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PSY 2012 Podcast - Prof. Franco

Instructional resources for the PSY2012 courses taught by Nathalie Franco. These courses will create a 5-7 min podcasts over 7 weeks by working in groups of 3-4 students.

Recording Tips

Recording Tips

When recording your podcast it is important to consider the location of your recording and the placement of your mic. Recording in a quiet, large room will produce a better sound than a room with lots of hard surfaces. Try and choose a location with lot of materials that absorb and diffuse sounds (rooms with carpets and soft furniture).

Remember, it is better to record a good sounding podcast the first time around rather than trying fix the sound quality during the editing process.

Before you begin to record, perform a dry run or a sound check at the beginning of your recording session. Try to have each host repeat the same lines into the microphone and then listen back to your recording. Do you notice any plosives ("P-pops") or hyper-sibilant "S" sounds? Is the volume of your voice appropriate for the type of podcast you are producing? Are there any illicit background noises that can distract the audience?

Below is a link to Buzzsprout's Podcast 101 Blog. Review the section entitled "Record your first episode" for additional tips and pointers on recording a quality podcast episode.

Recording Software

Recording Software Options

For this class you will be provided with two different recording software options: Audacity and Anchor. Both options are free, but they each have their pro's and cons. Use the tutorials belows to familiarize yourself with both options before deciding as a group which option would work best for you. You will be expected to choose a software to record with and to know the basic functions of that software BEFORE you come to record on week 6.


Audacity is a free software available to download online:
Audacity is also available on the desktop computers within room 162 and 146 of the library (building 17). When you sign up for a recording time during week 6 you will have the option to use Audacity to record your podcast episode in room 146. You will also have class time during week 7 to use the software to edit your podcast. Use the tutorials below to familiarize yourself with Audacity before your recording session.

Anchor FM

Anchor is a recording application that you can access online from a desktop or download as an app on your phone. To access Anchor online go to this website: and sign up for a free account. To access Anchor from your mobile device or tablet search for “Anchor podcast” within your App Store or Google Play.
Anchor is unique because it allows you to record AND edit your podcast within the same app. It also comes with free transitions and music for you to use in your podcast. You can also upload pre-recorded audio into anchor and simply use anchor for editing. The tutorials below show you how to use the desktop version and the phone app.