Production: How To Edit Audio Like a Radio Edit

There are several techniques you can use to give the end result of your production looking like a professional did it. One of these techniques is using radio edit style to edit your audio. A radio edit is the technique used to modify a file, making it more suitable for airplay. This technique is also used to shorten songs to make them more commercially suitable.

Below is a simple step-by-step procedure on how to edit an audio file using the radio edit technique.

Step 1: Setting the Rhythm or Pacing of the Audio

With the radio edit technique, you can set the rhythm or pace of your audio. To do this, use a multi-track timeline. This will make it easier for you to put each character in your clip on a separate track. It is also easier to push sections together. When setting the pace of the audio, make sure that it does not sound hurried or not pulled together. Generally, the end result for a radio edit, particularly for it to be commercially viable, is to have it at 30 seconds long.

With radio edit, you generally have to shorten the original length of the audio track. However, there are times when the radio edit version is much longer than the original audio track.

Step 2: Creating Room Tone

You also need to create a room tone for your audio. Room tone is a 30 second audio clip of the ambiance of a location or a room. To capture room tone, all you need to do is to keep other background noises at a minimum. This includes any voices or sounds that may be picked up by your camcorder or video recorder while filming.

You can use the room tone to fill in any blank spaces between each audio clip edit. This is done to prevent any dead air in your recording.

Step 3: Doing a Cutaway L-Cut

The L-cut is when the track of the first clip continues even after the edit into the visual of the second clip. In essence, the L-cut is used to replace the audio track of the second clip for a certain period of time while the next track is playing. The L-cut is often used to create pacing that is a right fit for your clip scene.

To do this, add the audio track onto the time when you want to replace the dialog. So, if you want to edit out the second dialog of a clip, just use a cutaway a few seconds before the end of the first dialog. This will edit out the second dialog, and at the same time replace the second dialog with a different track.

Step 4: Using a J-Cut

If you want to create suspense to your audio, you can use the J-cut technique between 2 clips. This technique allows tracks to precede the connecting image. In a sense, you will hear the audio track of the proceeding clip even before you can actually see the image or clip.

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