Understanding and finding information about basic podcast audio editing and free audio resources is not that simple. Here is a list of articles, videos, and quizzes that will help with getting a better understanding of podcast audio editing and audio principles in general.
NPR was incorporated in 1970 and aired their first broadcasts in 1971 covering the Senate hearings on the Vietnam War. NPR is a media organization that syndicates a network of over 900 public radio stations.
There is a lot of correlation between radio and podcasts and NPR has an entire network of podcasts too. NPR Training is an awesome free resource for audio, visual, digital, and social storytelling. Here is just a sample of some of their free information that would be useful to podcasters.
NPR Training Vimeo Videos here you can find all of the videos that NPR Training has posted through Vimeo including:
They focus a lot on storytelling and topics that would appeal to public radio listeners, but there are still quite a few gems that would appeal to podcasters. Their ear training guide is really a must read for anyone who wants to understand what audio issues are called and how to actually fix them. The audio quiz is quick and fun and makes a great introduction to understanding how to recognize audio problems.
- The Ear Training Guide for Audio Producers
- Quiz: Do you have the ears of an audio producer?
- Put your audio to the test: Know when to use it or lose it
- ‘Butt cut what?’ A glossary of production terms
Izotope is an audio technology company that develops professional audio software for recording, mixing, broadcast, sound design, and mastering. Their software is used in many popular Digital Audio Workstation programs like Pro Tools, Apple Logic Pro, GarageBand, Reaper and more.
They are also licensing partners with notable audio software and video game developers such as Adobe, Sony, Microsoft, and Ubisoft. This is a company that understands audio at all levels and the software behind it. Many of their products and tutorials are at the professional level. But they do have some fun options for taking podcasting and audio knowledge to the next level.
- Podcasting Tips for Better Audio Quality
- Pro Audio Essentials Challenge – Test Your Skills
- 10 Tips for Creating Better Mixes
Podfly is a boutique podcast production company run by Corey Coates, so I guess we could call him a competitor, but I prefer the term ally. He has a great series of YouTube videos called Podfly Academy that I really enjoyed watching. I especially enjoyed his video about developing a show clock for podcasts. It’s a method borrowed from radio, and it keeps the show on track and makes editing easier. His Adobe Audition for Podcasters is very useful too.
Mike Russell from Music Radio Creative is another ally, in a sense. Although, some of his offerings are different than ours. His Music Radio Creative YouTube channel features several Adobe Audition and Audacity tutorials. It’s always great to find a resource like this.
Here are a few Adobe Audition Basic Podcast Tutorials that YouTubers have been kind enough to share:
- Quick & Dirty Guide to Editing Podcasts in Adobe Audition
- Adobe Audition: How to record, edit and export your podcast
- How to use Adobe Audition to give your podcast audio that professional edge
- Adobe Audition Basic Recording Tutorial
- How To Create A Podcast Template in Adobe Audition
- How to Edit and Sweeten an Audio Podcast in Adobe Audition
The folks over at envatotuts+ have resources for just about any creative project that you can do with a computer. They offer tools, services, and tutorials. They have several advanced tutorials that really get into audio editing for music and video, but I also found a couple that would be helpful for beginning podcasters who want to do it themselves.
A few tips for recording great audio is to start with the best sound possible. This means trying to have a quiet place to record in and testing different microphone techniques and placements.
Then when it is time to edit, you just have to cut out unwanted parts. Then depending on the software you are using cut out background noise, and use effects or plugins to normalize, adjust EQ, add compression or amplify.
If you are super nerdy and just want to learn about the theory of sound waves, the Physics Classroom has a tutorial on sound waves and music. It may not make you a better podcaster, but it may stretch your understanding of sound waves, along with a neuron or two.
Audio editing and sound production can be a complicated process. For simple voice recordings and podcasting it doesn’t have to be overly complicated. Whether you want to learn to edit your own podcasts or just have a better understanding of the process hopefully the above resources will help.
Thomas Edison invented the first incandescent light bulb 138 years ago. This singular invention has changed the way we light our homes ever since. One of the keys to Edison’s success was his singular focus.
In the book “How They Succeeded: Life Stories of Successful Men and Women Told by Themselves” there is the following Edison quote after he was questioned about his long working hours.
“You do something all day long, don’t you? Everyone does. If you get up at seven o’clock and go to bed at eleven, you have put in sixteen good hours, and it is certain with most men, that they have been doing something all the time. They have been either walking, or reading, or writing, or thinking. The only trouble is that they do it about a great many things and I do it about one. If they took the time in question and applied it in one direction, to one object, they would succeed.”
Audio editing can be time-consuming. It’s good to understand the concepts and there is nothing wrong with doing it yourself when you are just starting out or lack other resources. There are other times when your focus is better served elsewhere and an audio editing service like ours can help out.