In This Practice
Choosing an audio file format
Exporting your finished product
Making edits in the final file
One of the greatest gifts of digital audio is the ease of creating a final product. Anybody whoever had to take a razor blade to tape in order to splice together a finished master track knows the pain of making an incorrect final cut and ruining the project. In the land of ones and zeros, removing a momentary mistake is just an Undo away. You've also gained a great deal of power over a range of processes — from placing sound clips in tracks to arranging their position and volume to panning their envelopes in just the right way. Once all that's done, you'll want to create a master file of your edited podcast to prepare for release. You may still have to do some editing, but the heavy lifting is done. You're ready to do some precision surgery at this point.
Once your mix is done, you're going to create a final file to use for the rest of the work on your podcast. You're not quite ready to send it on to the listeners yet; you're just going to add the finishing touches to your final mix. The first step is to choose the format of your final file. Many programs have their own default formats — and for the most part they're interchangeable. Your main concern at this point is making sure that all your information is retained during the post‐production process — and that requires an uncompressed ...