Picking Takes vs. Dialogue Editing vs. Sound Design — a Beginner’s Guide

How do you tell these three apart for audio drama? Here’s how I do it, in case that’s helpful.

ALT: Someone cutting paper with scissors.

Time for an example!

  1. ALONSO: Good boatswain, have care. Where’s the master?
    Play the men.
  2. BOATSWAIN: I pray now, keep below.
  3. ANTONIO: Where is the master, boatswain?
  4. BOATSWAIN: Do you not hear him? You mar our labour: keep your
    cabins: you do assist the storm.



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Tal Minear

Tal (they/them) is fiction podcast producer who cannot be stopped from making things and will occasionally write about audio fiction.