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Editing Sound Effects into Your Podcast

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Digital Audio Editing for Your Podcast

After you have planned your podcast, and recorded your podcast, the next step in the process, is to edit your podcast into a clear and succinct file. Audio post-production is a process of embellishment, correction and repair. Generally you want to ensure that you are recording the best possible recording by creating the right environment through soundproofing your space (will link to Bob Breen Soundproofing Your Space), and utilizing the best equipment however, there may be instances where you have to go back and edit your voice over recordings.

The key thing to remember is that there are four main components to a great podcast: the sound of your voice, music, sound effects and silence and incorporating these key elements into your podcast can help you edit your podcast into a great final cut.

Introduction to Editing Digital Audio – Seamless Editing

Audio post-production is now more a process of elaboration and embellishment than a process of necessary correction and repair. Although podcasts are sounding better, the production can be greatly enhanced to sound more like a polished broadcast. The objective is to make your podcast flow seamlessly from one segment to the next.

Dialogue Editing – Quick Fixes

Dialogue editing – the editing of your voice over recording – is required when the tracks need to be cleaned-up. Often editing is required if noises occur between lines of dialogue, such as mouth noises or any other sounds that might be able to be heard amidst your voice. If these types of noises detracts from the talking, then they need to go, or at least be reduced. You can reduce these types of noises by using a noise reduction tool in your audio editing software.

Ambience – Overall Podcast Atmosphere

Ambience consists of sounds present in your recording environments. This is the pervading atmosphere of a place, specifically its background noises. For example, a podcast that is recorded at a baseball game would have an ambience with cheering fans, vendors selling treats or the crack of a ball hitting a bat.

You can also create ambience through the use of music throughout your podcast. If the podcast you are producing is heavy in dialogue you will want to add in background music that fits the theme of what you are discussing. Using the same music for your podcasts, helps create a sense of familiarity with your listeners.

Sound Effects – Audio Embellishments

Recording intelligible dialogue is the number one priority of a podcast recording. Adding sound effects should augment the original recording. A few examples would be doors slamming, cars passing by, or birds singing in the trees. The purpose of sounds effects is to create the illusion that the auditory environment is real, rather than fabricated.

Placing an emphasis on selected sounds can create tension, atmosphere and emotion in your podcast. It can also impart personality to the host and the characters of a podcast. Sound effects can exaggerate or diminish the listeners perception of a host or characters within a podcast. Clocks ticking can make a character sound busy or impatient, whistling can make a character sound relaxed or free spirited. While other sounds such as carnival noises can make a character sound silly.

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