Learn The Ins & Outs Of Sound Editing To Launch The Perfect Podcast
Ah, sound editing. If you’re a podcaster, you know it’s one of the most important- and challenging- aspects of creating a successful podcast. But fear not, because we’ve got the inside scoop on sound editing, and we’re here to make you laugh and learn along the way.
First and foremost, let’s talk about the infamous “ums”, “ahs”, and “likes” that seem to plague every conversation. As a podcaster, it’s important to eliminate as many of these vocal fillers as possible so your content flows smoothly. But let’s face it, we all have our crutch words. So why not embrace them instead? For example, instead of trying to edit out every “um”, just add a ding or a funny sound effect every time it happens. It’s a humorous and memorable way to highlight and poke fun at your verbal tics, while also keeping your podcast entertaining.
Now, onto the more technical aspects of sound editing. Let’s talk about room tone. Room tone, for those unfamiliar, is the ambient sound of the room in which you’re recording. It’s important to record a few seconds of room tone before each session so that, later on, you can blend in any edits or remove any unwanted background noise. But here’s where the humor comes in: why not make a game out of recording room tone? Challenge your co-host or guests to make the weirdest or funniest noise they can imagine during room tone- a burp, a kazoo, a meow- and blend it in later for a humorous Easter egg.
While we’re on the topic of adding sound effects, let’s talk about choosing the perfect one. There are countless websites and database resources for sound effects, but why not get creative instead? Grab a group of friends, a microphone, and some props, and create your own sound effects library. Not only can you customize the sound effects to fit your show’s tone and style, but you’ll also have a blast doing it. Plus, it’s a great team-building activity for any podcasting crew.
Another technical aspect of sound editing is EQ, or equalization. EQ is used to balance the levels of different frequencies in your audio- bass, treble, and everything in between. But to EQ properly, you need to train your ear to recognize the difference between high and low frequencies. So, why not play a game of “name that frequency”? Play a sound at a certain frequency range and challenge yourself and/or your co-hosts to guess the exact frequency. It’s a fun way to train your ear and make EQ-ing a little more enjoyable.
Last but not least, let’s talk about the ever-important aspect of sound editing: timing. The timing of your edits can make or break your podcast’s flow, and it can be tough to get it just right. But, what if we added a little humor to the mix? Challenge yourself to cut out as many breaths or seconds of silence as possible, and time your cuts to perfectly coincide with a dramatic or comedic moment in your content. It’s a little game of “beat the clock” that can make sound editing a little more entertaining.
In conclusion, sound editing is a crucial (and often tedious) aspect of podcasting- but it doesn’t have to be boring. By adding humor and games to the mix, you can make sound editing a little more enjoyable while also improving the overall quality of your content. So go forth, and may the “um” dings and kazoo sound effects be ever in your favor.