The art of dialogue editing

1:00pm - 3:00pm EST
Online Workshop
Registration Closed

When should you cut stumbles, stammers, and ums and when should you leave them? What about if your guest makes a weird gulpy breathing sound or snort-laughs like they got milk up their nose or says “like” a lot? Should you cut those?  The answer: sometimes. 

We often cut tape for time or because we’re worried it will annoy or distract listeners but it’s all too easy to lose track of the intricacies that give our conversations life. If you’re just a beginner or even if you’ve been cutting tape for a while now and are struggling to make your characters sing, this online workshop with engineer and producer Michael Raphael will help you to sharpen your ears and learn to decide with confidence what to cut and what to keep.  

Michael will demonstrate the power of voice and explain how our cadence, accents and patterns of speech are one of the last bastions of regionalism in the world. He’ll teach you the finer points of dialogue editing for reported pieces and interviews and you’ll leave class with a solid understanding of how you can preserve these powerful and critical identifiers of who we are and how we tell stories.

Bonus: registration comes with a free, three-month license for Hindenburg audio editing software!


About Your Instructor

Michael Raphael

Michael is a Peabody Award recipient who has worked on the production teams for The New Yorker Radio Hour, Studio 360 with Kurt Andersen, Marketplace, Weekend America, and Radiolab. His work can be heard on Fiasco, Lost Hills, Suspicious Activity: Inside the FinCEN Files, Voyages: Listen to the World from the New York Times, Performance Today, among others. He is an expert field recordist whose company, Rabbit Ears Audio, provides authentic sounds to the film and video game industries. If you need the sound of an Mi-24 Hind Soviet era helicopter, or an Olivetti Lettera 22 Royal Standard Model 10 typewriter, he's all ears.


Super hands on and practical. Having the real examples helps a lot.

Great to see behind the scenes of producers who are more experienced than I am. I enjoyed hearing some favorite/exemplary clips. Most important to me were the tips on the nitty-gritty of making an edit sound clean and natural, from the reinforcement of not cutting halfway between words (something I'd figured out myself), to finding breaths and even the ends of other words elsewhere in the tape - I'm finding that I'm paying more attention to my cuts now.

I enjoyed the tips on how to maintain pacing and making smoother cuts. I am still using some of the pacing tips and they work fantastically.

Notes on this Class

CLASSES WILL NOT BE RECORDED AND ARE NOT REFUNDABLE. We are not able to issue a refund if you cancel or do not attend a class. If you are unable to make a class, you are welcome to sell or give away your ticket and email the name of the new attendee to You will receive a Zoom link for the workshop the day before it begins. SHARE