How I podcast: Start With This/Welcome to Night Vale’s Jeffrey Cranor

How I podcast: Start With This/Welcome to Night Vale’s Jeffrey Cranor

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 beauty of podcasting is that anybody can do it. It’s an unusual medium that’s almost as simple to make as it is to consume. And as such, no 2 individuals do it precisely the very same way. There are a wealth of software and hardware solutions open up to prospective podcasters, so setups run the gamut from NPR studios to USB Skype rigs.

We’ve asked a few of our preferred podcast hosts and manufacturers to highlight their workflows– the equipment and software application they utilize to finish the job. The list up until now consists of:

Jesse Thorn of Bullseye


Ben Lindbergh of Successfully Wild


My own podcast, RiYL

Launched in 2012, Welcome to Night Vale rapidly turned into one of the most popular narrative podcasts in the medium’s history. Centered on the odd goings-on of a desert town, the series has generated its own mini-empire, consisting of trips, books and upcoming tv adjustment. Co-creators Jeffrey Cranor and Joseph Fink have actually likewise introduced a series of independent shows under the Night Vale Presents banner, consisting of Alice Isn’t Dead, The Orbiting Human Being Circus (of the Air) and I Just Listen To The Mountain Goats.

Their newest series, Start With This, is created to motivate writers, featuring conversations on approach and suggestions for getting the imaginative juices streaming. Each episode gives the listener composing tasks created to be shared through its membership online forum on Patreon

This week, on How I Podcast, Cranor shares his home and portable recording rigs.

In my home, I have a big closet I converted to a recording space. I did this by clearing out all of the scrap we had been storing there throughout the years and then holding up some acoustic foam. However I take a trip a lot for work, and I can’t always bring the closet with me to numerous Hampton Inns.

A couple years ago I bought a Tascam DR-40 portable recorder– best for loading on trips and getaways. The Tascam fixed most any issue I would run into podcast-wise while I was away from NY. The only products I ever truly needed to tape-record were quick monologues (advertisements, reveal introductions, credits, etc). So if a Bombas ad can be found in, I might just toss a blanket over my head to prevent hotel echo, and then tape the area on the Tascam, looking, I make sure, like the world’s least-spooky ghost.

This winter season, my composing partner Joseph Fink and I both wound up in Los Angeles for a couple of weeks. We likewise have a brand name brand-new podcast called Start With This, in which we talk to each other for half an hour about creativity and storytelling, and then give composing tasks to listeners.

So, I got a couple of Shure-48 s (less expensive than 58 s, and for talking just, just as excellent) and a Yamaha MG-06 Stereo Mixer. This was about $200 total, which was the most I have actually ever invested simultaneously on podcasting devices. The mixer’s light and easy to pack, and the Shure mics are rock strong.

At home I have an MXL 770 on an extendable arm and it’s excellent, however there’s something so physically liberating about having just a Shure mic on an XLR cable television. Recording these SWT episodes on the roadway using handhelds actually chilled out the feel of the discussions. I may really alter my set up when I return house to NY.

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