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Category Archives: Audio

Remote video and audio strategies

Gathering good quality audio for your video stories Class, as you know, COVID-19 is limiting the range of our reporting to a certain degree. And when we are talking about video reporting/postcards, this could be rather problematic. I wanted to share with you a few ideas to produce video pieces remotely, even without direct contact […]

Using Audacity: kickstarter session

Since some of you won’t have access to the Adobe Suite, I’d like to offer you an alternative for audio editing: Audacity. With a few additions (a few of these extras can be found here) you will be able to edit compressed and non-compressed files in a relatively simple way. Here’s a 10-minute tutorial!

Adobe Audition: Three Videos to Hit the Ground Running

These three videos will help you get started with Adobe Audition, an intuitive and powerful non-linear, audio editing platform. In this first video you will learn how to find your files and bring them to Audition, the difference between the “Waveform” and the “Multitrack” windows, and destructive vs. non-destructive audio editing. In this second video […]

A Few Words of Wisdom, by Ira Glass

From our old friend Ira Glass, a few words of wisdom. You should never give up! Ira Glass on Storytelling from David Shiyang Liu on Vimeo. The audio is from this video by in which an unedited Glass talks at length about deadlines.   This following video is Glass on storytelling and structure of […]

Uploading Your Audio to SoundCloud

Here I created a mini tutorial on how to upload your audio stories to SoundCloud, which is very, very easy. In the second part of this video you can see how to create the embedding code to use the audio file in WordPress.  

On Ira Glass and Radio Lab

These two articles discuss some of the techniques and ideas that Ira Glass brought to the world of radio and some of the innovations that Glass himself can see in Radio Lab. Please check out the first piece on Glass, listen to the two first profiles posted by Glass, and discuss what makes these profiles […]

Tips to Produce a Good Radio Story

1. Make your script as clear as you possibly can. What is the story about? How would you tell the same story to your mother, brother or your best friend? 2. Use your own words. You don’t need to sound affected . Use the PRESENT TENSE. 3. Tape your story in interesting places for a nice […]

Radio Exercise

Please listen to these two pieces of radio journalism (A very lucky wind and The Bippolo Seed) and and answer the following questions: a- What are the structural elements in the story (narrator/interviewees/background sound/music) b- What element makes the story move forward? c- How does the reporter integrate his sources to the story? d- What are the […]

Working With Pro Tools: Creating a Radio Session, Importing Audio, Trimming, Fading and Crossfading

Here’s how I would suggest you create your first Pro Tools session to work on a radio project. Remember that for now we will not be using any effects but simple audio tracks.   And here you can see how to import an audio track to your Pro Tools session. This video shows you how […]

How to Use your Zoom H4N

I found these tutorials in Youtube that offer a step-by-step approach on how to better use your Zoom recorders. They were produced by If you go to ProAudioDVD’s, their Youtube channel, and search for “H4n” you will find several other videos that deal with different issues, from mic set up to multitrack recording.   This […]