Outsourcing Audio Editing
Are you finding that audio editing is becoming so time consuming that it’s reducing your ability to engage in other activities that build your business, like marketing yourself and recording work for your clients?
Many voice talent are outsourcing audio editing to capable audio engineers who can get the job done for a reasonable price and in a timely fashion, no matter where in the world they are located.
Why Outsource Audio Editing?
Outsourcing audio editing can really benefit you in the long run. As a voice actor, you want to ensure that the voice recordings you are sending to clients are the best possible quality and with everything else going on from auditioning, updating your demos and finishing work, you may not always have the full capacity to edit audio on your own.
Benefits to Outsourcing Audio Editing:
While outsourcing in general terms isn’t new, a number of talent are realizing how much time they can reclaim in terms of spending it with family, pursuing other opportunities or getting a good night’s sleep.
It may go without saying but time is money. If you find that your time could be better spent doing something else (like recording for more clients), you may find that outsourcing, although it means paying someone else to do the audio editing for you, may in fact save you money in the long run. In fact, by having someone else take on the task, it may afford you the opportunity to earn more money, because you can take on more projects.
Although short commercial ads are pretty popular and relatively short, not all of your projects will be this short. Consider long form narration – do you have time to spend an extra 5-10 hours of editing these lengthy files? If not, audio editing outsourcing may be for you. It gives you the freedom to pick and choose which projects you may have time to edit on your own, and which ones you may need extra help with.
At the end of the day, knowing how to work more efficiently will have a positive impact on your health, and give you time to rest and recover – which is crucially important in the life of a busy voice actor.
If you work with the same audio editor on a regular basis, you can guarantee that your audio will sound the same all the time. An audio pro will be able to set your levels to a consistent setting each time, ensuring that the final products your clients will receive will all have the same amount of professionalism.
Types of Audio Editing
Although audio editing may seem like a straightforward process, especially if you are technically savvy, there are many different parts of audio editing that you may need help with, including:
- Basic Editing
This includes removing mistakes and any other unwanted background noises that may have been picked up by your microphone.
Slowing down or speeding up the cadence of your recording.
Adding in sound effects or music
- Format Conversion
You may need to convert your final file for your client in a format other than the one you have recorded. Although this can be a fairly easy process in some cases, in others you may need an expert’s help to ensure that you don’t lose the quality of your audio.
Becoming More Efficient at Audio Editing
If you feel that you are not quite busy enough to justify outsourcing audio editing and still want to do this part yourself, there are still ways you can become more efficient at editing your audio to make this part of the process less daunting – especially for beginners. These dos and don’ts can help you manage your editing process more succinctly.
- Don’t edit for more than 3 or 4 hours at a time. You need to take breaks in order to give yourself a mental break as well as a physical break from all the wrist/hand movements that come along with editing.
- Do watch tutorials – it’s a good idea to be seeking out new skills and new ways to edit that may save you more time.
- Don’t be afraid to seek out help if the editing process becomes too laborious.
Ultimately, the decision to outsource audio editing depends on how busy you are and how many projects you are working on at any given time. If you decided to edit yourself, be sure to seek out tutorials and other expert advice if needed. If you are outsourcing, make sure you find a reliable editor who will be able to give you a professional-sounding final file for your clients.