

    Posted 9 years ago

    MeiLin,

    You could try picking L. Lee Lowe's brain. She has done a podcast of Mortal Ghost. Here's the address to the podcast site: http://www.lleelowe.com/home/

  8. Alex McG (Member)

    Posted 9 years ago

    I played around with podcasting a little while back, after a few of my readers expressed interest in podcasts of CotF chapters. I only ended up posting one update podcast because my equipment is rather poor and that made editing too time-consuming to be worth it. I do plan on doing the chapters thus far at some point over then holidays or early in the new year, but it isn't a priority right now.

    I have also recently discovered the Kaltura interactive video player, which lets you record video straight to a blog with a webcam, or upload audio/video/image files and edit them in the player, front end or back end. It's a pretty fun tool, though it wouldn't be much use for podcasting fiction.
    That said, I do think it has real potential for posting readings of poetry (as well as general video casts), and plan on getting that together on my blog.

    You can find the stuff I've been doing with Kaltura at Built of Rag and Bone.

    Myth... Magic... Midterms...
    Children of the First
  9. Pete Tzinski (Member)

    Posted 9 years ago

    I guess because I don't have the time or finesse for the editing stuff, I treat audio stuff (podcasting or what-have-you) as if it were a live reading. You know? If there are weird sounds, and no clean-cuts and it's just me reading all through, well, imagine that it's recorded from a theater where I just read to a crowd fulla people.

    This thread got me interested enough, though, that when I'm done being sick (and FINALLY FINISH GitM episode 7...) and have some time over Christmas break, I want to put together GitM episode 1 as an audio story and give it out, just to see what people think.

    I think audio is great. Not least because it makes you read your story out loud. Few things will tell you faster what works and what doesn't than reading your stuff out loud.

  10. Kyt Dotson (Member)

    Posted 9 years ago

    I wish that I had the time and energy to do a podcast. As it were preparing two new webserials to round out my career is killing me. Although, I am thinking of getting a short video written up that dramatizes some work for Mill Avenue Vexations.

    No podcast -- but maybe I can do some sort of a YouTUBE short to help add more intrigue and fun to the whole experience of writing.

    http://www.blackhatmagick.com
    BLACK HAT MAGICK vol 2: TANGO & CACHE - Not your ordinary detective agency
  11. Alex McG (Member)

    Posted 9 years ago

    What would the video be? Animation? Actors? Still-picture storyboard barely-a-video?

    Myth... Magic... Midterms...
    Children of the First
  12. Kyt Dotson (Member)

    Posted 9 years ago

    Still-picture barely-a-video. My costs for artwork are already huge, animation would be impossible with my resources. However, voice actors I have plenty of (friends, and one in particular who loves voicing Vex for commercials and events) and I do have artwork.

    http://www.blackhatmagick.com
    BLACK HAT MAGICK vol 2: TANGO & CACHE - Not your ordinary detective agency
  13. adammaxwell (Member)

    Posted 9 years ago

    I have a podcast that it pretty successful (it even won an award last year!) which consists of me reading my short stories. I do one a month and I'm quite happy to have my brains picked over it if anyone has any questions.

    In a nutshell I started with what I had lying around (a boom mic stand and Shure SM58 vocal mic which were a throwback to me being in a band at uni) and plugged it into the laptop soundcard. The result was awful the main reason seemed to be bad laptop soundcard.

    lesson 1 - you need a half decent soundcard

    As I didn't have one I did have a plugin for my iPod that allowed recordings so I plugged the mic into that and recorded on there. Then I transferred it to the PC and using Audacity (which is free) I did a bit of editting and published it.

    This worked fine until I got to the point where I was getting 3000 downloads a month when I felt that I really needed to up my game and increase quality. After a lot of research I established that you don't necessarily need a wonderful soundcard if you get a vocal preamp and I also bought a condensor mic, shock mount and pop shield.

    This gave radio quality capabilities so last month the podcast was significantly better BUT I'm still not very good with the software and I'm thinking of getting Sony Soundforge and learning that.

    I felt that this month's podcast was really good quality (recording-wise) but I still have a lot to learn.

    hope this helps anyone thinking of podcasting
    Adam

    Incidentally you should check out the podcast and let me know what you think - oh and you can read my short stories there too if you like!

  14. Miladysa (Member)

    Posted 9 years ago

    @ adammaxwell - Just listened to 'I Almost Spanked A Monkey' - my very first podcast experience!

    Great story and the sound quality was excellent. The experience didn't surprise me though, there's all sorts of monkey business in the transport system these days. I blame Maggie Thatcher.

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