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Audio Editing with Hindenburg


Hindenburg is an increasingly popular tool for audio producers—it’s easy to use, stable, inexpensive, and constructed specifically for audio documentary. It’s become the audio tool of choice for classes and institutes at the Center for Documentary Studies. In this two-day workshop, you’ll learn the basics of importing, editing and exporting audio files. (8 hours/All Levels)

Marc Maximov is an award-winning documentary filmmaker, he is also a sound designer for local theater companies, an occasional audio producer, and a former writer for Indy Week. Maximov has worked for the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival since 2011, and has served on the selection committee since 2012. He’s been involved with CDS summer institutes since 2006.

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AU113SP19
Center for Documentary Studies
Room 211
Maximov 4/13 - 4/14 Sa Su 12:00 PM - 04:00 PM $200.00 View

Building Your New Podcast (Onsite and Online)


Instructed by the co-producer of the hit storytelling podcast, ArtCurious, this course will introduce podcast newcomers to the world of creating their own nonfiction audio shows that attract subscribers and entertain listeners. From narrative-centered series’, to interview-driven conversations, to unconventional takes on the format, the class will focus on helping to familiarize students with the podcasting universe, develop strong concepts, build episodes within that concept, and apply appropriate creative steps to tee the podcast up for success. While some technical aspects of audio production may be covered as part of the curriculum, this class is aimed primarily at uncovering the intangible aspects of creating a unique and compelling show for both broad and highly defined audiences, and the process of doing so from the ground up. Students are highly encouraged to bring samples of their work to share with the class, but no previous experience is required.


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BuildingNewPodHSP19
Center for Documentary Studies
Room 201
Dasal 3/24 - 3/24 Su 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM $160.00 View

Digging In: An Artists' Retreat


This retreat brings together documentary makers and storytellers of all stripes for a productive, invigorating, and rejuvenating week of digging deep and making meaningful progress on individual projects. For audio producers, writers, photographers, filmmakers, multimedia creators, et al., Big Shed designed this retreat to help you delve into the work that’s most important to you (work that’s often hard to make time for). If you have a story you’re trying to finish, a project you’re researching or developing, a proposal you need to write, or maybe you just want space to think about your creative trajectory; spend a week as part of a great group of creatives, all of whom are doing the same thing! Guiding the way will be instructors to be named later. And in case you need more convincing, course fees include tasty lunches throughout the week. (40 hours)

Additional information:
Enrollment fee includes dinner the first night and lunches throughout the week. Students are responsible for housing and transportation.

Hours for the retreat are:
Sunday, July 21: 5 p.m.–9 p.m.
Monday–Friday, July 22–26: 9 a.m.–9 p.m.
Saturday, July 27: 10 a.m.–3 p.m.




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Center for Documentary Studies
CDS Auditorium
Shackelford 7/21 - 7/27 Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa Su 06:00 PM - 09:00 PM $675.00 View

Hearing is Believing: An Audio Documentary Intensive


In this weeklong, morning-till-night immersion in making audio documentaries, you’ll learn hands-on skills in recording and digital audio mixing; discuss issues such as the ethics of documentary work; explore varied uses for audio documentaries; and hear accomplished producers play and talk about their work in evening presentations. During the week you’ll collaborate with a fellow student to produce and edit a short audio documentary, from the first interview and sound-gathering to the final mix. The intensive will be led by John Biewen, along with guest instructor Shea Shackelford and a guest lecturer to be announced later. Examples of last year's student projects can be found here. (40 hours)

John Biewen is audio program director at the Center for Documentary Studies. Besides teaching summer audio intensives and undergraduate courses, he produces documentaries and features for NPR, PRI, American Public Media, and other public radio audiences. Biewen has been making radio since 1983, including eight years spent producing documentaries for American RadioWorks. His work has won many honors, including two Robert F. Kennedy Awards, the Scripps Howard National Journalism Award, and the Third Coast International Audio Festival’s Radio Impact Award. In 2015 he launched CDS's biweekly podcast Scene on Radio.


Additional information:
Students will edit on desktop workstations using Hindenburg audio editing software. Students who have their own field recording equipment (recorder, microphone, and headphones) should bring it; equipment will be provided for those who don't. No experience in audio production is required.

The enrollment fee includes dinner the first night and all lunches during the week. Students are responsible for housing and transportation.

Hours for the intensive are:
Sunday, July 7: 2 p.m.–9 p.m.
Monday–Friday, July 8–12: 9 a.m.–9 p.m.
Saturday, July 13: 10 a.m.–3 p.m.

The intensive concludes Saturday, with a public presentation of student work ending at 3 p.m.

See the course blog for a preliminary schedule, information on housing options, and more.

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AU525SU19
Center for Documentary Studies
CDS Auditorium
Biewen 7/7 - 7/13 Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa Su 02:00 PM - 09:00 PM $925.00 View

Make That Audio Doc (Online)
With the rise of podcasts and multimedia, documentary audio is no longer just about getting on the radio. Knowing how to record and edit audio creates opportunities for all kinds of documentary artists, and there are many venues for sharing work. In this class, students will make short audio documentaries using their own recordings. We will begin with the basics of recording and end by learning to edit sound using Hindenburg digital editing software. (12 hours/Beginner)

Please note: This course is offered in an online format and will not physically meet at CDS but will have regularly scheduled virtual sessions.

Meg Lindholm grew up in New York City, so being curious about people from all walks of life is in her DNA. After college, she was hired to produce the Brian Lehrer show on WNYC (still going strong after 25+ years). In 2002, she moved to Fargo, North Dakota, where she works as an independent documentary journalist. She has produced stories for NPR and multimedia projects for the regional Midwest public radio network. She has won awards from the Midwest Broadcast Journalism Association and RTDNA/Murrow for radio documentaries she reported, wrote, and edited.

Additional Information:
The class will be conducted online. A late-model computer, fast internet connection, and built-in camera are recommended, though not required. Students with less than optimal hardware or internet connections are welcome to take the course, though it may be difficult to participate fully in virtual meetings.

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AU101oSP19
Center for Documentary Studies
Virtual Classroom
Lindholm 2/28 - 4/4 Th 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM $300.00 View

Make That Podcast (Online)


From long-form documentaries like S-Town to crafted interview shows like Another Round, podcasts have quickly become an essential part of our culture. Through listening exercises and critique, this eight-week course will immerse students in the contemporary podcast landscape, and they will apply the lessons learned toward developing their own podcast from idea to execution. Guest instructor Cristal Duhaime will lead two class sessions with a special focus on sound mixing, offering guidance on how to creatively direct music, sound, and silence to elevate your story.

The course is appropriate for producers of all experience levels who have basic comfort recording and editing audio (students without experience in these areas should take Make That Audio Doc as a prerequisite). At the end of the eight weeks, students will have made significant progress on a pilot episode of their podcast, received feedback from the instructor and their peers, and have a plan for going forward. (16 hours/Intermediate-Advanced)

Please note: This course is offered in an online format and will not meet at CDS but will instead take place in regularly scheduled virtual sessions.

Cristal Duhaime is the award-winning co-creator and producer of CBC’s Love Me, a show about the messiness of human connection, and Stitcher's Pen Pals, a comedy fiction series that puts unlikely pairs in conversation. Before that, she worked as a producer on Jonathan Goldstein’s WireTap and various other programs at CBC. Cristal’s work has appeared on This American Life, Short Cuts, The Truth, Snap Judgment, and more. She has also worked as a sound designer for Antenna International audio tours.

Additional Information:
The class will be conducted online. A late-model computer, fast internet connection, and built-in camera are recommended, though not required. Students with less than optimal hardware or internet connections are welcome to take the course, though it may be difficult to participate fully in virtual meetings.


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AU136oSP19
Center for Documentary Studies
Virtual Classroom
Duhaime 5/8 - 6/26 We 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM $325.00 View

Making It Sing: An Audio Documentary Intensive

This intensive six-day workshop for producers with some experience—or a lot—gives you a chance to focus on a challenging project or to stretch and try something new. You’ve recorded interviews and gathered sound, and you’re ready to construct a six- to twelve-minute audio piece. You’ll bring your own recordings, logged, transcribed, and ready to go. You’ll get instructive sessions and personal, small-group guidance from seasoned radio producers (and from your peers) as you structure and script your story, record your narration tracks (if any), and mix your piece on CDS’s Hindenburg workstations—or, if you prefer, on your laptop with your own editing software. Saturday morning, we listen! The intensive will be led by John Biewen, along with a guest instructor. (35 hours)

John Biewen is audio program director at the Center for Documentary Studies. Besides teaching summer audio intensives and undergraduate courses, he produces documentaries and features for NPR, PRI, American Public Media, and other public radio audiences. Biewen has been making radio since 1983, including eight years spent producing documentaries for American RadioWorks. His work has won many honors, including two Robert F. Kennedy Awards, the Scripps Howard National Journalism Award, and the Third Coast International Audio Festival’s Radio Impact Award. In 2015 he launched CDS's biweekly podcast Scene on Radio.

Additional information:Please bring your own recordings to the intensive. Students can edit on their own laptops or on our desktop workstations, which have Hindenburg and Adobe Audition audio editing software.The enrollment fee includes dinner the first night and all lunches during the week. Students are responsible for housing and transportation.

Hours for the intensive are:

Monday, July 29: 5 p.m.–9 p.m.Tuesday–Friday, July 30–August 2: 9 a.m.–9 p.m.Saturday, August 3: 10 a.m.–2 p.m.

The intensive concludes Saturday, with a public presentation of student work ending at 2 p.m. See the course blog for a preliminary schedule, information on housing options, and more.AIR stipend: Members of the Association of Independents in Radio (AIR) can claim one of five $100 stipends to attend Making It Sing. Recipients are asked to communicate to AIR's membership, via tweets or a post to AIRdaily, about their experience, and to write a short evaluation afterwards. Stipends are first-come, first served.

See the application form here, and contact [email protected] for more information.



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AU535SU19
Center for Documentary Studies
CDS Auditorium
Biewen 7/29 - 8/3 Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM $875.00 View