☕ #85: Language Educator to Podcast Editor
Podcast Editor Spotlight: Joe Dale
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Podcast Editor Interview with Joe Dale
Joe was one of our Global Podcast Editor LIVE chats last December, has attended our private GPE chats and is an active member of other editor communities. He’s a true sharer of knowledge! Let’s dig into his wavie brain.
What DAWs have you used and why?
I've been using Audacity since 2005 and started podcasting in 2006. I was using Audacity to record my students practising their language skills and making podcasts as I was a middle school French teacher at the time. I love Audacity as it is free, simple to use and is very powerful, particularly if you create your own macros and hotkeys which I have done to speed up my editing workflow such as ripple delete and reposition cross talk. I still use Audacity and my skills have improved over time as a result of watching YouTube clips and learning from others on Twitter and Facebook groups such as Podcast Editors Club.
What plugins do you use?
I also use plugins such as Punch Copy/Paste which I use to remove audio bleed and mistakes and Compress Dynamics 1,2,6 by Chris Capel.
I also use Brusfi, Levelator, iZotope RX8 Standard and Auphonic.
I’ve never heard of Brusfi. How’d you hear about it? What does it do?
I heard about the noise reduction iOS app Brusfri by Klevgrand from Joel Sharpton in the Podcast Editors Club Facebook group. In the thread I asked him to explain how you install the plugin into Ferrite Recording Studio. When recording a double ender, I ask everyone to leave 10 seconds of room tone after I’ve clicked my fingers three times to leave a clear marker in the interviewer’s track. Once we’ve finished the interview I asked people to send me their local tracks via Google Drive or WeTransfer and I then open them in Ferrite Recording Studio and run the Brusfri plugin over the 10 seconds of room tone for each track. Next, I upload the tracks to Google Drive so I can download them on to my PC and run them through The Levelator before syncing them up in Audacity with the Zoom master track.
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What's 1 business tip that you wish you knew when you started?
I now get in touch with lots of educational podcasters asking if I can appear on their podcasts. I offered to produce a double ender for them and edit the episode too. I wish I’d tried this earlier.
👉 This has created a lot of good will and has resulted in them tweeting a testimonial, which I’ve included in future promotions. They also pass on my name to other potential clients and ask me to train them on how they can make their podcast sound better.
How do you usually get podcast editing work?
I contact potential clients in the world of education who I’m already connected with via Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn or email and suggest I produce a podcast for them. If they show interest, I send them a detailed proposal with costs and examples of my work and podcast episodes I’ve edited for other educators.
Often they say that they had been thinking of starting a podcast but lacked the expertise in house.
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How do you structure your pricing?
I ask them what they would like me to do and I give them a quote based on this. I quote them for a per episode amount, not per hour. I suggest a number of sessions at the same rate or a paid pilot with the hope they will then ask me to produce a season with x number of episodes.
What's your biggest business OR technical goal for 2023?
I would like to add to my existing number of clients who I produce and edit podcasts for and train more podcasters (educational and otherwise) via the 5 part podcasting masterclass I’ve put together.
You can sign up for all sessions, individual ones or combos for a discounted price. If you are a keen beginner or an experienced podcaster, then there's something for everyone! I can also run the course 1 to 1 at a time which suits you!
Thanks to Joe for participating in this feature.
I am Stephanie Fuccio, podcast editor, podcast writer, and generally podcasting-obsessed human being. Although I write this newsletter solo, it has become the cornerstone of the larger GPE community and in fact, paid subscriptions fund many of our events.
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