How I started as a podcast editor?
At first, all I wanted is to help them make their podcast better by editing, mixing, mastering, and all post-production stuff. Listening to podcasts is not my favorite thing to do, but after a few months helping my team manage the podcasts seems to be an eye opener. It felt great to be able to contribute to something and uncover what I really cared about.
How is it going?
Most of the time, I was editing, placing audio files together, cutting mistakes, false starts, long pauses, stuff like that. I also did mixing/mastering; EQ, compressor, making sure the levels were perfect and sounded as fair as possible. Even though I wasn't really good at mixing/mastering when I started, I've gotten better through practice and research over time.
I felt a bit that it might wither and die by not choosing the right audio, not targeting the right audience, and is there a volume of listeners who wants this genre. But what I realize is, do not purely focus on your audience and too techy, instead check your competitor beat them by having x-factor to your content, of course consistency of posting, and you'll enjoy the game.
Post-Production Key Points
There are many sound editor you can choose from but I use Adobe Audition. I can't discuss here how I edit the overall episode but one thing that must editor needs to focus are the right timing or where do you put of all your materials (sfx, bgm, VO:NAT/SOT, etc..)
In film editing, using sound effects or sound design may have an emotional influence on the audience. It will help keep your audience attentive throughout the story. It will make up their mind about you as soon as they hear your theme song. It sets the mood of the story, and it gives audiences an idea of what to expect. You can apply this in podcast editing. Thus this is the essential of audio editing.
Healthy theme music blends right in and can go unheard, which is all right because that means it's a perfect fit. Bad theme music comes out and immediately gives viewers the wrong idea about your podcast. Be careful of choosing the right genre of music for your episode not all sound effect (sfx) are design for all audience.
And too much sound design and your story will be lost in the sequence you’ve created. If in doubt, leave it out. But when used correctly, sound design can turn a good podcast into an amazing one.
Do I really need to have a good sound system?
There's a lot of ways you can produce. Not all podcasts are pre-recorded, and not all really need to have a good sound effect (sfx). Some of them are live interviews, and they're only going to post straight to podcasts. But take note that editing will help you attract more listeners. By investing in editing your podcast, you make your content more listenable, you make podcasts exclusive from others, and that's what I called Branding. The question is, do you want to stand out from the others or want just to produce your content? If yes, build your brand; If not, who will listen to your podcast?
To produce a better sound system, the audio starts with quality recordings. It then goes on to post-production, where the recordings are processed, mixed, and mastered for highly finished audio that sounds excellent. Taking care of ambient noises and background noise alone is not enough. Suppose you're worried about providing better audio. In that case, you need to realize that having your content enhanced to eliminate verbal distractions (such as long delays, repeating sounds, S-sound, etc.) and ambient distractions is vitally essential in helping you meet your objective of having high-quality audio.
As I have found in other podcasts such as true crime-genre and different genres, most listeners, particularly non-editors, don't really know the difference. Upon checking some podcast, I searched every forum where I could see all the comments and those that have a positive review, and the feedback just focused on how it is insightful or new learning, and not on the sound system, are those that have a good sound design.
Is the discussion of real-life crime is sensitive and unpleasant?
True crime may not be your interest, you may find it a bit sensitive, but I find this platform to break through some lingering fake news through social media. With enough details and resources, more relaying facts made by my team, and piercing incidents together to offer a broader view of what happened. This genre is not a traditional subject that you can listen to and acquire an insightful belief, but rather a clearer picture of what has happened to current events and issues.
Here's the podcast we produce: