Do you know what the hardest part to podcasting is? Take a guess. It’s neither the content nor starting the podcast.
Clue: it has something to do with tools.
The answer? The most challenging aspect is the post-production.
Recording is just one part of podcasting. After securing a guest and recording the entire show, the most daunting task comes right after that. Editing out the filler words, dead air, and the background noises to create a smooth podcast episode is not a walk in the park.
However with the right tools (and the right mindset, of course!), you can start making waves in the podcast-sphere. Armed with kickass content and a good story, all that you need to do is to edit and polish your podcast to ready it for public airtime.
One way to quickly polish a recorded audio is by using certain applications. Apps like Auphonic and Levelator are just two among the many that are used for automatic audio post-production.
Auphonic is web-based automated post-production software for cleaning up audio. Users just upload their audio files, be it MP3, WAV, or MP4 and it will do the rest of the job. This will require little to no expert knowledge on audio editing.
Auphonic levels, normalizes, and restores audio to create a professional podcast. It also has automatic noise gate and ducking removal.
It is easy to use and its interface is user-friendly. Auphonic also connects to Dropbox, YouTube, SoundCloud, and FileZilla among other external applications.
Although you can download the software for free, it is not entirely free of charge. Podcasts with a weekly show of less than 30 minutes can still use it for free since you can only edit the first two hours free.
If you have a longer podcast, you may need to pay a one-time credit until you use it up or pay the monthly recurring fee for nine hours of audio per month.
As the name suggests, Levelator adjusts the audio levels in your podcast so it is similar across the different speakers. It compresses, limits, and normalizes your audio file. The Levelator is effective in keeping the sound levels consistent.
It has a drag-and-drop interface and can be used for WAV or AIFF files. This makes it easy to use for anyone who’s just starting out.
These applications are useful in enhancing files to produce better sounding audio. These automated tools are great for casual and newbie podcasters. If you’re just feeling lazy or just don't have any post-editing expertise, these will solve your problems!
The upside to using Auphonic and Levelator is that these are free software that you can download for both Windows and Mac computers. Although such applications can reduce the time you spend on your audio files as it automatically levels them, you still have to work on your podcast to polish for publishing.
In addition to that, these tools work through algorithm. This means that the quality cannot be guaranteed. You can't tell these apps, "Can you edit this certain part of the podcast for me, there's a dog barking at the back..." Remember, these applications only do a specific thing.
There is no single software for doing every bit of editing for you.
By leaving your podcast at the helm of such software, in a way you’re putting quality at the back burner. Is that your plan? One way to solve this lack of human factor in editing is hiring Podcast Engineers (or any podcast editor for that matter).
Podcast Engineers is a team of audio editors and engineers that provides professional audio editing and mastering. They help newbies start their own podcasts while raising the bar when it comes to quality.
In comparison to these applications, Podcast Engineers provide monthly subscription plans for podcast editing. Rates vary depending on your needs and the length of your podcast shows. You can also customize your plan. These already include full podcast editing, from start to finish.
Having a human factor in editing your podcast makes a whole lot of difference compared to just using simple tools. Professional and experienced sound engineers polish your audio files, so you are confident with the work done. They know what works and what sounds good.
Nothing beats having a certain human touch in producing creative and excellent podcasts. This form of quality assurance cannot be replicated by any software or application.
This makes Podcast Engineers different and efficient in providing you top notch editing services. You can already focus on things that matter, like marketing your podcast, instead of spending hours editing your shows.
Recorded files can be a big mess. Cutting out all the dead air, filler words, and background noise will take a good amount of time out of your day. With professional services around, like Podcast Engineers, you are able to focus on your message and generally tasks that truly matter.
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