Episode 2

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Published on:

18th Oct 2023

Gareth Davies gives a tip about dialogue editing

Tips & advice from podcast industry figures.

Guest: Gareth Davies

Job title: Podcast Editor / Producer

Company: The Sound Boutique

In this episode, Gareth Davies gives a tip about dialogue editing.

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Transcript
Speaker:

Hi, my name is Gareth Davis.

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I'm an audio producer for The Sound

Boutique and today I'm going to give

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you a tip about dialogue editing.

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I'm a composer for TV and an

audio producer for podcasts and

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other original content through

my company, The Sound Boutique.

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I've produced four podcasts for

myself in the last four years,

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including this one, Podcasting People.

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The first podcast, Making a Soundtrack,

started as a collaboration between

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me and a fellow composer to try

and create a drama soundtrack

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without actually being commissioned.

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And from the minute I started

producing and editing that.

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as well as hosting with

composer Dan Watts.

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I was absolutely hooked on podcasting.

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I chose to edit that series while Dan

mixed the album, baptism of fire, and I

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did that really to hone my editing skills.

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I wanted to experience that pressure and

to problem solve on the go, as it were.

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And it's a skill I use regularly now, to

the point where I fix audio for clients, I

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edit dialogue, and in one case, repurpose

a whole video series as a podcast.

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The second podcast I came up with was,

um, well, my lockdown baby in a way.

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Creative Cuppa was a series of short

form chats with people working in

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the many different creative jobs.

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From photographers, artists, Writers,

musicians, actors, um, I produced around

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70 episodes of that and it was my way of

staying connected with the world and the

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creative people in it while we were going

through lockdowns during the pandemic.

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Aside from this one, uh, my latest

podcast is called The Music Room, which

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features stories of inspiration from

composers, songwriters, and musicians.

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Uh, I'm closing in on 20 episodes of

that now, and I have to give massive

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praise to my guests, actually, who go

out of their way to make time for me.

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I really do appreciate it, and I think

it shows how willing and keen, even,

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people are to help each other and

pass on their wisdom and experience.

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For me, there's no better way

to learn than by experience.

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I love developing formats for podcasts,

composing or sourcing the music,

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approaching and booking guests, figuring

out if it's a limited series or ongoing,

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chatting with listeners, , And even

in the case of the Music Room, growing

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a community that popped up around it.

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Uh, so for me, and I guess much like any

other industry, experience shines through.

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If you put the work in and are

prepared to be a sponge for everything

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podcasting, then you'll end up as a

person who people come to for advice,

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because your podcasts sound great.

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My big tip today is

about dialogue editing.

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As much as hosts want to hear all

the ums and ahs and silences taken

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out, There's a balance to be struck

between dialogue that sounds a bit

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all over the place and something that

sounds so slick it's almost clinical.

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So I'd encourage all the podcast

editors out there, and if you have

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lots of experience, you'll know this

already, there's that word experience

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again, I would encourage editors to

only take the silences, the ums and

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the ahs and all that if it doesn't

affect the natural flow of speech.

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I like to think of dialogue editing as

kind of tightening things up, so don't tip

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the other way into the way of the robot.

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You can find me at www.

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thesoundboutique.

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com and you can see all of

my links in the show notes.

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Thanks for listening to podcasting people.

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Keep up the brilliant work Gareth! This is exactly the kind of show the podcasting industry needs!
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Gareth Davies

Composer of music, producer of podcasts. Latest series: Toad & Friends (Warner Bros. Discovery). Gareth is also the creator of The Music Room, a community and content resource for composers, songwriters and musicians, and the Podcasting People community.