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August 18, 2011 6:36 PM   Subscribe

My friends and I are interested in recreating some radio plays in podcast form. We need a lot of information!

-Is there a list/archive of plays that are no longer copyrighted and available for use? Alternatively, I'm thinking about adapting short stories/non-radio plays. Is this difficult? Are there any resources for this?

-Is there an archive of copywright-free sound effects and music available somewhere in the internet?

-We need audio editing software for Mac. Is there something better than Audacity? I've personally used it and it seems good, but if you have any other recs, that'd be awesome.

-I have a decent microphone, sound booth (yay!), and headphones, but is there anything else we'll need for recording?

If there is any other kind of insight you can give us, whether about radio plays OR making podcasts, it'd be much appreciated! Thanks!
posted by two lights above the sea to Media & Arts (1 answer total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
 
>Is there a list/archive of plays that are no longer copyrighted and available for use?

The Old Time Radio Network has an extensive archive of out of copyright radio show (recordings) that would be a good place to start.

>-Is there an archive of copywright-free sound effects and music available somewhere in the
> internet?
The Free Sound Project and opsound both have suitable creative commons licensed material (You can find other resources among my bookmarks).

>--We need audio editing software for Mac. Is there something better than Audacity? I've
> personally used it and it seems good, but if you have any other recs, that'd be awesome.

Audacity will work fine but it is destructive editing. Personally I like to use audacity for making rough cuts and Ardour for mixing the final piece. Ardour is very capable.

> -is there anything else we'll need for recording?
Multiple mikes and a mixing desk will make it easier.
posted by tallus at 11:52 PM on August 18, 2011


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