How I Podcast: Articles of Interest’s Avery Trufelman

How I Podcast: Articles of Interest’s Avery Trufelman

The great thing about podcasting is that anybody can do it. It’s a uncommon medium that’s almost as simple to make as it’s to eat. And as such, no two individuals do it precisely the identical method. There are a wealth of {hardware} and software program options open to potential podcasters, so setups run the gamut from NPR studios to USB Skype rigs (the latter of which has grow to be a sort of default in the course of the present pandemic).

We’ve requested a few of our favourite podcast hosts and producers to focus on their workflows — the tools and software program they use to get the job accomplished. The listing thus far consists of:

First Draft and Track Changes’ Sarah Enni
RiYL distant podcasting version
Family Ghosts’ Sam Dingman
I’m Listening’s Anita Flores
Broken Record’s Justin Richmond
Criminal/This Is Love’s Lauren Spohrer
Jeffrey Cranor of Welcome to Night Vale
Jesse Thorn of Bullseye
Ben Lindbergh of Effectively Wild
My personal podcast, RiYL

A miniseries contained throughout the feed of the massively common 99% Invisible, Articles of Interest explores all kinds of subjects throughout the broader topic of garments. Now getting into its second season, the present has garnered optimistic press for creator Avery Trufelman’s capacity to weave advanced and intertwining tales, starting from punk to youngsters clothes.

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In precept, I’m not a gearhead. I believe individuals get discouraged from beginning to make work as a result of they don’t know what tools to put money into, and all of it is sort of intimidating. For the longest time, I used to be studying and educating myself radio with a Zoom H1n––I simply used the inner mic––and did interviews that I edited on GarageBand and Audacity. It completely did the trick. All the audio enhancing packages are dialects of the identical language, and I discovered that it was extra necessary to get a really feel for the best way to work with story, earlier than understanding the technicalities of command keys and mic placement. Those technical components are easy sufficient to know, however I’m nonetheless studying on a regular basis about the best way to craft a narrative.

I used to be actually gradual to improve my tools, however now I exploit a Rode NTG-2 shotgun mic and a Zoom H5 to collect all my scene tape. I all the time attempt to meet my topics in particular person, ideally of their residence or their workplace. I believe it places topics comfortable, after which we don’t have the time constraints that include studio reservations. I’m additionally an enormous fan of texture and room tone, and have a tendency to suppose that studios sound slightly sterile anyway! When I am going out “within the subject” I convey a spare Zoom H2n as a backup. Those recorders are so sturdy and reliable and I can’t inform you what number of instances I’ve dropped them. I like to make use of them if I have to make a backup recording, and in addition they’re very nice when you’re making an attempt to inconspicuously document ambiance or a scene, relatively than one particular person voice.

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Normally, to document narration, I’d go to the 99% Invisible workplace, in Beautiful Downtown Oakland, California, to make use of our whisper room with our extraordinarily pretty Neumann Condenser Mics. But now that we’re all sheltering-in-place, I’m additionally utilizing my lil Rode/H5n equipment to document my narration. And I simply do it in my closet. Which is ideal, since I make a present about garments. In some methods I get a kick out of this scrappy system, as a result of this was how we used to document narration after I first began at 99% Invisible as an intern seven years in the past. We simply used a shotgun mic in a closet. Punk as hell!

I believe it really works nicely sufficient, however then once more, I’m spoiled as a result of I get to work with one of many biggest engineers within the enterprise, Sharif Youssef. He by some means makes every part sound lovely after I hand him my Pro Tools periods stuffed with insanely mismatched tape. I’m actually appreciative of all of the work he does, and I most likely do not know the extent of all that goes on behind the scenes.

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How I Podcast Articles of Interest’s Avery Trufelman

The different factor is that COVID-19 got here proper as I used to be gearing as much as do all of the publicity stuff for Articles of Interest. So abruptly all my photoshoot plans had been swept off the desk. But I remembered that my literal neighbors, throughout the corridor from me in my constructing, are photographers. So we did a socially distant photoshoot on movie, and my neighbor Austin Hobart developed all the photographs in his rest room. I believe they got here out superbly. But my favourite picture is the one we took for an episode about knockoffs–– it’s a paper bag that I drew Louis Vuitton logos throughout myself.


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