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Sound Design for Podcasting

June 29 - July 2

$675 – $965

In this four-day workshop, you’ll learn how to score and sound design your audio stories for podcasting and audio documentaries. Working in Reaper, we’ll cover the technical aspects of sound design: the physics of sound, processing/effects (panning, reverb, compression, EQ, delay, etc.), but also the underlying concepts of when and why to use music, how to develop a cohesive score, and how to sound design a scene to bring it to life. This workshop is for intermediate producers who already know their way around a DAW (Digital Audio Workstation), but who still find scoring and sound design to be a bit of a mystery. Participants are encouraged to bring an audio piece in progress to begin sound designing.


Peter Lang-Stanton
Radio producer and composer



  • Who is this workshop for?
    Intermediate radio producers who are already comfortable working in a DAW. The course is designed for producers that want to use music and creative sound design to make their stories better, but are not sure how to get started.
  • Who is the instructor?
    Peter Lang-Stanton is a radio producer and composer in Portland, Maine. His work has been featured on Radiolab, BBC, NPR’s Rough Translation, APM, Audible Germany, and Love+Radio. His audio documentary Pig-Pen, was a finalist for Best Documentary at the Third Coast International Audio Festival in 2018. He is the lead radio instructor at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies.
  • When is this workshop?
    June 29-July 2, 2020
  • How long are workshop days?
    Classes start at 9am each day and usually finish around 5pm. These are full days. Plan to work hard and leave tired.
  • What will I leave the workshop with?
    A fuller understanding of how to manipulate sound in a DAW and a conceptual framework for how to use music and sound design to tell a story more effectively.
  • What equipment is provided? What do I need to bring?
    We will provide audio gear, desktop computer (Mac or PC) and editing software during the workshop. You’ll need to bring an external hard drive (500GB is plenty) to save your work.
  • What audio editing software will I learn?
  • Can I use my own laptop instead of the Media Lab’s desktop computers?
    Yes, as long as you have the latest version of Reaper installed on your laptop.
  • What about meals?
    Meals are on your own. We will break for lunch each day, and Missoula has lots of great restaurants and cafes within easy biking and walking distance of the Montana Media Lab.
  • Do you provide housing?
    Housing is not provided. However, we offer a limited number of low-cost dorm rooms at the University of Montana ($35/ night for a single room or $23/ night for a double room), or you can pursue housing through AirBnB or local hotels. Please contact us if you’re interested in dorm housing.
  • Will I need a car?
    No. Most of our work will take place in the lab. We have some bikes available for check out to help you with getting to and from the Lab. You’ll find that Missoula is incredibly bike friendly and has a no-fare bus system that will get you just about anywhere.
  • What is the maximum enrollment for this workshop?
  • Can I take this workshop for college credit?
    Yes. You can earn two undergraduate or graduate journalism credits from the University of Montana for an additional $155 processing fee.
  • I’m a teacher. Can I earn OPI renewal units for this workshop?
    Yes. You will earn 28 renewal units for this workshop.
  • What’s your refund policy?
    The Montana Media Lab will issue a full refund, minus a $100 administrative fee, for cancellations made more than 45 days prior to the start of the workshop. Cancellations made within 45 days of the start of the workshop are not eligible for a refund. If the Montana Media Lab cancels the workshop for any reason, you will be issued a full refund.


June 29
July 2
$675 – $965
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Sound Design for Podcasting early bird registration$675.00early bird registration available through May 15, 2020