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Podfic Tips

Information and Advice for Podfic Artists

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Information and Advice for Podficcers and Podficcers-to-be
Welcome to podfic_tips! We're here to help people who are recording podfic - audio/mp3 versions of fan fiction stories - and making podfic into podbooks, and things like that. If you need help, or would like to offer help, you've come to the right place!

These are the sort of questions people might want to ask:
  • Help, I want to make a podfic recording and I don't know where to start!
  • What program do I need?
  • I want to buy a microphone, which one's best?
  • Where can I upload my podfics?
  • How should I talk to make a good recording?
  • What's the difference between a podfic and a podbook? How do I make a podbook?
  • How do I manage to read this story without dying of sheer embarassment and giggling?
  • I have a recording done, will somebody give me constructive criticism on it?
  • What should I do when I mess up a word? I don't want to record it all again, but it sounds dumb!
  • Can I edit the background noise out of my recording?
  • How do I put cover art on my recording?

... and anything else that you can think of, pretty much! The only dumb question is the one you don't ask.

We try to be very newbie friendly as well as useful for oldbies with technical queries like "Why doesn't this podcast feed validate?" and "What's the lowest sampling rate I can use without degrading the quality too much?" and so forth... everybody was a newbie once.


The community is for all podficcers regardless of the fandom/pairing/rating/etc. of the fic you work with. The community is marked as containing "adult concepts" but if you have a question that has explicit stuff in it, please mark the post as explicit to be safe.

Please don't use the community for announcing new podfic is available (we have lots of other communities for that), but if you want to post a pointer to your fic specifically to ask for constructive criticism that's OK.

Aside from that, please play nice with the others, and try to keep vaguely on topic.

Happy podficcing!

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