The most common question among first-time podcasters is how to process the record for better and professional-sounding voiceover. As long as you have a mic and clear voice delivery, you can use any DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) to meet your standards since they all basically have the same functions for editing.

Consider also the following:

  1. You should identify which audio part you would like to edit.
  2. Select that part.
  3. Edit the specific region of audio.
  4. Listen to the playback and choose the best takes and compile it into one.

 Finding the Room Tone

The location plays a vital role in recording a podcast. Find a room that has natural sound temperature so there would be good acoustics once you begin recording. You may require some editing and splicing works if sounds overlap.

Automatic Dialog Replacement (ADR)

ADR is re-recording specific lines that can’t be done in editing. To get the way you want it, retake the lines with the same tone and approach you did in the previous take, using the same mic setup so it will match the original.

 Editing Tools

There are many DAW’s on the market today and they all have same basic functions and tools so you can use any of these for editing. Just select the one that you’re comfortable working with.

 Selector

By clicking or dragging the cursor to the audio track waveform, it will select the range you want to edit.

 Grabber

It lets you move the audio region you want to edit into a new location by simple click-and-drag technique.

 Trimmer

It allows you to easily cut or expand the audio region. To shorten, click the cursor at the right or left of the region you wish to cut then drag it to the center – this will trim off the region until you release the mouse button. If you want to lengthen it, click the cursor on the edge of the region then drag it outwards. The more you drag it the more it expands until the region is restored to its original size.

 Zoomer

If you click on this tool, the cursor turns like a mini magnifying glass. It gives a greater detail of the track as you click and drag.

For a clearer voice quality output, you may also do these tips:

  1. Add a Noise Gate to remove unwanted noise while you record.
  2. Cut the lows and boost the highs in your EQ.
  3. Employ a light compression. A small amount can bring great output but don’t apply compression you don’t need it.
  4. To make sure that there’s no clipping, add a little limiting in the limiter, tweak the EQ and fine tune gate controls. They add extra volume that will definitely get the listeners’ attention.