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Podcast editing tips & tricks

Posted by Darrell Hyatt on May 7, 2010

Welcome to the enabling abilities to appear podcast today I thought I would share with you some of the tips and tricks that I’ve learned about creating and editing my podcast.

When I first started to learn not only what podcasts were but how to create them, one of things that I thought was going to be the most challenging was learning to do the editing to create the best sounding podcast that I could.  This is always my goal no matter how long I’ve been podcasting or how many podcasts I create.

Over time I’ve learned a few secrets that I would like to share with all of you, the first thing that I learned which has been very helpful is to relax and be myself because over time we get more comfortable with who we are and the way we speak and the way we sound.

Originally I thought that my podcast were very awful and there was way too many sounds and noises like the mouth clicks the breathing sounds, the dreaded um’s and ah’s that all of us have when we speak.

As I go along I now tend to not worry about those quite as much because I know I can edit them out and one of nicest things that I’ve been able to do is the learn what works best for me, one of the items that I tend to do now is rather than amplifying the audio file at the very beginning before I start my editing and my removal of the unwanted noise as I use to do before I tend now not to do the amplification until the end.

I go through and do my noise reduction processes first I use a program called Audacity to record and edit the audio file itself, and using audacity and other programs such as Wavepad pact you can do many wonderful things including noise reduction.  I found if I do the noise reduction first it takes out a lot of the unwanted background noise first which eliminates having to try and remove it later when it’s more mixed in with my voice, and it tends to stop the drop-off factor of losing the high and low ends of my speech.

When the noise reduction is done later and once I’ve done the noise reduction then I go through and remove the obvious unwanted breath sounds and the other annoying sounds like the mouth clicks.

Once I’ve got the majority of those out then I go ahead and do the amplification and then if necessary I will redo the noise reduction for the final product which should if everything is done correctly be fairly clean.

The other issue that I had is the length of breaks between when I speak, initially when I first started I tended to take a lot of that empty space out of my recordings trying to match up every time I took it out to try and take out the exact same amount and even things out.  While over time I have  learned that this is not really my natural speech pattern that people have of come to know and understand for me.

I’ve learned to take out the major silences and leave some of the minor silences in to keep the natural flow of my speaking and I realize that every person has a different speech pattern and so on and we just have to think about what works best for you what is most comfortable and adapt your podcasts to that same pattern of your speaking. Hopefully these tips are helpful.

if you have any questions comments or concerns please feel free to e-mail me at darrellh@enablingabilities.com.  You may also visit my website which is www.enablingabilities.com.   Thank you very much.

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