Do I Need To Edit My Podcast?
There are no rules when it comes to editing a podcast, but one thing is clear: the main goal is to create the best experience for your audience. Nobody likes a low quality recording where the hosts can barely be heard and there are lots of empty gaps where noone is talking. So even if you don’t hire someone to do it for you, you’d be doing your audience a huge favour by removing the “dead weight” from your production.
This process involves improving – or “optimising” – the podcast’s best parts. Content is king in the world we live in, and time is the most precious resource, so by editing out the Uh’s and Ums and the silences we achieve the dual benefit of putting the content on the spotlight and reducing the time taken to deliver it. Your listeners will thank you for respecting their time and for delivering episodes packed to the brim with useful information.
At Podcast Rocket we focus on putting the audience first. We edit with the content in mind to make sure your voice comes through the noise. The results of well-practiced editing techniques are greater audience conversion and increased retention – and an increase in listener’s satisfaction.
What Does Our Podcast Editing Service Include?
Editing a podcast to improve its impact and increase traffic requires an expert audio editing plan. This plan is built on top of your episode format, followed by audio content improvements. It also involves the removal of “dead weight” parts like long silences, crutch and filler words. Editing helps with branding and building authority by increasing awareness and perceived value.
Intro / Outro
Your dedicated Podcast Editor will add you intro music and any pre-roll voice over you normally use for your episodes as well as your outro music and the send-off voice over of your choice.
If you don’t have an intro/outro music for your podcast, check out our service to get that done for you.
Professional Mixing & Mastering
To improve the overall quality of your podcast, your Podcast Editor will analyse your recording and perform various optimisation techniques to boost your voice quality and give it an oompf. This is where EQ and Compression take place.
Note that we say improve – the recording process will dictate how much we can get out of the editing process but we’ll do our best.
There are always awkward pauses during any kind of recording that weigh down the experience. We’ll cut down the waiting time and make sure to bring out the best part of the content for the listeners.
Reduce background noise
This is always a challenge. As mentioned before the quality of the recording will dictate how much we can push it but we’ll attempt to dampen the background noises to keep the voices crisp.
If your podcast is monetised we’ll make sure to include the clip regarding your affiliates or adverts to your services. We all need to keep the lights running and we’ll make sure to place them where you decide will have the most impact.
24 to 48 Hours Delivery
We have a 98.5% track record of delivering the podcast editing in 24 hours. This is only for the first episode of a batch of episodes if you do a batch order, but we’ll do our best to deliver all orders as soon as we can and as you’ve seen, that’s almost all orders within a day. The rest are delivered within 2 days.
What Our Clients Say About Us
“Podcast Rocket has come through 100% of the time!”
Podcast Rocket has been our go-to production company for over 2 years and has come through 100% of the time! Unheard of in todays business climate. You will not find a more professional and personable team in podcast production.
Executive Producer of KZSU @ Stanford University
How To Get Started
Interested in our Podcast Editing services? Follow the steps below to order your first podcast episode edit.
1. Pick The Right Editing Service For You
Podcast Rocket works in “buckets” of 15, 30, 45, 60, etc minutes which delimit the maximum raw length of your episode when submitting it to us.
If your RAW podcast episode length is for example 39 minutes, then the product you have to select is the 45 min raw podcast length. Editing is not an exact science and as such we need to estimate how long a Podcast Editor will spend on your production. Having these “buckets” of time lets our Astronauts set aside enough time to edit your episode to completion.
This is only for the BODY of the podcast however. When selecting the product, if you have: an intro/outro recorded by the host, music you want edited in or affiliate recordings, these don’t count towards the service length. Only the main body of the host speaking is considered for raw input length.
When you have purchased the right service, you’ll be given access to the Clients Dashboard.
2. Login To The Clients Dashboard
Once you’ve purchased your preferred service for your editing needs, you’ll be able to access the Clients Dashboard.
Inside the Dashboard you’ll be able to see your current Orders, the state of your Orders and even purchase New Episodes.
Once you log in to the Clients Dashboard you’ll be able to see the Orders that need your attention. Here you’ll need to upload all the audio files for our Astronauts to work with, plus any editing notes you want to communicate to the Podcast Editor. This way we can start working on your order straight away and avoid delays.
3. Upload Your Files & Editing Notes
Upload the files that will form your episode structure.
What Files Do You Need To Send To Us?
When you order from us we’ll want you to supply vocal and music tracks so we can work on your episode straightaway.
Depending on the format of your podcast you’ll have a combination of the following:
- Vocal Podcast Intro – Reused on all episodes.
- Music Intro – Reused on all episodes.
- Vocal Episode Intro – Introduction to the topic of the episode.
- Guest Bio – Some background about the guest being interviewed.
- Body of the podcast – One host talking about the episode topic.
- Body of the podcast divided in more than one track, one per speaker.
- Vocal Affiliate/Services/Products/Ads – If you are monetising your podcast
- Vocal Outro – Reused on all episodes. Normally a place to mention your website and social media channels.
- Music Outro – Reused on all episodes.
- Sound effects for transitions
No podcast will ever use all of the above. Depending on your format you may need other files but normally you’ll only need a subset of the ones listed.
If you don’t have a podcast running already, we suggest you analyse your favourite podcasts and make note of the structure you’d like to have for yours. It’s normally as easy as:
Intro > Podcast body > Affiliates / Products > Outro
Intro and Outro vocals and music files can be editing in any way you want, they can be sequential – one after the other – or parallel – both running at the same time.
4. Check Your Deliveries
Once your order is completed, you should check your final episode.
If you have selected the Shownotes or the Transcript services, these will start as soon as the Editing service is complete.
Please note that Editing and Shownotes are the fastest services we have with delivery normally within the first 24 hours but can take up to 48 hours. Transcript on the other hand may take up to 72 hours.
The Composition of Intro/Outro Music is our slowest service as we will make sure to compose music specific to your podcast and will take 72 hours on average. This service will be started at any point during the process and will be delivered with the completed episode. The good news is that this is a step only done once for the first episode we edit. Once you have your intro/outro music, you’ll be able to reuse it on all later episodes.
5. Publish You Episode
At this point you’ll be ready to publish your episode.
If you have selected the Custom Admin Package, we’ll get in contact with you so you can list all the steps you normally do to upload your episodes and we’ll do them for you.
We’ll want to do exactly what you’d normally do to keep your podcasts going out at the right date and time. This may include several specific steps that we’ll agree beforehand like:
- Uploading the edited podcast file to a podcast hosting (e.g. libsyn, Buzzsprout, etc).
- Fill in the fields in the podcast hosting (title, shownotes, transcript)
- Duplicate a page from your website hosting (e.g. wordpress)
- Fill in the new page in your website hosting with the details (title, shownotes, transcript)
- Schedule to publish both at the same date/time
Contact us if you believe your instructions will be much more involved than this, we’ll work with you to create a custom package.
Why We’re Not Your Typical Podcast Editing Agency
We take pride in our entrepreneurial spirit & ambition. We want to elevate your business, service or product and we want to do it reliably and fast, no matter if you are just starting out or you are already an established podcaster.
No Geek or Tech Audio Editing Jargon
We want our clients to sound as amazing as they can without them having to worry about the ins and outs of digital audio editing processes. We’ll only use plain English words and terminology that anyone can understand.
Let us focus on all the complicated parts of the audio post-processing process so you have more free time to focus on your business or recording the next episode.
No Fixed-Term Contracts You Can’t Escape
We want you to be happy to come to us for our services, which is why we would never “trap” you into a contract.
That’s why we offer our services as pay-as-you go where you only get charged for the episodes we edit. We also provide monthly services for those podcasters that don’t want to keep making payments every other week, and those can be canceled at any time.
If you’d like to try out one single order today (of as many episodes as you want) do so today!
No Hidden Pricing or Unexpected Fees
You will always know how much you spend on your orders because you’ll pay in advance of the work done. For our rolling monthly services you’ll always know how much your bill will be.
Our refund policy is outlined in our service agreement.
Our entire team is remote. We believe in the value of remote work to enable employees enjoy a better work/life balance. A nice side effect is we don’t have the heavy fixed cost of a central office.
Also, we only provide services we excel at. One-Stop Shops who provide a variety of services are expensive to operate, and the costs of doing business are passed on to you…even if you don’t use some services!
We source the most time-intensive labor from very talented individuals located in low-cost countries, such as the Philippines.
Despite this, we maintain high standards for all contractors, whether foreign or domestic. Bottom line, they deliver…all while keeping costs low and your services affordable!
All Your Podcast Editing Needs Under One Umbrella
Lots of clients come to us because they have a team for the Podcast Editing, another for the Shownotes and a third one for the Transcripts. Then they need to chat with their IT to publish their episodes… What a logistical nightmare!
We believe in the simplicity of having one single point of contact with a reliable company that can deliver on all your podcast post-production needs.
Additional Services You May Be Interested In
Read more about our Podcast Shownotes service.
Sometimes your listeners will want to refer to specific parts of your podcast in written form, or you may want to use your podcast as a blog post to bring in more traffic to your website. Whatever your goal, we have you covered.
Read more about our Podcast Transcription service.
Still Not Sure?
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