Multi-voice Podfic

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Synonyms: podfic collaboration, group podfic, co-podfic
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A multi-voice podfic is any podfic that includes audio of more than one person's voice.

Dividing Parts

How the parts are divided between readers varies according to the needs of the story and the available number of podficcers.

One person might be assigned to record all the narration and other readers be assigned different characters' dialogue (e.g. Wait Wait Don't Eat Me).

Because alternating POV is fairly common in fanfic, two podficcers might trade off reading the sections from each character's point of view.

Alternatively, sometimes a group of podficcers want to record something and take turns reading something that doesn't divide up as easily.

There exist otherwise solo projects where the main podficcer asks one or more people to lend their voices for a specific purpose (e.g. singing for a podficcer who doesn't want to sing or reading the introduction for a Welcome to Night Vale-style podfic).

Radio-play style podfics, where there is only dialogue and no narration, are very rare.

Types of Multi-voice Projects

In-person

Some multi-voice projects include in-person group recordings at a convention or at a fan's house.

Podfic conventions such as Podfication and Europodfriends are particularly popular events at which to organise these recordings.

These will sometimes be live readings which include audience reactions in the finished file.

Online

Often, remotely-organised multi-voices involve readers individually sending their recorded parts to one fan who edits them together. This is a time-consuming process for the editor, who has to knit the podfic together from isolated lines.

However, the advancement of technology has made remote live recordings easier and easier, including across continents.

Live readings can happen over Skype, Zoom or more recently using the Discord-based Craig bot.

The podfichat Discord server has a channel dedicated to the organisation of multivoice projects, with a dedicated @multivoice role which users can opt into if they want to be pinged by organisers. Challenges such as Voiceteam have also encouraged the creation of multi-voice projects.

Notable & Popular Works

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