kdmc audio tutorials

KDMC produces a wealth of digital media tutorials to support our training sessions and classes. While the focus of some tutorials is on technology and journalism, most are general enough to be of use to anyone.

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Podcasts are a simple and effective way to add multimedia to your site. While there are many tools and applications available to create podcasts, this tutorial covers a basic setup for fast production. All you need is a headset, a Mac, and GarageBand.


Audacity is a free, lightweight, sound-editing program that works in PC, Mac OS X, and Linux. It is an easy way to start editing audio if there is little or no budget for this type of software. But Audacity quickly becomes eclipsed by other, more robust, pieces of software that are more complete, less bug-prone and have better support.

Audio Recorders

This tutorial covers some of the basics in portable digital audio recorder devices, and their use in a journalistic capacity. There are several factors to consider when purchasing a digial audio recorder, including cost, quality and durability.


Soundslides has become one of the industry standards in creating audio slideshows due to its simple interface, low cost and its devotion to journalistic storytelling.

GarageBand—Basic Editing

GarageBand '09 is a powerful, easy-to-use audio editing program. This tutorial shows the basic techniques for cutting an interview audio.

Tascam DR-100 digital audio recorder

The Tascam DR-100 digital recorder is a compact advanced audio recording device that accepts professional microphones. It records to a Secure Digital (SD) or Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) memory card, which allows quick and easy transfer to a computer. The recorder also features a dual power system; an included recharable lithium ion battery, and a backup AA battery option.

Multimedia Storytelling: learn the secrets from experts at Multimedia Storytelling Institute 2014

Not all stories make good multimedia stories. The best multimedia stories are multi-dimensional. They include action for video, a process that can be illustrated with a graphic (e.g., "how tornadoes form" or "how this new surgery works"), someone who can give some pithy quotes for video or audio, and/or strong emotions for still photos and audio. Most multimedia stories require that the reporter go into the field to report the story face-to-face with sources, rather than doing a story entirely by telephone.

Compact Flash Audio Recorders

A compact flash audio recorder is a digital audio recording device that saves audio onto a compact flash card - the same kind of card used with a digital photo camera.

Dictation Recorders

Many times professional digital audio recorders such as the Marantz PMD 660 are either not available or are too expensive. This tutorial will show one cheaper "non recommended" alternative when other options are not available.

Minidisc Audio Recorders

A minidisc recorder is a digital audio recording device that saves audio onto a minidisc. Each minidisc holds up to about 80 minutes of recorded audio.

Soundtrack Pro

Soundtrack Pro is an audio editing program designed to work in concert with the Final Cut Pro video editing program. It can be used for more fine tuning of audio tracks in your video files than is possible in Final Cut Pro. It also can be used to edit audio files that are not attached to video, such as audio you recorded on a compact flash recorder or a minidisc recorder.

Pro Tools

ProTools is a professional audio engineering software program made by Digidesign. Although it's used by top-notch pros in the radio industry, ProTools has a fairly easy learning curve, making it just as good for beginners.

Audio Links and Resources

Additional reading, related software, training and more.