Casefile: Making a Podcast Episode 10 Quality Control

25 JULY 2016

written by Mike


In the final episode of my miniseries Casefile: Making a Podcast, I want to talk to you about the last stage of production – quality control.

After editing and scoring, I compress the session and send it off to Alex. He mixes the score, masters the episode and sends back the first draft for us to listen. That’s when I do my QC process.

I listen to the draft, make notes, markers and send back my feedback. We do the whole process a few times until everyone is happy with the result. Sometimes it is three drafts; sometimes it’s six.

The score evolves, dialogue gets moved, cues change. Communication is essential as our main goal is to improve each week, make the best show possible. Sometimes it means that my themes, melodies go out the window – I can’t be too attached to it, as all of it is teamwork and not one man’s show.

Casefile started as a hobby project, a true crime podcast with a focus on lesser known cases. It quickly grew in popularity and notoriety. At an early stage, I joined the podcast and helped with production and music composition. Soon the downloads reached more than million a month, all by word of mouth and no paid advertisement. The show grew, and the team expanded. Alex, producer and publisher from Paragon Collective and Andrew Joslyn, incredibly talented composer who worked with bands such as Macklemore joined to take the show to new heights. With every episode, fanbase grows, and Casefile becomes a top true crime podcast to follow.

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