Katarina is a Swiss based podcast producer and the founder of the Swiss Podcast Club, creator’s collective which aims to bring great podcasts out of Switzerland through exchange and knowledge sharing.
When I first heard about the AMBEO VR Mic, I was intrigued to find ways to use it for my work. What I love about producing audio is that it is such a visual medium, allowing the listener to use his or her own imagination to add the missing pieces to the story. Since such experiences can be enhanced by the Ambisonic mic, I was eager to try it. I wanted to see if I as a storyteller could push my limits on how I connect with the listener to my work.
With that being said, as a podcaster mainly focusing on the story output and not having the special expertise of the technology of the mics, I wanted to include the mic usage into my workflow as natural as I could in order to assess how likely I would be to use it for additional stories.
One of the stories I was working on at the moment came to mind - about our relationship to the internet. A part of the piece included illustrating all the thoughts going through our heads when we are challenged to live without internet for a week, and I wanted to see if the AMBEO VR Mic could help me enhance that experience of “thoughts floating through your head”.
It was important for me to test the mic in a quite seamless way, that fit into my regular recordings and workflow. I decided to test the mic for a segment of my story, where I wanted to illustrate thoughts, or so-called voices in our heads and what they are telling us. Since we didn’t have access to a studio at the moment for the test, we decided to do it in a regular conference room. I gathered the group of people in a room where they were talking around the mic. I found the AMBEO VR Mic very easy to use. After that I converted the files in Sennheiser’s tool and added them to my mix. It was relatively easy. I chose to skew the sounds slightly as well in order to increase the “in your head” feeling.
About Katarina Hagstedt
Katarina is a Swiss based podcast producer and the founder of the Swiss Podcast Club, creator’s collective which aims to bring great podcasts out of Switzerland through exchange and knowledge sharing. As a storyteller, Katarina's productions include My Survival Story, a personal narrative podcast series on cancer survival featuring people coping with the disease from all over the world, a project which was nominated for the national Audio Prize at the sonOhr festival.
With a strong affection for narrative storytelling in the audio format, Katarina has a drive to cover topics that questions but at the same time creates understanding. Her work takes her outdoors, in the studio and in people’s homes, and she is always looking for new ways to integrate innovative techniques into her storytelling.
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