Masterclasses & Short Courses
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Push yourself and your podcast to new limits with expert-led monthly masterclasses covering the breadth of the audio and podcasting industry.Access our Masterclass library from just £9.99 per month.
The Beginners Guide to Editing with Audacity
Now, editing your podcast can seem like a very daunting task. The software can look quite complicated, and the jargon can seem overwhelming. But once you have conquered the first few tools and effects, there will be no turning back, and your podcast will sound elevated and brilliant!
In this Masterclass, Adders and guest host Rosie Mcleod will be covering:
- Where to download Audacity
- Navigating the main user interface
- Recording and importing audio
- The different effects you can use to alter and change your audio
About your Instructor: George ” Adders” Ofori-Addo
Adders is an award-winning producer who’s produced audio content for BBC 1Xtra, BBC 5live, Leading Routes and The Echo Chamber. Adders is currently the producer and editor of the critically acclaimed podcast Surviving Society with Chantelle and Tissot.
Recording Your Podcast Remotely
Remote recording a podcast is a handy way to kick off your podcasting journey and experiment with what you want to record.
In this class, Amber covers:
- What platforms enable you to record remotely
- Remote recording using Zoom
- How to soundproof and acoustically treat your room
- Plug and play mic options
- Guest preparation instructions that make you look like a pro!
About your Instructor: Amber Miller:
Amber is the Studio and Production Manager at Content is Queen. Amber has worked across several productions, including editing and engineering podcasts for Audible, WOW, Lionsgate, Amazon Prime Video.Access our Masterclass library from just £9.99 per month.
Investigative Journalism in Podcasting
Investigative podcasts are exciting and sexy to listen to, but they can be intimidating to create if you’re just starting. Award-winning podcaster and investigative journalist Maeve McClenaghan breaks the process down step by step so that you can begin your masterpiece without getting lost in a rabbit hole.
In this class, Maeve covers:
- Where to begin your story research.
- How to plot your story from start to finish.
- What formats and audio styles are available to you.
- How to edit your stories and experiment with clever engagement enhancing tricks
About your Instructor: Maeve McClenaghan
Maeve is an experienced investigative journalist who has written for Buzzfeed UK, the Guardian, the BBC, Vice News, and others. She has worked with whistleblowers, leaked documents, large datasets and vulnerable sources. Maeve is also the creator and host of the award-winning podcast The Tip-Off.Access our Masterclass library from just £9.99 per month.
Short Course: A Guide to Audio Drama
In this three-part short course, Jack Bowman walks you through the early stages of coming up with a drama, from germinating an idea and putting it on paper. Looking at:
- The importance of world building when developing your story
- Getting to grips with key terms like theme, tone, character development and consistency
- Debunking the jargon (WTF are logline’s?!) and their importance
- Creating an A* synopsis
About your Instructor: Jack Bowman
Jack is an audio drama and scripted podcast veteran of 16+ years. Co-creating The Springheel Saga for Wireless Theatre (their most commercially and critically successful project) won numerous awards. He also produced content heard on BBC Radio 4, BBC Sounds and the RNIB.Access our Masterclass library from just £9.99 per month.
Short Course: Voice Acting & Auditioning
In this 2-part short course, voice actor Sarah Golding shares everything she knows about breaking into the voice acting industry. You’ll learn about:
- The complete voice acting journey
- Where to find new roles and opportunities
- Mouth and breathing techniques
- Auditioning tips and how to stand out
- Recording best practices and submitting your work
About your Instructor: Sarah Golding
Sarah is the founder of Quirky Voices, an independent audio fiction production company. Sarah hosts the MADIVA podcast, where she explores the craft of voice acting. Sarah also runs voice acting and drama workshops with participants from across the globe.Access our Masterclass library from just £9.99 per month.
With so many podcasts on the web today, it’s no longer a viable option to record an episode and upload it to your website. You need to plan how you’re going to promote your podcast and cultivate an audience if you want any hope of gaining traction. The good news is that there are several different ways that you can spread the word about your podcasts and gain more listeners.
Imriel will guide you through all the necessary steps to successfully promote your podcast by gaining an insight into:
- Press Releases and the importance of creating one for your podcast
- Why you should develop strategic partnerships to grow your podcast
- How to leverage your guest’s network and audience
- The importance of spreading the word of being present on social media
About your instructor: Imriel Morgan
Imriel is the Founder and CEO of Content is Queen. Imriel is an award-winning podcast host and presenter. Imriel has a solid and well-established reputation as one of the UK’s leading podcast marketers with over seven years of experience launching over 20 shows from big brands and indies.Access our Masterclass library from just £9.99 per month.
Social Media Podcast Marketing
Social media marketing is one of the best ways to market your podcast online. Social Media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and TikTok have made reaching your audience more effortless than ever. Brian has gathered his top tips and tricks to promoting on social media to make the seemingly daunting task as easy as pie!
In this masterclass, you’ll learn:
- How to choose the right social media platform for you and your podcast
- Why you need to prioritise audience interactions and community building
- What content to create to convert your social media audience into listeners
About your Instructor: Brian Hollingsworth
Brian Kofi Hollingsworth is a Graphic Designer with over 15 years of experience, creating and consulting with brands big and small over the years, everything from general elections in the UK and Kenya, to barbershops, chefs, natural skin and hair products, live events, alcohol brands, charities and influencers. Brian’s mission is to educate creators to brand and market themselves by utilising the most relevant platforms.Access our Masterclass library from just £9.99 per month.
Short Course: Podcast Sound Design
Sound design can be a complicated process, but there is help. You can make your podcast sound as good as the podcasts you listen to. Personal, custom-made music and stings can make your podcast truly stand out and allow you to bring your vision to life.
If you’re not sure exactly what needs to be done, here are some questions Axel will help you answer in this masterclass:
- “What type of sounds should you use?”
- “How can you make them sound like they belong on your podcast?”
- “What kind of mood and attitude do I want to convey with my podcast?”
- “Do I want it to be uplifting or soothing, sharp and assertive, or calm and peaceful?”
About Your Instructor: Axel Kacoutié
Axel is the Creative Director of Sound The Guardian Audio. Axel is The Guardian’s theme composer and Sound Designer for their daily news podcast called, Today in Focus. Axel’s musical understanding of the rhythm of speech and mood in the delivery makes me understand how to pace an interview or build that sonic world that feels necessary when describing what it’s like inside a black hole. Music is sound, and sound is music, and it’s the words that gel it all together. With that synthesis that he applies to his practice, it’s led him to create work for the BBC, Channel 4, NOWNESS, feature in the Barbican, and win several national and international awards.Access our Masterclass library from just £9.99 per month.
How To Write A Killer Script For Your Podcast
Are you losing listeners? Do listeners struggle to tell you what your podcast is about? If so a script might help you clarify your message and help you take your listeners on a journey.
In this masterclass you’ll learn:
- How to write a script that matches your podcast style and format
- How the pro’s use scripts without you even noticing (examples included)
- The Do’s and Don’t of scripting
- How to successfully write interview questions
About Your Instructor: Ella Watts- BBC Podcast Producer
Ella is a podcast producer at BBC Studios, a TV and audio production company best known for making a whole range of TV shows, from Doctor Who to Strictly Come Dancing a lot of award-winning comedy. In podcast land, BBC Studios has made But Where Are You Really From for the BBC Asian Network, Jacob Hawley: On Drugs for BBC Sounds, and Susan Calman’s Mrs Brightside, among many others. Ella has been working in and around the audio industry for about eight years but is best known as an audio fiction expert.Access our Masterclass library from just £9.99 per month.
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