Broadcaster how-to guide on audio editing

| July 16, 2018

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Audio editing is the process of electronically shortening, deleting, rearranging, or cutting audio into segments.

Effective audio editing can help you serve your listeners by:
• Ensuring that they hear only what is important and necessary to the story.
• Ensuring that they won’t get bored by statements or explanations that go on too long.
• Ensuring that they don’t get distracted by verbal expressions such as “ums” and “ahs.”

It can help you produce better programs by:
• Ensuring that programs begin and end within the time period allotted.
• Cutting out audio that isn’t important, effective, or entertaining, so that the remaining audio is important, effective, and entertaining.
• Arranging segments (clips) in a logical way that tells a story or proves a point.

The BH2 takes you step-by-step through the processes of audio editing, and contains the following sections:
1. The ethics of editing: Be accurate, be honest, be fair.
2. Learn your editing software.
3. Plan ahead.
4. Record your audio and upload it to your computer.
5. Listen to your audio file and make notes. Decide on your focus.
6. Choose a production format.
7. Delete the longer segments of audio you don’t want.
8. Arrange the audio to suit how you want to tell the story.
9. Do the fine editing.
10. Listen and then mix down the final product.