Here is a non-exhaustive list of things that helped me get started in audio/radio! I am still learning from all of these resources today and I wanted to put them in a place for other's to access. Let me know if you have something you think I should add to the list. 

WYNC Radio Rookies

  • Tool kit, videos, worksheets for teen audio makers

This American Life - Make Radio

  • Aggregate doc of radio resources

 

Transom

  • Has a huge archive of articles and how-tos 

  • HowSound is Transom’s podcast about making good radio

Audioplayground

  • Really fun prompts for short and creative audio pieces, a new one comes out everyweek

  • A really great resource if you aren't sure where to start and want a simple prompt to work from!

NPR Training

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Association of Independents in Radio (AIR)

  • Amazing resource for producers. Has a costs for membership but has a ton of free resources and events

Podcast Garage (Boston, DC, and vitrual)

  • They are doing a lot of virtual stuff right now like classes and events

  • They have a lot of free online events with really awesome audio makers 

Podcasts about making podcasts

 

Storytelling

 

Sound/Sound Design

  • Constellations: platform for sound design-rich audio with a lot of resources and amazing pieces to listen to

  • Let’s Learn About Waveforms: very basic, easy to understand basics of sound

  • Sound Basics: basics of EQ, compression, reverb, delay (short but pretty useful)

  • In the mix: Youtube channel with a ton of videos about mixing and sound design

 

Sounds and music

My Youtube Playlist

  • Some helpful videos mostly for sound editing

Recording and Editing

 

Digital Audio Workstations (DAW) aka editing softwares: 

  • Reaper: less expensive, open source, very malleable (I use this and really love it)

  • Pro Tools: expensive, but has a student discount, industry standard (what NPR and member stations use, I use this for school)

  • Hindenburg: used in a lot of journalism

  • Audition: Adobe’s editing software, a lot of student's get it for free

  • Audacity: Free and pretty simple

  • Garage band: free, simple, built into Macs

*The basic editing functions are pretty similar in each software! It’s more a matter of capacity and the extent of sound design you want to include

 

Editing videos/resources

*There are plenty of others online. There are also a ton of music specific editing resources that can translate to podcasting

 

Recording equipment

  • Your phone is great! Expensive equipment is not a necessity for excellent audio storytelling! But, if you are interested I've listed  equipment below

  • Standard field equipment: (Mic, recording device, headphone, windscreen, cables)

  • Standard studio (at home) recording: (Mic, mic stand, pre-amp, headphones, soundproofing)

  • Resources:

 

Recording with your phone

  • Recording during Covid: Scroll down to remote recording

  • Apps:

    • iPhone voice memos: built-in Iphone app, sounds pretty good! easy to use, mp3 files

      • This is how we recording most of the first and fourth episodes of Inherited!​

    • Google voice: people use it, I haven’t! I think it records phone calls and its free

    • AVR Pro: app for purchase, pretty good quality, can record mp3, wav, or m4A

    • TapeACall: yearly subscription, I use this to record phone calls, not great quality, but I have used clips from calls in final pieces, mp3 files

  • Methods: ways to get better sound on while using your phone!

    • Hold the phone as if you are speaking to someone (i.e. hold it up to your ear while speaking)

    • Speaking into corded earphones with a mic extension works okay as well, especially if you have a louder voice

    • Record in a very quiet room

      • Rooms with carpet and soft furniture is best

      • Recording under a blanket or in a closet also helps!

  • Video remote recording

    • Squadcast: Have heard good things and does local (each person talking recording)​

    • Zoom: can use to get face to face but wouldn't recommend using the audio

*non-exhaustive list, I will continue to add to it!

Email me at juliannabradley27@gmail.com if you have something for me to add to the list!