Hire The Right Audio Editor For Your Project
All About Audio Editing
Audio editing is an art and a science, and can be a time consuming process, so outsourcing the job to professional audio editors gives you the opportunity to focus on other important aspects of your creative project. Whether you need help with basic editing, speed, format conversion, sound effects, and/or a general audio clean up, our audio editors can give you the professional sounding audio you're looking for.
Taking recorded audio tracks and manipulating them to fit your needs is an acquired skill. Perhaps you have a piece of music that is almost perfect for your video but it needs a little tweaking before you can use it? Or maybe you want to strip out background noise or imperfections in an audio recording? Or do you have a long vocal recording that needs to be cut in different places? An audio editor can take the guesswork out for you and deliver an audio file that fits your specific needs.
Every professional musical track you listen to or video that you watch has likely been edited by a professional audio editor. It's the secret sauce that makes something sound just right, and an essential step that needs to happen before any mixing or mastering can happen. Quality audio editing creates a sense of cohesion in an audio file that won't be found without it.
Before there were Digital Audio Workstations (DAWs), audio editing was often done by cutting and taping analog tape. Now, audio editors can use a range of DAWs, which are devices or software that are used to compose, record, edit, and produce audio files, to complete their work, including Adobe Audition, Apple Logic Pro, Apple GarageBand, Audacity, Pro Tools, and more. These workstations can be used to clean up any 'pops' or 'clicks' in an audio recording, or remove spaces where there is white noise or no noise at all. Choosing a DAW is all about your personal preferences and needs, and a quality audio editor will have a DAW that they have deemed the best fit for their needs.
The importance of audio editing can't be understated. Sound is a powerful tool to affect emotions and to connect with your audience. It can be used to supplement visuals or to stand on its own, but if the audio in your project isn't fine tuned, it may not carry the weight you intended for it.
Take a radio ad, as an example. That thirty seconds of audio needs to convey meaning quickly. There may be multiple voice overs that need to be incorporated, music at the beginning, middle, and/or end, sound effects sprinkled throughout, and all of this needs to sound like a cohesive package. An audio editor is trained to notice and correct things like background noise, differing volumes in recordings, and smooth transitions. All of these elements come together in a way that makes the audio editing invisible, leaving only the intended message of the radio spot.
Audio editors are also trained to use their ears to catch inconsistencies. Ear training is the process of training your ears to discern the sound of various frequency bands. Humans can hear between 20Hz and 20kHz, so training your ear to interpret where a sound sits within that range will help with identifying problem areas within a mix or when restoring audio. The process of training consists of listening to white noise (static), and then hearing it again with a small boost (or cut) in a certain band or range. After quizzing yourself on this, and continuously narrowing the range to a smaller and smaller section, your ears will become tuned to those frequencies. It generally takes hours of practice to understand what you're listening for and years of experience working with audio to really tune the machine. A good audio editor will be able to identify a range in a mix and adjust it without having to find it.
No matter what type of creative project you're working on, if it has sounds you likely need an audio editor. Hiring an expert audio editor to take care of the post production work, the mixing, the sound effects, and the art of timing your audio to your video is a smart move.
Frequently Asked Questions
Audio editing is the act of manipulating audio. It can include basic editing, speed, and/or format conversion.
Finding the right software for your needs is a personal decision, but the most popular audio recording software are Adobe Audition, Audacity, Pro Tools, Logic, and GarageBand.
To edit audio files you need a Digital Audio Workstations (DAW) and an audio file.