After deciding on the bed to be used on the podcast, I felt that I was able to go ahead and practice recording a few voice links and adding some music to the interim podcast.
Using a USB Microphone and a Pop Filter, I recorded some vocal links to sit within the podcast.
When recording the voice links and then playing them back, I realised that the USB microphone did not have the level of bass, treble and pickup that the more expensive externally powered microphones offered. To get around this for the practice, I added extra treble and bass to the recording, normalised the track, and also increased the decibel level of the recorded track. This offered a work around, however, compared to the powered microphones, there was still something missing from the recording. The best way I can describe it, is that the recording sounded tinny and hollow.
By recording voice links, I had to fade the bed to a level where it could still be heard, but didn’t drown out the sound of my voice. I did this by fading the bed to a level where it was suitably audible to be heard, but didn’t drown out the vocal.
Jingle and Intro
The image above shows in the final export a 23 second intro, which fades to the vocal introduction section of the podcast. By using the Fade Out option, this makes for a smooth transition from full volume bed, to a combination of reduced volume bed and vocal intro.
By using a combination of Bed, Vocal Link, and Outside Recording/Music Track, the interim podcast is complete, and it sounds very good, apart from the vocal quality of my microphone, but that can be overcome by using a powered mixer and a better condensing microphone.