pub­lish your pod­cast

How to fine-tune in An­chor be­fore pub­lish­ing

Mac Format - - CONTENTS - Daryl Bax­ter

In last is­sue’s tu­to­rial, you got started with An­chor and learned the ba­sics of record­ing and as­sem­bling au­dio clips into a pod­cast episode. But to be re­ally pro about your show, it’s likely that you’ll need to do some tidy­ing up, so that it sounds great. Sim­i­lar to writ­ing a doc­u­ment, record­ing your ideas is just part of the job – edit­ing them into a form you want to present is more chal­leng­ing. With a pod­cast, getting that right is crit­i­cal to your show mak­ing a good im­pres­sion and keep­ing lis­ten­ers com­ing back.

We rec­om­mend cre­at­ing a rough edit of your whole episode. Lis­ten to that all the way through, while you’re do­ing some­thing else that doesn’t de­mand a lot of at­ten­tion. You’ll pick up on mo­ments that you’ll want to tweak, or where you want to add a jin­gle or in­ter­sti­tial au­dio. Note down the time­code wher­ever you can. Ap­ple’s Notes app is a great place for this.

Con­struc­tive crit­i­cism

Even af­ter you’ve edited your first episode, send it to a few friends or fam­ily mem­bers. Getting feed­back is good – ask them to be hon­est, and if they think a cer­tain seg­ment is drag­ging the flow of the episode, to note down which part it is. Lis­ten to the episode one more time, even if you dis­like the sound of your own voice. Here’s how to go about im­ple­ment­ing your notes and other peo­ple’s feed­back with An­chor’s finer edit­ing tools.

An­chor makes it easy to share your pod­cast so that you can run early ed­its by your friends for a bit of feed­back.

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