You would know if it was missing

artist more than technician

3. You would know if it was missing
Easy on the ears, it pays just enough attention to the process. It demands audio skills that leave no trace, and technology that stays out of the way. It sounds more right than correct; more friendly than flawless. [Part of the Good Podcasting Works Manifesto]

Easy on the ears

When it is easy to listen to it is probably good podcasting at work.

Your listeners don’t need to notice how good your recording, editing and mastering are. That should all be invisible. A work of art is not about the tools used to create it – technology needs to stay out of the way.

Then your audience will hear you and your message, not the medium – as it should be.

Following a recipe

When cooking, you blend ingredients to produce enhanced flavours yet with subtlety. When following a recipe everything can be correct but still not right. It is the difference between art and science, artist and technician. I know which I want to be.

Loud and clear

Painting with sound needs a light touch to come through loud and clear. There are basics and then refinements. Having done your apprenticeship you stay a lifelong learner and develop skills using the tools and streamlining your workflow. Make the machine do the work but learn enough so that it does the work you need it to.

Perfection is an aspiration, but the reality is, for most of us, it is a journey more than a destination. There is always more.

Good podcasters know when to stop fussing with the audio. Only make sure you haven’t left any distractions to prevent your audience connecting and hearing your message.

Reflect

  1. What makes your editing less noticeable?
  2. Which recipes do you use?
  3. How do you know when to stop?
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