Claudia has no formal training in the art of recording but has been teaching herself some of the ins and outs of how to pay attention to what an episode sounds like. She was originally the host of the Beyond Canada Podcast, a podcast that explored the contributions of international research at Queen's university, where she received some rudimentary introductions to how to use Reaper and record in a studio. When she started The Animal Turn Podcast, and there was a looming pandemic, she had to quickly learn how to record from a distance.
She continues to learn...
Here are some of the details of how she records and what instruments and software she uses:
Recording Platform: Zencastr
Editing Platform: Reaper
Hosting Platform: Buzzsprout
Microphone: Originally the H2N and now the BlueYeti
Headphones: Philips SHP1900
Other: Popfilters, pillows, and blankets
"I have learnt a great deal about sound in the process of making this podcast. Good sound is really difficult to attain and in almost every episode I make mistakes. There are so many sounds you don't think about in your day to day - the bing of a phone, the vibration of a fan - when you record these are amplified and distracting. Not to mention the difficulty with regulating how soft or loud voices are and how to blend music and speech. I think this podcast will also be a project of learning about sound for me, and of - hopefully - constant improvement ”
Claudia recording one of her first episodes for The Animal Turn in what she calls her 'Blanket Fort Studios'