Remaster (verb): to make a new master (of a recording) typically to improve the sound quality.
Zede and I started recording the Sewing Out Loud Podcast in August of 2015, then published the first episode in January of 2016. We’ve gone through a lot of changes in our business and personal lives. We’ve closed stores, had a baby, started Aerial arts, published more online classes, etc.
When you run a small, tight ship like ours, you’re constantly learning the ropes of new social media platforms or figuring out new ways to improve shipping procedures, or figuring out why your newsletter sign-up form isn’t working quite right, etc. We’ve learned a lot about podcast production and editing in the past couple of years, and our editor, Sam Williams is going back and applying all that new knowledge to our earliest episodes!
Podcast media is super interesting and different from blogging or vlogging. When a podcast listener finds your show, they often start from the beginning and “catch up”.
I told Sam that we needed to go back and fix issues with earlier episodes. I knew sound quality was off and I wanted new-comers to know that we have online classes and a membership site to support the podcasts. I wasn’t sure of everything that needed to be done, so when she started telling me what she was doing to polish up the archive, I decided I’d turn it into a blog post! Here’s my “interview”/ “meeting” with Sam!
Our Conversation on Remastering
What are some problems you noticed with the earliest episodes of Sewing Out Loud?
The very first episodes had no intro music- just Dr. Frank’s voice. So, some things like that were just out of date, and we’ve improved the intro since then.
How about sound quality?
The first episodes hadn’t been mixed into a mono-track, so Mallory’s voice would come out of one headphone and Zede’s voice came out of another- which people did not like (understandably). So, I put both voices in one track, and now the podcasts are easier to listen to.
How have things changed since the beginning?
The early episodes were recorded in the Zede’s Sewing Studio shop, which is a big open space, so I had to amplify the sound of the earlier episodes. Now that the episodes are recorded in your home studio, I don’t have to do this.
Did you do any other editing?
In one of the episodes, you drop your phone and it was really loud! Then you all talk about it for a while…I think people don’t want to hear that. So I edited those things out, along with some longer pauses. I’ve added promos to the early episodes, so new listeners know how to support the podcast and they know about the online classes.
Fun fact: you’ve been cursing in the podcast since Episode 2, the Stretch Lace Episode!
Is there anything we can do better?
Sometimes you whisper for emphasis, especially when you are talking about something “juicy”, you whisper. So, I have to go through and highlight those bits and normalize the audio. And you all laugh really loud in the microphone- so I take the laughter out of the “hot zone”.
Ok- we’ll try to be better about that!
What’s your favorite part of podcast editing?
I get to hear the uncut version, and I love the secret messages and songs that you sing to me during the message breaks. It makes me feel special! My husband doesn’t always understand why I’m laughing out loud with my headphones in my ears.
In one episode, you go off on a tangent and forget what you’re talking about and say “My tangent had a tangent”. I also love learning new stuff about sewing ahead of everyone else
Tell us about Show Notes!
Our show is unique, because it’s educational, but filled with a lot of personality. I don’t think a word-for-word transcript really meets the needs of our audience, so I’ll be breaking down the tips, information, links to blogs, and affiliate product links into sections. I’ve even included a section called “Tangents”. Sometimes tangents are purely funny, but sometimes they are informative- just way off topic!
Thank you SamBam!
Would you like to hear more about behind the scenes production? Let us know in the comments!