by Kevin Goldsmith

Created

October 7, 2005

I’m a big fan of podcasts. I’ve been listening to them since there were only a handful. One of the things that I find difficult though is that many of the people new to audio recording don’t understand how to make their podcasts sound better. So I decided to do a little podcast showing you how to use Audition to make your podcasts sound better. So here is the podcast. You can listen to it while refering to the screenshots below. I’m also enclosing a little Audition 1.5 script file that I used to clean up parts of my podcast. You should tweak this script so that it sounds better for your own recordings.

[download podcast] [download script file]

here are the screenshots:
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This is my original recording.

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Here is after the initial edit.

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After the next edit

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After the normalization step.

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The compression settings

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After the compression step

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Next step

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Parametric EQ settings

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Post EQ

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Hiss eliminator

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The Final waveform!

So, I hope you liked it. There are a couple things I’d change. Using my laptop microphone really made my Ss sound sibilant. I tried to compensate by using Audition’s frequency analyzer to figure out the frequency and the graphic EQ to cut it a bit, but it still sounds sibilant in a few places.

I’d be really interested to see what anyone reading this likes to use for a similar situation. Add a comment about your techniques. You’ll notice that my script is actually different from what I described. In the script, I compress, remove hiss, EQ and then normalize.

COMMENTS

  • By Peter - 11:30 AM on January 7, 2006  

    Hi Kevin,To get rid of the sibilance, try going to Spectral View. Once you get the resolution set high enough (I like to use a setting of 4096), the sibilant frequencies will pop right out as bright yellow strips. You can then use the marquee selection tool, select the sibilant frequencies (the brightest yellow ones somewhere in the 4k-8k range, usually), and use the Amplitude effect to drop the selection down by 12 dB or so. Best de-esser in the business, in my experience!

  • By Greg Woolf - 4:46 PM on October 3, 2006  

    Jason Levine has a great tutorial on how to use spectral view to remove those frequencies and remove them. I think you can even get it free from this link:http://www.totaltraining.com/videos/wmv/TAUD15_Noise_Reduction.wmv