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Voices is Your Source for Podcast Editing Jobs

Audio editing is one of the most crucial elements of a successful podcast. It takes the raw audio files and turns them into a polished product ready for consumption.

Monetizing a podcast would also not be possible without excellent audio editors. They place the advertisements, cut the podcast, and ensure that their sponsors are heard by the right audience and at the right time. A show with poor audio quality is less likely to get return listeners, which means a smaller audience and less ad revenue.

What Does a Podcast Editing Job Entail?

While all podcast editing jobs are different, there are some similarities that you can expect in this type of work. Whether you record the podcast for the business in-studio or receive the files post-production, a client will likely hire you to make that audio (or audio and video) into the best podcast episode possible. Anyone can record a podcast, but what makes a great podcast is how it sounds after editing. That includes mixing and mastering the audio, adding in music and sound effects, and converting the final files into the right format.

As podcast popularity continues to boom, publishing platforms are popping up everywhere, which often offer recording, editing, hosting, and publishing services all in one. This all-in-one service increases the demand for independent editors because free publishing platforms offer only basic built-in editing tools. They can be a great way to start a podcast, but companies are quickly learning they often don’t provide the high-quality, precise editing that a professional with a Digital Audio Workstation can offer.

Podcast editors can offer their technical skills for time-consuming tasks like cleaning up the audio—including removing pauses, filler words, and censoring—adjusting levels, and mixing down and eliminating background noise from offices and Zoom calls.

In addition to sound clean-up, podcast editing jobs require creativity, like arranging segments logically and ensuring the flow of conversation between hosts or host and guest sounds natural and unscripted.

The more delicate work of podcast editing isn’t quick. On average, it can take 3-5 minutes of editing per minute of recorded audio, so even a short-term podcast editor who is editing an entire episode will have a few hours of work ahead of them. Of course, building a relationship with a podcaster can mean the ability to set up templates ahead of time, so each recording is the best it can be at the start.

What is the Podcast Industry Like?

It seems like everyone is starting or has started a podcast, and 50% of all US homes listen to podcasts. Every podcast needs an editor, whether that is one of the hosts or a hired audio editor like you. Voices can help connect you to those podcast editing jobs so you can start working.

Where are those jobs? Long-term and short-term podcast editors are in high demand from:

  • Radio stations
  • News outlets
  • Small businesses and nonprofits
  • Large multi-location industry giants in many different industries

Why Take on Podcast Editing Jobs?

As an audio editor, you possess the skills necessary to take on numerous clients’ jobs because podcasts share the same skills requirements. While putting together a podcast for a charity will sound different from a podcast produced for a news outlet, the process requires the same patience, creativity, and attention to detail.

Choosing a variety of smaller jobs can allow you to diversify your skillset. As some podcasts are utilizing both audio and video, video and audio production are needed for employment. Having skills in both areas can take your employability up another notch and help match you to a broader scope of potential clients.

Check out Voices, your source for podcast editing jobs, and see what opportunities await you as a podcast editor. Diversify your portfolio with a variety of companies and podcasts and build a network of clients that you can call on for work and referrals.

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Frequently Asked Questions

As long as you have access to the internet, a laptop, and a list of clients, a podcast editor can work remotely and virtually everywhere in the world. This ability to work anywhere is one of the many benefits of being a podcast editor.

Yes! Podcasting is easy to start, with equipment and how-to guides now more available than ever, but it can be a challenging hobby to monetize. Many successful podcasters, however, are able to make enough regular income podcasting to make a career out of it. 

There are many different podcast editing programs available at a variety of price points for Mac, PC, and mobile. Some of the popular programs include Audacity, GarageBand, Descript, Pro Tools, and Adobe Audition.