How to hire audio editors
Crisp, clean audio clips are a luxury we often take for granted. Audio editors work behind the scenes to loop, slice, and edit beats to create the perfect pieces of multimedia we consume on a daily basis. If you’re looking to edit the audio of your podcasts, music, or video, an audio editor can help.
So how do you hire audio editors? What follows are some tips for finding top audio editors on Upwork.
How to shortlist audio editing professionals
As you’re browsing available audio editing consultants, it can be helpful to develop a shortlist of the contractors you may want to interview. You can screen profiles on criteria such as:
- Multimedia fit. You want an audio editor who understands the medium that you need edited (e.g., podcast production, YouTube videos, audiobooks).
- Technology fit. You can screen candidates for experience with tools, DAWs, or file formats your organization is already using.
- Feedback. Check reviews from past clients for glowing testimonials or red flags that can tell you what it’s like to work with a particular audio editor.
How to write an effective audio editing job post
With a clear picture of your ideal audio editor in mind, it’s time to write that job post. Although you don’t need a full job description as you would when hiring an employee, aim to provide enough detail for a contractor to know if they’re the right fit for the project.
An effective audio editing job post should include:
- Scope of work: From creating sound effects to splicing audio, list all the deliverables you’ll need.
- Project length: Your job post should indicate whether this is a smaller or larger project.
- Background: If you prefer experience working with certain industries, software, or technologies, mention this here.
- Budget: Set a budget and note your preference for hourly rates vs. fixed-price contracts.
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AUDIO EDITORS FAQ
What is audio editing?
Audio editing is the art of processing recorded sound. An audio editor will use audio editing software to directly edit the waveform (visual representation of a sound wave) of a piece of audio.
Here’s a quick overview of the skills you should look for in audio editing consultants:
- Audio editing tools such as Audacity, Pro Tools, and WavePad
- DAWs (digital audio workstations) such as Reaper, FL Studio, and Logic Pro
- Audio editing fundamentals (syncing, looping, stretching/shortening, cutting/pasting)
Why hire audio editors?
The trick to finding top audio editors is to identify your needs. Do you need help syncing animated lips with prerecorded dialogue for your marketing video? Did you host a podcast in a public space and need someone to remove unwanted background noise? The cost of your project will depend largely on your scope of work and the specific skills needed to bring your project to life.
How much does it cost to hire an audio editor?
Rates can vary due to many factors, including expertise and experience, location, and market conditions.
- An experienced audio editor may command higher fees but also work faster, have more-specialized areas of expertise, and deliver higher-quality work.
- A contractor who is still in the process of building a client base may price their audio editing services more competitively.
Which one is right for you will depend on the specifics of your project.