Recover the revenue and productivity lost during the QA process.
How it works
Upload Your Audio
On your phone or computer, submit your audio using the form on this webpage. Drag and drop and move onto your next project.
We Proof For Errors & Issues
One of our QA Engineers will listen to the entire audio file and provide detailed notes on what needs to be addressed and where to find it.
We Send You Timestamps
You receive a thoroughly detailed and properly formatted [mm:ss:ms] document identifying all the edit locations in the audio.
Upload your audio
Once you’re done editing a client’s audio you’ve got to run it through a QA check. This “final listen” is a critical last step as it ensures you’re delivering an error-free product – but it adds time to the project and negatively impacts productivity & revenue by preventing you from getting on to the next project!
PodPerfectQA solves this problem by doing QA for you.
Use after, or before you edit.
Even more productivity-crushing and time consuming than QA is the time spent listening during an edit just to find the things you need to fix. An hour long audio file requires that you listen to the whole hour in order to find everything that needs to be fixed. When you find something, you stop playback, fix it, then resume listening. But the clock keeps ticking even if the play head isn’t moving. This is why an hour long episode may take 3-hours to edit.
PodPerfectQA solves this problem by identifying necessary edits before you start editing.
Submit your podcast audio using the form below. We’ll QA it, provide edit points and detailed notes, and have it back to you before end of day if you submit before 3PM EST.
I was skeptical. I’ve been editing podcast for years and I didn’t think this was going to make that much of a difference. I was wrong. I had no idea how much time I was wasting every week.
The biggest time suck has always been listening to find the things that need to be edited. This does that work for me and saves me at least two hours per podcast. Worth its weight in gold.
I’m confused about what you do, can you say a little more?
Absolutely. You’re a podcast editor, you edit podcasts. When you’re done editing them you have to listen to them to make sure you didn’t miss anything. Because this adds to the total time you’re spending on the project, it decreases your hourly rate if the project has a fixed cost as opposed to an hourly one. If you’re being paid $200 to edit a podcast episode, you make more money hourly the less time you spend on it. The less time you spend on it, the sooner you can get to the next $200 podcast. The more $200 podcasts you can edit in a day, the more money you make. “Proofing” an episode after you’ve edited it adds time and so costs you money. We proof for you so you can move onto the next project and keep your productivity (and thus daily earning potential) higher.
Okay, I get that part, but why would I pay you to listen before I start editing?
Because in order to find things that need to be edited, you have to listen for them. A 60-minute podcast takes 60-minutes to listen to, but if you have to stop every 3-minutes to make an edit that takes you 1-minute to complete, that means you’re adding 20-minutes to your listen time, right? So to edit the content of a 60-minute episode would take you 80-minutes. By having us listen for you, you gain the advantage of knowing where the edits are ahead of time and you don’t have to listen to the entire episode to edit it. So in the case of our hypothetical 60-minute podcast with 20 edits in it? If each edit took 1-minute, you’d complete the editing process in 20-minutes instead of 80.
That’s a lot of saved time! But what are you charging me?
For the time being we charge $30 for edited audio with a runtime of less than 60-minutes. We charge $50 for the same if the audio has yet to be edited.
What are you listening for?
Depends. If you’ve already edited the audio, we’re listening for things that cause friction in the listening experience. Long pauses, long umms, repeated words, false starts, coughs, weird artifacts, etc. We’re looking for things you forgot to remove, for the most part. We’re also looking for clarity problems – anything that makes the audio unintelligible.
If you haven’t yet edited the audio, we’re listening for all the things listed above, of course, but we’re also listening with our “Engineering Ears.” That means we’re listening for what we (as Podcast Engineers) would do to the quality of the audio in addition to what we would do with the content of the audio. If you utilize the service this way, you’ll get more than timestamps back, you’ll get audio engineering advice back. We’ll make suggestions about EQ, for example, but also for sibilant treatment, spectral shaping, et cetera.
Who’s doing the listening?
Always a trained QA Engineer or a trained Podcast Engineer. Our Podcast Engineers listen to the yet-to-be-edited submissions (because their engineering knowledge is required), while our QA Engineers listen to the already-edited submissions. When we say “trained”, we mean people who have either been specifically trained to QA audio, or working Podcast Engineers with at least 5-years of experience.
Do you off-shore this work?
No, we do not. Our staff, be they QA Engineer or Podcast Engineer, all live in the U.S. We do, however, upon request, have the ability to bring on workers from other countries if you feel that your audio specifically would benefit from that. For example, you might be an editor in Germany working with German-speaking podcasters. In that case, we would look into bringing on a Germany-based team-member who was fluent in the country’s language and had a contextual understanding of that country’s culture.
Why choose PodPerfectQA? What makes you the right choice?
Good question. First, we’re a service offered by The Portland Pod, a commercial brick-and-mortar recording studio in South Portland, Maine, so we’re all podcast people; it’s what we do. Second, and this is just an extension of the previous reason, we’ve got the ears for this. We’ve also got the infrastructure and the tools for this. You’re a podcast editor, you don’t want to trust someone with your reputation without being sure they know what they’re doing. We’re sensitive to that and we know what we’re doing.
Do you offer a monthly service?
Not just yet, but it’s in the works. For now, you’ll need to use us on a per-episode basis.
Have other Questions?
Feel free to shoot them over. We’re prompt to respond and are happy to talk shop if you need to know more.
You can expect same day responses Monday thru Friday, between 9am and 3pm, Eastern Standard Time.