Gord and Dan sit down with Willard Bond, Strategic Coach's audio engineer, to talk about the evolution of sound design. You’ll hear tips for pre- and post-production, why ideas matter more than technology, and why you can't resist picturing a fox.
In This Episode:
- Audio used to be produced on reel-to-reel tape, edited with a razor blade, wax pencils and tape. It was insane.
- Dan did celebrity endorsement interviews for the advertising firm he worked with.
- The process of creating a podcast: Booking Dan and his guests, setting up the studio to make sure the tech is working, positioning Dan's microphone, and making sure the software will catch the recording—along with a backup recorder!
- Willard explains a few vocal exercises for relaxing your voice and giving it its best sound.
- Post-production tips, like making sure the volume levels are consistent across your podcast episodes.
- The internet has made the general tenor of audio recordings more conversational and less formal.
- Dan has deviated from the traditional audiobook because he finds word-for-word reading stressful and less interesting: people can tell when they're being read to and when they're actually being spoken to.
- There's something uniquely powerful about audio and the "theater of the mind" it creates.
- People will shut off poor-quality audio before they'll shut off bad video.
- Discussion of Peter Jackson's film-restored WWI documentary They Shall Not Grow Old, and the magic of adding lip-synched audio to archival video.
- With today's technology, it's easier than ever to put your ideas out there—but you still need to have ideas!
- Tech tip: Never take your listener out of the listening experience with noises, inconsistent audio, coughing, pets, etc.