How to use a podcast collaboration tool to collaborate on a podcast

While working on a podcast draft, often you’ll find yourself wanting to collaborate with co-producers, editors, and clients while they’re being created. Notetracks is a powerful podcast collaboration tool for editors, podcasters, and producers to share their episodes before, during, and after production. Along with providing engineers and producers with an extensive collection of playback, commenting and editing features to use, Notetracks’  is the perfect environment to use during collaboration-heavy podcast episodes, such as interviews, ad breaks, and joint episodes with other podcasters.

As you collaborate on a podcast draft, you can catch errors early on in the process that can save you from having to redo work. Additionally, Notetracks’ collaborative features help you create a better podcast in less time, allowing you space to create even more excellent podcast episodes. Further, collaborating on a podcast prior to its premiere allows for the correction of these issues, ensuring that the episode is of the highest quality.

Notetracks – a podcast collaboration tool

To begin, open up your current podcast draft, or click the ‘New Project’ button, create a new audio project, and give it a title.

To start using Notetracks as a podcast collaboration platform, you’ll need to share your project. To start, click the ‘Share Project’ button in the top right-hand corner of Notetracks.

Notetracks – how to share project with podcast collaborators

You’ll be greeted by a new screen with various sharing options. In the bottom right-hand corner, you can select a specific time-stamp to begin playback on. This will share the track with your collaborator at the exact place in the podcast episode you’d like to highlight.

Notetracks – how to share project with podcast collaborators at a specific time

To share with a collaborator’s email address, enter it in the invite box and proceed to click ‘Send Invite’. You can use the drop-down menu to change your podcast collaborator’s permissions, including ‘Can edit’, ‘Can comment’, and ‘Can view’. You can also write a message to brief them on the podcast draft.

If you like you can quickly share your podcast draft with editors via Gmail, Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, Slack, and Microsoft Teams utilizing the social media buttons.

If you’re looking to have an easy sharable link to your podcast episode draft so your collaborators do not have to signup or login, you can make the link completely public by selecting ‘Activate Public Link’, allowing anyone to view, edit or comment on your Notetracks project.

Notetracks – how to share project with podcast collaborators with a public link

Now that you’ve added your podcast collaborators, you and your team are now able to comment, draw on, and edit the project. With these features, you and your collaborators are able to provide feedback directly in the workstation, eliminating the need for additional notetaking and communication applications; edit alongside one another using our impressive library of micro-tools; and even communicate on, label, tag, and colour code sections utilizing the draw tool.

To add the first podcast comment on the  draft, navigate to the top middle of the screen and select the ‘Comment’ pane. After, you’ll want to click the left pane where ‘Comments’ is and click on the drop down menu.

Notetracks – how to access the commenting pane

Now, select the ‘New Comment’ button to add the podcast feedback precisely at the point you'd like to discuss without having to stop the audio. Ensure to make note of the areas where you think improvements and changes can be made. This could include the structure, pacing, tone, or content to remove or add to the podcast draft. Sharing your feedback in a succinct way with the team allows everyone to discuss their thoughts on the podcast episode and clarify any points of confusion.

Notetracks – how to use Notetracks as a podcast collaboration software to leave comments

If you have the podcast episode paused, you can double-click on the waveform at the exact spot you'd like to leave a comment. You can also highlight an entire range.

Notetracks can be used a simple podcast editing software. To edit your project, you have a wide variety of podcast editing tools to access, including split, copy, paste, cut, delete, and adding fade ins and outs. Additionally, you can adjust each audio file individually utilizing the micro-tools underneath the track title on the left hand side of your screen. You can adjust the volume,  solo or mute the track, and switch the waveform's colour.

Notetracks – how to access the editing features

When it comes to podcast production, a podcast editor and editing play a crucial role in enhancing the overall quality, clarity, flow, and audience engagement of a final episode. By working together and meticulously while editing podcast projects, the artistic structure and creation are improved, resulting in a heightened level of focus and enjoyment for the listeners.

For a more detailed guide on how to use Notetracks as a podcasting editing app for your podcast drafts, please refer to our previous guide, How to Edit an Audio File.

Next, you have the ability to draw along the project as well. To begin, access the drawing pane at the top middle of the screen. Once you’ve done so, a pane with various options will appear. You’ll see five colour choices you can use, a text insertion button, and the notepad icon.

Notetracks – how to access the drawing pane

Make sure to expand the “Drawings” sidebar to be able to place your drawings, tags, and labels. Labels are available utilizing the text insertion button, allowing you to label specific parts of your podcast – such as “Ad Break”, “Intro”, or labelling by topics, for example. This can be especially useful for the organization and structuring of your podcast episode.

Notetracks – how to insert labels while collaborating

You can also use tags, as shown in the toolbar. Tags allow you to denote a type of instrumentation, such as drums, guitar, and more. For podcasting, the Tag tool can be useful for marking where sound effects and commercials are inserted.

Notetracks – how to insert tags while using Notetracks as a podcast collaboration tool

If you’re looking to doodle and sketch on your project, switch over to the Notepad tool, double-click on the project where you’d like to leave your drawing, and use the mouse to sketch your idea.

Notetracks – how to insert a drawing

Podcast collaboration tools can be the catalyst to shift your podcast into a higher calibre. Through streamlining your workflow and eliminating extra apps, you and your team can work virtually side by side with ease. Moreover, using Notetracks as a podcast collaboration software will not only improve communication and teamwork, but will also have a positive impact on podcast quality, management, overall pacing, and release. When you create exceptional, well-produced and collaborated-on podcast episodes, your listeners can become more engaged and grow, in size, getting all your hard work out there to a wider audience. Overall, using podcast collaboration tools improves the value of your podcast episodes through the correction of mistakes, management of pacing, and employing collaborator feedback to ultimately produce a high quality project.

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