I have edited audio for years with Adobe Audition and really liked it. I have done a few podcasts with it, edited a few voice overs for videos I shot, and narration for virtual tours for Kay’s real estate business. But I refuse to “rent” my software from Adobe for the rest of my life so have been stuck at Creative Suite 6 with no way to upgrade to newer Adobe products.
I have several projects coming up, notably a lot more podcasts in the near future. Kay and I decided to create an Oklahoma Real Estate Radio podcast to help with her fast expanding business. I also am doing a Ride Oklahoma podcast for one of my web sites. So I started looking for an audio editing program to use in podcasting.
At first I tried Garageband, and the latest version is pretty darn good. But I knew the learning curve for a new audio tool would be steep and huge, so I was reluctant to invest so much time in learning Garageband, then be forced to upgrade to something more powerful and have to relearn everything again. I checked into several programs and settled on Apple’s Logic Pro X – basically Garageband on super steroids. From everything I ready it is a very, very powerful audio editing tool that pro musicians use. While it is geared towards creating music, it has plenty of features for podcasters like me.
Little did I know how much of a learning curve I was biting off. Holy cow, Logic Pro X is a HUGE program, sort of like Photoshop. The biggest challenge is learning the new terminology. I didn’t know that you “bounced” a project to an MP3 file instead of “exporting” a file. I also had a hard time with all those analog-looking sound meters. But once I discovered you could turn them into digital graphs, I kind of started picking things up a bit quicker. Editing sound is kind of like editing photos and video – you have a digital stream of data in various frequencies and you have to massage those frequencies to get the sound you want. I always worked with digital sound graphs and meters with Audition so it took me a while to get Logic set up in more of a digital mode rather than looking like an old analog recording studio.
After a week I have learned the basics of the program and produced 4 short podcasts. I have been able to create templates for my projects and create reusable compressors, equalizers and even learned how to create a noise gate – something I never knew about in Audition and that is pretty darn handy.
After a steep week long learning curve I am starting to get the hang of Logic Pro X and even liking it MORE than Adobe Audition. I still have a LOT more to learn and doubt I will ever master the program, but hopefully I will learn enough to produce quality work in minimum time.
If you are a business and need to produce a podcast in Oklahoma, give me a shout. I have the gear and the tools to get it done.