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Should You Edit Your Podcast?

To edit or not to edit, that is the question.

If you are doing a podcast you might be wondering if you should or need to edit.

There are various ways and tools to help you do just that and it falls under the category of podcast editing.

Some podcasters go through their podcast with a fine-tooth comb looking for every error while others just let it rip with no editing period.

If you are someone who wants to do a bit of editing rather than letting it go raw, there are several options available from software programs and apps to hiring freelancers and production companies to do the editing for you.

It's up to you to decide.

Podcast Editing Yes or No?

For beginners, it can be scary launching a show, and many who do start a podcast often worry about the editing process for the episodes, before publishing them.

Don’t fret, it’s not a super difficult process and you can edit audio yourself, or search for someone to do it for you as mentioned.

Keep in mind it isn’t set in stone that you must edit a podcast, or how you should do it. It simply depends on you, your approach, content, and of course, your audience.

Editing depends on your budget, too, as well as time constraints, and if you feel like you want to learn new skills or let someone else do it if you want to say pass.

Rules of the Trade

Again, there are no rules and nobody is making you edit your podcast. There are good and bad ways in terms of how to edit according to some, but in the end, the choice is up to you whether you want to edit or not edit at all.

But, if you do want a highly produced podcast or audio show, one way or another, you’ll need to do or have some editing done.

If you’re just recording yourself and only speaking into a microphone, minus any intro music, then chances are you can skip the editing.

Choose Your Approach

Solo

For solo, co-hosted, or interview podcasts, you can get away with very little editing.

Advanced

If you do a documentary and/or drama-style show, these require more podcast editing. They turn out terrific when completed, however, for most podcasters, they are said to be overkill.

Using a DAW for Podcast Editing

The most common podcast editing tool is called a DAW – or Digital Audio Workstation. It simply means an “audio editing program.”

DAWs lets you record into them; it is like having a full recording studio on your computer – providing you have a microphone to plug into it.

The most popular beginner DAW is called Audacity. It’s popular because it’s free. And it's OK for building your podcast episodes. 

If you feel you want a pro-level DAW with all the bells and whistles, then go for Adobe Audition or Reaper.

Podcast Editing Apps & Tools

Various apps can help you edit your podcast, and you might need a DAW to edit your podcast.  Check your App Store for choices

Hire a Producer 

If you’re still not keen on editing your podcast not to worry, you will probably need to hire someone to do it for you.

You should be able to hire a  freelancer who does podcast editing on the side or hunt for a company that offers podcast producers on staff.

Either choice will depend on your budget. There are plenty of talented freelancers who would see be less costly than hiring a full-fledged company. Do your homework, search online, and/or look in your local newspaper and want ads for such people. Be careful of scammers.

If you want to hire a produce visit Music Radio Creative for an instant quote based on your average episode length and the number of episodes you want.

Up to You

All podcasts are different, have their themes and individual audiences; so it will depend on your approach, niche, and goals aim as yo how you want to proceed with editing them.

For the Starter

If you’re someone who is simply looking to chat about a topic that interests you, take time to learn the basics of Audacity. It is probably the best option for you. 

Small Business or Side Show

If you’re working a day job but launching a show on the side that you hope to grow, then you might want to spend some bucks to save on time.  If so, the “podcast making” app Alitu is a good choice

Company or Brand Podcast

Maybe you are an established business wanting to get a highly polished and more professional sounding show from the get-go. Then, hiring a producer is the best option.

In the end, editing your podcast be it a little, lot, or not at all, is up to you the podcaster. Be sure you have all the facts, numbers, and know your budget if you decide to hire someone to do it for you. If you go it alone and skip the editing process, keep track of the shows as you can always better them with time and yes, editing, if you so choose.

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