Sound Design for Storytellers


Sound design is a crucial part of audio and video storytelling, giving depth and life to podcasts, film, audio books and more.

Listen to real examples of podcasts that use sound effectively, find resources for your own productions, and learn the principles of sound design yourself.


Design-Heavy Podcasts

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This list of 10 Podcasts That Use Sound Effects To Stir Emotion from We Edit Podcasts is a good start for examples. Shows like Radiolab, Hidden Brain, Reply All and more do an expert job blending sound effects, music, and ambient to create rich stories.

Read on: Exemplary Uses of Sound Design in Podcasts selects specific episodes that use sound design exceptionally well. Take a listen.




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There are many sound effects libraries that offer free and royalty-free effects. This Berkeley Advanced Media Institute guide offers sound effects and music libraries to pull from.





Want to enhance your audio storytelling skills with these resources? Sign up for the Sound Design for Podcasters online mini-course being held on December 8th and 10th, 2020.

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