Auphonic Program

Whenever I finish editing a podcast, I always run it through a program called "Auphonic", which will level out the decibel level, remove any weird hum throughout the podcast episode, and level out the stereo sound. We started using this program about 2 months ago. It's helped out a lot and especially helps out when some spots are quiet or other spots too loud. We've learned what helps is if we take out a little of the top part of the editor screen, it gets all of those annoying saliva sounds. I've also learned some new to do besides just editing a podcast, because one of my clients asked if I could get 2 excerpts from the episode so that she could use them to advertise on Facebook. That started about 2 weeks ago.

Also, I have another blog for my voice over (yes, that's another passion of mine that actually started me in editing by learning a lot about Audition), and the address is voiceofsimeon.posthaven.com. Hope you enjoy that blog too!

Actor Jess Harnell Interview

Not-so-recently I listened to a podcast about a radio drama me and some of my siblings like listening to, and they were interviewing an actor named Jess Harnell, Who plays as a main character in the show. I just have to say, he can do AMAZING voices! He's been in lots of movies including Cars, Transformers, Ice Age, Toy Story, Despicable Me, WALL-E, and lots more. I love all the different voices he does, including accents and impressions of people like Arnold Schwarzenegger, Christopher Walken, and the Beatles. I especially love the voice he does for the character in the show; Wooten Basset.

Here's the clip of the interview:

How Multitrack Can Be Used

A while ago, I was listening to one of my favorite singers; Peter Hollens. Peter is an acapella singer, which is singing using only your voice and without instruments. So, he has to record a lot of tracks, and in this video, he gives a little peek of how records, and you can see that he uses multitrack to channel all of his recordings. Imagine how hard that would be without multitrack! This is an example of how useful and powerful multitrack is. I've also played around in multitrack in the software I use for editing (I always use waveform when I edit), and for fun, I put together a bunch of free sound effects I found online to make a scene.


Making Audio Faster

You know at the end of an ad the voice actor always talk really fast, but too fast that they're not actually talking that fast? (I hope that wasn't confusing) Well, I finally figured out how to do that! Today I was editing a podcast, and the host was talking a little too slow so that she could be more articulate, but just too slow. So, I did some research and finally found how to make the audio faster! And the effect doesn't change the pitch of the voice. So it just made the audio faster without making it sound like the speaker was hitting puberty. Although unfortunately, I have to switch the audio from waveform to multitrack, there's probably a way to do it under waveform, which would make it easier, because I never edit in multitrack.

Audio File Formats Used For Podcasts

When I download podcasts, they'll, of course, be in a certain format. The three formats that I've come across of, are MP3, WAV (waveform), and MP4. My favorite format would have to be MP3 because it's the smallest file of them, and downloads fast. The WAV file was created by Microsoft and IBM. It's meant for storing bigger files, but the format is huge, so it takes forever to download a file if it's WAV. Last of all is MP4, which I think is pretty nifty because you can hold audio, photos, and videos with it, which WAV and MP3 can't do. A few times I've had to use this one, but the one I most have to use is WAV. It would be nice if I could download more MP3s, but that's just how the podcast episodes get sent to me.