How increasing sound quality via Editing can improve your show
Now that you have recorded your first podcast, let’s talk about improving sound quality. Sound Quality is one of the most important parts of your show and is the deciding factor for many listeners. While there will be many many many articles on sound improvement, here are three podcast editing techniques that will help improve the sound of your show!
Compression allows for balance of the electronic signals that you are producing within your audio for better sound quality. You are telling the system to balance the highs and lows so there aren’t any crazy loud parts or silent parts, both very hard on the hearing for the audience.
For the basics of Compression were are looking at how loud and quiet your sound is. Here is a good baseline for Compressing your sound:
- Threshold: -24 dB
- Noise Floor: -60 dB
- Ratio: between 2:1 to 4:1
- Attack Time: <1 second
- Release Time:1 second
Equalization is another technique that allows for better balancing of your vocal sound based on adjusting the different frequencies of the audio. Adjusting Equalization is subjective based on your voice and vocal range, if you have a higher vocal range, you’ll want to cut the higher frequencies. On the opposite, if you have lower vocal range, you will want to cut the lower frequencies to EQUALIZE your sound. Get it?
Equalization is very subjective and is specific to your show and your sound. The picture above shows the equalization on my specific voice, as I have a mid-tenor range, I lower my highs and my lows to enhance my voice.
Here are a few Do’s and Don’ts of editing! First things first, you will want to remove and long pieces of “dead air” or any space that nothing is happening. Second, you will want to look over your content and find the best pieces, if you go back and realize that something wasn’t as funny as you though, or your second topic goes for too long. Remember your fans are looking for the best parts of your show, so if its not good throw it out.
One thing you do not want to do is to remove your excessively loud breaths or your “Um’s” or “Uuh’s” via editing. I will suggest that you improve these by listening and improving your stutter words, which we will talk about in another blog. If your breaths are to loud, microphone adjustments may be better solution than editing. The point is, editing may not always be the best solution and working on these issues pre-recording can help tremendously!
What are your editing tips and tricks you use when recording? Tweet me at @BillLazerman your tips and help!