How to edit a podcast

To prepare a podcast draft for release, you’ll need to access a variety of tools to ensure you can edit your episode effectively. Notetracks is a cloud-based audio workstation with powerful micro-editing, annotation, and collaboration features that makes it easy to edit a podcast.

To begin, click the ‘New Project’ button, select audio as your file type, and give your project a name.

Notetracks – how to add a new audio project

Then, start recording your audio either by clicking the ‘Add or Record New Track’ button on the left side of the screen, or by utilizing the playback tools at the bottom of the platform. If you already have your audio recorded, you can also drag and drop the file you’d like to edit into the waveform.

Notetracks – how to add your podcast episode to edit

Once your podcast draft is ready to be edited, click the ‘Editing’ icon in the top header of the workstation.

Notetracks – how to edit a podcast

Right click on the podcast waveform to view some editing options, including Split, Add Fade In, Add Fade Out, Cut, Copy, Paste, and Delete. Additionally, you can select the waveform and drag it to move it along the podcast episode.

Notetracks – how to access the drop down menu of editing options

To split your podcast track, navigate the playback controller at the bottom to the point in the file you’d like to separate, and then click ‘Split’. Splitting can be useful if you’d like to separate your ad reads from the rest of your episode’s content, for example.

Notetracks – how to split your podcast draft

To trim your podcast, navigate your cursor to the edge of where you’d like to trim the audio and drag left or right to adjust the amount.

Notetracks – how to trim a podcast during editing

To add a fade in or fade out to your podcast, such as your introduction or outro, select the option you’re looking to apply to your draft and adjust the triangular line on your waveform to the duration you’d like your audio to fade.

Notetracks – how to add a fade effect to a podcast file

To cut audio, drag the cursor to where you’d like to cut the audio file, right click on the audio draft, and select cut. This can be helpful in removing gaps of silence or unwanted noises.

Additionally, you can copy and paste in the podcast draft as well. This is especially useful for recurring sound effects, consistent introductions and conclusion clips, and repeating instrumentation; saving you significant time editing your podcast all together.

Notetracks – how to use the copy and paste functions

You can also add additional tracks to the audio file to insert sponsored ad reads into your podcast or add sound effects to your episodes. You can repeat the steps to add an audio track into the workstation and then begin to edit several files at once.

You can adjust each audio file individually utilizing the micro-tools underneath the track title. You can adjust the volume, change to solo, mute the track, and switch the tag colour.

Notetracks – how to add an additional track and access micro-tools

When you’re finished editing your podcast draft, navigate to the bottom right hand corner of the screen and click the ‘…’ button. You’ll be greeted with two download options, either your mix (the podcast file and project itself) or comments only. Once you’ve downloaded your edited, cut, and trimmed podcast episode, it’s one step closer to distributing to your listening audience!

Notetracks – how to download your edited podcast

Editing your podcast episode is an integral step in the production process that can significantly improve the quality, clarity, flow and enjoyment of the final release. Notetracks’ collaborative ability allows for podcasters and podcast editors to work alongside each other from anywhere with it’s impressive commenting, annotating, and drawing features. Working together and collaborating on podcasts allow for better episode structure, encouraging a higher rate of focus and engagement for the listener.

By taking advantage of Notetracks’ impressive editing library of micro-tools and features, your next podcast episode – whether you’re a novice or experienced podcaster – will be in excellent form for commercial release. With it’s powerful collaboration, annotation, and commenting tools, Notetracks is the perfect platform to take your podcast editing to the next level alongside your team.

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