How to Edit a Podcast

Editing your podcast can seem like a daunting and even tedious task. We all want to look and sound professional in our chosen career and podcasting is no different. How do you achieve that polished sound without throwing money at the issue? Our industry professionals here at CMD have all had successful voice over careers and are trained to give you the skills necessary to build a successful podcast and attract listeners. In this BLOG we’ll share some industry standard tips and tricks to giving you the sound and finished product you’re looking for.

5 Successful Editing Tips

There are some professionals who choose not to edit their podcasts as they want an authentic sound. However, if you aren’t as adept at public speaking or cold reading, editing will make your podcast easier for your listeners to follow and will better hold their interest. Here are some of our top editing tips:

  1. Watch your tone. One of the most noticeable editing mistakes comes when there is a shift in vocal tone. Often you are required to edit together two different segments of audio, merging sentences. Watching your tone and volume, and making sure it is as consistent as posible, will make editing much easier.

  2. Spacial awareness and pacing. The pace and vocal spacing in your podcast is essential for ease of the listener. Too much space can seem unnatural and cause your listener to become disinterested. Too fast a pace can make your delivery seem choppy and unfocused. Find a flow that feels natural for you and your guest. Natural pauses are necessary to allow the listener to internalize information.

  3. Breathe Naturally. One common mistake when editing is cutting off a breath too quickly or not allowing for one at all. Watch for double breaths, missing breaths or a cut off a breath as these stilt the natural flow of your podcast and sounds unnatural. Try increasing the size of your waveforms in the DAW to spot breaths. And be sure to listen to each edit with a good amount of pre-roll to hear it in context.

  4. Check your F’s and H’s. When you’re watching for those breath mistakes, be sure you don’t cut off the end of a consonant. “S” consonants often look like a football on a waveform. “F” and “H” consonants are a bit more difficult to spot on the waveform. When editing separate takes together, consonants make great places to do that because consonant tones usually don’t change much.

  5. Music edits. I know, why do you need to know how to edit music, podcasts are about audio. While 90% of your podcast will be dialog, there will usually be a music intro or finale with music during transitions. One of the most noticeable editing mistakes is mis-edited, ill flowing music. Find an ideal loop point in the music where elements stay fairly static and line up two transient points in the waveform. If your edit sounds jarring just try again until it feels smooth.

CMD Will Professionally Record and Edit Your Podcast!

At CMD, we have helped a plethora of corporate clients professionally edit their podcast. While we typically provide services to professional organizations and producers, we also strive to publish meaningful information like this for those individuals who might not have the budget to utilize our Manhattan studio.

With our state of the art sound and mixing equipment, professional voice over coaching and innovative courses, you can’t go wrong with choosing CMD. Don’t let the opportunity pass you by due to fear of the unknown, call 212-213-9420 today!

Spanish Voice Over

As you are likely aware, the right voice is among the most important factors in a successful campaign. Casting for your specific Spanish voice over project can be difficult and time consuming. Our goal at CMD is to make finding the right talent simple and straightforward. We understand tight time constraints busy professionals in this industry are under. Whether you are looking for European or Latin American Spanish talent, we have many talented artists to choose from.

Helping you find and bring to life the voice you’ve envisioned is our speciality. Whether you seek a foreign language, narration or an eclectic dialect, our voice over experts will help you define your needs, cast your desired voice and record your talent.

3 Steps for Success

We have developed an industry leading 3 step process for successful voice over projects:

  • Cast: The most successful voice over campaigns begin with ideal casting. With our extensive list of voice over talent, we are sure to have the perfect fit for your project. Covering over 80 languages and 50 accents, we specialize in international casting and certified translations. We have casted projects from commercials and promos, versioning, digital and mobile content, to film narration, video games and VR audio, podcasts and more. Our casting directors will help you every step of the way as our success depends largely on your success.

  • Record: Hear your vision come to life from our Manhattan penthouse. Our recording studio boasts state of the art equipment specifically designed to give your project the professional sound you seek. Our extensive recording suite comes equipped with 2 client offices, kitchen, reception area and a beautiful lounge area overlooking the Empire State Building.

  • Mix: The final stage in the process is our elite mixing services. This gives your project the professional edge many other agencies lack. We work with industry leading experts from around the world to give you the latest and greatest in mixing technology. Our mixing and deluxe sound design services were recently featured during the super bowl, digital content, radio and commercial spots, podcasts and video games. We definitely lead the industry with our comprehensive client services.

Choose Superior Talent at CMD

Whether you want full Spanish voice over or need a high quality accent, our extensive talent roster is sure to have what you’re looking for. We offer comprehensive services that include: casting gigs, finding high end talent, providing comprehensive talent demos, translating foreign scripts (when necessary) and premium recording. CMD is the has cornered the market with our talent and services. Call today at 212-213-9420.

Voice Over Casting

Are you looking for a particular voice for your professional project but need help getting started? Voice over work is the heart of what we do and love here at CMD. We work with hundreds of talented voice over artists. From our beautiful Manhattan penthouse overlooking Midtown, our audio production team expertly cast and record your professional.

Helping you find and bring to life the voice you’ve envisioned is our speciality. Whether you seek a foreign language, narration or an eclectic dialect, our voice over experts will help you define your needs, cast your desired voice and record your talent.

Types of Voice Over Talent

As mentioned above, our voice over talent at CMD is varied and abundant, we have exactly what you need.

  • Foreign Language Voice Over: With over 80 languages, our foreign language voice over talent has the market cornered. We also ensure your script is polished, grammatically correct and ready to record. Listen to all our male/female foreign language voice over talent here.

  • Accents: Much like foreign languages, our voice over talent boast more than 50 accents from all over the world. We suggest you listen to each demo as dialects and accents can differ even within one country. Here are our accent demos

  • Narration, Promo and Commercial: This genre demands voice over talent to catch and hold your attention quickly. Whether you are casting a documentary or a commercial, we have the right fit.

  • Video Games and Virtual Reality: If bringing your characters to life and portraying the personality written is what you seek, we have the talent. From casting the right voice to recording audio, CMD is #1 in the industry.

Whether your project demands a more traditional voice, Swedish accent or unique video game character, our selection of voice talent is unmatched.

Find Your Voice Over Talent at CMD!

Since 1998, we have helped hundreds of companies find the best talent for their professional needs. No matter your voice over project or genre, we have hundreds of talented artists. We offer comprehensive services that include: casting gigs, finding high end talent, providing comprehensive talent demos, translating foreign scripts (when necessary) and premium recording. Why go elsewhere when we provide everything you need in one convenient location? Call CMD today at 212-213-9420.

Voice Over Agents NYC

Beginning your voice over career can be an exciting time in your life. Finding your core team, one that will be with you through years of success, can be daunting. Landing your desired jobs in this industry will take talent, a great demo and a well connected agent. How do you sort through the hundreds of agents in the New York City area? How do you find one that will genuinely represent your professional persona?

The CMD team has put together this article that should help you select the right agent. We want to stress the fact that an agent is not always necessary to land voice over gigs, we will happily help you navigate the voice over world. Agents do, however, often have connections to larger numbers of openings. Let’s talk about some of the vital facts about agents.

What Can an Agent Do For Me?

After our voice over coaches have worked their magic and you have a professionally produced demo, you’re ready to find an agent. What exactly should an agent do for you? Here are a few things we’ve come up with:

  • Book auditions

  • Negotiate contracts and terms of employment

  • Find opportunities

  • Act as a liaison between you and the client

  • Collect overdue payments

  • Know market trends and changes in the industry

We would advise reading any contract you sign very carefully. Occasionally, agents will want complete exclusivity. This would mean not accepting jobs from ANY other source, extending to the internet and social media. Social media can be used to promote and secure voice over jobs. Just be aware of what you sign.

How Can CMD Help Me Become Successful?

Here at CMD, we are always working to find and polish new talent. Our innovative approach is comprehensive in scope. Our talented, world-class coaches will help you define and develop your professional voices, with the goal of landing your desired gigs. From our Manhattan penthouse overlooking Midtown, our audio production team will then record your professional demo.

CMD has the distinction of becoming one of the first audio houses in the world to put voice over demos on the internet, allowing clients to listen to and quickly choose their perfect voice over artist. Ingenious really!

Find Your Voice With CMD!

Beginning your professional voice over career begins with CMD. Since 1998, we have helped hundreds of voice over artists become successful, talented and popular voices in this industry. Our professionals have worked in the industry for years, gaining vital perspective they willingly pass on to our clients. Choose success with CMD. If you are serious about a successful voice over career, feel free to fill out our new talent form or simply call 212-213-9420.