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Chapter 7. Recording Your Podcast > Recording in the Field

Recording in the Field

One of the great things about podcasts is that they can carry programs created anywhere. With some simple tools and basic techniques, you can record a podcast as easily in the park or the local coffeehouse as in your studio. With a headset microphone plugged into your laptop computer’s sound card, the world is your studio! We have recorded simple podcasts in airports, on airplanes, in conferences rooms, and on the back porch. The real fun, though, comes when you want to take advantage of your remote location’s unique qualities, rather than merely creating a standard podcast from a non-standard location.

When you get out of the studio, you really begin to take your listeners to places they couldn’t go without your help. Rather than simply telling them about a street festival, you can let them walk along with you, hearing the sounds of the crowds and vendors and talking to the artists and neighborhood leaders who put the festival together. Instead of reading the names of the winners at the Friday night dirt-track races, you can take them into the stands to hear the roar of the engines and the thump of dirt clods landing around you—and you can ask people in the stands who they’re rooting for and why they come to the races every week.


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