How to hire an audio editor for your podcast

Find an editor and reduce your podcast workload

Justin Jackson

5 min

For the last six years, I’ve hired an editor (Chris Enns) to transform my audio recordings into finished podcast episodes. Working with Chris has reduced my stress and made podcasting more fun.

Recording a podcast is a lot of work! After planning an episode, scheduling, setting up my gear, and recording with a guest, it’s been nice to hand the raw audio files to Chris and have him edit for me.

Chris Enns edits podcasts in Logic Pro (by Apple)

Once he's done editing, he comes back with a finished MP3 (complete with chapters), and all I have to do is upload it to Transistor and click publish. Plus, Chris helps make me and my guests sound great.

Hiring a skilled audio editor can significantly enhance the quality of your show and reduce your stress as a host. Here's a guide on how to hire an audio editor for your podcast, inspired by the detailed approach used in hiring video editors for YouTube channels.

Understand Your Editing Needs

Before beginning your search for an audio editor, it's essential to understand what you need. Are you looking for someone to cut out pauses and ums, or do you need comprehensive services, including sound design, mixing, and mastering? If you need video editing (in addition to an audio version), that can increase the cost by 3x. Determine the scope of work and the skills required to help narrow down your candidates.

Set a Budget for Podcast Editing

Determine how much you are willing to invest in audio editing. Audio editors can vary widely in their rates, often depending on experience, the complexity of the work, and the length of the audio. A common practice is to set a per-episode rate or monthly retainer.  Research what is typical in the industry, and set a competitive rate that matches your budget and the editor’s expertise.

Ensure you’re on the same page for when and how payment is handled to prevent a later frustrating experience! 

How to Find a Podcast Editor

Vendor directory for podcast audio editors and producers

You can find potential audio editors through various channels:

  • Transistor’s vendor guide includes vetted audio editors and producers.

  • Professional networks like LinkedIn, where you can search for professionals with audio editing or sound engineering skills.

  • Freelance platforms such as Upwork or Fiverr, though be mindful that these platforms can vary in the quality of professionals they attract.

  • Industry forums and websites, such as SoundBetter, are places where professional audio editors discuss their craft and may also look for work.

  • Recommendations from fellow podcasters can be invaluable. Personally, I recommend Chris at Lemon Productions. Ask your network for referrals to trusted editors they have worked with.

Evaluate Their Work

Ask for samples of their work to evaluate their skills. Listen to podcasts they have edited before and note the clarity of audio, the balance of sound, and how engaging the editing makes the podcast. If they have experience with content similar to yours, that's a bonus.

All vendor profiles in our directory include audio samples from each provider.

Conduct Interviews

Once you have a shortlist, interview potential editors and discuss their work process, availability, and willingness to align with your podcast's style and deadlines. This is also a good time to gauge their communication skills and enthusiasm for your project.

Trial Project

If possible, start with a trial project. This could be a single episode or a shorter segment of your podcast. You should expect to pay for their time! This will give you a firsthand experience of their capabilities and compatibility with your style. It will also allow you to discuss their rates and payment terms.

Discuss Workflow and Expectations

Clear communication about workflow and expectations is crucial. Discuss file formats, timelines, and feedback processes.  “You will also want to be clear about communication methods,” says Chris Enns, “for example: is texting OK? Notion comments only? Email or phone calls?” Determine how revisions will be handled and ensure you have an agreement in writing to avoid any misunderstandings.

Building a Relationship

Look for someone who is technically proficient and excited about your content. Are you looking for a long-term collaborator or someone who will do what you tell them? Both can work, but both sides need to understand the expectations.

For myself, Chris has become more of a collaborator who contributes to the feel of the podcast. We often refer to Chris in our recordings! “Thanks to Chris, the editor, for making us sound so good.” After years of editing our podcasts, Chris also has an intuitive sense for pre-intro clips, the pacing we like, and music choices.

Offer Fair Compensation

Ensure that your compensation reflects the value the editor brings to your podcast. As your podcast grows and your budget allows, consider increasing their compensation to reflect their ongoing contribution and dedication.

Hiring the right audio editor can elevate the quality of your podcast, attract more listeners, and allow you to focus on content creation and audience engagement. By following these steps, you can find a skilled professional who aligns with your vision and contributes to the growth and success of your podcast.