Wednesday, 12 November 2008

Finding the right voice in podcasting

We have agonised over voice delivery for our podcasts, when right under our noses was a fabulous voice resource we had not tapped into: that of our WAAPA (Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts) Broadcasting students.

For our recent podcast on What is Endnote we wrote the script, and then a WAAPA student did the voice recording in their recording studio. We then took the WAV file and put it through Garage Band on the Macintosh Laptop and added our music and finished it off.

Reading another person's script is a particular skill. My advice would be read it through yourself so the language flows naturally. Then eliminate as many library jargony phrases you can before you hand it over to a voice expert. We spent time going over the script with their Broadcasting lecturer before we got it right.

The only problem for us now is our library voices have developed stage fright!

Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) is based at Edith Cowan University Mount Lawley Campus. They offer a number of performing arts streams including WAAPA Broadcasting

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