[identity profile] burnfor.livejournal.com
I will admit I was a procrastinating pinchhitter. Possibly one of the worst combinations. I was given my assignment at the beginning of November, and spent about a week figuring out what fic to pod - which wouldn't have happened if not for [livejournal.com profile] cathexys and [livejournal.com profile] general_jinjur. Thank you!

Because some of this really is tl;dr )

Or perhaps a quickie of Lessons Learned (or, Things That Went Wrong) )

ETA: Yes, I am late to the party.
[identity profile] podmod.livejournal.com
from [livejournal.com profile] rosekolodny
for [livejournal.com profile] dancinbutterfly

Conclusions by [livejournal.com profile] bexless
My Chemical Romance - Frank/Gerard
cover by [livejournal.com profile] rosekolodny

4:13:40
mp3 172.5 MB
m4b 120.7 MB


author's summary: Set in 2006. "Smokes," Mikey reads aloud. "Likes dogs in case ever get one. Likes rock music. Likes loud rock music. Is interesting. Does not hog bathroom." He looks at Frank over the top of his glasses. "Dude, it's like you're meant to be."
paraka: A baby wearing headphones and holding a mic (DW-Dr-*raised eyebrows*)
[personal profile] paraka
Wow, this was quite an experience for me. So far, the only podfics I've posted have been shorter ones. I've started large podfics, but I never seem to actually finished them.

As [livejournal.com profile] diurnal_lee said, as soon as I read that there was going to be a podfic exchange I went running downstairs yelling about how we had to sign up. [livejournal.com profile] kronos999 was taking a shower when we found out. But [livejournal.com profile] diurnal_lee and I waited, a giant ball of squee, and bombarded her. [livejournal.com profile] kronos999 doesn't even listen to podfic, but in our household, squee wins the day, so she agreed to sign up for a group one with us.

I learned a lot while working on this project (and even more reading other people's posts about their experiences). Probably the biggest things I got out of this, personally, were:

-[livejournal.com profile] kronos999 helped get me over my fear of Audacity (for all of my podfics I'd record in Audacity, export as a .wav file and then would edit them in Nero). She's not someone to do things by half measures, so even though she doesn't really care about podfic, once she signed up with us, she went out and read a bunch of tutorials and learned how to do fancy stuff, like canceling out background noise and showed me how.

-I kind of hate editing (that is not a new revelation), and I discovered that it's more worth my time to do a good recording then to try and fix things in editing. This lead me to reading everything at least twice. Once cold, without recording, and then another time while I record. Sometimes I'd have to redo parts when I went through to edit or would scrap an entire recording if something was off.

-Because we decided to break our group fic down into POV parts, I ended up having small sections per file instead of big long files, like I had previously done. This worked amazingly well for me. I found it a lot easier to edit like this. I would record a section, then right away I'd edit it.

This was helpful in a couple ways. First of all, it meant that my mistakes were still fresh in my mind, which sped up the editing. It also made the editing seem like less of a chore since I only had to do a small chunk at a time, and I wouldn't allow myself to record further until I had edited what I had already read, so there was the motivation of being able to read soon that got me working on it. It was also easier on my voice since I'd only record small sections at a time (generally between 5-15 minutes) and then I'd have a break.


Some things I stumbled around with:

-I have asthma, and the one time of the year that it always flares up, no matter what, is this time of the year. Also, if I get sick my asthma always acts up, turning even the smallest of colds into something that lingers for weeks. So of course, I caught a cold making me lose about a month of recording time.

-I should think really hard before signing up to read in certain fandoms/genres. It's all well and good to say that I read gen, and I do! I really do! However, I'm a helpless romantic, and want most of what I read to include romance, otherwise I find it kind of boring. All the gen fics that I've read and love are short. I cannot think of a single long gen fanfic that I've read. Ever. So searching out a long, gen fanfic was really, really hard. And in the end, I ended up getting recipients switched so I could use the long Torchwood fic that I had actually finished recording before podbang (and was able to use my month down with asthma to edit it).

-I am a hopeless procrastinator! The only reason why I got my parts done in time for the group to meet the deadline was because I used up my last two vacation days that last week in November to spend all day podfic'ing. :P

Still, I had a ton of fun doing this, and can't wait for next year's and to get podfic'ing in the meantime. I've already started a new project and [livejournal.com profile] diurnal_lee and I spent a couple hours talking about future projects we could do together. Yay! for podfic!
[identity profile] mific.livejournal.com
Yes, I'm hopelessly out of sync with everyone, but I'd heard about this "podbang" thing and finally realised there was a whole original amplificathon comm over here on LJ where the podbang action was (I was playing more on DW). One of the downsides of Dreamwidth vs LJ; twice as many comms to locate and follow. But the upside of course, is finding all the great new podbang podfics. Very excited. So thanks and congratulations to all the podbang readers, and to the mods! I'll be in, next year.
[identity profile] pennyplainknits.livejournal.com
Well, maybe 'love' is too strong a word...

I did two podbang recordings, one solo, one as one half of [livejournal.com profile] 7pennies. As I think [livejournal.com profile] countess7 is going to talk about that one, I'll mostly skip over that, and talk about recording Reparo instead. Some of this is taken from a post at my journal, so sorry if you're seeing it twice!

I was instantly thrilled with the idea of podbang, as I in many ways think of myself as a podficcer before I think of myself as a writer. I was all signed up, got my assigments for both podfics, and then found out that I would have to move house, right on the deadline for submission.

This, as you can imagine, was not ideal. It was an incredibly stressful time, and the only thing I could do was try and get my recordings done way before the deadline, so they could be submitted while I still had reliable internet. Oh, and did I mention I also started a new job? Yeah, my timing could have been better! I was coming home every night, throwing some food down ny neck, and recording or editing, in between bouts of packing and house hunting. Throughout, the mods were supportive and awesome, and made a stressful experience much less so.

The fic I chose to record was Reparo. It's an odd choice if you look at my fandoms, it's in a fandom I've never recorded in before, and one I'm not really active in: Harry Potter. It's a Harry/Draco fic. And it is looooong! 80 000 words, over 8 hours or recording.

But! I stumbled across amalin's fic, and was instantly captivated. I just love this fic, it fixes pretty my everything I hated about the end of Half Blood Prince, without subjecting Ginny to character assassination, with wonderful characterisation throughout, with a great plot, and great secondary characters. As soon as I read it, I knew I wanted to record it. And when Lian and Fleur came up as my recipients, I knew what I was going to do.

For some reason it came into my head to do voices for each character. I recorded samples of each character, and sent them to [livejournal.com profile] countess7, who assured me they didn't suck. Harry, as the POV character, has my voice. Ron's is a bit sloppier, he loses the ends of words. Hermione's has less of an edge, is softer, and she speaks faster. McGonagall has my attempt at a scottish burr. Neville, for some reason, is West Country. It just seemed to fit him. Draco was the hardest. I recorded the whole of the first chapter (in which he doesn't appear) without knowing what he sounded like. Then I remembered he is mentioned as drawling. So, in came the drawl, the swallowed 't' in the middle of 'Potter' and the elongated vowels. I had to rerecord some of Draco's lines because I'd used my natural short 'a' in path, bath, castle rather then Draco's 'Barth, parth, carstle'.

One thing I had not taken into account: the story makes me cry. A particular speech has me in tears every time. And, sure enough, when I recorded it, I cried. I left it in, as it seemed to add to the story, but it was very odd to be sitting there with my head mic on, tears running down my cheeks, and try to maintain the accent at the same time.

When recording, every time I made a mistake I would click my tongue, and carry on. In audacity these clicks became long lines, making it easier to do a quick first-edit run through and take out the major stuff, before doing a second edit.

I say quick. Editing is not quick. I hate it, at times it felt like it would never end. The ratio for me is about 4:1, that is, 4 hours editing. And there were a ton of tiny clicks, made by my head mic, that all had to be got rid off. By the time the rough cut was done I was seriously panicking that I wouldn't get it done in time, never mind get my second podbang done.

In stepped [livejournal.com profile] dodificus. "Send me the files and I'll beta" said she. "Awesome!" said I. "Oh, and it's Harry Potter." Cue wailing and gnashing of teeth as dodificus is dragged into a fandom she wanted no part of :)

Without dodificus, I'm not sure I would have finished. Having a beta made such a difference. I stopped fretting I'd missed stuff. I was getting feed back on stuff I just wasn't detached enough to notice. And dodie was endlessly encouraging, and that kept me going. I really don't think the benefits of having a beta for long podfics can be overstated. They are essential, as were my cheerleaders, [livejournal.com profile] countess7 and [livejournal.com profile] nicolasechs, who both put up with a lot of whining from me early on.

So, lessons learned?
1) if possible, arrange not to move house in the middle of things
2) pick a story you love. I really, really wanted to do a good job for my giftees anyway, but the intense love I had for the story made the recording (if not the editing) a pleasure
3) Buy a new mic. I love my head mic, and I find it very comfortable, but the mic clicks are so much effort to edit out.
4) Find a beta, love you beta, your beta is your friend.
[identity profile] suzumenoko.livejournal.com
It was really fun, first of all. It was great to have an excuse to spend a bit of time with a single story. It was also rewarding to have some access to the experience of creating some fan-work, since I don't write stories myself. I read fanfic; I also listen a lot to podcasts of various kinds and have made some of my own in work-related contexts, so the podbang proposal was very appealing. Best of all, though, was the thought that it was a gift--that was not only inspiring, but also helped to contain the otherwise limitless range of choice offered by the huge array of amazing fic available.

What I learned: that I loathe Garageband. It's a surprise--otherwise I'm an unshakeble devotee of the Cult of Mac, but I found Garageband--though pretty to look at--terrifically inefficient and frustrating. I recorded and edited all 4+ hours of my podfic with Garageband, and it consumed unnecessarily vast amounts of time in "mixdowns"--not such a big deal, maybe, when your podcasts are 10 minutes long but really dreary when they develop some length. Plus there's ultimately no way to correct variations in volume (at least none I was able to discover); what I ended up doing was putting the whole thing through something called "Levelator"  which settled things down a bit. I find I like Audacity better, although I note that some participants had serious problems with it and am interested in hearing more about that.

The nice thing Garageband offers is an easy way to create chapters, and attach artwork.

I also decided to stop fooling around with tiny lightweight microphones and get a proper one.

On the whole--I've had a great time. I'm grateful for people's comments (never got those before, nice!) and I'm looking forward to downloading and listening to other people's recordings. I recommend it to everyone.
[identity profile] diurnal-lee.livejournal.com
My experience of Podbang started with a very giggly morning at the Slashpad, when, drunk on the idea of oodles of new long podfic, and goaded on by a very excited [livejournal.com profile] paraka, I agreed to sign up for two. I'm a little fuzzy on how I came to that decision. I remember something about wanting to involve [livejournal.com profile] kronos999, and something about the inherently sublime math of doubling, and something about there being plenty of time before NaNoWriMo.

Ah, the naivete.

So then there was a whole lot of procrastination, a nasty and pernicious cold, a promotion complete with weird-ass shift work, and a day off during which freaking leaf blowers ran pretty much all day directly outside. In the end, I did both projects simultaneously with MLing for NaNo, and took several vacation days to make sure I got the recording done.

Stuff I learned:

- The mic on my MP3 player delivers better sound quality than my stick mic. I wound up recording all of Of Dice and Jen(sen) holding the player in one hand and my hard copy of the story in the other. I then uploaded the resulting WAV files to Audacity for editing.

(Why didn't I read from a screen, you ask? Because I hate the racket of the computer fan, leaf blowers, passing buses, passing airplanes--we live near an airport, on the flight path for small craft--refrigerators, furnaces, and clattering roommates. As a consequence, I recorded only when I was alone in the house, and paused for every passing vehicle, working appliance, turn of the page, etc.)

- I need to know more about Audacity than perusal of a few informal podfic tutorials can tell me. I need to allow, like, four times the length of the recording for editing I had to request an extension due to this miscalculation, and I still only managed a bare minimum of the editing I'd have liked to do.

- My mic really can't cope with shouting. Really. At all. And I need to allow further extra time to re-record the bits where I inevitably exceed the mic's capacity. And I apparently can't resist the urge to yell when the dialog requires it. This is weird, because I'm usually a quiet speaker.

- I need to edit each part soon after I record it, so that I don't waste time carefully editing a section that I later repeat in its entirety. And to take care of the aforementioned shouting issue.

- My mic mostly doesn't pick up the various appliance and vehicular noises that I so carefully waited out, but it does pick up paper crackling and clothing rustling sounds that I had no idea I was making. Live and learn.

- My reading has somehow magically improved by, like, a zillion times compared to my first pitiful attempt at podficcing a little over a year ago. I haven't practiced, so how could this be? [livejournal.com profile] paraka suggests that I've learned something through the sheer volume of podfic I've listened to in the intervening time. Three cheers for the power of osmosis!

- I can hear my canadian accent when I listen to my recorded voice, even though I'm deaf to it in everyone around me. How weird is that?

- I should avoid working on two large projects in the same fandom so close together, as I seem to have J-squared myself out for the time being.

In the end, I'm pleased to have recorded the story, because I love it. (How could I not? These Are My People.) I hope that [livejournal.com profile] countess7 and [livejournal.com profile] pennyplainknits enjoy it, and that through it a few more people discover the delights of [livejournal.com profile] epeeblade's stories. (She has an SF BDSM 'verse: how awesome is that?)

The group podfic was a different experience again. We all used the same recording equipment, thinking it'd help make our separate bits sound similar. I recorded my parts in two days, after I'd finished recording my solo, and they seemed to go much more smoothly than the longer parts of the other had. I did a quick-and-dirty edit, and handed them off to [livejournal.com profile] kronos999 two days before the deadline to polish and paste together with the rest.

It was kind of weird reading just those parts with the one character's POV. I'd only read the whole thing once, back when we got permission to record it, and I didn't have time there at the end to review the parts that I didn't have to read. So I was only getting, like, 1/3? 1/4? of the story. Sometimes the leaps in plot were a little disorienting.

But in the meantime, reading from Jensen's uniquely child-like (though not at all childISH) perspective was surprisingly delightful. I actually had to edit out a whole bunch of spontaneous interjections along the lines of, "Oh my god, he's so cute!"

I still don't know how the finished book sounds. I expect I'll get around to listening to it somewhere in the midst of gobbling up all the lovely long podfic we've produced.

Thank you so much to the podmod collective, to the other readers, to the authors and artists and betas and editors who've made it all possible. And extra thanks to my fellow Slashpad peoples for putting up with my whining, my procrastinating, and my noisy editing, for politely reminding me that, hey, that deadline is getting closer, for instigating, enabling, encouraging, and editing, for sharing equipment and space, and just generally being awesome. I wouldn't have done it without them.
[identity profile] podmod.livejournal.com
and that's podbang 2009! mostly! pretty much! everyone who submitted a recording should now have received a recording, or at least the beginning of one. :) we still have a lingering pinch hit that is being edited by a number of pinch hit editors, only one of whom is totally falling down on the job (cough*me*cough). it's an awesome recording, but will continue to remain a mystery for another couple of days. <3

profuse thanks to everyone who made this possible! particularly to:

[livejournal.com profile] superstitiousme, who came up with the idea and was then immediately assimilated by the podmod collective. her loss of individuality is our gain.

[livejournal.com profile] cybel, who has stepped up to correct a certain other podmod's lazy, lazy tagging, to gently point out her metadata screwups, and to get all contributions into the audiofic archive.

all of our incredible pinch hitters! including [livejournal.com profile] burnfor, [livejournal.com profile] cookiemom6067, [livejournal.com profile] cathexys, [livejournal.com profile] twtd, [livejournal.com profile] superstitiousme, and [livejournal.com profile] rosekolodny. they put in FAR more than they got out, and did it under pressure, while podmod cried on their shoulders and asked if they were done yet, constantly.

all of the people who contributed artwork (often with almost no turnaround time) and helped to solicit artwork! your name is legion and you are fearless.

all of the people who tried and didn't make it. you put in huge amounts of effort but lost the spotlight. :( we will all keep an eye open for your work in the future!

all of the commenters! it is so nice to see podfic getting comments, and to see you coming back after listening to give *feedback*! thank you for letting our participants know their work is appreciated.


i would like to give stats, here, as stats are impressive! hours of recording, number of words, number of participants! but i am played out. if someone wants to gather and post any or all of those numbers, that would be awesome. or comment with them! i want to know! but not as much as i want to sleep, right now. :p
[identity profile] podmod.livejournal.com
from [livejournal.com profile] myriad69
for [livejournal.com profile] suzumenoko

this recording is a work-in-progress! the remainder will follow.

Videotape and Photography by [livejournal.com profile] cesperanza
the sentinel - jim/blair
cover will be added when we're ready for an m4b. :)

35:35 (so far!)
mp3 31 MB
[identity profile] podmod.livejournal.com
from [livejournal.com profile] kinseyx
for [livejournal.com profile] lunate8

that which is broken by [livejournal.com profile] friendshipper
sga - gen
cover by [livejournal.com profile] superstitiousme

5:56:46
mp3 243.2 MB
m4b 150.4 MB


author's note: Following the events of "Trinity", Teyla has a plan to repair the rift in her team ... but it may come at a terrible cost.
[identity profile] cookiemom6067.livejournal.com
My reflections and comments turned out to be lengthy (but I hope entertaining) - they are here at my LJ.

Thanks:
I want to thank the author of the Woobie 'Verse, [livejournal.com profile] elayna88 . She had given up on me, I believe, but she was enthused when she found out I had finally gotten my act together and recorded her stories. I discovered when I read  "Woobie" that she is the creative genius behind a LOT of my favorite McShep fics. Do yourself a favor and check out her site.

I want to thank, from the bottom of my heart, the person that read for me (and, as it turned out, the person that I was reading for!), [livejournal.com profile] gblvr.   I haven’t even heard it yet (gonna do so while I clean house and wrap presents this evening - can't WAIT!), but I know I will love it and I appreciate all the work and love that went into it - THANK YOU (((((((hug)))))))) and Merry Christmas (or other winter holiday of your choice).

Thanks to SueN, who gave prompt and enthusiastic permission to record her fabulous fic, "In for A Peso, In For a Pound". The prose was so clean and elegant, it practically read itself. I wish I had had a little more time to redo a few things and add some sound effects. I feel the lack of horse sounds and gun shots VERY KEENLY. Hey - check out all of her great fic at her site.

And thank you, [livejournal.com profile] nikojen, for introducing me to Chris, Buck, Vin, Ezra, JD, Josiah, and Nathan.

I want to thank the mods. Getting my two contributions out the door has been a challenge, and I can’t even imagine the challenge you all undertook to promote, organize, encourage, administrate, track, assemble, and post all the stories from this challenge. I hope it will not be the last one. Thanks for providing the perfect impetus for me to get off my duff and get busy. Count on me in the future!

Luv 'n Hugs
cookiemom6067

[identity profile] podmod.livejournal.com
from [livejournal.com profile] burnfor
for [livejournal.com profile] parisindy

Long Road Home by [livejournal.com profile] friendshipper
SGA - gen
cover by [livejournal.com profile] cybel

2:37:18
mp3 143.6 MB
m4b 73.9 MB


author's summary: AU. You can run to the ends of the Earth, but you can't escape from yourself. An illegal immigrant, an emotionally and physically damaged veteran, and a border patrol agent who hates his job ... maybe they were destined to be friends in any universe.
[identity profile] podmod.livejournal.com
from [livejournal.com profile] margarks
for [livejournal.com profile] kinseyx

Andy by [livejournal.com profile] xanthelj
NCIS - Gibbs/DiNozzo
cover by bluespirit

4:13:24
mp3 231.6 MB
m4b 118.8 MB


author's summary: When Tony receives some bad news, it forces him and Gibbs to face the consequences of a time long past.
[identity profile] podmod.livejournal.com
from [livejournal.com profile] anatsuno
for [livejournal.com profile] margarks

the magical number seven (plus or minus two) by [livejournal.com profile] general_jinjur
sga - gen
cover by [livejournal.com profile] saldemonium

6:14:31
mp3 256.1 MB
m4b 172.5 MB


author's summary: This is a treatise on the nature of identity, and the interrelation of legitimacy and memory. Which is to say, it's mostly about John Sheppard, and how he found his way home. Also, there's a high body count, and Kraft Dinner is an exotic delicacy.

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