Trying out Descript

I've recently been looking into a software called "Descript". This software allows you to auto remove ums, uhs, long spaces, etc. in a podcast recording. Basically, all the frustrating grunt work that can take hours when editing a podcast. I remember when me and my dad when he used to help me/do all the editing two years ago talked about how amazing it would be if there was a tool that auto removed every um and uh. Not only can this software auto remove just the ums and uhs, it also processes all of the words in the recording and writes the whole episode down on what each person says. It can even separate the words per voice, so you could see everything written down in paragraphs.
After writing this, I'll be testing out Descript on a due podcast I must edit, and see how it goes. I imagine it'll save a good hour of editing per episode, and be less exhausting, leaving just overall effects and denoise to do for the episode.

My Dream Job

I know this could easily change over the next few years to come, but I've given it some thought, and I think my "dream job" would be owning my own audio production company. This could include editing and mixing for podcasts, sound design for movies, audio books, video games, or audio dramas, and it could also include even music production for any scenario. I especially have the classic "Hollywood and film industry" dream when it comes to sound design. But I wouldn't want to be working just for a certain company's films, as I'd prefer to own my own company for that situation (or any situation) so that I can do work for other projects as well. 

What I'd like to see myself working in 10 years would be working as an apprentice at Skywalker Ranch in southern CA and learn from all the pros.

Re-doing Movie Sound Effects: Spiderman Spiderverse

I wanted a bit of practice with sound design, so I decided it would be cool if I got a short clip from a movie, muted it, then re-did all the sound design. I got this scene from the Spiderman Spider-Verse movie, where he jumps off a building to try out his new suit and swing from building to building. The whole scene itself didn't have many sounds, as it was mainly focused on the music that was being played.

This took around 6 hours to make, about 15 tracks were involved, and about 200 sound effects were used for this 1 minute long clip. Enjoy :)

Current Process for Editing Podcast Episodes

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Here's my current process for editing episodes that I use for the Richer Soul podcast by Rocky Lalvani:

  • Receive raw podcast recorded files from Google Drive placed there by the client.

  • Equalize, compress, level the audio, and remove white noise so the audio sounds crisp and clear.

  • Then I edit the main interview file, and remove the following:
    Uh's, um's
    Mouth clicks, aspirations
    Repetition
    Dead space
    Call interruptions
    Background noise

  • I then edit the extra teaser clips, intros, and outros provided by the client.

  • Then I cue, mix, and overlay the music and clips with the main recorded interview file.

  • I double check and skim over the interview to make sure I didn't miss anything.

  • I save the whole main podcast episode as a backup and un-constructed in case of issues.

  • I save, upload, and send the complete episode file to the client through Google Drive so the client can upload it to his podcast hosting service(s).

New Computer Setup

These past few weeks my family has been doing a ton of clean up around the house, and I decided to do some cleanup in my "studio" (it's actually just a big walk in closet with my whole setup). The desk I've been using for the past year has actually been a plastic fold up table. Unfortunately, it's pretty flimsy and not very stable. A few days ago we were cleaning up a table in another room in the house, a fold up one, but much heavier, more stable, and even wood and metal. So I decided that it'd be better for my setup if I replaced my current table with this table. I then spent all day clearing everything off my table (speakers, monitors, receivers, microphones, and of course my computer). I put all of that stuff in corners of the rooms, then took down the fold up table. Then I vacuumed and picked up any junk laying around. At the end of the day, I had everything setup again except my microphones. Everything feels much better, and the new table is bigger as well. I found an extra monitor laying around as well, so I bought a cord from Amazon so I could connect the monitor to my computer. I now have 3 working monitors at once!