My wife has been recording her podcast, The Revelation Project Podcast , for 191 episodes. When she started, she hired a company to get the iTunes/Apple Music integration, assist with the music, and edit the first ten episodes for a set fee. Once she hit episode 11, the fee per episode was roughly $335 a show. Launching a podcast is hard enough, but without monetization, this is untenable during your first few years. They did one for two at a discount, but they were not great. That’s when I decided to learn how to do it.
She has recorded using Skype, Zoom and a few others and now uses Riverside.fm. Regardless of the recording method, this is the process I use to produce and edit her show.
I like to track my time on each episode to see where I spend the most time and look for opportunities to improve them. I use Timery to track my time in each process step.
On average, the editing time is 2.5-3 minutes per recorded minute. This is not an NPR edit style or just the regular recorded audio. I will remove noise, like dogs barking, really long pauses or repeated “ums” or a section that the host or guest repeats to make the listening experience pleasant and not distracting.
My favorite part is using the iPad with Ferrite to manipulate the audio tracks. I am actively touching the sounds and shaping the interview. Each episode takes a long time to assemble, averaging 6-10 hours, but it is also relaxing and almost meditative.
It’s expensive and incredibly good. If you are interested, keep your eye on it. They have some great sales.↩︎
There is a leveling function within Izotope as well, but I have not gotten it to where I am happy with, so until I do this extra step is fine.↩︎
A transcription is good for everyone, and it might help with search.↩︎