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Expert Podcasting Practices For Dummies® by Terra, Evo, Morris, Tee

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Chapter 15. Multiplicity: Recording Multiple Takes

In This Practice

  • Getting the benefits of multiple takes

  • Recording segments efficiently

  • Rising to the demands of multiple takes

A little bit of editing goes a long, long way in podcasting. It's debated that once editing and post‐production occur, the podcast really isn't a podcast. It's no longer that spontaneous, impulsive slice‐of‐life captured in audio, and nothing different from what you'll find in radio, television, or other mainstream media.

Why can't podcasting meet those standards?

Spontaneity, impulsiveness, and the “Fireside Chat” nature of podcasting can still be there; but depending on the project, you may need (or want) multiple takes to choose from. Sure, it's going to demand more work from you, and it will also test your editing skills, but the end result may be that your modest podcast turns the heads of industry pros and broadcast veterans.

Challenge yourself — see what your creativity can yield.

Multiple Takes: Variety Is the Spice of Life (And Podcasting)

We truly admire one‐take podcasting (see Practice 14) — that incredible (and somewhat daunting) ability to hit Record and create a podcast. It really does take a fair amount of bravery, skill, and just plain chutzpah to pull off a podcast like that. In many instances — interviews, symposiums, seminars, and speaker panels, you name it — you're given no other option; you have to capture the audio as it's happening.

Some audio projects, though — training sessions, dramatizations, ...

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