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Creating a Polished Podcast Tip #4: Common Mistakes

Avoid These Common Mistakes in Podcast Post-Production to Get a Professional-Sounding Podcast.

Post-production is a critical stage in the podcast creation process that can make or break the final product. Even the most well-recorded audio can end up sounding unprofessional if the post-production is done poorly. Here are some common mistakes to avoid in podcast post-production:

  1. Not removing unwanted noise: Background noise can be distracting and take away from the quality of your podcast. It's important to remove any unwanted noise during post-production to ensure a professional-sounding final product.

  2. Inconsistent audio levels: Inconsistent audio levels can be jarring and detract from the listening experience. Make sure to level out your audio so that each element is consistent throughout your podcast. Compressors can help with this, but I prefer to automate gain throughout to give a more natural, level voice.

  3. Poor editing: Editing mistakes like awkward pauses or repetitive phrases can be distracting and take away from the flow of your podcast. Take the time to edit your audio carefully and ensure a seamless listening experience. Start from the beginning and go through taking out anything that could distract. If you organise your session before, label every part of your audio so you can quickly see what needs attention.

  4. Not using EQ: EQ, or equalisation, can help to balance out the different frequencies in your audio and make it sound more professional. Neglecting EQ can result in a muddled or harsh-sounding podcast that just doesn’t sound right. Even just taking out some of the lows can help remove any rumble. EQ can help your podcast sound clean and professional.

  5. Overusing effects: While audio effects can enhance your podcast, using too many can be overwhelming and take away from the natural sound of your audio. Use effects sparingly and tastefully to avoid overdoing it. Little can have bigger impact, you don’t need lots of different tools and effects to get a professional podcast. Most professionals use only a few plugins to make it sound polished.

By avoiding these common mistakes in podcast post-production, you can create a professional-sounding final product that will engage your audience and keep them coming back for more.


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