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Adobe Audition Tutorial: How to Edit a Podcast in Audition

October 31, 2019


– [Roberto] Hey everybody,
this is Roberto Blake at RobertoBlake.com, helping you create
something awesome today. So, welcome to another
Adobe Audition tutorial. Today I’m gonna be showing
you how to edit a podcast using Adobe Audition. This is actually workflow
that I use for editing the Create Something Awesome Today podcast which is over in SoundCloud and iTunes, you should definitely check it out, and what I do is I record
directly into Adobe Audition, so I’ve already done that,
I’ve got an episode ready to go here for you guys and
what I’m gonna show you is how I use multitrack sessions
and I use the podcast template in Adobe Audition to
go ahead and edit that and to go ahead and mix in
my music and what have you. So, this is an example of doing it without doing an interview,
so, I’ll show you guys how, in another tutorial,
how to edit interviews in Adobe Audition but
let’s go ahead and edit a basic podcast, it’s actually
simpler than you might think assuming that I’ve already
like, you know, edited here, cut out everything that I don’t like, I have the full episode already done, but let’s go ahead and show you how to do that and set this up. So, what we’re gonna do is
we’re gonna go to the File and New and we’re gonna start
a new multitrack session and we’re gonna use the podcast template. There’s a bunch of templates here, we’re just gonna use podcast, and I’m gonna label this
session name CSAT Podcast 24 ’cause that stands for Create
Something Awesome Today and we’re gonna hit OK. Alright. So, we have that and we’ve
got our main tracks here and you can see how we would
do this if we had an interview. We’ve got the host, which is
me, we’ve got our interview, so that would be the
guest, and then we have any sound effects and then
we have our music bed. So, what I’m gonna do is I’m
gonna take this raw file here, which is the episode, and I’m
just gonna lay that down here where it says host. So, now I have that in place. If I wanted to zoom in on any
of this stuff kind of to see it a little bit better, I can
just go ahead and do that. Up here I can scrub through
different parts of the podcast. So, this is an example, just
playing through it real quick. Hello everyone and welcome to the Create Something
Awesome Today podcast. This is your host Roberto Blake. Alright, so you can see
how that’s working out and that it does pick up initially the sound from the background. So, what I’m gonna do is I’m
just gonna like, you know, fade that in in a very like sharp fashion and that’s gonna improve things. Let’s take a look. Hello everyone and welcome to the Create Something
Awesome Today podcast. This is your host Roberto Blake. So, that helps a bit but
I think we can do better. So, first of all, one of
the first things we did is we trimmed that up and
then we’re just gonna go ahead and adjusting this, we’re
not gonna let the audio really get going until
about where I’m speaking and we can see that
here in the audio form. So, I’ve just kind of adjusted that and then our music bed will kind of make up the difference there. So, let’s see how that works in playback. Hello everyone and welcome to the Create Something
Awesome Today podcast. As you can see, that works a lot better. Now, the volume seems a little loud so I’m just gonna pull
that back a little bit so that it’s not spiking as much. Hello everyone and welcome to the Create Something
Awesome Today podcast. This is your host. That’s pretty much perfect right now. So, this is already shaping up really well and because of the way I do
this podcast is super simple, all I have to do now is drop
in my intro and outro music. Now, in my case I got my
background music from AudioBlocks and it’s pretty standard, you
guys also hear the same audio music in my live stream
and you also hear it in my outros in terms of my
end credits for YouTube, so, I’m gonna just drag
that here into the files that I’m using for the
session and that means that you can just use it multiple times and I’m gonna drop it here
where it says music bed and I’m gonna fade it in over here and it usually fades out on its own and then I’m gonna zoom out
just so I can kind of like, you know, see everything in the timeline and that timeline is
about roughly 24 minutes. So, what I’m gonna do is
I’m gonna click on this, I’m gonna hold down ALT,
and I’m gonna drag it here to the end which I made
a duplicate basically and now I’m just like
aligning this and snapping it to the end of the episode
as you can see here so that that trails off on its own at about roughly the same time and there we go. So now I have my outro. And, again, this is
gonna end up, you know, needing to be mixed
down so that it doesn’t overpower my voice. Watch. (upbeat music)
So important. So, we’re gonna need to mix this down so it doesn’t overpower my voice. I know by default that
it’s going to do that, so, let me just show you. Just build that body of
work guys, invest in it, it is so important, I
cannot stress that enough. (upbeat music) So, I need more single
fade over time with that. So, let’s go ahead and
just kind of do that. And let’s go ahead and lower this down. I think, usually, I put it
down to around maybe 25, 24, something like that. Invest in it, it is so important, I cannot stress that enough. (upbeat music) Well, that’s it for today’s show. Question of the day, how many executions have you done right now for the year? Right now this is August
2017, tell me something, for the year of 2017, how many
pieces in your body of work in whatever you’re executing on, right now, what have you done? And are you gonna go out there and create something awesome today? Alright, so, we need to bring that down just a little bit more. I think, maybe, negative
30 is the right amount. (upbeat music) Everyday, are you gonna
ramp that number up? There’s still plenty of time
this year for you to get 100 new pieces. And what that does is this
affects not only the outro here but it affects the intro as well because this is a track layer
similar to when we do this in Adobe Premiere, it affects
everything on this portion of the timeline. About building your body of work. (upbeat music)
Building your body of work is probably one of the most
important things you can do as a creative person, as an entrepreneur, pretty much as anyone
that’s building their brand, whether that’s for their business or if you’re developing a personal brand. Alright, so, that actually
works out really well for us. This is pretty much done at this point. So, a couple of things,
if I felt like I needed to do anything with the
voice portion of this, which automatically the
presets here for speech level are in place, I can just
do any number of things and that would potentially
improve the overall audio. Cleanup and voice leveler, for example, could do that but I actually don’t think I need it in this case. My stuff is usually pretty clean just because of the type
of microphone that I use which is the same one I
use in these tutorials. So, typically, I don’t need to do that but just know that these presets are here and that they can help you. So, we’re pretty much done at this point and we just need to save. So, once we’ve saved,
we need to export this so that we can put it
into iTunes, SoundCloud, wherever we wanna host it. I’m also gonna probably
link down to some hosting for podcasts as well as
all the tools that you need for podcast in terms of
hardware, software, web hosting, everything you need to do a podcast, I’m gonna link to the
description of this video so that you guys can go ahead
and grab those resources but here in the metadata
in Adobe Audition, this is the secret sauce. We’re going to go ahead and fill this out so that this works for
search, this (audio cuts) puts that information to
iTunes, everything that we want. So. So, I put in the title,
which I’m also going to select all and copy. Alright, so, we’ve got all of that and now it’s time to export our file. I’m gonna export this both
as an mp3 and as a wav file just so that I have it
lossless, so, it’s gonna be what’s called a multitrack mixdown and we’re gonna select the entire session and so I’m going to do this and export it as a wav, I’m gonna hit OK, and
that’s just gonna go ahead and export it to my
designated folder that I have setup specifically for
all of these podcast files and then I’m just gonna repeat the process and do it as an mp3 as well. Mp3’s are a smaller overall
file which means that if you’re web hosting for your
podcast goes by file size, which a lot of them do,
then that will help you do that conservatively. If you want to go ahead and host the entire thing in its complete wav, uncompressed as a backup
on your actual website, I host it there, I just
don’t put access to it except in an emergency and
I also upload the mp3 there so that’s just something,
again, strategically that you can do to make sure
that you have your files. In my case, I also back
this stuff up to the Adobe Creative Cloud ’cause
that’s part of one of the benefits of the subscription model that everyone whines so much about. So, I’m just gonna do
this as an mp3 as well. And that’s gonna be considerably smaller, it’s gonna take about the
same time to export though and that will give me the
file that I wanna upload for SoundCloud. So, that’s pretty much exactly
how I edit my podcasts. Again, it gets more complicated depending on what you have to do. If I were combining a
recorded, a pre-recorded intro with this, I would be
adding another track here but mostly I do everything in
one take, believe it or not, that’s exactly how I do it. If you guys have seen me live stream then you know that that’s
kind of my workflow is to do everything in one
take and just edit out my flubs and, again, that’s just super simple but this is how I assemble
and set my podcast. Like I said, if I had sound effects, I would drop them in here, if I had another
interview, I would do that, so I will do a more
complicated version of this at some point that walks you
through what that process is but this is just really simple
and I think this is probably the simplest workflow
for editing a podcast for many of you who are
just getting started, many of you will do this
more or less in one take, just record everything as one file, edit out your mistakes, and
you can just drop it in, put your intro and outro, mix it down, and then if there were
places you wanted to add sound effects, you could
just drop them in there, listen for it on your monitor headphones, this is how you do your metadata and, you know, you just put
your whole title in there, you just do your thing,
list yourself as the artist, and then when you upload
this to whatever hosting and distribute it at SoundCloud, all that stuff will show up. So, this is exactly, literally exactly how I make my podcast, if
you guys were wondering. And you can check out that podcast at CreateSomethingAwesomeToday.com
or you can type in Roberto Blake or Create
Something Awesome Today into iTunes, SoundCloud, Stitcher, pretty much all of the places and you’ll be able to find it. Anyway, I hope you guys enjoyed this. If you have questions about podcasting, definitely leave those in
the comments of the video and I will try and help
you guys out with that. Make sure you’re checking
out the other videos that I have on the YouTube
channel and in my playlist and, as always you guys,
thank you so much for watching and don’t forget, create
something awesome today. Take care. (upbeat music)

26 Comments

  • Reply LocoGamez August 17, 2017 at 2:00 am

    First

  • Reply JE VIDZ August 17, 2017 at 2:00 am

    love ur videos dude

  • Reply JE VIDZ August 17, 2017 at 2:00 am

    ur awesome great work

  • Reply illmagnetic August 17, 2017 at 2:05 am

    Audition is so slept on. It is a beast!

  • Reply LJ Lancaster August 17, 2017 at 2:17 am

    Looks super interesting. I have heard of people using Audition for their audio when creating videos as well. From memory it was something to do with the presets you can apply on Audition how how they are better than premiere audio presets. I am not sure if want to go this route though. Extra work but maybe its better quality.

  • Reply The JayO Show August 17, 2017 at 2:17 am

    This helps a lot, I was the guy that messaged you on twitter recently and this is the answer to my audio problem. Thanks!

  • Reply Adventures in Fabrication August 17, 2017 at 2:18 am

    Do you ever do compression and normalization and if not why?

  • Reply JaQuanTheKidd 07 August 17, 2017 at 2:21 am

    Why does this have so little likes🤔?

  • Reply Roberto Blake August 17, 2017 at 2:25 am

    If you want to know what gear I'm using for podcasting you can check it out here!
    https://kit.com/robertoblake/basic-podcast-setup-and-gear (amazon affiliate links via kit.com)

  • Reply MySamaa August 17, 2017 at 2:47 am

    informative video, good job.

  • Reply 0o0o0o0o0o0o0o0 August 17, 2017 at 3:31 am

    I see you have Pro Tools installed as well, could you ever do a tutorial for that?

  • Reply NatureRecycleFlorida August 17, 2017 at 4:10 am

    cool info

  • Reply Crzy Art August 17, 2017 at 5:54 am

    I actually just use windows movie maker it is really bad but it's the best I got 😭

  • Reply Atti Bear August 17, 2017 at 7:48 am

    is it just me or are there a bunch of little sound glitches in this video?

  • Reply Cyprus Football Players-CFP MEDIA August 17, 2017 at 11:01 am

    Thank you sirr

  • Reply Beanie Draws August 17, 2017 at 11:30 am

    Watching this video enticed to try using Audition to record audio for a new video I just recorded. I was doing a screen capture on my iPad pro, but the iPad Pro mic isn't as good as the Rode NT USB, so I've got a recording of my audio on both the ipad AND Audition using the clap method to sync, so I'll see how that goes 🙂 Something new to try 🙂

  • Reply The Mandatory Madness Show August 19, 2017 at 2:28 am

    Can you please do a tutorial showing how to insert a number of music files. I do a podcast in which is somewhat like a radio show. Thank you in advance!

  • Reply ThatWasACoolTrick December 30, 2017 at 3:05 am

    Audacity is free. Gimp is free. Notepad++ is free. Therefore, I have my podcast

  • Reply Any 5 Questions January 4, 2018 at 3:55 am

    Just saw you will be speaking at the YouTube workshop at Podfest18. Looking forward to it!

  • Reply Art by Galen March 7, 2018 at 5:10 am

    So, if we're trying to record a podcast live, but the interviewee is in another location, how would you recommend recording the audio from them? I can't seem to find a function in audition that lets me capture the system audio output.

  • Reply erinisconfused January 20, 2019 at 9:46 pm

    thank you!!!

  • Reply April Brown January 31, 2019 at 3:57 pm

    Thank you so much for this tutorial! It seems to be a lot like Premiere Pro, but for audio only. Now my only question is…how did you choose the music for your podcast?! There are so many options in the link you shared.

  • Reply Shmoopie April 3, 2019 at 5:30 pm

    Hey there. Thank you for this video. Did you ever create an how to edit interview audio for podcasts?

  • Reply A Williams August 25, 2019 at 4:57 am

    I just discovered your chanel! It's fantastic! I'm disappointed I don't see a video for editing interview podcast session. Could you reply me a link? I recorded mine to a Zoom H6 onsite and now, I'm working with 3 tracks and I'll edit and mix with audition than pull up in anchor for extra funky bits. I would love to see your workflow ideas for multitrack podcast interview. Meanwhile, I'll just clean these up (the long way) and look forward to your reply:) Great work on this page!

  • Reply Mike Petrucelli September 19, 2019 at 10:02 pm

    I have 3 separate microphones, and 3 people joining me on this podcast, is it simple to have 3 separate tracks

  • Reply CrazyChaosClara October 3, 2019 at 5:33 am

    whoop whoop so happy to find your tutorial <3

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