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  2. Editing a Podcast

What follows is an explanation of creating a simple recording with ePodcast Creator which utilizes a single music track. This will demonstrate a recording in which you start with music, fade it down and add a voiceover, bring up the music in the middle, and then finish with a longer piece of music. While recording, use the Current Position indicator to tell exactly how long you've been recording.

Click on the Recording Source button that appears in the center left of the main screen until the word appears above it that describes where your microphone is plugged into your sound card (as previously described under hardware requirements). Your sound card will provide ePodcast Creator with all available choices, such as Microphone, Line, SPDIF Interface, Stereo Mix, etc. If you’re not sure what your recording source is, go through the choices until the vertical volume LED bar lights up when you speak into the microphone.

This indicates that you have chosen a Recording Source that will allow you to record your podcast. Your voice will be recorded live and will go onto the Voice Track; any pre-recorded music and sound effects that you use will go onto the Music Track.

Set the volume of the microphone input by adjusting the sliders on either side of the Record/Pause buttons. In order to lock both sliders so that they move simultaneously, check the Lock L/R Volumes box in the upper right hand side of the screen.

If the input volume level is too low or too high, the resulting sound may be too distorted to fix in editing. Speak into the microphone and observe the twin columns of LEDs between the Recording box and the Voice and Music tracks. The lights indicate the loudness of the audio input from your microphone. The two small rectangles at the tops of the columns light up if the volume is too loud.

Move the Master Mix Slider, labeled Mix, (the vertical bar to the right of the Voice and Music track displays) down so that you start out with the music high in the mix. You can bring the Master Mix Slider down to bring sound effects up in the mix, then raise it again to bring the voice to the foreground. This takes a little practice. The amount you raise or lower it depends on the amount you want to change the mix, the volume of the individual audio clips, and your own preferences.

Click Record. Press the function button associated with the first sound you want. Remember that the 12 files are assigned to function keys F1-F12.

Let that sound play as long as you want, then bring the Master Mix Slider (Mix) back up toward the top by clicking moving the cursor to the slider button, clicking on it, and sliding the button up. Start speaking.

To stop playback of a sound file, press Escape on the keyboard or click on the Stop Segments or Stop All Segments buttons at the lower left of the main screen. (Note: Clicking Stop Segment returns you to the previous sound file that was playing immediately prior to the current one. Stop All Segments ends all sound files that have been opened during your current recording. Clicking the function key of a file which is playing will stop that individual file. Speak as long as you want and when it’s time for another audio file, slide down Master Mix Slider (Mix) and click on the appropriate function button or press the appropriate function key for that audio file.

To stop playback of a sound file there are several options available. Clicking the function key of a sound file which is playing will start and stop the playing of that individual file. Clicking a different function key will stop playback of the current sound file and begin playback of your newly selected sound file. You may also press Escape on the keyboard. Additionally, clicking Stop Segments returns you to the previous sound file that was playing immediately prior to the current one. To end all sound files that have been playing, click Stop All Segments. Speak as long as you want and when it’s time for another audio file, slide down the Master Mix Slider (Mix) and click on the appropriate function button or press the function key for that audio file.

You can also overlay, or record sounds simultaneously. To overlay multiple sound files, press each function key whose sound you wish to incorporate in the overlay. As each key is pressed, it will play simultaneously with all sound files previously activated. To stop one or more files in the overlay, click the function key for each sound file that you wish to stop and each will stop immediately as you select it, while those that you do not select will remain playing. This would be useful is you had the sound of a glass breaking and the sound of a violin and wanted it to be recorded as if the glass were breaking while the music was playing.

Note: Repeating a sound, over and over in a continuous cycle is called looping. You might use looping to create a background sound. To engage looping of any sound file, right click the function key of that desired sound file. An dialog box will open. Click Repeat. The loop icon will appear on the function key. Clicking the looped key will engage the looped audio. To stop it, right click the key and click Unassign effect.

To save all the sound effects you use in a particular podcast so you can use them later, click Save under Music File List. A dialog box appears. Select the location where you wish to save these effects and click Save. When you wish to use these files again, click Load, select the files you want to use, and click Open. They will be automatically loaded onto the correct buttons.

Continue with your voiceover until you’re ready for the final music. Then, you can either use the Mix slider to fade the music down at the end, or wait until it finishes. Press the Record button to end your recording. You may pause the recording function any time while recording simply by click Pause.

Note: If you wish to stop recording and re-record for any reason (that is, if you do not merely wish to Pause the recording and begin again where you left off), use the following steps:

  • Click Stop Record;
  • Click Voice & Music again. This will open a dialog box: Do You Want To Insert Recording At Current Position? You would click Yes if you realize you have forgotten something which you wish to include in your podcast and want to insert it at this time. If this is the case:

    a) As soon as you have stopped the recording, move the cursor (the green vertical line) to the position where you want to insert the material you forgot;

    b) Click Recording Voice and Music;

    c) Click Yes;

    d) Speak or play the sound file you wish to include.

    If you simply wish to start the entire recording over:

    a) Click Recording Voice and Music;

    b) Click No in the Do You Want To Insert Recording At Current Position? dialog box.

    c) Dialog box appears: Do You Want To Clear Existing Recording and Start New Recording? Click Yes. Note: Recording will begin immediately upon clicking Yes.


Creating Podcasts With ePodcast Creator!
1. Creating a Podcast.
2. Editing a Podcast.
3. Uploading a Podcast.

Podcasting Software

ePodcast Producer

The most complete integrated podcasting tool available. All-source recording, full DSP editing, on-screen teleprompting, live radio-style mixing, quick and reliable uploading.

ePodcast Creator

One award-winning program records, edits, makes overdubs, creates iTunes tags & RSS feeds, then uploads.

ePodcast Express

Uploads any audio file as a podcast. Creates RSS feeds, uploads, generates tags to list with iTunes directory.

Podcasting Hardware

USB 5.1 Audio Adapter

Compact USB audio external sound card for plug-&-play connection between your computer & audio equipment.