Theatrical Sound Designers and Composers Association

TSDCA Audio Drama/Podcast Summit – Session 8 – Dialogue Editing with Isaac Jones – part 2

Recorded Dec 15, 2020

In a medium that lacks any visual aid, storytelling relies more than ever on the well-crafted pacing and intelligibility of it’s primary tool: dialogue. This 2-part workshop will focus on dialogue editing and mixing techniques for podcasts and audio drama. Part one will be a demonstration of common best practices for creating a smooth and organic edit, whether working from a script or simply tightening a live conversation. We will also delve into my personal workflow for completing a professional quality mix with EQ, compression and automation. At the end of the first session, attendees will walk away with a Pro Tools session they can use to practice the techniques we explore. In Part two, guests will be invited back to ask any questions that emerge during their work on the case study in a personalized class setting.

Here are the files for the exercise:

Pro Tools Session –

Transcript –

Here is his quick cheat sheet for various Pro Tools hot keys –

Isaac Aaron Jones is a Brooklyn-based sound designer and composer. He currently works as Technical Manager of Opinion Audio for The New York Times, where he oversees all technical aspects of podcast production and helps create unique sonic identities for new shows. Jones formerly worked in a similar role at WNYC Studios, crafting the sound of shows like 2 Dope Queens, Death Sex & Money, 10 Things That Scare Me, The New Yorker Radio Hour, Nancy, Scattered, and Blindspot. Aside from creating music for podcasts, he has composed for award-winning projects from National Geographic, PBS, 92Y, The Public Theater, and Conservation International.