The importance of post-production and analysing your audio
Post-production can be considered the most important step in audio recording, and can often be overlooked. Not only will it allow you to clean up your audio and tweak it to your liking, but it allows you to add or take parts away that you think is missing in the final product, or don’t sound right at all. Good post-production also helps you progress as an artist, podcaster or producer.
There’s a difference between listening to your audio, and thoroughly analysing it. Intently listening to and analysing your work can help you fine-tune your audio and help you discover parts of it that you may have missed if you simply listened to it casually without giving it much thought.
Another key ingredient in the post-production recipe is taking positive criticism and feedback from others, and not letting negativity take over. After listening to your own audio repeatedly, we can unintentionally let negative thoughts about our work creep in, and the process becomes more of an unfulfilling task over something we enjoy doing.
The same goes for any creative work; reading your transcript over and over can get tiring, and pointing out every little missing detail on your painting can get tedious. This is the part of the process where we can often forget why we’re working in the first place, allowing an influx of self-doubt, anxiety, and harsh self-criticism to cloud the vision we have for our work.
We also need some criticism from others to not only help us on our roads to progression, but more often than not, more than one set of ears listening to your work means there is more of a chance for you to get inspired. Get your family and friends to check your audio out, express yourself, and share your talent with loved ones. Building up a support network, whether you’re recording for work or just as a hobby, can give you the encouragement and motivation we sometimes need to carry on.
Depending on what your audio is used for, broadening your demographic can allow you to tune into your target audience and deliver on what they want to hear from you. It’s only realistic to accept that not everyone is going to find what you create interesting, or understand the subject of your work. Narrowing down what group(s) of people seem to enjoy your work the most can help you harness your capabilities, and filter out what doesn’t work.
Despite all of this, this is still one key thing missing, and arguably the most important to consider before you start the post-production process – remember to have fun with it, and enjoy the ride. Post-production means you can let your creative juices run free, and experiment with different software, techniques, samples, instruments; whatever you feel like playing with in the moment, why not go for it?