Work Experience

Work Experience – Journal Day 2

9:30 – 11:30

Sit in on finishing the initial mix of Glass Armonica program.

it now just needs 1 last interview, and then enters the final mixing process which takes a week or so.

11:30 – 12:20

Sit in on meeting planning technical practicalities for a radio play with a live audience.

An interesting point mentioned here is that when you’re recording audience sounds, it’s best to avoid putting the microphones too close to the edges of the stage, as the wide stereo image of the audience exaggerates any pocketed laughter – eg. where one side of the audience is laughing more than the other side.

Room areas (doors etc) are taped on the floor to ensure people enter and exit in the same places.

A lot of sound effects are left out live, and added in in post production.

They were discussion experimenting with staging – using lights and props that don’t create sound, though this is very much not the norm for radio plays.

13:30 – 15:00

Finished the Ed Byrne mix from yesterday.

15:00 – 16:30

Sit in on a meeting discussing concepts for a proposal of a series of BBC documentaries on WWI. I found it interesting to see how the system for proposing programs works, and how the smaller companies have to compete to get program slots.

16:30 – 17:15

Crit session/discussion about my Ed Byrne mix.

Apparently I did a much better job than they were expecting, so my mix will be broadcast! Woo!


Overall, I have enjoyed the experience, and have gained valuable knowledge on working within Sadie, as well as much better knowledge of how the broadcasting industry operates.

Friday, March 16th, 2012 PDAR, Stuff I've Done, Uni, Work Experience No Comments

Work Experience – Journal Day 1

9:30 – 13:30

I was thrown in at the deep end a bit because they’d been sent an urgent long program that needed changes implemented that morning, so couldn’t spare me much time until the afternoon.

LIVE BREIF: Edit Ed Byrnes interview of Ian Hislop

This required getting to grips with Sadie – Audio editing software. I picked up most of the techniques needed very quickly because the program was fairly simple as it was very streamlined for a specific set of tasks.

The trickiest – and as such, most interesting – part of this process was learning how to edit just voice. you have to be very careful otherwise the speech sounds unnatural where bits are cut out. Cutting on consonant sounds helps mask the cut. Ed Byrne was particularly tricky for this, as he consistently changes pitch gradually over the course of a sentence, making it extremely obvious if any of that sentence is removed.

I Roughly finished cutting the interview down from 25 minutes to around 10, though I didn’t quite manage to cut it down that low at this point.


14:15 – 15:00

Sat in on studio session recording Dame Evelyn Glennie reading a scripted part for a program on the glass armonica. I found it interesting to see how the technician made quick edits live, while recording – deleting all the silences and bad takes as he went along, and keeping all the other audio neatly together.

15:00 – 17:00

Sat in on recording voice actors for other parts in the glass armonica program. Interesting to see how all the acting parts were played by a very few people, the shorter/simpler parts played by people in-house, while the longer or harder parts used a professional voice actor.

We also started sorting the audio, loading in location clips and music that would be interspersed with the studio recordings.

Thursday, March 15th, 2012 PDAR, Stuff I've Done, Uni, Work Experience No Comments