Podcast editing can be intimidating to someone that is new to audio editing software and an obsession to those with even the most practice. Giving your podcast listeners an enjoyable experience should always be a priority.
Advanced Podcast Editing
If you’re an Adobe Audition user with average editing experience, you may be looking to take your editing skill to the next level. Through over 400 hours of editing in adobe audition, i’ve learned all the filters and effects that should be applied to get the best out of recorded audio. If you want to learn my exact editing formula from beginning to end, check out my Advanced Podcast Editing PDF E-Book. In this printout, I lay it out plain and simple on how to be a top-notch editor in Adobe Audition.
For the beginner looking to add some easy implementations to make their podcast sound better, we offer the following tips.
Give Yourself The Best Signal To Work With
If you have not yet recorded your podcast episode or want to plan for the future, knowing in your pre-show prep to make sure you give yourself a good source to work with can make all the difference. Always make sure you and your guests are speaking directly into the microphone and within a distance of six inches at the absolute most. Make sure your mic gain is also as high as it can go without clipping (that flashing red notification that happens). A full mic signal will make life so much easier.
Trim The Ends
Never upload a podcast that hasn’t had the ends trimmed. That is a sure way to make your podcast seem unprofessional. Make sure the audio starts right when the first voice comes in and there is no space in the beginning. If you don’t have a hard beginning or stop, try adding a fade in/out effect. This helps to ease the audio in.
If you don’t have a perfect room for recording, you’ll want to eliminate as much noise as possible without compromising the quality of your audio. In most audio editing programs (DAWS), you can find a plugin called Noise Reduction. This will help eliminate some of the fuzz and hum. When you want to get to an advanced level, you then can move into DeEssers, Dynamic Processing, and Noise Gates. These take a little more to learn and have to be done in a specific order. Check out my Advanced Podcast Editing PDF for exact instructions.
Bring The Volume To A Peak
Nothing frustrates a podcast listener more than low podcast volume or inconsistent podcast audio levels. One plugin you can use to up the audio volume while not making it clip is Hard Limiting. Boosting and limiting your volume to -.1 on the db scale will bring audio to its highest point. This is a must-do for every edit.
Save To The Right Format
Make sure you always export your podcast to the correct format for the highest quality. In your export settings, look for MP3 as the file extension and a 192kbps bitrate. You can see my blog on the best podcast file format for more information.
These are just some of the basic tips and tricks you should do to make sure your podcast sounds the best it can. Remember, the editing process should not be taken lightly. This is where things really get shined up and are made to sound professional. When you edit, make sure to listen on headphones, your monitor, and even in your car before publishing. The goal is for a podcast to sound good everywhere.