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A Video Showing How To Record A Podcast In Reaper

Written by on August 22, 2020

Hi folks! I have made a quick video  about how to set about recording a podcast in Reaper. Below, you will find the video and then the transcript. However, if you are a host on Harrogate Community Radio then I will have given you a quick run through on how to use the software.

As a station, we have the licenses for Reaper and we have a number of AKG Lyra mics. There are videos about how to set up the hardware in the AKG mics HERE. But, here 👇  is my video full of instructions about how to record a podcast in Reaper using the AKG Lyra mic…

And, here is the transcript…👇  – please remember to save the Reaper file as you go along, so you do not lose any work.

“Welcome everyone – this is a tutorial for the hosts of Harrogate Community Radio. I am going to tell you how to record a show in Reaper.

The station has a copy of Reaper as well as some AKG Mics for the hosts to use. If you are using music in your show, you will need a copy of the music on your computer – Spotify is not a work around.

So, the first thing we need to do is open Reaper and connect the microphone. When you open Reaper you will find this screen [SEE VIDEO]. You will need to search for the preferences within Reaper to connect the microphone.

On a Mac – the preferences are within the REAPER menu item. On a Windows computer, the preferences are in the Options dropdown.

On the left hand column of your Preferences window, look for AUDO and then DEVICE. For the sake of this video – I am connecting one of the mics for the station. An AKG Lyra. Click APPLY and then click OKAY.

You will need to create a new track now that the microphone is connected. To do this head to TRACK » INSERT NEW TRACK.

The fiddly bit is remembering to enable RECORD ARM. That is this little red button in the track. [CLICK RECORD ARM]

Now you see we have the audio coming in from the mic [SEE VIDEO].

Then, it is a case of clicking on the RECORD BUTTON in the bottom left hand corner of your window. Now, you can go and record your link.

Once you have said your bit, press stop in your window, in the bottom left of the screen. This dialogue box pops up and you need to click SAVE ALL.

I would then use your mouse’s right button and click on the selected audio. Look for ITEM PROCESSING and in the pop out click on NORMALISE ITEMS. Now you can see the waveform better – this has brought the audio up to a decent level.

A handy tips is to deselect the SNAP TO button for when you are editing the audio. The Snap To button is the magnet in the top left of your screen. This gives greater accuracy.

As you see there is a bit of dead air in this recording. Move the mouse so that it looks like this and you will be able to drag and trim the audio.

Next, we need to import some music. I use iTunes to make the playlists for my shows. I would open up iTunes and drag and drop the music in to the Reaper window. Then you just need to position the music with the audio.

To move a piece of audio you just need to left click on your mouse and drag the nugget.”

Quick breather – you are doing well, champ. There is a break in the video here; keep your eyes peeled…

“Now then, [IN THE VIDEO] I have loaded up a previous recording of The Parish News – if I scroll out using my mouse wheel I can see the vocal track full of my links – labelled ANDY – and two tracks for my music files.

I try and not have too many tracks – limiting it to a track for the audio and a track or two for the music.

If I zoom in to the end of the show, you will see that there is a bit of an overlap because the song is over the two hour mark. The Parish News is a two hour radio show and I can’t have it over two hours.

So, I will re-enable SNAP TO – by clicking the magnet in the top left of the screen. This will mean that there is an accurate cut at the two-hour mark.

I will then use my left mouse button to place the Playhead at the two hour mark. I will then go to ITEM and click on SPLIT ITEMS AT CURSOR. This will enable a clean split at the two hour mark.

The excess can be deleted by highlighting it (or, making it go white by clicking on the nugget with your left mouse button) and pressing the delete key on your keyboard.

Then, we need to make a fade out of the audio or else it will end abruptly and jar. To do this you need to place your mouse cursor in the top right of the audio nugget so that there is a quarter of a circle symbol. Then you just drag to the left to where you want the fade out to start occurring.

It is similar with a fade in. But, with a ‘fade in’ for a piece of audio. But, with a fade in you would hover over the top left of the audio and drag to the right.

This method of fade in and fade out can be applied to tracks that have difficult endings, mid show.

“Then, we need to learn how to export the file as an MP3.

Head to FILE in your menu. Click on Render. There are two ways of going about this….

You will need to make the SOURCE as a the MASTER MIX. The Bounds for music shows are CUSTOM TIME RANGE – if you fill the hour. Then you type in the TIME BOUNDS – Start should be all the zeros and end will be however long your show is scheduled for – if you have filled the time with a song.

If you have a spoken word show then there is no way you can get it to bang on an hour – so select ENTIRE PROJECT in the bounds.

Working down, select your output directory and name the file.

The format should be MP3 and, importantly, the bitrate should be 320.

Click RENDER and send me the file.”

Note: here is a blog article about exporting a show as an MP3.

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So, watch the video and have a think about what issues you have with the set up – this is just the basics for the process of recording a show. Once you are used to recording the show then it does become easier. I am trying to help but it is a bit like riding a bike; you’ll scrape your knee to start off with but it will become easier. This video, to continue the metaphor, is a set of stabilisers for your Radio-bike.


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