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Reviewing and Quality Assurance

Revisit your recordings

There are shortcuts, but nothing beats listening to your work. Listen to it with headphones on, pen and paper at the ready and pause it everytime you hear something that you aren’t happy with.

Make a note of the timecode, note what the issue is and, if you have an idea, how to fix it. Below is an example of a table that you could use to quality assure your podcast.

Timecode Note
00:14:12 clicks in audio
00:22:01 music is too loud, clashes with voice
00:49:23 speaker says “Ummm, let me start that again”
01:02:03 this section of audio would fit better in the earlier section

Not everything you find will be fixable, and you might want to leave in the speaker making a mistake to help to frame them differently. Either way, this process will help you to make sure that you’re aware of any potential issues in your audio or any narrative flaws before your audience hears them.

If possible, get multiple trusted people to listen to your podcast before you release it. Take their feedback on board and use your discretion to determine what you think will make the best podcast.

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The Power of Podcasting for Storytelling

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