Liz Christensen
The Wizards behind the Curtain

The Wizards behind the Curtain

The tech and equipment used to create “In the Telling” and “She Made Me Do It”

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The two tech workhorses of my life are my laptop and my phone. I use a Lenovo laptop with a intel core i3 and a Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime. I’ve dropped that phone from a second story balcony onto a concrete floor and have yet to replace anything about it. I’m klutzy enough to really appreciate that kind of durability.

Websites, and online Applications: For web hosting, I use Siteground for this blog, YouTube for “She Made Me Do It,” and Buzzsprout for “In the Telling.” Buzzsprout will give you two hours a month for free. I’m using the free version for a few weeks while I get my ducks in a row, but if I release episodes at the frequency and of the duration that I anticipate, I’ll be paying for more very soon. To schedule interviews for my podcast, I use AcuityScheduling online, the free version. I love my gmail, google drive and Microsoft Office online. Facebook Messenger sometimes gives me my first contact for interviews. I also use Patreon as a way to receive financial appreciation for my content. It’s such an awesome free service for content creators! I also use Scribie to transcribe the full uncut interviews with my guests and post both the full interviews and the transcriptions on my Patreon page to thank my supporters.

“She Made Me Do It” Cameras: Canon 6D, Canon 60D, FujiXH1, GoPro, Mavic Air, and iPhone 8+, all with a variety of lenses and ND filters with a DJI Osmo Mobile 2 for stabilization.

“She Made Me Do It” Sound: Sennheiser lavalier mics, Rode shotgun mic (sorry I don’t have the models on these first two,) Zoom H6, and Tascam DR-60D.

Software and desktop Applications: For “In the Telling” sound editing, I use Audacity. It’s free, loads of people know how to use it and have posted useful tutorials and helps, and I know how to use it. It does all that I need it to do. The editors for “She Made Me Do It” use Adobe Premiere Pro on a MacBook and an Asus laptop.

Equipment: While recording an interview, I use two lavalier mics, one for myself and one for my guest, attached to the front of our clothing. Using lavs is less common for podcasters, but I like traveling to my guests, so I need something portable. Also, I find that lavalier mics are less intimidating and invite more natural conversation with a nervous guest. My lavs are Audio Technica 831B. I use a Behringer Xenyx 1204USB Premium 12-Input 2/2-Bus Mixer fed into my laptop to mix and record straight to Audacity. My headphones are Skullcandy Hesh 2 wireless, but I use them wired when I record and edit. They are nice and comfy. Any photos that are taken by me come from a Canon EOS Rebel T1I camera.

My yellow legal notepad: I love my yellow legal notepad. It is where I store my interview questions. I know I could type out my questions and store them on my phone or computer. But I love paper. I love pens. I love the tangible reality of a handwritten list. And I love the rustling sound that happens when I first sit down with a guest, flip to their page of questions and say, “Let’s begin.”

LizChristensen

Liz is the producer and host of both the entertainment podcast "In the Telling," and the webseries "She Made Me Do It." She is a produced playwright, theater director, choreographer, stage and screen actress, avid reader, listener and insatiably curious. The aim of all her artistic endeavors is to grow community through local storytelling and entertainment.

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