How I Podcast: Criminal/This Is Love’s Lauren Spohrer

How I Podcast: Criminal/This Is Love’s Lauren Spohrer

The beauty of podcasting is that anyone can do it. It’s a rare medium that’s nearly as easy to make as it is to consume. And as such, no two people do it exactly the same way. There are a wealth of hardware and software solutions open to potential podcasters, so setups run the gamut…

The appeal of podcasting is that anyone can do it. It’s an unusual medium that’s nearly as easy to make as it is to consume. And as such, no two individuals do it precisely the very same method. There are a wealth of software and hardware options open up to potential podcasters, so setups run the range from NPR studios to USB Skype rigs.

We have actually asked some of our favorite podcast hosts and producers to highlight their workflows– the equipment and software application they utilize to finish the job. The list up until now consists of:

Jeffrey Cranor of Welcome to Night Vale


Jesse Thorn of Bullseye


Ben Lindbergh of Efficiently Wild


My own podcast, RiYL

In the congested world of true-crime podcasts, Crook has actually handled to stick out, gathering the critical recognition of sources varying from The Atlantic to Entertainment Weekly. Launched in 2014 by Lauren Spohrer, Eric Mennel and host Phoebe Judge, the Chapel Hill-based series takes a deep and intricate dive into its subject, painting a rich picture of the case files it research studies.

On Valentine’s Day 2018, Spohrer, Judge and fellow Criminal manufacturer Nadia Wilson launched the first season of This Is Love, a series concentrated on “sacrifice, fixation, and the methods which we bet everything on each other.” Co-creator and co-producer Spohrer joins us to highlight the rig the group uses to collect recordings on the roadway.

We’re simply returning home from a whirlwind reporting journey for This Is Love. We were in Italy for 10 days and tape-recorded 8 stories, moving quickly by train and cars and truck through small towns. It was the most enthusiastic reporting trip we have actually done, and we were fortunate we satisfied such extraordinarily kind people and found Pocket Coffee.

We like to prepare for the worst-case circumstance, so we brought 3 tape-recording kits with us and each brought one (me, Phoebe, and Senior Producer Nadia Wilson). We equipped up on AA batteries at Costco prior to we left.

We tape-recorded the interviews with a Marantz PMD 661 recorder and an Audio Technica AT8035 microphone with a Rode handgun grip and a Rode WS7 Deluxe Wind Guard. We utilize Sony MDR-7506 earphones both for recording and for mixing. A great deal of the interviews were taped standing, one in a fish market prior to the sun came up. Phoebe constantly records herself and the visitor with the exact same mic. Italy is loud, and we didn’t combat that. We do plenty of interviews in pristinely silent studios. It was a good modification to let the world creep into the noise.

Back when we began Criminal, we taped Phoebe’s narrative with the Audio Technica AT8035 in my bedroom closet with a lot of blankets curtained over her head. Nowadays, we have a partnership with our regional NPR affiliate, North Carolina Public Radio, and we use their studio to record Phoebe’s narration for both This Is Love and Crook. They’ve got a Neumann TLM 103 microphone. We included a mic preamp (Great River ME-1NV) and a Stedman Proscreen PS101 The studio is set up to record into Adobe Audition. We submit those files to Dropbox, and then download them in the house to edit and blend in Pro Tools.

When we’re exploring, (we’re doing 16 live shows this fall, come see us!), we produce live programs with a program called Soundboard and a Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 USB Audio Interface.

Other tools: we pitch story concepts via email and Slack, utilize a shared Google Calendar to stay arranged and transcribe our raw tape with Trint. Scripts are written and fact-checked collaboratively using Google Docs. We blend in Pro Tools, and when we more than happy with a mix, we send sessions to Rob Byers, Michael Rafael and/or Johnny Vince Evans to be mastered.

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