Episode 46: Meetup with Ryan Jackson and Chris Sikkenga

Chris Sikkenga and Ryan Jackson share their sound wisdom with Karen Unland under the watchful ears of Brandon Schatz. (Photo courtesy of Variant Edition.)

This week’s podcast features the audio from our meetup on how to get good sound, featuring multimedia photojournalist Ryan Jackson of Full Circle Visuals and podcaster and video editor Chris Sikkenga.

We gathered at Variant Edition Comics and Culture in June to learn more about why sound is so important, how to control the room to improve the conditions for recording, how to work the microphone to avoid common errors, how to monitor your sound along the way, and what, if anything, you can do after the fact to fix it up if you mess up.

The irony is not lost on me that the sound for this is not pristine, as it was recorded on a snowball mic on a table in a room with a lot of hard surfaces. And it occurred to me after re-listening to the recording that I still haven’t mastered their advice for good microphone technique. It’s not terrible, but there’s room for improvement. Do as they say, not as I do.

This episode is also available in iTunes, on Google Play, on SoundCloud or on Stitcher.

Be sure to follow Full Circle Visuals on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. And please listen to, subscribe to and rate Chris’s podcasts, Montreal Sauce and Film Frown.

Thanks again to Variant Edition for technical assistance, the room and a door prize; to NeWest Press for another door prize; and to CafeRista for delicious treats.

Our next meetup will be held at CafeRista (14213 103 Ave.) on Sunday, Sept. 18, at 1 pm. Save the date, and watch for details on the Edmonton Podcasting Meetup page.

soundmeetup2-cropHere is some of the gear that Chris brought along for show and tell:

A lot of that is next-level stuff. If you’re just looking for gear to get started, previous podcast meetup guest Justin Jackson recommends this setup:

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Musical credits: Beethoven’s Sonata No. 1 in F Minor, Op. 2 No. 1, played by Daniel Veesey, from freemusicarchive.com.

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