WHAT WE NEED FROM YOU...
There are only a few things we need before we get to work:
The audio content you would like to include such as:
THE MASTERING PROCESS
From surgical sound reduction to softening the peaks, our considerate and unique mastering approach will give your podcast the quality it deserves.
Some microphones work exceptionally well at capturing the acoustic character of the room they are placed in. This can be great when a room is acoustically treated but untreated can cause the listener to feel disconnected from the podcast.*
Simple absorption panels are both easy, fun and relatively cheap to build. It's a great antidote to echoey rooms and can also look especially great in the backdrop with a logo.
DE-NOISING & DE-HUMMING
Our series of powerful spectral frequency analysing tools can dramatically reduce all intrusive background noise in even the most compromised audio. Your hum-free and hiss-free audio will provide a much more immersive experience for your listeners!
Through processes such as compression, expansion, limiting and volume automation, no matter the extend to which levels fluctuate for example a flurry of laughter followed by a whisper, we are able to balance the volume consistency throughout your episode whilst also preserving the original dynamic flow of the dialogue.
SNAP, CRACKLE & POP REMOVAL
We use algorithms that are able to weed out all those low level audio spikes that are usually only ever noticed when listening back to a podcast. Everything from mouth clicks, microphone bumps, heavy breaths, loud plosives and jarring 'esses' are able to be significantly reduced.
Sometimes adding a little tone and warmth to a recording can produce a much more soothing sound, capable of avoiding ear fatigue during a long episode or to help put the the listener at ease after a long day.
Adding some body to a feeble recording or brightening up a dampened take can go a long way to keeping listeners captivated by your content.
Often rooms have certain frequencies that can amount to different problems depending on where the microphones are placed.* We are able to zero in on these problematic frequency drop-offs or spikes and tame them in order for the dialogue to be as rich as possible.
Every voice is different and even the same voice can fluctuate from day to day. We will never use preset EQ curves (or any other software presets for that matter!) when working on your projects.
If you have a loudspeaker handy, try playing an online frequency sweep, while placing your head where the microphone is situated. At some point, you might start to hear certain frequencies pop out or even mysteriously disappear. EQing is the primary tool to calm or revivify these problematic 'standing waves'.
FULLY MASTERED EXAMPLES
A COMBINATION OF SOUND RESTORATION AND ENHANCEMENT
A COMBINATION OF SOUND RESTORATION AND ENHANCEMENT
THE EDITING PROCESS
Although not as technologically complex as the mastering process, editing long form podcasts can be a relatively time consuming procedure. However, it is often this attention to detail that makes a world of difference between an unedited and an edited show, especially when more than one microphone is involved.
THE UHMS & AHS
If you would like to take your podcast to the next level, we can carefully listen to your entire episode from start to finish and manually eradicate any distracting 'uhms' and 'ahs' or loud inhalations and exhalations that crop up such as sneezes, coughs, hiccups etc. The same process will also be applied to rogue table or microphone knocks, car horns and many other infiltrating noises.
KEEP THE FLOW
Mailman ringing your bell and have to quickly answer? Neighbour's dog barking at your cat again? We understand the sometimes a double take is needed to get everything flowing just right, without having to physically stop the recording. We can take out any dead air, mis-speaks, false starts, awkward pauses or disturbances so you aren't having to press 're-record' in the middle of an episode.
MULTIPLE MICROPHONE SEPARATION
Sometimes when multiple recordings of different speakers are stacked on top of one another, each microphone picks up distant sounding 'bleed' from the other guests and hosts dialogue. When working with multiple microphones, we are able to throw away all the dead air and nuisance bleed, keeping only the stuff that matters.
Although this can be done with a technique called 'gating' (the 'gate' opens when there is a loud enough signal present), this can often miss small subtitles worth keeping such as nods of agreement from speakers that help maintain the conversational flow.
THE FINISHING TOUCHES & EXTRAS
TOP & TAILING
A quick throat clear at the beginning of an episode or a short rustle at the end can sometimes be overlooked. It is these small details that can be really important for first and lasting impressions.
We make sure that fades on either end of the podcast are fitting to your podcast style. Intro music or advertisements are also a popular choice amongst podcasters which we can carefully place at the opening and closing parts of your show.
We tag your episode with ID3 data to ensure it can be easily searched for and found amongst an ocean of other podcast content (SEO optimisation). Never get lost in the clouds!
Give listeners an option to skip to or revisit parts of the episode that interests them. Creating time stamps to your podcast can also give an indication of the different topics explored during the episode.
requirements) to ensure no wastage of precious volume potential. Ensure your podcast stands out from the very beginning.
The loudest part of your episode will be raised to -16 LUFS (in line with most streaming hosts'