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11 September 2016 @ 04:00 pm
Hello all! I am an extremely new podficcer, and @blackestglass was kind enough to direct me this way. I'm wondering if there's a beta-listener community out there that my google-fu is failing to find, or if there is anyone here who might be interested in lending a critical ear.

I decided to start small with Pilot, a 2.1k crossover/fusion between OMG, Check Please! (gay hockey webcomic) and Welcome to Night Vale (creepy/weird/odd podcast about a small town with odd happenings a la Twin Peaks). I have a draft here, about 18 minutes of recording.

I'm planning on recording another draft so I can be in a room with less background humming, but before I do, I was hoping for some comments about, for example,
1) delivery/acting/timing
2) accent - the narrator is Eric Bittle, small Georgian baker and hockey player. I took on a mild Georgian/Southern USA accent, and I'm wondering if it's okay or too heavy handed, and I probably need to work harder on doing it consistently. Should I keep this accent or give up on it when re-recording?
3) anything else that popped out at you

Any help or directions to help would be greatly appreciated. :D Thank you for your time!
12 May 2016 @ 11:07 pm

Okay, so I started recording podfics a few years ago, and for most of that time I’ve used my iphone as a recording device. We all know that doesn’t result in the best sound quality, but it wasn’t horrible by any means and it worked just fine for me. Then I tried using my brother’s gaming headset with an attached mic and suddenly I had a much better and easier way to record my podfics. Now I’ve been inactive for a long time and I want to start making them again, but I no longer have access to a headset and I can’t go back to my iphone's sound quality. There’s just no way. So my question is - what type of recording equipment do you suggest I get? I was pretty comfortable with the headphone mic, but I know some podficcers use desktop microphones to record with some pretty good results. It might just be a preference thing, but I'd love some advice!

11 May 2016 @ 12:19 pm
I am not a 100% sure if this against this community's policy, so sorry if it is I will promptly remove it.
I enjoy podficcing but I despise editing. I can do it but its usually nothing for the best. I am searching for someone who would be able to work with me sporadically editing the podfics I create.
I will of course give you the credit you deserve.
I am on ao3 under saltyunicorn if you want to check out some of my work.
I am really hoping having an editor will keep me on track and finally get the Precious Trust verse going.
I use audacity to record.
29 March 2016 @ 10:15 pm

Audacity 2.0.5 on Mac OS X 10.10.5 has dropped 5 second audio chunks out of my files without any indication.

I can’t reproduce this with any reliability, other than to say it usually happens after 20+ minutes of recording.

This has happened in more than one file for me now. I’ve viewed the original source in both Audacity and GarageBand, and the data is definitely gone. There aren’t “holes” - it’s just as if I’d skipped over five seconds of text.

I’m moving all my production to GarageBand. It’s been a steep learning curve, but I’m working on an 8-hour podfic and there’s no way I can live with this level of unreliability. If you’re working on a longer project, I suggest you seriously consider the same thing. I’ve been using Audacity for years, but this is unacceptable.

If you've seen the same thing, or know what's going on there, I'd love to hear your input.

The only other thing I can think is that it's something I'm doing external to Audacity while recording -- perhaps a cloud-based incremental backup running in the background, but this seems very unlikely, and I close all other programs while I record. (I would run additional "experiments" with the backup program also closed, but I have no desire to torture myself further.)

Anyway, I just wanted to put that out there.

02 March 2016 @ 04:37 pm
I made a booboo and didn't put the title information at the beginning of this recording before I made automation edit (is that how you say it. I used the yellow dots and lines thing to edit the sound of the entire recording). How do I add in audio of the title information to the beginning without jacking up the volume changes (if I drag the track to the right, the volume levels stay in place, misaligning it all.

I'm tempted to export it as an MP3, then import it into Audacity, record the title info and go from there since I know a little more how to do it there. But I'd rather figure it out in GB if I can.

Is any of this making sense?
17 February 2016 @ 07:48 pm
This is the second part of a basic tutorial on podficcing in GarageBand. You can find Part 1 of the tutorial here.

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16 February 2016 @ 10:49 pm
@blackglass said she knew a newbie podficcer who was struggling to figure out GarageBand and could use a basic tutorial, so I thought I'd give it a try. Not that I'm an expert -- I'm sure I only know 1% of the potential features -- but I'll write up my process here, and please feel free to suggest better ways of doing things in the comments.

Step 1: Recording

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You can also find Part 2 here.
09 February 2016 @ 01:30 pm
I'm working on my first multi-chapter podfic and I'm wondering what the pros and cons of editing chapter by chapter vs. once the whole podfic has been read is. Any tips/cautions/etc?

I use Garageband and the edit as you go method for the actual reading but I have to go in after and reduce the volume on my ridiculously loud breaths at the end, and I'll be throwing in some effects on certain voices, etc. Is it better to do that chapter by chapter or at the end?

21 January 2016 @ 08:39 pm
This is a clueless, but brief question. I've finally started using Archive of Our Own and I've uploaded my Podfic.
Is there anything other than tagging the fics that I need to do to make it obvious it's a podfic?

Oh also, is there some way to PM an author on A03? I am unsure how to ask for permission to podfic over there except by leaving a comment and hoping they read it. How do people go about it over there?

And finally, is there a Sherlock BBC Podfic community anywhere? Or are people just using Amplificathon these days? I'm way out of the loop. Just looking to get back into this a bit.

21 January 2016 @ 10:16 am
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what i want to know is how you amazing folks deal with such mosters?
do you read from screen- do you have any tips for how to take notes on the screen pages? or should i still attempt to print it?
do you have any other advice for me on how to handly long fic?
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