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Mixing and Sound Design for Podcasters

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The Notes Phase

Jim Briggs

Mixing and Sound Design for Podcasters

Jim Briggs

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Lesson Info

9. The Notes Phase

Lesson Info

The Notes Phase

I work with a team, and it's really important for our team to be in communication with one another. To have ways where even if we're not in the same room that we can comment. So we just give ourselves a little bit of a kind of back-up really, like Patrick needs to retract this. This is from one of my reporters. I've got this information that before my mix is done this has to be done. So this is kind of like a script notes phase. I will sometimes get audio notes here like okay there's a bad edit up cut. People just make a selection, comment in Google Drive and tag me. It really helps move things along pretty swiftly. I just expect that that's gonna be a stage in my mix. Or like this one, cut this. We had a show that at the eleventh hour ended up a little bit long. Podcasts it not such a problem but you might have cuts that make the show better regardless and that having some communication about what the priorities are is really good. These would be kinds of things that as we're edging t...

owards the final mix I'm looking at. And then what we do at Reveals, we have this kind of show mixing notes process. This looks like a lot of crazy but what the colors are all about is just here are the different people who are weighing in. We have them working in a suggestion mode so that we can decide if we're going to take their notes or not. That idea of who are all the people in the chain. The editor is the person at this point that I'm responding to and working through the changes and deciding what's important. I've had some sonically ambitious reporters who've given me way too many notes at too late of a stage so I try to work with them later. Okay, what can I do to either get the mix to you sooner in a stage where I can anticipate your needs there. Or like here these are just some sacrifices that we have to make based on when this came in. So this Show Mixing Notes doc is great. I get these little comments that I can look at. People make them in suggestion mode. It can be anything from music was kind of long here, my narration steps on his so I use my nudge command. I know easily what that means. And then cross them all out as I go. We also have this kind of folder hierarchy. In the online world I'm still doing the template in repetition. Every show kind of looks like this where we've got scripts, we've got show mixing note, I've got a rough mixes folder where I can upload and share and distribute to everybody and it's super useful.

Class Description

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.


Damian Drohan

Great instructor, knowledgeable and very clear in delivery. No jargon, all terminology explained and demonstrated. One minor niggle is that the course is really like a chapter of a larger course and it's a little too thin on content to really "stand on its own". Overall, a good course, well delivered but a little light on content

a Creativelive Student

Great course. Love the explanations accompanying the tutoring. FYI, the time stamp for class number eight is wrong. It's about nine-and-a-half minutes.