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Resources for the Critical Reading, Writing, Speaking Series.

How A Pillow Fort Can Make Your Podcast Sound Better

Recording a Podcast from Home

Need help recording a podcast or an audio assignment for class? No worries--we can still strive for quality audio production at home and without expensive equipment. 

According to NPR's article, How To Keep Making Your Podcast ... Even If You're Stuck At Home, all you really need to do is the following: 

Step 1: Prepare!

  • Do the research (I suggest reaching out to our Reference Librarians if you need help here!) 
  • Write an outline (We got you covered there too--reach out to AEC for writing assistance!) 
  • Secure the devices (Circle back to the WeatherTech Innovation Center or Support Center!) 

Step 2: Exercise your vocal cords

The best vocal exercises, like lip trills and saying lines in funny voices, are easy to do at home! 

Step 3: Set up your studio

This might be the only step that is easier at home. In order to get the best sound quality, you want to have as few hard surfaces as possible. You can do this by building a pillow fort or throwing a blanket over your head. In your house, you have a lot more options for sound-proofing than in a classroom.

Step 5: Listen back and edit

Save your files down, plug in your headphones and start editing clips together! You can edit the audio on tons of different free desktop and mobile apps.

Step 6 (optional) : Make Music

Listen to Throughline host Ramtin Arablouei explain how he scores his podcast. Remember, you don't have to write a symphony; this can be as simple as clapping out a beat or drumming with spoons.