My Editing Process
In the free consultation call, we discuss how you envision the flow of your show. (where you want the intro/outro/transitions, etc.), and we talk about turnaround time, followed by a formal proposal so we're on the same page.
- The audio from you is put into a Google Drive folder specific to your show -- this is also where the final product will go when it is complete. Also in that folder is any theme music and/or transitions to be used.
- I ask that clients email me any ID3 tag information I may need, such as the episode title.
- When I get the audio on my end, I start by leveling the audio so every voice is at the same volume.
- I follow this up by doing noise removal to minimize room noise, followed by adjusting the equalization (increasing or decreasing certain frequencies to easier listening).
- Then I go through the audio to take out mistakes, clicks and pops, crutch words ("um," "like," "you know"), minimize loud breaths, take out extra long silences, and reduce plosives (popping P's and B's).
- Following the editing, I take your theme music or transitions and mix them into the audio to create your episode.
- I take a final listen to the audio to make sure it's comprehensive and all the same volume, then I export the finished show to .mp3 at the suggested standard podcast volume (-19 LUFS for mono, -16 LUFS for stereo).
- From there, I can either upload the episode back to the Google Drive folder or I can upload the episode to Libsyn and save it as a draft for you to add show notes to. (I suggest using something like LastPass to provide access to your Libsyn account to me.)
If you have chosen show notes as part of an editing package, I put visual markers in the audio track as I'm editing to make note of key points and quotes to be used in show notes.
Any notes or outlines for the show are put into your specific Google Drive folder for reference.
Depending on the level of show notes, I can:
- Write a few paragraphs giving an overview of the episode and its topics.
- Write show notes with time stamps for the different questions answered or topic changes.
- Make bullet points for topics covered.
- Write a blog post article based on the information given in the show notes.
Note: All show notes include clickable links to any resources mentioned. If there is a standard set of show notes to be included with every episode, that is also put into the show notes.
I use Google Docs to write show notes, which can be formatted specifically to Libsyn's standard so it can be copied and pasted without losing any formatting. I can either upload the show notes to your Google Drive folder or input them directly into Libsyn.
Bells and whistles included in some editing/show notes packages may include:
- Scheduling your episode to go live and writing announcements for connected social media accounts on Libsyn.
- Uploading episode-specific artwork to Libsyn.
- Creating audiograms (snippets of the show put over a graphic to share on social media).
- Creating promotional graphics of quotes from the show to share on social media.
Contact me and we can talk about custom packages tailored specifically for your show.
I understand there is no one-size-fits-all service package that works for every podcast, which is why I am happy to create packages specifically for your show.