A lot of my business involves telephone interviews. The trouble is, nobody wants to hear the pre- and post-interview chitchat.
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Hey, Howie Jacobson here, staring at my computer, pretending it's you. I wanted to do a quick tip today, based on something that I used to find really painful, and now I find really easy; which is, after I do an interview with someone, there's usually some chit-chat at the beginning and the end, and I just want to get rid of it before I upload it to a webserver for people to listen to. So let's take a look at how we do this.
I use a service called AudioAcrobat to record phone interviews. I just record my telephone, they give me a phone number and an access key, and with a phone with three way dialing, I can bring both parties in. The recorder with Audio Acrobat, and the person I'm talking to. And we chat at the beginning, and we chat at the end, and then it automatically appears in my audio playlist. So here you can see a saved phone recording. So I'm going to click on that, then I'll show you how I download it and edit it.
OK, so right here, what I'm going to do is click the "Download Audio" button, and once I do, after a couple of minutes the MP3 audio will be downloaded to wherever I have saved it on my computer. So I can find it here, and then I'm going to open it with a piece of software that I bought that costs, I don't know, $30? It's called Fission, and here you can see it's opening, and here's all the sound waves. And in this case, I didn't have any chitchat at the beginning, but only at the end. So we're going to take a look and see where that is, and I'm going to slide this bar all the way to the lowest area.
You can see if I make this a little bigger here, you can see right in here, just there, that gap tells me that there is silence where we waited before chatting again. So that's where I want to go and deal with this. So I'm going to put my cursor there and I'm going to expand scrubber, and now I'm just going to listen.
I found the spot. Let me expand the scrubber a little bit more, and right in there is where I want to stop it. So, with Fission, I have the select tool here, I click split at play head, and now I go to the inspect tool and I choose everything here. You can see it turns yellow, and now I just want to remove it. And now it's gone, and now I go up to the file menu and I'm just going to save the audio, and then it's absolutely just what I want. The beginning and the end is saved, and all I go do is go back to Audio Acrobat, click "create new audio", and instead of recording by phone this time, I simply upload the audio file.
Now I've already done this so I can show you. Here was the saved phone recording where I did that with, and here is the new recording that's all edited and is ready to go. So now I just click into that, and click "publish the audio". Now I like to just, for long things I just publish a download link, so it gives it to me right there. I click "highlight all", and I would right-click in there and copy it, and then I can paste it into my blog and people can then download that right from the website.
So that's how I do the audio editing/trimming from the front and the back, it's the easiest way I know to do a really clean job. So I hope this has been helpful. Again, this is Howie Jacobson of askhowie.com, if you'd like more helpful videos on online marketing and specifically around search marketing ad words and empathy, please visit my website, askhowie.com, and you can sign up to receive updates whenever I do a new blog post. All right, take care everybody, see you next time.