Editing the audio
You have the first show wrapped. It is time to run that podcast through your audio editing software. In this case we are going to use audacity. mainly it is free and also it is because it is the podcast editing software I know.
Set up Audacity
Download Audacity and install the program. Just choose the default location when installing if there are any personal choices you make they may, but not likely, change the lay out to your version of Audacity.
Download and install Chris Dynamic compressor. you can download it from The Audacity to Podcast and follow the directions on this page.
after installing go to the top of the screen and choose Edit -> Preferences
There are a few places in the preferences you want to make sure you have set
What is sample rate and why do I need to set it to 44.1KHz?
The Sample rate is often looked at as the Frame Rate in videos. The higher the sample rate the smother and better the
Create a project file
The Project file is a file that has all the “Normal” Intro’s outro’s and sound effects already added to Audcity so when you open it up you will be able to save some time with hunting these files down and loading them into Audacity. Just import your show’s episodic information. Do some processing of your audio and export it. So what is the my work flow?
Podcast Dojo’s workflow
First line up the tracks where you want them to be.
- I will first line the bumper
- Then Line up the Intro song to at the very end of the Bumper.
- Position the closer so that it starts about two minutes before the end of the show.
- Add the Hayrolling Podcast Network closer.
Run noise remover
Run Chris dynamic compressor with the settings of
- Compress Ration of 0.85
- Compression hardness 0.5
- Floor -32.0
- Noise Gate fall off 2.0
- Max amplitude 0.95
Zoom out and see if there are any large noticeable areas of dead space or no sound. This is places that are larger than your typical pregnant pause. If there are a lot of spaces in the recording I will use truncate silence
I then Normalize reduce the tracks to mono listen through everything once to make sure things are flowing good at the opening and the closing. I then export in to a 16-bit wav file.
What do you call your file?
Good naming convention to use is initials for your show then episode so Podcast Dojo file for this episode is PDJ009.wav dont put a space or any symbols other than the underscore or hyphen. This can cause an assortment of problems with downloads and rss streams.
Now if you haven’t used iTunes to convert a podcast before there are a few small changes you want to do before you convert you wav file.
Go to the Preferences and under the General Tab you will see the Import CD section click the button for “Import settings”
I then open iTunes drag and drop the show into the playlist and right click and choose convert to MP3
Edit preferences and choose For Import using: MP3 Encoder
Setting Choose Custom from the drop down.
This will bring up “stereo bit rate” Choose 128 kbps
Make sure the Veriable Bit Rate (VBR) is unchecked
Sample Rate is 44,100 kHz
Close those windows and you are set
Drag and drop the Wav file to a play list you have created. right click on the file in the Playlist and choose convert to MP3. with in a few short moments yor file will be converted and ready to be uploaded.
Upload the file to your media server and then when finished enter the url into your Podcast Episode box click verify and you are able to publick or set the schedule for the episode to air and you are set.
That is as long as you have done your show notes.
Tip of the week
If your file size is too big check to make sure you are not encoding in stereo if you are you can cut your file size in half