Several listeners have asked me about how we record and edit The Essential Apple Podcast. I decided to give a bit of an overview of how I go about the process. Part of this article is based on a piece I posted on Medium in reply to another article on how to record a podcast.
There are dozens of different recording and editing applications available from the very basic to the extremely complex, (like Adobe Audition or AVID Pro Tools, for example) and there is no “right way” to do any of this. As is so often the case, you can choose from many paths and all of them have their own challenges – but in the the end they all take you to the same destination.
I use a Macintosh and all of my links are for the Mac or iOS platform. Some of the programs are cross platform, others are not. However I am sure a similar quantity of applications is available for both Windows, Linux or Android users.
Loopback is an audio routing app which has been both a blessing and curse for me in my podcasting world. Think of loop back as a virtual mixer where audio sources can be passed into and out of into applications. With it’s latest release Loopback has become even more awesome.
Loopback 1.1.2 includes an important bug fixes for users with nested Loopback devices, as well as other small improvements.
Loopback 1.1 brought a slew of new features and improvements.
New and Updated in Loopback 1.1:
Major Enhancement: Loopback now supports nested devices, allowing one Loopback virtual audio device to be embedded inside another Loopback device. Now you can create even more powerful (and complex) setups.
Major Enhancement: Loopback’s backend, powered by Instant On, has been updated with full support for MacOS 10.12 (Sierra).
Major Enhancement: We’ve made a ton of small but useful interface improvements, including tooltips for overly long device summary information, visual warnings for missing devices, a Type column in the Audio Sources table, improved window resizing and full-screen support, a popover in the Home view, and changing the “Select Application…” modal dialog into a sheet.
- Critical Bug Fix: Loopback can once again capture audio from FaceTime.
- Critical Bug Fix: A rare issue where monitoring could fail to turn on, or fail to turn off, has been corrected.
- Enhancement: You can now duplicate a virtual device, via the Edit menu. Undo is also now supported for virtual device creation and deletion.
- Enhancement: Loopback devices will now show a custom icon, based on their settings, in other apps like Audio MIDI Setup.
- Enhancement: Applications can now be dragged directly to the Audio Sources table to add them to a virtual device.
- Enhancement: If a monitoring device is missing, Loopback will now warn you via Notification Center, as well as in the app’s main interface.
- Enhancement: Loopback now also uses Notification Center to alert you to software updates when the main application isn’t open.
- Enhancement: Virtual devices now support the 176.4 kHz sample rate.
Other: There are many additional fixes and improvements.
Editing a podcast on iOS has just gotten a whole lot easier thanks to a new feature in Ferrite Recording Studio. From the development team Wooji Juice, Ferrite is a nicely featured but not over burdened recording and editing studio aimed at pod casters.
Ferrite comes with a built in feature called “strip silence”. This is immensely handy for those times when recording when a long pause is introduced, maybe by someone gathering their thoughts, a technical issue or something else, where you can automatically detect the silence and strip it out. This is something I do regularly when editing the Essential Apple show albeit within Audacity.
Audacity had a one up over Ferrite with it’s truncate silence feature which took this process one step forward by not only stripping out the silence but deleting the gaps between where you had removed the silence.
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Some will say this style of automation can break the flow of conversation as it leaves no breathing room, removing a natrual feel to the audio. I can’t disagree especially if you go a little too heavy with truncating silence. Thankfully my co hosts and I tend to be rapid talkers and very little empty air to this works for us. Granted this is also perhaps negated by Overcast and the Smart Speed feature as well.
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With the new “tighten” feature after you have stripped silence or done your own editing you can now close the gaps between edits easily with 2 dials. Specify the silence duration and the amount you want to close the gaps by and it shows the changes in real time to your audio at the top of the screen.
The end result is that an app which had an annoying omission, at least for my workflow, is being used more even if only for the shorter segments of the show.
Ferrite Recording Studio is a free download from the App store for iOS but you really want to grab the iPad version as Ferrite makes great use of the extra screen real estate.