We’ve assembled this list to bring together some of the best sound design podcasts to help you hone your craft.
It’s no secret that podcasting has been taking over the ears of millions of people around the world. Podcasts are an amazing resource to find tips and advice to perfect your art. And what better way to learn about sound design than through a sound-only medium!
There’s no better way to immerse oneself in the realm of sound than to listen and learn, whether you’re an producer, composer, or audiophile, expert or amateur. The podcasts we’ve selected cover a range of topics that sound designers will find useful, from tech tips, to business sense. These sound design podcasts will inspire and educate.
In no particular order…
Presented by Akash Thakkar, Sound Business dives into the mindsets and methods of some of the top musicians, sound designers and audio creators in the world. Akash is a sound designer himself, having worked in the game audio industry for over ten years.
Akash interviews a huge range of industry professionals from plugin makers, performing musicians, video game composers and others to learn how they run a successful business. Akash sets out find out why some audio artists succeed and others don’t.
The Twenty Thousand Hertz podcast is hosted by Dallas Taylor a respected thought leader on the narrative power of sound. Dallas is the Creative Director at Defacto Sound, which has seen him lead sound design projects for huge brands and films.
Twenty Thousand Hertz reveals the stories behind the world’s most recognisable and interesting sounds. Not only is this podcast very interesting, it also sounds amazing… but you might expect that given the producer’s sound design credentials!
The Hanging Out with Audiophiles podcast is hosted by Jamie Lidell. If you hadn’t guessed from the title, he invites musicians, audio engineers, and all-round audiophiles on to the show where they talk about tips, stories, and share ingenious insights from the bizarre world of music production.
Tonebenders is a sound design podcast presented by a collective of sound design professionals. They cover a huge range of topics from building your own field recording kit to dealing with clients. They also frequently invite industry professionals onto the show to discuss the sound design of their latest movie, tv show, or game.
With a combined 60 years of knowledge this podcast manages to present a thoughtful take on the past and present of the sound design world.
The SoundWorks Collection podcast was created in 2009 by filmmaker Michael Coleman as an online destination that takes you behind the scenes and straight to the dub stage for a look into audio post-production for feature films, video game sound design, and original soundtrack composition.
In each episode they interview sound crews, composers, and songwriters who produce the soundscapes and score for that episode’s featured piece of work.
This podcast provides great insights into their guests’ creative processes. You’ll find out out how their work ties in with other aspects of the production.
The Soundbytes Podcast produced by sound designers Derek Brown and Barney Oram focusses on games and game audio. This podcast is packed with informative discussions with guests from the industry. Together, they explore the recording and design process, discuss equipment and resources, and talk about video games that have great audio.
Both Derek and Barney are professional sound designers and Barney has even created one of our sound effects libraries Explosions Sound Effects Library, so we can vouch for his credentials!
The Sound Architect Podcast is a friendly and entertaining take on the sound design world. Produced by Sam Hughes, this podcast features interviews with your favourite voice actors, composers, sound designers and other top audio professionals around the globe about their journeys and projects.
The Sound Architect Podcast have very kindly reviewed Dehumaniser 2, Reformer Pro, Weaponiser, Igniter and Sound Design Bundle 2 which you can find here.
This podcast is packed with useful advice and real world experiences. It covers voiceover, music and sound design in games, film, TV, (although mostly games).
So, that’s it, that’s our favourite sound design podcasts right now. As is the nature (and beauty) of podcasts, many of these podcasts are amateur ventures (or at least started out that way!) and they rely on us to support them. Some of these podcasts have Patreons associated with them, so if you have the means to support in that way, then please do.
Of course there are numerous fantastic podcasts out there, so go get your headphones on and get listening to some awesome content.
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