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Mixing and Sound Design for Podcasters

with Jim Briggs

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  •   01 Class Introduction

  •   02 The Mix and how to Build It


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About The Class

Demystify the Art of Mixing and Understand Each Stage of the Process

To be successful at podcasting, you’ve got to have a solid understanding of the mixing process and sound design. But even experienced producers can feel overwhelmed by the intricacies of mixing and the cornucopia of tools available to them.

Taught by Jim Briggs, lead sound designer and engineer for “Reveal,” this course covers all of the basic elements of a mix from top to bottom. Students will become conversant in the language of mixing, understand the workflow and various stages of the mixing process, and be ready to explore different mix tools so they can practice on their own.

In this class, you’ll learn how to:

  • Approach equalization sculpting and compression packaging.
  • Mix artfully and think musically about your finished product.
  • Deal with all of the tools and avoid option anxiety.
  • Know what your anchor is and how to build a mix.
  • Work with studio voices to achieve consistency, continuity, and quality.
  • Work with field voices, ambient sounds, and other tapes.
  • Perform fades and crossfades.
  • Utilize music so it adds depth to your podcast.

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Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    Class Introduction

  2. 02

    The Mix and how to Build It

  3. 03

    Working With Studio Voices

  4. 04

    Working with Field Voices and Tape

  5. 05

    What to Look Out for with Archival Tape

  6. 06

    A Quick Voice Editing Toolkit

  7. 07

    Sculpting Sounds: EQ Basics

  8. 08

    Taming Your Levels: Compression Basics

  9. 09

    The Notes Phase

  10. 10

    The Mix is a Relative Thing


Meet Your Expert

Jim Briggs

Jim Briggs III is the lead sound designer and engineer for Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting and PRX.

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