Podcast editing & engineering is incredibly overwhelming if you've never done it before.


You spend hours dicking around with settings that you don't understand, only to wind up with a result you're not entirely sure is good. Is it loud enough? How does the music sound under the vocals? How do I fix this shitty Zoom recording? Oh my god, how is it already midnight? I have work in the morning!

But what other choice do you have? Subbing out your podcast editing costs hundreds of dollars.


Well, for one, you can learn how to do a pretty okay job on your own. And I know that seems intimidating as hell, but, and I'm telling you this as someone who had more than 5000 hours behind the console, it really isn't that hard (or time consuming) if you can just grasp the basics.


99% of all audio requires just three things in order to "sound its best."


De-Noising

Identifying the difference between the signal (your voice), and everything that isn't the signal (the noise), and then removing as much of that non-signal noise as possible.

Compression

Reducing the extreme between the loudest part of your audio and the quietest parts by adjusting threshold, ratio, and additive gain settings. Sound complicated? It isn't.

Equalization

Identifying ranges of frequencies that need to be made a little louder, or a little quieter, in order for the overall sound to be its best. This is probably the hardest of the three. Still, not that hard.

And all of this seems too hard, or too much to learn, right?

It's not. I can't say enough to impress upon you how easy this actually is. If we were talking about music, that's a different story, but we're not. We're talking about podcasts, we're talking about dialogue only. In most cases, the settings for one voice where compression is concerned (for example) will work for almost every voice, you'll just have to turn one knob up or down to adjust for the difference in loudness between speakers. You just need the basics, then you're good.


That's what this course teaches: The basics. You'll learn the basics of editing, compression, equalization, de-noising, and normalization so you can edit your own podcast effectively and efficiently.