Should your podcast sound editing make your podcast perfect? Or make it human? That’s today’s discussion.
Ever wondered how some podcasts are so easy to listen to? Yes, they are engaging, informative and fun, but they also have an amazingly high-quality recording with clear, balanced and professional sound. Plus, the podcast host never seems to make any mistakes, stumble over his/her words or has dead air. You could never have a podcast that polished, could you?
Of course you could! Once you have your recording in hand, a fair bit of editing can transform it from raw audio to a polished one and lend your podcast that much-needed high-production value.
What Does Podcast Sound Editing Entail?
Editing is the process by which you can craft a sense of flow and mitigate any audible distractions in your podcast. The process of editing may involve trimming the pre-recorded audio, laying out any sound effects/transitions/music/ad read, applying any necessary de-noising processing or rearranging it in a form that the listeners will find most compelling.
Well Then…How Do You Edit a Podcast?
First off, you’re going to need a good audio editing program or a Digital Audio Workstation (DAW). There are numerous ones around ranging in price from free to very expensive. Some of the most popular ones are GarageBand (exclusively for macOS), Adobe Audition and Audacity, which is FREE. Of course, to be able to make the most of your editing software, there’s a learning curve you’ll need to get through.
Now before you start editing, you need to remember that perfection is a machine quality. People are imperfect, and imperfection is what helps us to connect with others. In other words, don’t try to be too perfect with your edited podcast. You want your podcast to have real resonance and impact with your audience, and that means you need to show some emotion and slip up once in a while.
Once you have that in mind, you can follow these five steps to edit your podcast.
Step 1: You need to add a great sounding introduction that will set the tone for your podcast.
This can be a pre-recorded welcome part and/or information specific to this podcast (e.g., the episode title/number and the guest’s name). You might also consider using cool music or sound effects.
Step 2: You need to add an outro as your closing statement.
In practical terms, putting together an outro is no different from putting together an intro — same approach, only you’re doing it at the end. This can be pre-recorded (perhaps a catchphrase sign-off or a podcast recap), and again, some form of closing theme music should be used.
Step 3: You need to eliminate excess filler words.
That’s those ‘umms,’ ‘ahhs,’ and ‘hmms’ that a speaker uses when he/she is thinking of a question or response. Remember the rule regarding perfection. Some fillers, delays, and pauses are allowed. Too much, though, can put your audience to sleep!
Step 4: You should even out the volume.
If your intro music, your audio sounds, the guest’s audio sounds, and the outro are not all at the same volume level, your listeners will continuously adjust their volumes throughout the podcast. To avoid your listeners to have a volume-fighting annoyance whenever they listen to your podcast, it’s vital that you normalize your podcast audio to a specific volume.
Step 5: You should add a theme tune.
No doubt, having a theme tune will add a layer of identity and professionalism to your podcast. This is why you should consider adding a suitable (and legal) theme tune to your podcast.
Outsource Your Podcast Sound Editing. Save Time and Headaches!
The podcast sound editing process is the most challenging aspect of putting together a podcast episode. Ask any podcast host, and they’ll tell you the same. After all, not only do you have to be acquainted with how to use the editing software (properly), but you also need to have a handful of sound editing skills and a significant amount of time and patience. This is why you should outsource your podcast editing to a professional like us.
We, here at Rocket Podcasts, can take care of all your podcast production needs so you can free yourself from the technicalities and focus on the creative aspects of your podcast. Outsource your podcast editing to us.
Along with podcast editing, we can also help you with other podcast-based services, including building your podcast website, hosting your podcast website, updating your podcast website, creating your podcast artwork and even publishing your podcast.
Our mission is to make podcasting easy for you and ensure that every episode is cohesive, engaging, and most importantly human!