tag:quailaudio.posthaven.com,2013:/posts Quail Audio Editing 2018-09-13T22:50:39Z Simeon M. Harris tag:quailaudio.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1321478 2018-09-13T22:39:19Z 2018-09-13T22:50:39Z 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.

Harris Family
tag:quailaudio.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1319493 2018-09-06T23:00:00Z 2018-09-07T23:06:08Z How To Make Your Podcast Sound Better

If you have a podcast, you want to make it sound as good as possible. The better the quality, the more listeners. So, I've made a list of things to make your podcast sound better:

  • Have a good microphone. If you have a cheap and low-quality mic, it'll pick up that annoying white noise that everyone knows and hates.
  • Have a short 1-3 minute intro to the podcast so that if someone's listening to the podcast for the first time, they can get to know you or what the podcast is about.
  • Have a podcast editor!!! You need someone to take out all that excess sounds, filler words, repeated sentences, etc.
  • Write down on a piece of paper about what you're going to talk about so that you don't forget in the middle of the podcast.
  • If you're interviewing, let your guest know what you're going to talk about and ask him/her beforehand.
  • Have an outro so that your listeners know where to go to find out about stuff on your blog, or find out more about the guest speaker.
Harris Family
tag:quailaudio.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1318431 2018-09-04T22:29:44Z 2018-09-07T23:00:29Z The 6 Different Formats For Podcasts

There are six different types of podcast formats according to Charli Prangley:

  1. Interviews are podcasts where there's a host(s) interviewing their guest. Example podcast: Richer Soul
  2. Conversational podcasts are podcasts where the host(s) talks about certain topics. Example podcast: The Tolkien Road
  3. Educational podcasts normally have more than one host and center towards a certain topic that is educational. Example podcast: A Way With Words
  4. Solo-casts are podcasts that center towards the podcast host and their experiences. Example podcast: Einstein Blueprint
  5. Non-fiction storytelling are podcasts where the host(s) talk about real stories that have happened in the world around us.  
  6. Podcast Theatre podcasts are basically radio drama but in podcasts. It would have sound effects and voice actors to make it a TV show, but video.
Harris Family
tag:quailaudio.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1318429 2018-09-03T22:24:00Z 2018-09-04T23:14:13Z Editing The Guest Without Editing The Host (or Vice Versa)

Some podcasts episodes are solo-casts, and others are interviews. It's a piece of cake to edit if it's solo, but interviews are a different story. Interviews are harder to edit because if one person needs editing, you don't want to edit the other person out. One of my clients is always interviewing, but thankfully, he always sends us the podcast episodes in a "Stereo" channel, which means that the host and guest are separated from left to right. How does this make it easier? Because in Audition (the program I use to edit podcasts) you can turn off either left or right. For example; if the host (who's on the left) has a phone call, and the guest (who's on the right) is speaking at that moment, I wouldn't want to cut out what the guest is saying, so I just silence the right side, and then I can get to business with the left side.

Harris Family
tag:quailaudio.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1316773 2018-08-30T23:34:25Z 2018-08-30T23:48:28Z How To Take Out Something Without Disrupting The Sentence

If you're editing, and you hear an "um", then, of course, you'd want to take it out. But one of the things that can ruin the edit, is if the sentence still needs it's "break". What I mean is that normally when people say "um", it means that they're thinking of what next to say, so they just blurt out "um". But when you take out that space, the listeners can hear/tell that something was cut out. Think about how robots would speak; they just say the words with no expression and no break until they finish their sentence. That's how it can sound if you don't clean out the "um" right. What's the secret? Replacing it with a nice (not totally silent) piece of sound that has nothing except the sound of the quiet white noise in the background of the person who's talking. That way, it sounds like the speaker is thinking silently, instead of the annoying "um".

Harris Family
tag:quailaudio.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1316394 2018-08-29T19:25:04Z 2018-08-30T23:13:11Z Custom Microphone Sound Box

As I've mentioned before in one of my posts, it can get really loud in my house. Why? Because I have 8 siblings. I need not say more. What was annoying is that if I wanted to record something (I also practice reading a lot because I'm also interested in voice acting) and my mic would sometimes pick up that sometimes screaming, laughing, crying, you get the picture.

So, I decided there must be an end to all this background noise. What first came to mind was maybe burying myself and my mic in clothes so that there wouldn't be the echo and siblings. But that would be pretty hard! Then I thought that maybe I could get a Microphone sound box!...except they're pretty expensive, and I had just gotten new headphones, so I wasn't ready to spend more money on something I could make! The "secret ingredient" may be something you wouldn't expect; egg cartons! Yes, you heard me right. I've seen pictures of real sound boxes, and they have little bumps inside so that sound doesn't echo by bouncing off of a flat wall.

So, I got 4 egg cartons and taped them to a box, and now it works perfectly!

-PS, you'll have to look at the image sideways. Something went wrong with Posthaven, so that's why it's rotated differently.

Harris Family
tag:quailaudio.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1316044 2018-08-28T18:35:54Z 2018-08-28T18:35:58Z New Headphones

A few days ago I ordered a pair of wireless Bluetooth MPOW headphones, and they just came in yesterday. They are excellent! ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ five stars! You can connect them to your phone or computer by Bluetooth or just using an AUX cord. When it's connected to a phone, you can answer and decline calls by pressing a button on the headphones. It even has a mic, so when you're on a phone call, you can just talk through the mic, instead of having to be right next to your phone. But the best part about it (which was what I was looking for) is that it was very noise canceling. When I'm editing, there's always a lot of noise in our house (I have eight siblings, so you can imagine why it's always loud), and it's super distracting when I hear something that I think is coming from the podcast, but is actually my baby sister.  Oh! I forgot the very BEST part of it! It's...*drum roll*...COMFY! Yep, you know by how I emphasise it with CAPS, Bold, Italic, and Underscore that that is very important!

Harris Family
tag:quailaudio.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1315750 2018-08-27T22:29:40Z 2018-08-27T22:29:41Z Video of How I Edit

I recorded a short video showing how I edit, and what I take out, and how this helps professional podcasters sound nice and smooth.


Harris Family
tag:quailaudio.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1314604 2018-08-23T21:59:20Z 2018-08-23T22:30:17Z The Average Edits Per Podcast

Today I was podcast editing again, and when I was about to save the progress I had gotten so far, I noticed in the history rack (there's more about the history rack in one of my blog posts) it said that I had 225 edits! That's a lot, especially since I had only been editing for about an hour, and had edited around 20 minutes. So, that gave me the idea to talk about the average amount of edits it takes for a podcast episode. 

Through my calculations, the average amount of edits per podcast episode is about 700 edits. I work for someone who is better than the average amount, who's podcasts is normally around just 300 edits! That's what I call relaxing! But it's not always like that. One time I experienced a very tragic episode, scoring around 1200 edits! And that was a year ago, so I wasn't as experienced as I am now. But, after a LOT of hassle, my dad and I (if you didn't know, he helps out with the editing) were able to finish it. I must say, it opened my eyes to how bad the feature episodes could be. A few times we've experienced episodes almost as bad, but that's another story.

Harris Family
tag:quailaudio.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1314605 2018-08-22T22:00:00Z 2018-08-23T22:32:17Z Adobe Audition Setup

This is a simple showcase of the basic things you need to know when editing in Adobe Audition:

  1. These are the tools for the spectral frequency display (see 2) to help you edit the little sounds annoying sounds.
  2. The spectral frequency display allows you to view the audio more detailed, so, for example, if you delete the bottom part, then it would make the audio sound higher pitched (if the red/yellow is at the top of the frequency display, then it's higher pitch, and if it's on the bottom, then it's lower pitch).
  3. This is the history rack, where it lists your previous edits. It comes in very handy when you make a mistake, and you want to go back and re-do it.
  4. These are the controls for listening to the audio. First of the buttons is the "stop" button, then "play", then "pause", then go to the beginning, then go back a little, then go forward a little, then go to the end, then record (I didn't say it was just an editor program!), then repeat the selected audio over and over, and last, skip the selected audio.
  5. This is the timeline, which shows you how many minutes/seconds/hours you are into the audio.
  6. This is what I like to call the "pitch bar", and if you play the audio, a green, yellow, and red bar will start moving, and if it's green, that means it's quiet. If it's yellow, that means it's not too loud, and it's not too quiet. But if it's red, that means its off the pitch, and way too loud.
  7. This is the marker rack, which shows you the list of markers (see 13) and options for them.
  8. this is the frequency analysis, and I don't quite know what it does, but it's basically the pitch bar (see 6), but it's more advanced.
  9. This is the adjustive amplitude panel, which can turn the audio higher and lower.
  10. This is the file rack, which is the most important of all. This is how you open the files, delete files, save files, etc. As you can see I already have 3 different files in the program, and I have one selected (which is the one displayed in the picture).
  11. These are two different settings. Right now I have it under waveform, where I can see the certain selected file. And then there's multitrack, where you can play multiple audio files at once, except it's not as advanced and detailed as waveform.
  12. This is what I like to call the "help panel", where you have the File panel, Edit panel, Multitrack panel, Clip panel, Effects panel, Favorites panel, view panel, Window panel, and the real "help panel". I don't want to get into details of what all of the panels do, but maybe another time.
  13. This is a marker, which is VERY useful, because if you hear something interesting in an episode, and you have to keep on editing, but you don't want to lose that spot, then you just leave a marker where it was, and you can even name it so you don't get confused if you have a whole bunch.
  14. Last of all, this is a separate adjustive amplitude panel, for the separate editor called the "Preview Editor".

Harris Family
tag:quailaudio.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1314606 2018-08-21T22:01:00Z 2018-08-23T22:30:56Z Dealing With The Small Stuff

This morning I was editing a podcast episode, and every once in a while I would hear a repeated alarm sound. It wasn't loud, but it was just at the right decibel level bug the listener. It was so tiny on the frequency display, so I had to go over the patch of audio it was in until I found it:

The white outline shows where the noise is, which looks like a very thin line.
It was hard to get out, but I got it! After, you couldn't tell there was a high pitch noise at all!

Here's the recording with the high pitch noise:

Here's the recording without the high pitch noise:

Harris Family
tag:quailaudio.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1314608 2018-08-20T22:04:00Z 2018-08-23T22:38:09Z Dealing With a Difficult Podcast

Hello! Simeon back again to talk about podcast editing. Yesterday I was editing a podcast, and the person being interviewed used a lot of "ums", which is pretty normal, except he used more "ums" instead of background noises, repetition, "so", etc. This made it kind of easy, but after a while, it can really get on your nerves!

I've experienced someone like this before (in fact, he was one of the hardest people I've ever edited!), who would literally say "um" or "uh" EVERY...TEN...SECONDS!!!...*Clearing throat* anyways, he was a big problem. My dad and I (who goes through the podcast after I edit it to clear out any excess noise) knew it would take forever to finish, at least a week! So, we decide to edit the first few seconds the host and the guest switched off from talking. And even though it wasn't tip-top shape, it was the best we could do.

Harris Family
tag:quailaudio.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1314625 2018-08-17T22:04:00Z 2018-08-23T22:39:28Z The Podcast Editing Process

Well, first of all, my computer is now 100% built! And it's a BIG improvement for the editing! Anyways, that said, let's get down to the main stuff of this blog post.

So, I'm going to explain the process of the editing:

1:   Download files (podcast episode, intro, and outro) from Dropbox/Google Drive (depending on client)

2:   Start and finish editing the episode and save it as finished

3:   Start and finish editing the intro and outro

4:   Apply intro and outro music (again, depending on the client)

5:   Apply intro and outro to the podcast episode

6:   Send to the client!

Phew! I guess that wasn't much of an explanation...

But deeper into it, I'd edit the podcast and then my dad would go over it to get any little mistakes I missed.

Well, I guess that's it! (Yep, a super short one this time...only 142 words!)

Harris Family
tag:quailaudio.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1314626 2018-08-16T22:04:00Z 2018-08-23T22:41:44Z New Computer
This past week my dad and I ordered parts to build a computer, in which my brother has been building (I'm not the "computer savvy' type, so I have no idea how to build one!). The reason we're getting the computer is that my current computer has been slowing down with each podcast I download (each one is around 800 MB!), and it takes about 10-30 minutes to download, whereas a regular computer would only take a few seconds to a minute. Plus, my computer is about 2-3 years old, so it probably won't last much longer with all the files pressuring it down.

So, it was time to get a new and more powerful computer... except the motherboard had some bent pieces, so we had to return it for a new one, which we are waiting for. When it does come, we'll be able to tackle any podcast (well, maybe any...).

Harris Family