Our new Workshop ventures into new territory, with a top rate and experienced teacher, Robin Green, and has an initial focus on those who wish to produce a podcast (likely a funny one).
Workshop Topics include:
- The recording environment and how to make best of it
- Avoiding common sound problems (some will surprise you)
- Jargon busting and explanation
- Overview of essential and ideal equipment (we are mindful that many productions will be made on a budget)
- Choosing an editing / recording system to best suit you
- Monitoring sound (by ear and with meters)
- Discussion of different microphones, best placement and techniques (a selection will be available on the day to try)
- Commonly used production tools (covering process and principles)
The limited number of "Early Bird" tickets cost for the day is £120 and available until May 6th at which time the price will increase to £150.
Lessons learned in this Workshop focus on general principles of sound production and be relevant to users of most recording or editing systems, they will go far beyond one specific purpose, the principles taught can be applied to microphone technique, recording sketches, live performances, interviews and more…..the focus being on spoken word format, (be it for live applications, podcast or video production).
Radio producers, journalists, short film makers, documentary makers would all benefit from the skills and knowledge shared. Nonetheless, we assume making a pro sounding podcast will, for most students, be the main interest in the first instance.
Know this, your content can be first rate but if it sounds awful then you will lose your audience. That’s a simple reality.
As an added extra after the main class has ended, students will be invited to join us for drinks in a nearby pub where additional questions may be asked in a more relaxed setting. Former BBC journalist, Alfie Noakes, will be present to offer advice on booking interviews and applying good interview techniques, should this be your interest.
The day covers much technical territory yet is delivered by a seasoned industry pro who will present matters in lay terms.
A major objective of the workshop is to to ensure that you can employ understandable and useable principles and processes to your audio projects.
Previous experience in sound recording is not a requirement at all, this Workshop is here to help you to hit the ground running and open the world of sound recording for you. With this said, those with some experience will benefit from learning on a more advanced level.
Demonstrations will be part of the day and will make use of Avid’s hugely successful “Protools” sound editing software, however any principles taught will be universal and can be replicated on many other software systems. (On application we can suggest several freeware and more professional systems to try out if you are interested in downloading one before the workshop).
In the period following the Workshop you will be given opportunity to contact the trainer and ask specific follow up questions, so if something new pops up and you need some help, then it is available.
Although not a requirement, please feel free to bring your own equipment along on the day to try out any processes for yourself. If so, please ensure that you are reasonably familiar with the basic operations of your software / hardware beforehand as we will not be able to provide system specific I.T support.
Please bring a pair of headphones with a ¼” (larger size) jack.