Podcasters can, and should, outsource podcast editing.
Why should I Outsource podcast editing? Glad you asked. You’re wasting time ON PODCAST EDITING. Devote your time doing what you do best. Imagine being able to spend less time on your podcast. Imagine, instead of spending three hours or so on audio editing, being able to spend extra time with your family or have more freedom. Imagine being able to record your audio and upload it to someone for editing. Imagine the joy of receiving the edited audio and being able to upload it, publish it, and be done with it. Let today be the day when you stop imagining. Start delegating podcast editing today. I want you to be able to share your message, sound great, save time, and be consistent.
As someone who has been editing audio for many years, I understand your pain. You LOVE the idea of having your own podcast. Either you love interviewing guests or you want to interview guests. You want to continue to make connections and establish yourself as an expert. But, there is work to be done before and after you record an episode. That work, for many podcasters, includes audio editing, which takes time by itself. In fact, it takes even more time if you are just learning. Lack of time is a big reason people abandon their podcast (or don’t start one in the first place). And then, after all that work, you are exhausted. You don’t have time to put energy into other podcast-related tasks, such as promoting your show. So nobody listens to it. It doesn’t have to be that way.
I can help with the audio editing part of the process. You’ll sound brilliant, and I will Make Your Podcast Fun.
I know how to remove what doesn’t belong and leave the material that should be there. My years of spoken word audio editing experience have made me absolutely meticulous. Editing an episode often takes me hours.
Podcast Editing- Success Story: Kim Doyal, the WordPress Chick
It all began in August 2013, when Kim Doyal of The WordPress Chick podcast talked about outsourcing her editing. After a Skype chat days later, she asked me to take on her editing. We’re still collaborating. She’s really happy about all the time she is saving, and frequently refers other podcasters to me.
- mixing an intro: Although most people will call it an “intro,” it can also be called a “podcast opening.” Your opening is how you start each episode, [everything the listener hears from when they press Play to when you start sharing your content]. Most intros have all or some of the following:
- Podcast name—how else will people know what podcast they’re listening to?
- Episode title—if your title explains the content of your episode, which I recommend (unless you’re doing comedy), then include it in your recording.
- Music or sound effects
- Hosts’ name
- Podcast tagline/explanation—don’t assume every listener knows what your podcast is all about. Explain the purpose of the podcast or its tagline, which should be a shortened version of your purpose.
- mixing an outro: Although most people will call it an “outro,” it can also be called a “podcast closing.” This is how you end each episode, [everything the listener hears after you share the content]. Most outros have the following:
- music in the background
- a statement thanking the listener for listening
- a call to action, [Example: Go to sitename.com and subscribe to the email list.]
- mixing of a transition: Some examples of a transition are:
- Your listening to [podcast name], hosted by [host’s name]
- a message from a sponsor
- a small portion of music
- combining your intro and outro with segments, in your preferred order
- Adding any special audio segments, such as feedback from listeners
- sound processing: Some examples are:
- adding bass
- dynamic range compression: This will make the volume of the audio consistent from beginning to end.
- noise reduction: Fans, air conditioners, refrigerators, choice of recording environment, choice of microphone, and computers are examples of things that can cause background noise in a recording. Even after you do everything you can to reduce the noise before you record, a software tool can be useful.
- adding ID3 tags
Episode 52 of The Audacity To Podcast
explains this quite well.
- removing material that doesn’t belong in the finished file, [such as umms and ahhs]
- inserting audio from a video
episode 30 of The Audacity To Podcast
explains this in more detail.
Here’s how the mixing works.
- Choose your music.
- Either record your voice track or hire a professional to do it for you.
- Send me both files. I’ll use one of my audio editing programs to mix the two tracks together.
Enter the price for the option you’d like, then press enter/return. Your options are:
- $120 for one month of service
- $500 for five months of service
- $30 per episode, [great for those who need occasional assistance. This price will go up to $75 in January 2019.]
If you have questions please
We will discuss how files will be shared. My favorite system for this is Dropbox.
For each episode:
- You send your content.
- I do whatever work needs to be done. you are welcome to add notes and requests if there are things you would like to point out. Each episode will be edited to your specifications and established format. You can simply record your segments and upload them, knowing that I, as your editor, will listen and decide what to do. I will contact you if I have questions.
- I return the audio to you.
“As a busy podcast host, I needed to find someone trustworthy, efficient, and detail-oriented to edit and format my podcast episodes.
Christopher Wright is all this and more. He is a joy to work with, reliable, and extremely talented. I highly recommend him.”
D’vorah Lansky, M.Ed.
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