The following are 7 tips from me and the collective wisdom of the group. 🙂
- Understand your audio editing software (sometimes called a DAW or digital audio workstation). It’s up to your needs and comfort level which one you chose but whatever you go with, learn everything about it- shortcuts, hotkeys, effects, how to mark and note your tracks, etc.
- Be better prepared. Do your research. Write your questions and scripts in advance. Prep all of the things necessary to start with good audio.
- Build a better computer. I use a custom built PC designed specifically for audio and video editing. The amount of time I save on the computer saving files and rendering effects is worth it. I also use a gaming keyboard and mouse that are higher quality than standard equipment plus they have programmable extra keys/buttons (macros) that I set to my most common audio editing commands. It’s small but it adds up fast.
- Get a great recording to start. This has a lot to do with pre-production. If you find yourself editing background noise often, build a setup that eliminates background noise *before* it gets recorded. If you spend a lot of time adding volume to your tracks, purchase a nice preamp. Things like that.
- Be aware of your mistakes as they happen. If you screw up while recording, make sure to take a pause and start over from the beginning of the sentence. This will make the recording easier to work with.
- Mike Wilkerson said to avoid distractions. Turn the notifications off on your phone and computer while editing. Close email, social media, and Slack. Stay focused on the task at hand.
- Finally, as Linda Schwartz mentions, you could just outsource it. I’m a big believer that there are three kinds of work: work only you can do, work that someone (a person not you) can do, and work that can be automated (a person shouldn’t be doing it). You may find your time is better spent NOT editing. If that’s the case, plenty of help exists.
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