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Editing Techniques

It’s possible to create a podcast by plugging your microphone into the sound card of your computer, hitting “record” on your software, and talking until you’re through. For most of us, though, you’ll want to combine several different pieces of audio to create a total podcast. You might start with some music, add narration, include more music or an interview, then finish with a “good bye” and some final music. Putting all those pieces together is a process called editing, and it’s one of the critical skills of podcasting. Let’s look first at the basic process.

Many of the sound-editing packages available for personal computers use a similar interface, so while the screen shots we’ll use to illustrate the process may not be identical to what you see on your computer, they should be close enough to let you follow along. Most of the examples that follow were created with Propaganda, a program from Mixmeister. Why Propaganda? There were two main reasons: First, Propaganda’s interface is similar to that used by many other recording and editing programs, including the interface of Audacity, popular free software. Next, Propaganda’s interface made it easy to see what was going on with the sound file—and therefore easier for you to learn how to create your own podcast.


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