Creating a Polished Podcast Tip #1: Post-Production
Maximising Your Podcast's Potential with Post-Production Techniques.
Improving the quality of your podcast post-production can make a big difference in the listening experience for your audience. Here are some tips to help enhance your podcast post-production:
1. USE EQ TO BALANCE YOUR AUDIO:
Equalisation (EQ) can help to balance the sound of your podcast episode by adjusting the levels of different frequency ranges, and removing unwanted frequencies, giving you a more balanced and natural sound. Most audio software will come with built in EQ’s, I like the sound of the Waves SSL E-Channel EQ for shaping the sound and Fab Filters Pro-3 EQ for anything surgical or dynamic.
2. REMOVE BACKGROUND NOISE:
Background noise can be distracting for listeners and make it difficult to focus on the content of your podcast. Use noise reduction techniques to remove any unwanted noise and create a more polished listening experience. A Gate can help with this or plugins by Izotope such as RX Spectral De-noise are perfect for this and my go to.
3. USE COMPRESSION TO EVEN OUT LEVELS:
Compression can help to even out the levels of your audio, making quiet parts louder and loud parts quieter. This can help to create a more consistent listening experience for your audience. Waves Renaissance Vox plugin is a good go too, I love the sound of Abbey Road RS124 Compressor for levelling out the vocal, or CLA- 2A.
4. ADD SUBTLE MUSIC OR SOUND FX TO ENHANCE THE LISTENING EXPERIENCE:
Adding music or sound effects can help to enhance the mood or tone of your podcast episode. Be careful not to overdo it, as too much music or sound effects can be distracting. There are a number of techniques to blend your voice and the music together while making everything said still be heard, more on this later!
By using these simple steps, you can improve the quality of your podcast post-production and create a more engaging listening experience for your audience. Remember, the key to great post-production is finding the right balance between editing and keeping the content natural and authentic. Don’t try to create what isn’t there, bring out the sound that is.